Xenoblade Chronicles 3, a new Monolith Soft masterpiece | Review

Since its announcement we all knew that Xenoblade Chronicles 3 it would have been a real gem. After all Soft monolith over time it has accustomed us to real masterpieces, first with the various ones Xenosaga and then with the never praised enough Xenoblade. In recent years, the partnership of the Japanese software house with Nintendo has been strengthened, allowing devs not only to create products exclusively for the company of Kyotobut also to collaborate with other teams for the optimization of very important works. And when a group of developers is called in to help bring the The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild And Animal Crossing: new horizons undoubtedly deserves our attention.

On 29 July 2022, about five years after the release of the second episode, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 arrives on the market, a title developed under the careful direction of Koh Kojima and you Genki Yokota. What attracts our attention, however, is the presence of Tetsuya Takahashi among the writers. Takahashi worked on Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy VI And Chrono triggeras well as many chapters of the saga “Xenon”.

With the desire to find out if this time Monolith Soft has managed to give life to an immortal title, we started the game on our Nintendo Switch OLED and we immersed ourselves in the discovery of a magical world, but finding more concreteness than we expected. If you want to find out what we are referring to, all you have to do is continue reading our review of Xenoblade Chronicles 3.


This is the story of two armies in constant struggle: that of Few is that of Agnus. Each of these two factions has at its disposal artificially created soldiers with a maximum duration of ten years through which to carry out the war. Noah is one of them and spends his short life in the company of launches and Yunie. During yet another conflict, the trio stumbles upon Miio, Taion And Senathree warriors from the opposing faction. During the confrontation with a monstrous creature that forces them to join forces, the group realizes the futility of the conflict and realizes that there is something greater that rules them. That guides them. Something mysterious, which they decide to delve into after their men start considering them as potential dangers to their own people.

We do not go into more detail to avoid spoiling the surprise, but know that the story of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is undoubtedly among the most mature we have ever lived. It matters little if the typical narrative mechanics of the shonen surround the story. The characters behave in a mature way, make sensible reasonings and react in a human way to the terrible events that see them as protagonists. Takahashi has once again demonstrated his skill, staging a fantasy drama that he kept us in suspense until the end thanks to deep and well-narrated themes. Mind you, though: Monolith Soft has created a long and deep title, which takes its time before taking off. Not that this is a flaw, but don’t expect the story to start for a few hours.


As you could see from the recent trailers, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 represents the perfect form of the franchise, taking what has already been seen in the previous chapters and perfecting it. The six protagonists continue to attack opponents without the need to give them commands, which remain relegated to the most important moves. Having six characters already at the end of the first act, however, allows us to switch from one warrior to another and to give continuous orders. This way the action is always frenetic and you never get bored.

At Techniques different for each Class the shape is then added Ouroboroswhich allows you to merge two fighters to create a new avatar with which to defeat enemy defenses for a reduced amount of time. This form can also be upgraded at will, quickly becoming one of the mechanics we loved the most. Beyond the six protagonists we will also be able to recruit those who are called Heroes and who provide assists during clashes. These Heroes cannot be customized, but are born with unique abilities that make us prefer them in one situation over another. Having a healer or a NPC who attacks with his head down can change the fate of the fight, forcing us to choose carefully.

The world created by Monolith Soft is also frighteningly large. So big that we initially think we are in an open world title, only to discover that it is only one of the macro areas to explore. This is because each area boasts different biomes and ecosystems, which make the wanderer Aionio a real pleasure. Between main missions and secondary missions, the game is well over one hundred hours. So if you are looking for a layered, complex and fulfilling title, now you know where to spend your money.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3


From a technical point of view, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 squeezes Nintendo Switch until the end. The art sector is simply superfine and we have loved almost every character, vehicle or opponent design. All made through convincing 3D models and a general solidity that allowed us to enjoy the title without frame drops and with a fluidity anchored to 30FPS. Added to this is an academic kiss soundtrack. Yasunori Mistuda made us dream and thrill with perfect tracks for every game situation. A technical marvel that everyone should take as a yardstick to work on Nintendo’s hybrid platform and beyond.

By now you will have understood: Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a true masterpiece. One of those titles that all Nintendo Switch owners should own. It does not matter if you have not played the first two chapters: this third episode is enjoyable in its own right and, perhaps, it could even act as an engine to recover the works of the past of Monolith Soft. Every element of the game is put in the right place and, despite our very high expectations, we were still surprised. And it is not a trivial matter. Now don’t waste any more time and catch up on the adventures of Noah’s group. You will not regret it.

VOTE 9.5

Type of game

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a mature storyline and thrilling mechanics JRPG.

How it was played

The title was played on Nintendo Switch OLED thanks to a code kindly provided by the Publisher.

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