|past years||2019: #8, 2018: #7, 2017: #6|
Xenoblade Chronicles holds the magic of exploration in a unique setting and with an engaging story. This is one of the great masterpiece on the Wii. It is also magic, how the relatively low spec hardware on Wii was able to create such an incredibly big world.
As the game in the intro showed me these giants and zoomed in to show all the creatures living there, the people living there, the different biomes, in that moment I was already won over by this game. In each new region you can look around and see hints that indicate which part of the titan you're currently on. And this is awesome. This is especially true, if you go to the leg the first time and these gigantic plains open to you - and you realize that is only one leg. That is awe inspiring.
Although I am usually more a fan of turn based RPG, this battle system works quite well and gives a lot of depth. Especially when you learn how Melia's attacks work, this is pretty cool. The story is is an incredible epic tale, of fighting gods and the fate of humanity. And I love the characters in this game, they are all so relatable.
Also I need to mention the incredible music. I often listen to Xenoblade OST while working, as this is awesome and inspiring.
This game got a rerelease on Switch. I obviously purchased it again and played through another time. The Switch-version has much improved graphics and some quality of life improvements. It also adds an additional story mode in a new region, the shoulder of the Bionis, which was cut from the original game. This is a great addition, if you don't want to leave this incredible world after seeing the credits and have a new start screen (such a nice boon for playing through the game).
This game is a must-have for every RPG-fan and a classic in all regards.