Summary: As a HUGE, RPG fan. I adore this game. I love interesting in depth stories and this game offers just that with tons of cutscenes and of great length. Which is what I adore about this game. This is an RPG, a game that focuses on story. For someone to complain about how well told the story is, or to complain about how in depth the story goes, is ridiculous. RPGs are all about the story. And IMO, there is no better story than this game. It could easily be a full on movie.
Summary: If you're a RPG fan, Xenosaga chapter one, "The Way to Power," is very much a score IF you have patience. The animation is anime-esque, and you will experience the love-or-hate cutscenes. Cutscenes are frequently 15+ mins, and the timeframe between save points is about 1.5 hours. Get comfortable. The characters are very well done. You will meet diverse beings ranging from scientists to cyborgs to Realians (nice Terminators) to angels. The main characters, KOS-MOS and Jr.
Summary: If you're a RPG fan, Xenosaga chapter one, "The Way to Power," is very much a score IF you have patience. The animation is anime-esque, and you will experience the love-or-hate cutscenes. Cutscenes are frequently 15+ mins, and the timeframe between save points is about 1.5 hours. Get comfortable. The characters are very well done. You will meet diverse beings ranging from scientists to cyborgs to Realians (nice Terminators) to angels.
Summary: Being part of a 6 episode series, Der Wille zur Macht is an excellent opening to the world of Xenosaga. In this episode, you play as Shion Usuki, along with 5 other companions, who are caught in the middle of a galaxy-wide scandal. After Shion's ship is attacked by Gnosis, which are aliens from the imaginary dimension, the battle android she is working on mysteriously wakes itself up to save the ship. Enough of the plot, now for the actual game itself.
Here comes another "Get the God-Send" type of review...
10 May 2004
Summary: Here you are; my review. "Indeed, I would have greatly prefered background music during the Quest Mode, and a boss theme outside of the final battle (as good as it was), but "Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht" is easily, a game (nay, story) that has the most complicated, deep, and questionable in a good way, plot that I have ever stumbled upon, seeing as how I bought it on a whim. Extraordinarily recommended by myself and a few others.
Summary: Xenosaga is a prequel and reinventing of the world in which Xenogears took place. Whether the precise same history will unfold remains to be seen; I'm rather hoping that Xenogears will be re-issued and somewhat rewritten for PS2 (or will that be PS3 by the time they reach it?) when the story arc advances that far.
Summary: I'll write this review at the risk of unfounded backlash. I mainly focus on the story aspects of RPGs, so I'll start with that. I've heard this game has the best story in any RPG. I've played maybe 15-20 hours and the main character frustrated me so much that I stopped after the realization came to me that she would not wise up. I don't want to wait another 20 hours before the story gets "great". This game is, well, as many games are, for kids.
Summary: Square has always been known for making some of the most innovative, interactive, and interesting games in the video market today. Starting back in 1990 with Final Fantasy, the company has exploded into other RPG's, strategy, action, and even fighting games to thrill their audiences with. But when the designer of one of their popular titles "Xenogears," Tetsuya Takahashi, asked to make a prequel series of his project, he was denied.
Summary: When I saw the previews of Xenosaga on TV, I couldn't help but want this game. Everything about it looked absolutely stunning. When I purchased this game last year, that's exactly what it was like, "stunning to the eye." However, when I played through this game, I couldn't help feel like it wasn't a game I was playing, but an interactive movie. Cutscenes were long, the graphics are too gorgeous to believe, and the voice overs are done well.
Summary: Don't be put off by the lengthy cutscenes! Although you'll find your hands idle for forty-minutes-and-more intervals, the cinematography in this game is gorgeous and well worth the wait. The music is not as good as in Chrono Cross -- none of it really stands out, but enjoyable nonetheless. Gameplay and battling is typical of RPG fantasies. An interesting battle feature is Boosting; pay attention to it in the tutorials. The plot is involved and unfolds slowly.