Character Battle: Xenoblade Chronicles vs The Last Story

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

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Editor’s Note: This article discusses characters in Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story. It tries its best to remain spoiler-free, but some things can’t be avoided. SPOILERS have been HIDDEN; you will not be able to see them unless you highlight the hidden text. So we encourage everyone to read on with confidence whether you’ve finished the game(s) or not!

Also: Don’t ruin the fun! Discussion of SPOILERS in this article should be avoided. There’s a fine spot for that kind of talk, but it’s not here!

Welcome to ‘Character Battle’, an originally named new series of articles that we hope you enjoy and become involved with. If this article entertains you then let us know, in the comments, what ‘Character Battles’ you’d like us to do in the future… and tell ya friends.

By now you’ve all probably played both Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story. If you haven’t, what’s wrong with you? Stop reading this article now and go buy them… seriously, they’re pretty nifty.

Not only are both these games pretty nifty (awesome), they also share a lot of similarities with each other, namely the seven main characters that make up your questing party. So us at Oprainfall thought it would be cool to put the characters to battle and ask you, our lovely, loyal readers, to vote on who you think the ultimate victor should be; in what we are calling *cue explosive music* ‘Character Battle: Xenoblade Chronicles vs The Last Story!’  Needless to say this is going to cause quite a debate, but hey! It’s only a bit of fun… right?

So without further ado, let’s go to battle…

BATTLE 1: The Hero











The protagonists of their respective games. Like many JPRG heroes, these two have the weight of the world on their shoulders, and boy do they like whining about it. Sure, it can’t be easy knowing you’re the ‘only one’ that can save the world, mankind and its cookies…but stop going on about it! We all have our own issues to deal with y’know!

Having said that, both chaps do have some remarkable character traits that are quite inspiring. Shulk’s sheer determination to never give up, even if he does come across as being quite selfish, really makes you root for the fella. Even when there’s a bigger ‘evil’ to deal with, Shulk still has that one goal in mind, and nothing’s going to stop him from accomplishing it.  He also has the power of the Monado, which allows him to see into the future, and let’s face it – that’s a pretty handy party trick to have.

Zael, on the other hand, is a conflicted soul. He has led a life working as a mercenary just to make ends meet. His dreams of becoming a Knight are presented to him, but at a cost that becomes realized over time. What’s a spikey-haired, JRPG hero to do? Like Shulk, Zael gains a mysterious ability known as the ‘Power of the Outsider’. This power is granted to those that bear the mark of the outsider, and allows Zael to use the power of ‘Gathering’. Essentially this puts all the focus on Zael, in battle; so all the enemies will attack him rather than his companions. That’s a pretty selfless act don’t you think?

So who wins? Is it Shulk’s determination or Zael’s selflessness? VOTE NOW!

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  • I generally voted for The Last Story characters in this one.  I just prefer The Last Story to Xenoblade.  That said, did Syrenne remind anyone of Bender from Futurama?  They were both foul mouthed and ran on alcohol!

  • Last Story’s characters put Xeno to shame. If there was one driving force in TLS, it was the characters.

  • I can deal Riki’s ‘annoyance’ because he’s one of the best characters in the game. 

  • It was kinda a tie between Riki (hilarious but deeply sympathetic creature) and Yurick (who had a moment of character development + depth). As for the others, Xenoblade Chronicles!
    It’s just that in my opinion, the Xenoblade Chronicles characters have more depth in general than those of TLS game. Secondly, if I ever go on a JRPG adventure, I’d rather travel with the determined destiny-breakers than some Zelos Wilder-reject (no offence Lowell), Rangiku Matsumoto’s sister, too-naive/ignorant princess (hell, Luke fon Fabre was as just naive/ignorant, but we all know that the guy became a major hero-boss) and a Rei Ayanami girl.
    Okay, that leaves Zael and Dagran, but they both can’t be compared to Shulk and Dunban, though, Zael is probably my most favourite hero of The Last Story.

  • John Ellis

    Some of these choices are hard, with Mystics  I was very tempted by Melia, what with her being a well defined character, but I went with Mirania since she’s so funny, plus the women who voiced her was in Ashes to Ashes:)

  • Jono

    Xenoblade won every won by a long shot, except the Love Interest (I LOVED Calista, and Fiora really annoyed me sometimes) and the companion (Yurick is probably my favorite character of either game; his great voice actor probably had something to do with that, and the fact that he wasn’t a one-sided character in the slightest.)

