Excerpt: Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Bose has to be one of the most highly anticipated RPGs on the PS2. With a variety of improvements over the original Xenosaga , fans have a lot to look forward to. Jenseits von Gut und Bose is German for “Beyond Good and Evil.” How that relates to the game is yet to be seen. In Episode II , you will contend for control over the Zohar to unravel its mystery, and fight to defeat the Gnosis.
Excerpt: Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse, the latest installment in Tetsuya Takahashi's grand series, has finally arrivedÉ but, has Monolith Software been able to address the gameplay shortcomings of Der Wille zur Macht? Shion and company have finally arrived on Second Miltia, a direct continuation of the events from the game's predecessor. This time around, however, the story focuses exclusively on two characters, Rubedo and Albedo.
Excerpt: Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Bose (which means beyond good and evil) is the second game in the ambitious Xenosaga series. Arguably more an interactive movie than a game, Episode II throws away all pretenses of being a conventional RPG. The focus here is clearly on the story rather than the game. You could, in fact, take away all the interactive portions of the game and you wouldn’t lose much.
Excerpt: Diving back into the story of the first Xenosaga title, Xenosaga II: Jenseits von Gut und Bose (Beyond good and Evil) brings a good experience to the table for those who have just started or continue with the saga. Just to preface, I have not played the previous Xenosaga or Xenogears so I am strictly going to address the game itself and not the story. Perhaps this will bring a fresh and unbiased perspective to both the veteran and amateur Xeno-series gamer.
Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Bose Review
11 February 2005
Excerpt: The original Xenosaga broke new ground in the staid field of role-playing game narrative upon its release with its singular, intense devotion to storytelling through cinematic sequences and its memorable cast of characters. Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Bose ("Beyond Good and Evil") shares the same spirit as its dramatic predecessor, incorporating new factions, new intrigues, and new faces into a universe already teeming with complex history.
Pros: Intriguing and engaging storyline, Improved battle system, Great cast
Cons: Character development system stripped-down, Short by RPG standards