Xenoblade Chronicles Has Given Me OCD

Xenoblade Chronicles has given me OCD. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a serious condition. According to the Federal Medical Encyclopedia, OCD is defined as an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted obsessions, or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions). While playing Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii, I’m afraid I have been afflicted.

Developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo, Xenoblade is truly a stand-alone game. In a market saturated with gun battles, explosions, and action-sequences, the JRPG has been a declining breed in the West. The embraced imports of the 90’s: Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, the Tales series, and Pokemon have been replaced in popularity with pumped-up, testosterone fueled counterparts. All is not lost. For those striving to cure their RPG fix, Xenoblade may just be the answer to your prayers.

Be warned however, this is no ordinary game. Xenoblade is massive in scope, easily surpassing 100+ hours filled with exploration, side quests, and extras to pursue. For “completionist” players like me who prefer to tackle all alternative activities before the main story, this game might just give you a serious case of gaming OCD.

Xenoblade Chronicles

I’ve played expansive titles before don’t get me wrong, but the sheer level at which the open-ended gameplay is presented is at times overwhelming. Xenoblade’s environment almost feels like an MMORPG, with an entire world ripe to explore from the get go. If you’re feeling a little ambitious and decide to travel too far in one direction, you might just encounter a level 95 super beast, who is longing for the opportunity to trample you into the ground. This isn’t a negative aspect of the game, rather, an opportunity to strive for greatness and train your party to the limit. Encountering these almighty creatures littered throughout the landscape makes journeying a mix of vast enjoyment and sudden danger.

The battle system is great, and the adventure elements are well appreciated, but the real kicker is the immeasurable quantity of side quests. This is where obsessive gaming comes into play. After reaching a new area or completing a portion of plot, a plethora of side missions become available to you. Marked with an “!”, characters with this symbol provide the key to many, many quests. These quest-givers are not small in numbers mind you; expect to have dozens of open missions at any given time. Not only must you find the individuals indicated with a floating exclamation point, you must then complete their quest, which can range anywhere from 5 minutes to over an hour. Thus, A cycle of side questing and story questing begins.

When playing Xenoblade, I am over come with an immense need to complete the various extra activities that come my way. Besides a sense of gamer pride, my insistence on completing every single task that crosses my path is fueled by rewards of experience and plentiful amounts of gold.

Therefore, every time I move forward, even slightly, with the main story, I must dedicate an hour or more to my persistent need to collect, complete, and accomplish.

Have you ever experienced an obsessive need to collect or complete things in a video game? Share your story below.

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Taylor Stein

Gamer. Sushi-fanatic. Cartoon enthusiast. Overall big kid. Welcome to my journey throughout the world of video games and all around geekery.

  • Kevin Cormier

    S.t.a.l.k.e.r., morrowind and the king of ocd WOW.

    • Taylor Stein

      Speaking of Morrowind, All of the Elder Scrolls games are pretty intense when it comes to overwhelming extras. My friend bought Skyrim when it had come out (and it was his first Elder Scrolls game). It took him months and months to beat it and he would complain about how stressful the game was.

      Hey I’d rather have skyrim stress than anything else that’s for sure.

  • tanto

    “the JRPG has been a dying breed.”

    anyone who says this is instantly a moron

    • Taylor Stein

      “With the valiant but futile efforts of Project Rainfall, gamers are now forced to face the harsh reality that JRPGs have been dwindling to a nub.” , 1UP.COM


      “Reader Editorial: Save The JRPG”, IGN.COM


      I’m not the only one with this opinion. I’d love to see JRPG’s return to popularity in the West but so far that wish has not been reflective of the current declining trends in the United States.

    • tanto

      Are you an idiot?

      That 1up article was vilified for assuming the project rainfall would fail when all 3 rpgs got localized…………..

      ign is considered a joke

      Tell me what was the highest selling rpg last year? worldwide? the top 5 were all japanese rpgs………..

      before you link please know what your talking about

    • Taylor Stein

      It’s crazy that you can’t have a normal debate with someone without calling the person “moron” or “idiot”, pretty intelligent guy. To assert that the JRPG has not declined in popularity in the United States since the 90’s is ludicrous. Let’s take a look at the top 10 bestselling video games of 2011 which are a mix of shooters (Battlefield 3, MW3, GoW3), and a few miscellaneous titles with Skyrim being the only RPG on the list.

