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What is Xenogears?
It is a science fiction role playing game developed and published by Squaresoft (Now Square-Enix) for the Playstation 1. It was released on February 11, 1998 in Japan and on October 20, 1998 in North America. The game was never released in PAL territories. The game recently saw a PSN release on February 22, 2011 in North America. The game can be played on the PS3 and PSP.Where can I get it?
You can either try and pick up an expensive PS1 disc copy of the game or buy it off the Playstation Network Store for $9.99.Is it any good?
Yes, you should play it now.Why is it called Xenogears?
Xeno means Strange. There are mecha in the game called Gears that characters pilot. Combining the words together you get “Strange Gears”. Xeno can also mean Foreign/Outsider/Alien.Story:
Late Story Spoilers:
There is also a Gear in the game called Xenogears
Xenogears centers on the protagonist Fei Fong Wong. Fei was brought to a village named Lahan mysteriously three years ago by a masked man. He arrived with substantial injuries and amnesia. Fei was adopted by the Lahan’s Village Chief. He made a peaceful living there making many close friends. One day two opposing military groups descend on the village, fighting in gigantic mecha suits named “Gears”. The fight between the two military groups causes death and destruction to descend onto the village. To protect the village Fei decides to enter one of the “Gears” that recently had its pilot killed. While attempting to protect the village from the invaders, Fei witnesses his friends being brutally murdered. This traumatic event causes Fei to blackout, a gigantic explosion destroys the village. Fei later awakens and finds out that he has destroyed the whole village with no recollection of what happened and is told that he lost consciousness and that the gear then went berserk. As a result, Fei and Citan, the village's doctor, decide to leave with the abandoned gear to get it away from the surviving villagers. This is where the game starts.Characters:
The principles and philosophies of Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Jacques Lacan 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. The game has a large amount of Gnostic and Judeo-Christian Symbolism.
Fei Fong Wong
Fei has lived in the village of Lahan for three years and has no memory of events prior to his arrival. After stepping into the cockpit of a Gear with the intent of protecting his town from destruction, he ironically becomes responsible for laying it to waste. After being responsible for the destruction of Lahan, Fei is forced to leave the village. Fei is a great martial artist with a certain unnatural knack at piloting a Gear. Fei will soon find out that the fate of the planet may rest on his and his companion’s shoulders.
Elhaym “Elly” Van Houten
Elly is a young skilled officer of Gebler who meets Fei in the forest near Lahan Village. Elly was leading an operation to steal a top-secret experiment gear from Kislev, but was forced to crash-land in Lahan, and was partially responsible for the destruction of the village. She uses rods in combat.
Citan is a medical doctor who lives up the mountain path from Lahan village with his wife, Yui, and his daughter, Midori. He is a very smart individual who has expert knowledge on Gears. After Fei is blamed for the destruction of Lahan village, Citan agrees to assist Fei after his banishment from the village. He uses his fists in combat.
Bartholemew “Bart” Fatima
Bart is the leader of a group of sand pirates who befriends Fei and Citan after shooting down a prison ship that they were on. Bart uses a whip in combat.
Ricardo “Rico” Banderas
Rico is a massive demi-human and champion Gear fighter in Nortune, the imperial capital of Kislev. He has a sturdy reputation, and his size can be frightening. Despite being a prisoner, his lifestyle is superior to that of many nobles and he appears to have a connection with the Kislev ruler. Rico is one of the game's strongest physical characters, but also the slowest and with lowest accuracy.
Billy Lee Black
Billy is introduced as a young, pacifistic priest of the Ethos religion, and later is revealed as a member of the Etone branch, which job is to "clean" and "purge" the world of a monster group The Reapers. He has a problematic relationship with his father Jessiah (Jessie), who abandoned his family. Having been mentored by the Ethos leader Bishop Stone, Billy dedicated his life to religion and cares for many children including his younger sister Primera at an Ethos orphanage. Billy's sports a trio of guns in battle and also wields a number of useful support "Ether" spells.
Maria is a young girl who pilots Seibzehn, a special Gear her father, Nikolai created, to protect her home. Although her gear is powerful, Maria's physical attacks are weak. However, she can use ether attacks to call Seibzehn to attack enemies, even in enclosed areas.
