Excerpt: Yet another masterpiece from the makers of all Final Fantasy games, SquareSoft has brought us another excellent RPG, called Xenogears. Xenogears was first released in Japan and there were alot of doubts that the game will ever hit shelves in the US. There was a rumor that there was alot of religion talk in the game. But Square denied that rumor and later on released Xenogears in the states.
Excerpt: Be prepared to love Xenogears , and there’s a lot to love. At 70+ hours, you’ll be playing for a long time. But I warn you: not everyone will be “wowed” by the look of this game. And let’s be honest, if you don’t like polygons, you’re probably not even reading this. All polygons aside, Xenogears looks great. You’ll see bright, colorful backgrounds that change with the story, awesome magic effects, anime cut-scenes, and creative animation, all handled with style.
Excerpt: Just looking at the large pixels in the game’s character models, Xenogears may appear to be a low-budget, second-rate game. However, it doesn’t take more than an hour or two of play to realize that this title is so much more.
Excerpt: Xenogears is a complex, lengthy tale of racial superiority, religion, reincarnation and self-discovery. At the beginning, you find yourself in the role of Fei, a young man with amnesia who is adopted by a small village, only to become it's demise when waring forces from Kislev and Aveh force him into a mechanized robot, or "Gear" in hopes of stopping the conflict.
Pros: Involving Story, Button-Combo Fighting System, Mechs, Numerous mini-games and things to find
Cons: Most graphics are heavily pixelated, Lengthy Story segments, Camera is not always helpful
Excerpt: There's no middle ground when it comes to this RPG. Why? Most likely, it's because Xenogears is a massive undertaking, a game with a provocative story that questions the basis of Western belief, while, at the same time, struggling to be what it essentially is: a game. Think that's confusing? You have no idea.