      The Top list for the USA in 2000 looks pretty different with several pokemon titles and even a final fantasy game on the list.

      Just because “The highest selling rpg last year? worldwide? the top 5 were all japanese rpgs” does not in any way negate the decline in the United States. The fact is, most gamers in the U.S. as a whole, prefer shooters or non-traditional rpgs like the Mass Effect series over Dragon Quest for example.

    • Dre

      Whoa this guy is crazy! I’m with you Tay, I am a huge RPG fanatic but no one seems to appreciate them any more. Everyone has CoD fever, it’s a shame but I’m with you. And hey buddy lighten up will you

    • tanto

      I might seem crazy, but when you generalize and sensationalize, who is the crazy one? I am trying to teach you all but your fighting back

    • Taylor Stein


      Haha I know right. The real shame is that my article isn’t even about all of this nonsense! It’s just a little editorial about how I enjoyed Xenoblade. People get intense huh?

    • Dre

      Tanto I think you mean “you’re” not “your” lol

    • tanto

      Please, you knew exactly what you were doing when you added that. I am trying to teach you why its silly

    • Taylor Stein

      Look Tanto, I’m sorry that my opinions offended you but don’t take it so personally aright?? I respect your assertions, I just disagree with them. I don’t appreciate how you approached the situation, (pretty aggressively) but I wanted to hear what you had to say so I didn’t block you. Let’s agree to disagree and squash the issue!

    • Dre

      Let’s get in a circle, hold hands, and sing Kumbaya!

    • tanto

      fine we can move on, but next time you write a positive article you dont have to preface it with something negative

      a writers tip

    • Taylor Stein

      OCD doesn’t seem too positive of a subject, so no tip needed. Have a nice day!

  • Christopher Fryar

    FF7 & FF13, GTA3 and 4 all had me up crazy hours of the night until I completed my side-quests.

  • Taylor Stein

    I’ve played all of those games (FF7 is a personal favorite), but trust me Xenoblade has way more side quests! How did you like FF13 btw?

  • Jstone800

    Yup I know what you mean. I’m taking a short break from Xenoblade to take on another game called Dragons Dogma. Boy oh boy….

  • Xenophobia

    Have you played Xenogears or FF Tactics????

    all time cult favorite

  • Taylor Stein

    You know what, I’ve always wanted to play Xenogears. I definitely need to get my hands on it one of these days. I LOVE FF Tactics though, great suggestions!

  • Xenophobia

    Glad to hear that your up for it… my all time favorite RPG.

    I heard its on the PSN network for a reasonable price, unless you prefer the hard copy

  • Xenophobia

    its made by the same company that made Xenogears… Monolith.

    I’m playing Xenoblade right now…. but yeah, I cant wait to see you get your hands on Xenogears. Then you can experience first hand why this game is considered a cult classic as one of the all time great.

    It was considered pretty controversial at the time due to its heavy religious story undertone. Xenogears was one of those games that was ahead of it’s time.

    After Monolith split from Square they went on to make Xenosaga… but it fails to live up to what Xenogears had to offer.

    But yeah, I cant wait for you to get your hand’s on Xenogears… it should take you about 70+ hours of gameplay. And if possible, I would be interested to read your opinion on it when your done.

  • Taylor Stein

    I usually prefer to have the hard copy, I’ll scan for it on ebay one of these days.

    Once in awhile I try to have a “throwback day” where I play a bunch of older games. I think I should turn it into a throwback week and make room for Xenogears. Wait is it connected to Xenoblade in anyway?

  • Taylor Stein

    I did the same thing! Except with Max Payne 3 instead. Isn’t Dragon’s Dogma a really big, open-world game too? You have your work cut out for you my friend lol.

  • Taylor Stein

    Wow it sounds awesome. I’m really into video games that have a well crafted, developed story.

    I’ll let you know when I buy it! And hey if it’s as good as you say, you can definitely expect an article from me 😀

  • matthew urben

    xenoblades is one of those games that makes me tempted to get a wii. it looks great and i love sidequests. and as for the so called decline in jrpg i for one am doing my part in making sure jrpg are being made by going out and buying those games.

  • Taylor Stein

    Xenoblade Chronicles is one of those games that made me dust off my Wii and finally play it :) It’s a great addition to any RPG fan’s collection and it got me back into the zone. I’ve gone back and played FF8 and Chrono Trigger since then, gotta love the classic RPG goodness.