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Emeralda is a nanomachine colony built to aid the human race. Emeralda's nanomachine-created body makes her a powerful ally in battle, and she possesses powerful ether spells as well. She does not use any weapons, but rather, she morphs her limbs (and hair) into various melee weapons while attacking.
Grahf is a cloaked individual wearing a mask that Fei initially encounters in the desert of Aveh. He claims responsibility for the destruction of Lahan in order to bring out Fei's powers and initially only says that he seeks to destroy God. Frequently appearing with a gear similar in style to Fei's Weltall, Grahf seeks to use Fei for his own purposesQuestions & Answers:
What was that movie at the beginning?
You will find out what happened later in the game. You can ignore it for now, just keep it in the back of your head.What is the combat like?
There are two different combat systems. The first is when your characters are not piloting their gears. You press the corresponding buttons: Triangle, Square, and X to use moves that you can combine together to perform special moves. You also have the ability to use spells called “Ether”. If you save up Ability Points used to perform moves, you can use a Combo by combining all of the points together to perform several special moves. When in the Gears the characters will perform moves that use fuel. Combing moves together that have been saved up will allow the Gear to use a special move. Ether can also be used while in the Gears.Someone mentioned that the text speed is abnormally long?
They might remember it differently. The text speed is pretty normal.How is the music?
It is some of the best music recorded in a videogame (This gaffer's opinion). An Orchestral CD of the games music was just released in Japan called Myth. A topic for it already exists on Neogaf. The composer of the music is named Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Secret of Mana)I heard there was a controversy when this was released in North America?
Yes there was a slight controversy. There is a heavy amount of Gnostic and Judeo-Christian Themes. The main source of the controversy is because the main character Fei is told by another character that he will “Kill God”.Do you kill God?
I’m not going to tell you. You will have to figure that out for yourself.I heard something about the second disc of this game not being very good, is this true?
Yes and no. The narration style changes during the start of the second disc. A lot of information including key events are thrown at the character in past tense. Also a lot of villages are no longer available to explore for plot purposes. The reason this may have happened is because the game world was so ambitious, that by the time they got to making the second part of the game they ran out of enough resources and time to finish the vision of the game that they came up with. The second part of the game is still good during the second part, just not as good as the first disc.Are Xenogears and Xenosaga related?
Slightly. After Xenogears was finished, The creator of both Xenogears and Xenosaga , Tetsuya Takahashi, left Squaresoft in 1998 along with Hirohide Sugiura. Using funds from Namco, they started Monolith Soft and made Xenosaga. Xenosaga is supposed to be a reimaging of the first episode of the Xenogears story as well as a spiritual sequel/prequel. Takahashi has stated in an interview ”It's probably more suitable to say that it follows the direction and style of Xenogears. Now that we are under a different company, we figured we should start everything from scratch all over again. Though there are familiar faces that serve as important characters in Xenosaga, others are more like self-parodies, so we don't really want Xenogears fans to overreact. Like movies, sometimes you have the director of the movie or friend of the leading actor appearing as cameos, so it's similar to that.”First Episode?
Yes. Xenogears the game is actually the Fifth episode of the Xenogears universe. A book called Perfect Works, published only in Japan, gives a complete overview of the plot of all six episodes of the Xenogears universe. The Perfect Works book also contains a complete analysis of the plot, characters, and Gears in the game. In some parts it is necessary to understand the full scope of the game. It was never released in English, but several fans have translated the book. For any Xenogears fan wanting to know more about the plot, it is a great read.Is it true that Cloud mentions Xenogears in FF7 while he is in a coma?
Cloud is speaking gibberish and says the words Zenogias at one point. This is close to the pronunciation of Xenogears in Japanese.Edit:
Is Kos-Mos in this?
Originally Posted by BocoDragon
By the way, the OP section about Cloud/FF7 should be edited. It's certainly a Xenogears reference. It was translated by Sony's team of idiot monkeys who didn't know what they were doing, but in Japanese syllables, there would have been no difference between Xenogears/Zenogias.
No, that’s Xenosaga
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