Our first threesome in a long while has us diving into the wild world of Xenoblade Chronicles X, also known as JRPG Skyrim. Plus we take on the Hand of Fate in the latest installment of Oprah’s Game Exchange. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, and Brad Gallaway.

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Richard Naik

Richard Naik

Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Richard received his first console (the NES) at the age of six, and from that point on games have been an integral part of his life, whether it's been frittering summers away with the likes of Mario, Mega Man, and the Zerg or partaking in marathon sessions of Halo, Team Fortress 2 or Left 4 Dead. After being a longtime reader of GameCritics, Richard joined the staff in March of 2009, and over the years Richard grew into the more prominent role of part-time podcast host.

In 2016, he spearheaded a complete rebuild of the GameCritics.com website, earning him the title of Chief Engineer.

His gaming interests are fairly eclectic, ranging from 2D platformers to old-school-style adventure games to RPGs to first-person shooters. So in other words, he’ll play pretty much anything.
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I feel like they’re response to this will be that the game ought to make sense well before the 50 hr mark, considering most games can begin and end a compelling story within 20 hrs.

Glad to know its not silliness all the way, through, though.
Enjoy the podcast! I recommend going back and listening to as much of the older episodes as you can. There’s a lot of things being discussed that are still relevant.


Hi there! I stumbled upon your podcast via player.fm after searching for podcasts discussing Xenoblade Chronicles X. I just want to say, in relation to your comments on XCX having silly writing, things will start to make more sense as you progress further in the story. I felt the same way you do when I first started the game. I’m about 50 hours into it now and I can say that there are reasons for things that initially are confusing early in the story. Expect explanations to some extent, especially if you take on affinity missions as well as story… Read more »