Review by Freakwave003
"...quite possibly the greatest game ever made." Final Fantasy VII? Nope, Xenogears.
Is there a game out there that has such a deep story and so many plot twists that it literally makes any other game pale in comparison? Yes, there is. The game is called Xenogears. Xenogears starts off as any good RPG should. It shows the main character, Fei Fong Wong, living in a quiet village until it is attacked by giant robots called "Gears". But does such a simple beginning really become a game where its story and plot twists overshadow all others?
The gameplay is a very simple, but also unique. The world map gameplay is pretty much like all other RPG's world maps, where you control the main character and walk around. But a very unique touch is when you're in city, villages, towns, etc. You are allowed to jump and sometimes find some hidden items or just make it easier to move around.
The battle system though is also very unique. It features a simple turn-based battle system, but you are given different buttons to attack. By doing special combinations, you can unlock "Combos". Another interesting fact is that sometimes you will have to fight turn-based in your characters Gears. The giant robot fights are pretty standard, but like all other machines, it runs on fuel, so attacking all out is not a very bright idea.
If there was any other story that had the depth of Xenogears, I don't want to know. Unlike other RPG's where they have only a couple plot twists, Xenogears brings out plot twist after plot twist. The story is kind of complex, but by replaying it, you will understand that Xenogears story is something that must be looked at twice.
The graphics for its time were very nice, though to keep the human figure, the character models were put into the game at a low resolution, so they may appear kind of fuzzy. The Gears look very nice and bring out the difference between human and machine.
One of the nice things were the anime cutscenes. In all, there was about an hour worth of anime cutscenes, all with voice-overs, so it was very nice.
The sound for the game was very nice because it was pretty much everywhere you went. The music, done by Yasunori Mitsuda, also known for his Chrono Trigger score, does an excellent job for Xenogears music. All of the songs fit perfectly into place and is able to convey the current locations mood.
Like I said before, the story is so huge and deep, that to understand the story fully, replaying it might be a good option. Also there are some small mini-games and side quests.
Xenogears is one of those games that come around once in a lifetime. Graphics may age, but story's don't, and that's something Xenogears will always be remembered for.
Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Product Release: Xenogears (US, 10/20/98)
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