Mar '23 Monthly Game Club - Xanadu Next

Welcome to our first game of the monthly game club! It's a community project where we nominate games, a random one gets selected, and then we play it throughout the month and share our experiences.

The first game that got selected is **_XANADU NEXT_**. Developed by Falcom and released in 2005 for PC (and N-Gage), it's an action RPG. Xseed brought the game out in English in 2016.


Nominated by @"Tradegood"#510, here's what they have to say about it:


In Xanadu did Kubla Khan

> A stately pleasure-dome decree:

> Where Alph, the sacred river, ran

> Through caverns measureless to man

> Down to a sunless sea.

> So twice five miles of fertile ground

> With walls and towers were girdled round;

> And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,

> Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;

> And here were forests ancient as the hills,

> Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.


But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted

> Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!

> A savage place! as holy and enchanted

> As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted

> By woman wailing for her demon-lover!

> And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,

> As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,

> A mighty fountain momently was forced:

> Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst

> Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,

> Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail:

> And mid these dancing rocks at once and ever

> It flung up momently the sacred river.

> Five miles meandering with a mazy motion

> Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,

> Then reached the caverns measureless to man,

> And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean;

> And ’mid this tumult Kubla heard from far

> Ancestral voices prophesying war!

> The shadow of the dome of pleasure

> Floated midway on the waves;

> Where was heard the mingled measure

> From the fountain and the caves.

> It was a miracle of rare device,

> A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!


A damsel with a dulcimer

> In a vision once I saw:

> It was an Abyssinian maid

> And on her dulcimer she played,

> Singing of Mount Abora.

> Could I revive within me

> Her symphony and song,

> To such a deep delight ’twould win me,

> That with music loud and long,

> I would build that dome in air,

> That sunny dome! those caves of ice!

> And all who heard should see them there,

> And all should cry, Beware! Beware!

> His flashing eyes, his floating hair!

> Weave a circle round him thrice,

> And close your eyes with holy dread

> For he on honey-dew hath fed,

> And drunk the milk of Paradise.

### Where to get Xanadu Next

  • - Steam
  • - [GOG](
  • - [Humble](
  • ### Media



  • - Official website
  • - [HG101 article](
  • - [RPG Site's Casual Mode discussion](
  • - [Interview with producer Shinya Yamada](
  • ### Join us!

    Have you played _Xanadu Next_ before? Are you gonna give it a go this month? Share your experiences as you play it. Be sure to use spoiler tags where appropriate.

    I am definitely joining in on Xanadu Next. I‘ve been on a Falcom kick lately from this era, so luck is on my side with this game being chosen. I dig the 3D graphics a lot, it seems like they’ve aged well. Curious if the gameplay has as well… I haven‘t played it before aside from booting it once or twice. I think I’ll give it a go on Steam Deck and see how that treats me.

    Oh I’m super down for this. I love the Ys games of this era of Falcom but have never gotten to this game.

    Ooo, this looks doable! I'm gonna give it a shot.

    well, I actually did buy xanadu next for my n-gage. I can‘t play stuff easily right now but I’ll see if I can dig it out and give it a proper go.

    great game. I know @xhekros is a fan


    @“Brett”#p106478 it seems like they’ve aged well. Curious if the gameplay has as well

    it has!

    Yay! I hope we all have fun! It has gamepad support (it takes some getting used to), but if you're using keyboard and mouse - the mouse is not locked to the game, which for an action rpg is not totally ideal, so you can do a workaround on windows 10 following these steps:


  • 1. Right-click the desktop and open settings. You will see the options for customizing your display.

  • >!
  • 2. You will discover that the alignment of your screens is side-by-side. Ideally, this is the primary reason why your mouse is moving freely from one monitor to the next.

  • >!
  • 3. Click on the monitor labeled 2, drag it, and place it diagonally to the 1st screen. Like this:

  • >!
  • 4. Problem solved. If you want to move the mouse across the two screens, the only way to do it is by moving the cursor diagonally. Otherwise, the cursor will lock to the primary screen.
  • Dang im almost done monstrum nox and its right into another falcom game

    Might have to sit this month out unless I find a way to Monkey D. Luffy it, but I just want to say that I love this project and I think it's really cool that @Tradegood wrote such a neat poem about the game

    I started playing this a few months ago but didn't get very far as I had some very strange controller mapping issues. Looking forward to joining in with this.

    ooh I‘m in, can’t wait! Downloading to my Steam Deck as we speak. Thanks for organizing this, it's a real fun idea.

    Good excuse to try something new! I don‘t think I’ve really played any Falcom games other than the SNES port of Ys III, if that counts.

    @“Gaagaagiins”#p106506 Thx! I, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, wrote it in 1797 while high on opium and it helped spawn the romanticist movement. People loved hearing about China from someone who‘s never left England! ~(~(sorry i’m a history nerd and its from one of my favorite eras :crazy_face:))


    @“thebryanjzx90”#p106514 SNES port of Ys III

    If that's the only Falcom game you've played, you're in for a treat! I am not particularly fond of the SNES Ys III (the hit boxes were sadistic) and I can assure you every Falcom game is better, some tremendously so.

    @“Tradegood”#p106526 Genesis Ys III is the best Ys III but it is a very grindy game where you're expected to play it like an RPG and take some hits from certain enemies.

    @“IncompatibleKaiser”#p106528 Yeah, I just would always grind in that opening cave for half an hour and then die and lose all my progress.

    The music slaps though

    Good stuff, I'm in and excited!!!

    Class is cancelled tomorrow so I stayed up late, got through the first couple hours and beat the first area‘s boss. Never played a game like this before but I’m loving it! Maybe a weird comparison but it‘s making me think of Evergrace a lot. Sadly I couldn’t get the game working properly on my Steam Deck, it ran really well but the video during the opening cutscene wouldn‘t play, so I just hopped over to my PC. I’m curious if other folks have been able to get it working alright, since I would still love to play it on my Steam Deck, this seems like a great commute/bedtime game.

    Also, I‘m really surprised at how pretty this game is! It’s got a look to it that I really love! I just wish I had more control over the camera, or maybe a first-person/photo mode. Pics from the first lil bit of the game under the details tab:


    @“Tradegood”#p106525 don't know whether or not @“Gaagaagiins”#p106506 was joking, but I find the idea of a person in the year 2023 playing some JRPG and being inspired by it to write this particular poem of all things quite hilarious. A very neat poem indeed!

    @“frog”#p106539 FWIW I‘m having no trouble on Steam Deck, and there’s a widely-used community controller layout that seems pretty good!