The Xenoblade Chronicles series has become one of Nintendo’s tent pole franchises, serving as a top-tier JRPG series to stand alongside other longtime greats like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. Monolithsoft’s latest release in the franchise, Xenoblade Chronicles 3, has come to the fore with major critical acclaim, with some calling it the best yet and one of the greatest games on the Nintendo Switch.
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If you’ve dived into Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and are hungry for more, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of other games out there like it. Whether you’re into Xenoblade for characters or combat, there’s another game out there for you.
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10 Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
When a game gets as much buzz as Xenoblade Chronicles 3, surely people will be excited to take it only on praise. If you find yourself in that game, a simple recommendation is to play Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition as well.
It is a remaster of the original Wii game with updated textures, character models, gameplay mechanics, and a soundtrack. Even years after its initial release, the game remains one of the best JRPGs of all time. It has a sense of scale unseen in its contemporaries, delivers a gripping story from start to finish, and is probably the best title screen shot in history.
9 Dragon Quest XI S
Dragon Quest XI has a long history of re-releases on multiple consoles, and it’s easy to see why. The game takes the classic turn-based RPG structure and refines it to a sheer shine. Like Xenoblade Chronicles 3, it has a long storyline where you get to adventure with a fascinating cast of characters.
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Dragon Quest XI S also includes a number of quality-of-life additions and additional content that will keep you busy for dozens of hours, possibly well past the 100-hour mark.
8 Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is still a niche game from a niche franchise. It doesn’t have the pedigree or mainstream appeal of anything like Final Fantasy. That said, neither did Xenoblade Chronicles when it came out.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch puts you in the role of a little boy who is making his way through a fantasy world, catching monsters to use in his favor. While the setup is similar to the Pokémon games, the gameplay is closer to the Xenoblade series, with an active combat system where you can swap characters on the fly.
7 Final Fantasy XII: Zodiac Age
In many ways, Final Fantasy XII can be seen as a precursor to the original Xenoblade Chronicles. Featuring a radical change to the mainline Final Fantasy series, the 12th entry reorganized the gameplay to feel more like a single-player MMO rather than a turn-based RPG.
The game offers an unparalleled level of customization with the Zodiac and Gambit systems, allowing you to completely change every aspect of your party members, including your AI. It also features elements that would become staples of the Xenoblade Chronicles series, such as auto-attacking and bolting capabilities and tools.
While Xenoblade Chronicles became Monolithsoft’s claim to fame, it was not the first JRPG series the company developed. Back on PS2, they released a trilogy of games called Xenosaga. These games preceded the partnership with Nintendo and laid the foundation for their future games to come.
Nowadays, there are no modern releases of Xenosaga, but they are still worth revisiting to see the history of the developers. If you’ve got a PS2 lying around and want to bolster its library, these games should be on your radar.
5 tests of the mind
Seiken Densetsu 3 was the follow-up to Secret of Mana that many fans wanted. However, with it only being released in Japan, it was difficult for Western players to get the opportunity to experience it. Thankfully, Square Enix saw a prime opportunity to remake it as Trials of Mana.
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This remake completely changes the game in the 3D action genre. While fans of the original may not like the art style, those drawn out by other RPGs will find plenty to enjoy here. There are tons of options when it comes to battles, party members, and more.
4 Years IX: Monstrum Knox
The Ys series is a niche RPG franchise that hasn’t been followed extensively. However, Falcom’s flagship series continues to this day and has earned itself a huge following.
If you’re looking for a more RPG experience after the credits for Xenoblade Chronicles 3 have rolled, look no further than Ys IX: Monstrum Nox. The latest game in the series, it features all the modern enhancements while keeping an intense narrative. Ys IX also adds innovative movement to the series, making it one of the more dynamic RPGs of its time.
3 Eternal Sonata
The Eternal Sonata bears great resemblance to the Xenoblade Chronicles. There was a rumored release for the PS3 sometime after its debut on Xbox 360. Some back and forth, with Bandai Namco, eventually saw its way to Sony’s first HD console.
The game is more turn-based than Xenoblade Chronicles 3, but includes a tactical timing system that incorporates elements of an action game. Bandai Namco does an excellent job with small scale RPGs and Eternal Sonata is no exception.
2 Final Fantasy VII Remake
Final Fantasy VII is one of the biggest games in history, so it only makes sense that Square Enix would put its best effort into its remake. Final Fantasy VII Remake eschews the turn-based system of the classic release in favor of a more dynamic and action-focused system.
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Once your gauge is full, you can use abilities, spells, or items to turn the tide of the battle. It features fast-paced, crunchy, and impressive, orchestral remixes of some of gaming’s most iconic songs.
1 Uday’s Tales
The Tales of Series is another franchise that Bandai Namco hasn’t launched into the mainstream, but it’s got enough of it to keep up with trucking. The latest release, Tales of Arise, is not only the most graphically impressive yet, but it also features tons of exploration and dynamic combat to keep you engaged for dozens of hours.
The game is also packed with a lengthy story that you can dive into, similar to the Xenoblade series. If you’re looking for another great RPG to get lost in, Tales of Arise is a great option.
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