Summary: this game is't bad per say, but the fact that only episode II was released in the uk can make things a little confusing. to top it all off, the included dvd didn't really make the events of episode I very clear. the combat can be confusing and repetetive at times, but can also be enjoyable. if you can find this game cheap, i'd reccomend it as a time-killer between bigger and/or better titles.
Summary: Although gamers in the UK have been extremely unlucky (unless able to play US games) not to be able to play the first game in this awesome series, Xenosaga II is a great game. Not sure why the other two games were not brought out here in the UK, as this is a series, and although Xenosaga III will not be released in the UK, it finishes off the story fantastically (shame on you Namco!).
Excerpt: Sadly, there was no European release of 'Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht'; with 'Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Bose', Namco included a Bonus Special Movie DVD in the package (the game itself coming on 2 DVDs). Graphically it's gorgeous. The environments are sleek, smooth and stylish; the palette lightly-toned as there tend to be greys over blacks. The game is heavy on the cut-scenes, which were really well done, and fortunately, these can be skipped.
Summary: The story is pretty good, but it can be a bit confusing at times. Especially by the fact that I never played the first game. It's really sad they never released the first episode in Europe. Sure, they included a 6 hour video disc to enable you to catch up, but it just isn't the same as playing the game. The characters are OK, but for some reason they changed Shion into a obnoxious b*tch. Why? Overall graphics are Ok, but also very bland.
Excerpt: I found this game to be fun with an interesting concept of switching between playable people and robots. Sometimes i found it quite confusing at first but gradually got into it. There are mini like sub quests inside this game. Lacks addictiveness and sometimes a bit stiff and repetitive at times. I must say i did love the CGI scenes and at times the screen was a flare of colours and beautiful scenery with a futuristic concept. A nice storyline with sub quests.
Pros: Fantasic furturstic scenes, sub quests, lovely rpg battle system .
Excerpt: Back in the days when the original PlayStation was still the console to own, RPG gaming was in something of a golden period. Fans could barely move for quality titles; as if the glut of Final Fantasy's and the majestic Grandia were not enough, there was a veritable feast of sleeper-hits that included Harvest Moon, Suikoden, Alundra and Legend Of Legaia to tuck into as well.
Summary: This game is a brilliant rpg, the first good rpg i've played on the ps2. the storyline is absolutley outstounding with so many twists and mystery shrounding each charactor it is the most complex story ive ever seen in a game, far ahead of any final fantasy game, it just completely draws you in.
Summary: Where to start the first episode never saw the light of day here in the UK. So you need to watch the DVD that will shed the light but it was too long. Overall the game is crafted very beautifully, some really good cut scenes, and FMV sequences (bit long though). Would def recommend it to my friends, but only the most harderned gamer even at that they will still find it a strain on the brain (as first timers will find it boring and frustrating).