Hell Fire's Xenogears Review
- Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht
- Xenosaga Episode I: Reloaded (Import)
- Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse
- Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra
- Xenosaga Freaks (Import)
Encounter rate is too high
Moments with no music can kill the mood
I’ll start this review by saying that Xenogears is amazingly awesome. While I’m generally quite critical when it comes to RPGs, I find it very hard to critique this game. It was made in 1998, over ten years ago, and still manages to beat just about every modern RPG in most aspects. I have no idea why it took me so long to play it, but better late than never at all. If you’re a fan of games with incredible storytelling, and somewhat old enough to follow mature themes and a complex story, then this should be the next game you play.
I’ll be honest; compared to the engaging complexity of the middle and later parts of the story, the start is quite slow. First time players may have trouble seeing what the fuss is about. I certainly did, as the story didn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary. With that said, playing the game a second time will give you a much better understanding of the characters and plot. It is only 15 or so hours in that the plot really begins to take off and develop into one of the best stories ever told in a video game. There is so much to it and just when you think the climax has been reached, another plot twist comes into play and the game continues to shine even brighter. It is an incredibly complicated story, and multiple play throughs is the ideal way to get the most out of it as a lot will most likely be missed during your first game.
The protagonist, Fei Wong, has been called one of the deepest, most evolving characters in video game history, by various sources. Fei has no idea where he was born, nor does he remember anything about his childhood. His earliest memories are of arriving at a small village, Lahan, three years prior to the games events. As the game progresses, Fei finds himself involved in a war and on this journey, he learns more and more about himself and his past. This character drives the story, and makes the entire experience so enjoyable. He is involved in so many twists and turns that you’ll eventually be begging to find out the truth behind him and his origin. Some of the other main characters (villains included) are just as deep. The plot and the complex characters that drive this story are what makes Xenogears stand out above most other RPGs. Below are four of the main playable characters; Bart, Citan, Fei and Billy.