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, ...
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 ...
Pros: Fantasic furturstic scenes, sub quests, lovely rpg battle system .
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).
Summary: This reviewer obviously doesnt know much about this particular game series. Yes Xenogears was developed by SquareSoft, but, despite the fact that this is developed by Namco, its still the same team behind the game. They split from SquareSoft shortly after the games US release, hence why it was never released over here. The game itself isn't too bad... but we *needed* to have Episode I released to fully understand the game.
Summary: Xenosaga episode 2 is the second game to be released. The first never made release in this country, and unfortunately the game starts where the first one left off. This is a problem as you CANNOT dive straight into it. Immediately it starts talking about U-TIC, The Zohar's and the song of nephilim. You won't have a clue.