I did not buy this at release because I was not sure but after seeing it is 91 plus reviews I had to give it a go. As a long time gamer this totally renewed my love for RPG's. Graphics are good for the Wii and the world is so beautiful it looks to equal any HD PS3 or XBox360 game in vidual effects. The world is open and you will be happily surprised with the size and volume of this game.
Characters are well balanced and easy to swop in and out of your fighting group depending on your situation and just how much fun you're having. This game really comes a live with the story and combat. The story is one of the best in any RPG with plenty of war and death to make you want to travel the world in revenge. There are many new ideas in the ways characters interact with each other and all make the game much the better.
The combat system may be similar to other RPG's. Physical attacks, magic attack, curing and protecting but Xenoblade Chronicals adds much more with chains, breaks, and a new system to fight mechanical enemies. The conrols are very easy to use. I used the Classic Controller and it's as easy to use as any console RPG.
In the end I just could not fault this game in any way. There is so many side quests and things to do like crafting, hunting rare monsters, rebuilding a small city. You will never run out of things to do. This is a truely beautiful game and I am instantly a fan. Definitely a must own for any Wii gamer.
I gave it 5 stars but out of 100 it would have to be easily a 94/95.