Xenogears follows protagonist Fei Fong Wong and several others as they journey to uncover the truth behind mysterious, cabalistic entities operating in their world. The principles and philosophies of Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung influence the plot, character design, and world of Xenogears. Additionally, the symbols, theological concepts, and devotional practices of several world religions are represented in fictionalized forms in the game. Major psychological themes are the nature of identity and human memory, particularly as these relate to the phenomenon of dissociative identity disorder. The relationship between humanity and machines is central to the game's plot, as indicated by the presence of giant robots dubbed "gears," which almost each playable character can control.
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Ein Spiel voller Animekrankheiten.
Jeder ist absolut Übermächtig. Jeder Gegner ist 100x stärker als man selbst, dazu kommen alle 2 Stunden neue bis dahin unbekannte Fraktionen, die natürlich noch viel übermächtiger sind und alle Spielszenen absolut unglaubwürdig werden lassen.
Der Plot ist an keiner Stelle nachvollziehbar, wenn man den Plot kennt. Dabei hat Mass Effect gezeigt, dass es genau andersherum sein sollte.
Ständige gekünzelte Dialoge in denen Parteien als "Them" bezeichnet werden, damit es auch ja spannend bleibt... was es nicht tut.
Mal sind Cutscenes gezeichnet, mal gerändert, mal synchronisiert, mal nicht, aber keine einzige ist wirklich gut.
Das Kampfsystem ist nicht bahnbrechend, leveln macht keinen Spaß.
Einzig der Soundtrack ist wirklich gut.
Wer auf FF 7-10 steht, sollte hier ggf. die Finger von lassen.
Over the last year or so, I’ve branched out a lot when it comes to my interaction with specific communities and as a result, I’ve begun to meet fans of Xenogears well as convince others to give the game a chance. A few of them have wrote reviews on here that could do way more justice to the game then I EVER could so instead of writing a review, I will instead leave one of the criminally underrated “revival” songs from the ost, including lyrics sang by the Irish choir group “Anúna”, who also happened to provide the vocals for a few songs from Xenoblade 2. Give it a listen. https://youtu.be/dtXJtbg8wbc
will probably replay this game in like a year or two and definitely will whenever the next xeno game gets announced and may try and write a more in-depth review then, not sure. There’s so much I love about Xenogears whether it’s the insane narrative or the soundtrack that I still listen to constantly since the day I first played the game over 3 1/2 years ago and it honestly overwhelms me to the point where i don’t think any review I make will ever do it justice. Regardless, it’s very good, and it makes me so happy to have met many people who also love it as much or even more then I do.
As many others tend to put it, Xenogears would best be described as a flawed masterpiece. Words simply cannot express how immensely deep this game goes as it may very well be the pinnacle of video game depth and lore.
I could go on forever about the MANY reasons why I think this game succeeds so greatly in various ways, but to put it bluntly I truly believe that Xenogears is the most intellectually and brilliantly written story of any video game I have ever played. The battle systems are flashy, satisfying, and fun, the music is nostalgic and beautiful (Afterall it was composed by Yasunori Mitsuda), the art direction is beyond impressive for a PS1 title (albeit sometimes the camera can be pretty jank in certain areas), but what really caries this game is it's unmatched narrative paired with not only some great protagonists, but arguably the best handled cast of villians in gaming.
With what the development team had going for the game in terms of an incredibly tight budget, a team composed almost entirely of amateur programmers, a single man working on 99% of the game's English translation (Richard Honeywood is the f*cking GOAT), and a 2 year time limit to release the game, Xenogears turned out to be absolutely phenomenal in my eyes, flaws and all. Easily one of the best and most unforgettable experiences I will ever have playing not just a JRPG, but a video game in general.