Xenoblade Chronicles mixes classic RPG action with elements of Arthurian legend as gamers take control of Shulk, the only young man capable of safely wielding a mythical sword known as the Monado. Players guide Shulk, along with his friends Fiora, Reyn, Sharla, and Dunban, on an epic journey across the Bionis and the Mechonis, a landmass formed entirely by the corpses of two great titans. Along the way they'll battle scores of mechanical, insect-like beings known as the "Mechon" that can only be defeated by the Monado's blade.<br><br>Xenoblade Chronicles offers an open world ready to be explored, giving gamers the freedom to travel anywhere they please. During his journey, Shulk will form three-man parties and establish "Affinity" with his companions and various characters he meets, opening up new locations, quests, and dialogue options. Battles occur automatically once foes get within a certain distance, but players have the ability to move freely when in combat, unleashing special moves known as "Arts" and teaming up with the other two members of their party to perform powerful chain attacks. Victories ensure experience points for leveling up characters, and treasure chests left behind by the defeated often contain new weapons and armor.