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Xenome Episode 1 Review

By , on July 7, 2010


Xenome Episode 1
Download on the AppStore
5 out of 5

PROS

  • Massive seamless open-world landscape.
  • Strong variety of upgrades and skills to combine.
  • Excellent, engaging storyline.

CONS

  • Screen-flipped controls seem to be bugged.
  • Choppy frame-rate.

VERDICT

Xenome Episode 1 is one of those rare opportunities to enjoy a fully-featured and wholly unique experience on your iDevice and is heartily recommended.


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If you're after the 'next best thing' then here it is; Xenome Episode 1 by Nine Pound Studios is simply stunning in so many ways that it begs the question of how you can manage to follow up after something this epic? Your adventurer in this open-world RPG will stroll, teleport and fight his way around the more than generously sized '5 square mile' desert landscape as you try unravel the mystery of why you're being so hotly pursued by mercenaries and mutants alike.

Xenome is played in a third-person perspective with twin analogue controls to move and look around your new home of Silica Flats. Gameplay will feel familiar to those used to recent MMORPGs, with your attacks firing/swinging automatically while you manage the various skills at your disposal; and there's a LOT of skills to maintain. Besides the usual selection of skills gained upon leveling up, players can harvest XNA from creatures and other humanoids to trade for new passive and active abilities.

It's easy to knock the washed out and low-resolution textures of Xenome, but it's a minor sacrifice that has resulted in a seamless open-world environment with little to no loading times once you're in. The vast distances can be cut short through the use of handy teleporters, but you'll still be clocking in a lot of leg-time in this mammoth RPG.

On top of all of this, the storyline is simply fascinating, with clever hooks and snippets of history that flesh out the world of Xenome for future releases. Xenome cranks everything out almost to 11 and is without a doubt a must play title.

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Comments

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rekz 3 years, 11 months ago

Based on your rec & others, I bought this app.
While it is 3D and interesting, the controls are poor and the leveling up leaves *a lot* to be desired.
Frankly, I'd give it 5 stars for graphics & 3 stars (perhaps 4 if someone is willing to sit in the game) for gameplay.
I like RPG's where you get to custom-out your character with skills & abilities, not just picking among nearly identical stuff.
I will say I have only played the game for >2 hrs, and it worked fine & no problems w/crashing on my iPhone4.  But I didn't like it early on & was playing after ~ 45 min's mostly just to see "Is that all?"
While people said it's like FallOut for iPhone, it really is not.  FallOut has subtle controls, a vast world (altho this world seems fairly large), interactive NPC's, multiple modes of combat, and a huge array of skills and abilities.  This game doesn't seem to have any of that, IMO.
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andrew 3 years, 11 months ago

The comparison to Fallout is something I only see working in terms of basic situation - kept in isolation and brought back in to a post apocalyptic world - and hence why I didn't make the comparison in the review. In retrospect I might have pinged it a little harder for its quests being a bit too generic, but this is the first time I've seen this model of RPG play (skill based with MMO-style controls) work so well and it deserves praise to some degree for that much.