If the reviews are anything to go by, then the next Nintendo Switch RPG is a definitive must play.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is scheduled to release on May 29 and the reviews are already out, with some calling it the best Switch game of 2020. It is currently sitting at a Metacritic Rating of 89 across 54 critic reviews, placing it just next to Animal Crossing which scored a 91.
VG24/7 scored it a perfect 100, saying that “When a classic is remastered, there is really only one mission: don’t mess it up. Monolith and Nintendo have admirably improved upon a Wii classic, delivering the one version of this game that people should now aim to play. It’s true that some of the original game design frustrations remain untouched and performance is solid but sadly not perfect. These things barely matter, though; Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition is easily a must-own for any RPG fan with a Switch.”
VGC also hands it a perfect score, dubbing it as “the best of Monolith Soft’s three Xenoblade games, tweaked and polished to perfection.”
Destructoid gives it a 95, simply saying that “Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition deserves a third release.”
Trusted Reviews gives it a 90, calling it “a triumphant return for a JRPG classic. It doesn’t change enough to attract previous doubters, yet enhances the foundations in a number of tremendous ways. It’s never looked, sounded or played as good before, meaning it’s the perfect time for eager newcomers and familiar adventurers to jump in.”
GameSpot also gives it a 90, saying that the “Definitive Edition proves that Xenoblade Chronicles is still a fantastic JRPG with an immense amount of strategic depth that’s still impressive in 2020. Its bevy of improvements and additions, as well as its fantastic epilogue, make this an adventure worth embarking on a decade later.”
Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on a local release since none of the retailers like Datablitz or Game One PH have put out pre-orders, but hopefully we’ll hear from them sooner rather than later!