GamerNode Associate Editor Anthony LaBella writes: "My experience with Xenoblade Chronicles boils down to a perpetual sense of nostalgia and wonderment. I was raised on the epic grandeur of titles like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VII, and the standout qualities of those JRPG classics are rampant throughout Xenoblade Chronicles. Nostalgia isn’t a crutch here, as the game touts plenty of forward-thinking ideas that cater to the modern-day gamer. This balancing act is Xenoblade Chronicles‘ most impressive feat, especially considering the JRPG’s continual degradation in recent years. The mix of old and new injects life into the genre and shows other JRPG developers how to get it right."