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Monolith's X preview

X marks the hot

To those unsatisfied with Mario's Wii U looks, here is where all the graphics went. Monolith Soft takes Nintendo's modest current gen box and gives us nothing less than a next-gen world, as tall as it is wide, ready to be roamed, raced or rocket-jumped. All are applicable, thanks to the snazzy transforming 'doll' mechs at the heart of Tetsuya Takahashi's futuristic vision.

Sprout a pair of wings and the jagged vista stretches for miles below you; streamline into a bike and the same plains are yours to tear up. Run into a beast the size of a mountain and you need only pop out your tank turret to even the odds.

If the Xenoblade creator is clearly trading on the scale and systems of his Wii masterpiece - the battle interface is lifted wholesale and the continent is dotted with familiar trinkets - he's pushing his ideas to insane extremes.

Thirty seconds of trailer pass in a blur of gleaming metropolises, clanking industrial lines, herbivores the size of skyscrapers, Aurora Borealis-flecked skies and a groaning mass of twisted metal so big it blots out the moon. Sights so epic they make Gaur Plains look like a trip to your local recreation grounds.

Among the jaw-wobbling sights hide hints of the story to come. An ominous billboard shows... something depleting from 60 to 59

per cent and we spy a fleet of attack ships guarding a dark spire. Who's willing to bet mankind's resources are running low and they're not the only people looking for a solution?

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There are also persistent hints of multiplayer co-op, from the unnamed players trotting behind our hero in the field to sightings of a chat log in the game's first reveal.

While we doubt the story-obsessed Takahashi is ready to go full MMO, would it be so bad to share the world with some chums? There are certainly enough graphics to go round.

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  1. DstryrEU Monday 5th Aug 2013 at 12:29

    I cannot wait for this game.

  2. Twinkle Monday 5th Aug 2013 at 13:22

    This game looks amazing! Can't wait to see it!

  3. Time-Bomb Monday 5th Aug 2013 at 13:37

    I never played Xenoblade and don't really know what a JRPG is but this looks like a must-have! Do we know when it'll be released roughly?

  4. SmgUk Monday 5th Aug 2013 at 13:44

    What's this game about? I got interested because it has Mechs so is it like Armoured Core? Transformers?

  5. SuperNintyFan333 Monday 5th Aug 2013 at 14:39

    What's this game about? I got interested because it has Mechs so is it like Armoured Core? Transformers?

    No its a sequel to a fantasy jrpg on an epic scale with a huge beautiful landscape, creative character and enemy design, an engaging storyline and one of the best soundtracks ever made.

  6. SuperNintyFan333 Monday 5th Aug 2013 at 14:43

    I never played Xenoblade and don't really know what a JRPG is but this looks like a must-have! Do we know when it'll be released roughly?



    You should really buy it. I am still playing it and it has plenty of depth, content and replay value. Even a superior sequel will not make xenoblade any less essential.

  7. dunc247 Monday 5th Aug 2013 at 15:56

    ^ this

  8. Argenthor Monday 5th Aug 2013 at 17:45

    I never played Xenoblade and don't really know what a JRPG is but this looks like a must-have! Do we know when it'll be released roughly?


    A JRPG is a Japanese Role Playing Game - basically just a RPG made in Japan! They are normally quite distinctive from western RPGs though in terms of character/world design. Think Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest etc...

  9. Xenoblade Hero Monday 5th Aug 2013 at 18:13

    This is looking absolutely amazing. Here's hoping for some cameo's to crop up so this feel like a true "sequel" to the confused ending of the previous excellent game

  10. liveswired Monday 5th Aug 2013 at 18:29

    Looks freakin' awesome. But is this open world or bite sized chunks like Monster Hunter?

  11. Komodo_Wolfgang Monday 5th Aug 2013 at 18:57

    This is looking absolutely amazing. Here's hoping for some cameo's to crop up so this feel like a true "sequel" to the confused ending of the previous excellent game

    This.

    Though I STILL haven't finished it, I eventualy got stuck and lost interest. I sometimes go on and run around the Leg fields (SO PRETTY!) That was one gorgeous game, and this one looks like an excuse to buy a WiiU!
    So that's; Pikmin 3, ZombiiU and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate I consider must haves to get a WiiU.

  12. Element187 Monday 5th Aug 2013 at 20:53

    "modest current gen box and gives us nothing less than a next-gen world"

    Do you really have to take the trolls talking points on?

    Nintendo already proved the box was well beyond anything the ps3/x360 can do.

    Just look at Pikmin 3. Dynamic lighting, the leaves REALLY high above causing dynamic shadows on the ground as it sways in the wind. The bokeh (depth of field) effect looks so clean and high quality. Miles better than the Ps3/360 bokeh that looks like someone shmeared vaseline all over the camera lense (I'm looking at you Assassin's Creed)

    The rock, plants, sand, water textures in Pikmin 3 are beyond anything the PS3/x360 can do. With only 512mb it just doesn't have the memory to make lifelike worlds like the WiiU has shown.

    And thats not even the best of what this console can do. THis is just the first real Wii U game (Nintendoland and NSMBU doesn't count, they look like they could run on ps3/360).... Mario Kart 8 is going to be the game that knocks everyone on the ground when they play it (it looked amazing at Bestbuy)

    But in the meantime, can we not use the talking points of trolls calling the Wii U current gen? Its vastly superior than the ps360.

  13. MatthewONM Monday 5th Aug 2013 at 21:19

    "modest current gen box and gives us nothing less than a next-gen world"

    Do you really have to take the trolls talking points on?


    Ha! I'm pretty sure this is the first time the Official Nintendo Magazine has ever been accused of trolling the Wii U!

    Dude, the comment was a compliment. If we get butthurt over praise, heaven knows how we'll deal with actual criticism. We all know by now what the Wii U is and isn't capable of - I was simply pointing out how much of a gap there was between X and everything else on the system.

  14. Ben of Bordeaux Monday 5th Aug 2013 at 22:08

    Xenogears >> Xenosaga >> Xenoblade >> X

    Tetsuya Takahashi is GOD !

  15. The_BAAD_Man Tuesday 6th Aug 2013 at 04:21

    I need to finish Xenoblade Chronicles and get a Wii U so I can play this!

  16. Leo Wright Thursday 8th Aug 2013 at 22:08

    I'm just hoping that it has local co-op to me that would be incredibly awesome. I'd love to sit next to my wife with one of us watching the TV and the other watching the Gamepad sometimes fighting side by side and other times working on 2 different side quests simultaneously.

  17. icerzerocool Sunday 25th Aug 2013 at 00:58

    Though I was so speechless at the graphic but this game offers a lot more than just great graphic. Don't easily hype by its appearence. It's the new gameplay that matters and for sure Nintendo won't let us down!

  18. blackwhitesoul Monday 26th Aug 2013 at 01:20

    just finished the first one took 120 hours I explored the world done side quests but still so many left to do and monsters that where still kicking my ass lol value for money!

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