  • My god the simliarity between the characters in each game are hilarious and uncanny. I’ve yet to play Xenoblade Chronicles, so I can’t compare most of the characters… but from what I’ve read, last story characters seem far more interesting most of the time.. especially the leads x.x

  • I went with Shulk for the first one. Zael’s selflessness allowed him to become a knight and (presumably) leader of Lazulis Island. Shulk’s determination allowed him to create his own Monado and become a God in his own right.
    Calista, hands down, no competition. Fiora’s cool, but she just doesn’t match up to noble who can kick ass and take names. Plus, I love that she can summon a beast to your aid; that was one of the things I loved about Yuna in FF:X.

    Much as I love Dunban, Dagran does an amazing job leading his mercenary group. He’s always securing jobs from clients so they can actually feed themselves without so much as a “thank you” from the rest of the troupe. Dunban is handy in battle and a good person to talk to; Dagran has both those qualities and more.

    Again, hands down to Lowell. Lowell’s accent just makes his lines that much funnier, and his constant banter with Syrenne is just fantastic. xD I do still love Reyn, but Lowell is just funnier.

    Sharla – after all she’s been through, she’s still able to keep a level head and hold it up high. I love Syrenne’s character, and she makes me laugh, but I admire Sharla so much more for her inner strength. Plus, she makes a great healer!

    <3 Mirania. As someone who loves nature and the outdoors, this was a no-brainer for me. I also like the way she's seemingly spaced out all the time. xD Melia's cool, but her low HP and defensive stats really irritate me. So does her inability to tell Shulk how she feels, and then losing her chance. I did feel a little sorry for her, but come on man. 

    Riki and Yurick… it was hard to choose between the two, but I eventually settled on Riki because he, at least, is jovial. I'm not a fan of his immaturity though. Yurick's cynicism really ticked me off, as did the fact that he was so closed to everyone for a long while; he did end up opening up a little at the end though. I have to say, I did really enjoy that sidequest where you go into the haunted mansion, if only to see Yurick get the pants scared off him.

  • Dunban. Loved him at the start and loved him at the end.

  • As the author of this article, I am unable to vote, but incase you were all wondering my choices would be:

    Shulk, Fiora, Dunban, Reyn, Syrenne, Mirania and Yurick

  • DunbansBiggestFanForever

    Awesome article. I personally love all the characters equally. But Xenoblade I liked a tad more. 

  • DunbansBiggestFanForever

    DUNBAN ALL THE WAAAAAAAAAAAAY Dagran you can go die lol 

  • DunbansBiggestFanForever

    Mirania…nuff said. Melia I love you but its just the way it has to be. 

  • Voted mostly for Xenoblade other than Miriana just because she was pretty and had a lovely voice.

  • These were tough for me. I haven’t voted for any of them yet because I can only say for sure that I’d vote for Lowell. They’re all good at what they do.

  • Most people are going to vote according to which game they liked more, not which individual characters are the best independent of the game, so  most votes will go to Xenoblade being that it is the more popular of the two games.

    • You’d think that. But check out the current results, its pretty close.

  • air_dex

    Not especially agree with all the associations :
    – Shulk vs. Zael , Dunban vs. Dagran and Reyn vs. Lowell : that’s OK for me. Hero vs. Hero, Leader vs. Leader and Badass vs. Badass (not jokers, especially for Reyn).
    – Fiora vs. Callista : disagree. A “Princess vs. Princess” Melia vs. Callista would be better.
    – Melia vs. Mirania : they have nothing in common. Mirania is closer to Sharla than Melia (“happy” childhood and they care for people). A “Medic battle” Sharla vs. Mirania is more logical.
    – Sharla vs. Syrenne : why not for the girl power, but Sharla’s better battle is versus Mirania, so this battle is not convenient. A “Fiora vs. Syrenne” for Girl Power or a “Riki vs. Syrenne” for being the most effusive person of the team are better batlles for Syrenne. If non playable characters are included, why not a “Fiora vs. Meredith”.
    – Riki vs.Yurick : nothing in common, so there is no reason to get such a battle. Riki and Yurick are more convenient for battles with non playable characters of both games. Battles like “Alvis vs.Yurick” for the Mystic and “Riki vs. Horace” for a real sidekick battle are more logical.

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