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Pseudo-philosophical space operas can be hazardous to gameplay Unicorn Lynx (181375) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Squaresoft should learn a lot from this game MAT (179128) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
Goodbye Final Fantasy...Hello Xenosaga Bog Trotter (8) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.6
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.9
Overall User Score (44 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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1UP (2002)
In short, this is not a game you'll want to rush through (as if you could). This is as complete and comprehensive an epic as we have ever seen, and it succeeds on all levels, both plot-wise and game-wise. And this is only the beginning. If Xenosaga is the Star Wars of RPGs, we can hardly wait to see Monolith's Empire.
Any seasoned gamer will immediately recognize the numerous parallels, in both appearance and feel, between Xenosaga and Final Fantasy. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering that many Monolith employees formerly worked at Square. Fortunately, this obvious appropriation of FF elements has been done with smart discrimination. Monolith essentially took everything that makes FF successful, filtered it into Xenosaga, and then cast out everything bad. The final result: a nearly flawless RPG experience.
The amount of playing time between save points and the lengthiness of the story segments might annoy a less patient gamer, but if you wanted a shallow storyline, why are you buying RPGs? XenoSaga is all-new while having enough in common with the original title in the series to call to mind Xenogears. While the game may make you wait for the battles, those battles are pretty darn fun when they arrive. While the game may not have quite as many mini-games as Xenosaga, but it’s not likely anyone will notice since the story moves along well, albeit in big chunks at a time. A must-have.
Diehard GameFan (Mar 04, 2003)
Xenosaga Episode I is not for everybody. Fans of Xenogears and hardcore RPG owners need to buy this game right now, but I don’t know if casual gamers or even casual RPG fans will be able to get into it. The story is VERY deep and complicated, and it’s not a light game. It plays like an interactive anime, and is very linear, but that doesn’t detract from the game as a whole. The game is a masterpiece, and some (myself included) may think it has a good shot at game of the year, so what the hey, give it a rent, because it’s definitely worth that much, at least. At least if you don’t like it, you know to stay clear of the rest of the series
The only flaws I see are bad lip-synching, and not being able to tell if the for-sale equipment is superior to what you have. Xenosaga is truly a triple-A title, and destined for RPG greatness.
PSX Extreme (Mar 11, 2003)
Overall, Xenosaga is nothing short of fabulous. With breathtaking visuals and sound complimenting a compelling story of human nature in all its forms, this is one game that should definitely not be missed, especially by those looking for something different. While the lengthy cut scenes may be a turnoff for some, anyone who puts just a little bit of time into this game will most likely be hooked by the amazing presentation.
RPGFan (Mar 18, 2002)
Given how Xenosaga Ep. 1 is almost completely focused on plot, it's hard to recommend this game to anyone who wants exploration in their games. Heck, the game's a bigger offender than FFX in that regard. And people who are looking for an enclosed story will surely be disappointed when they find that the story is nowhere close to being resolved by the end of the 30 some-odd hours you'll spend in beating it. Yet, it is this quality about the game that I like the most; the grand, epic scale of the story with none of those fetch quests that always drive me up the wall. So, while I think non-fluent importers got the short end of the stick in playing Xenosaga, I think all domestic gamers have a lot to look forward to when the game hits stateside (hopefully) this fall.
GamePro (US) (Feb 24, 2003)
Xenosaga is an interstellar otherspace opus of the most magnificent kind, an intelligent and surprisingly intelligible Final Fantasy styled symphony of psychotic robots, hyperspace travel, and eerie religious debates. But a warning goes out to potential spacefarers: Embark on this journey, and you'll do as much watching as you will role-playing.
Gameplay RPG (Apr, 2002)
Xenosaga s'annonce comme la série la plus géniale, la plus profonde, la plus réussie - bref comme le chef-d'œuvre absolu en matière de space opera et ce premier épisode, même décevant, annonce une suite absolument fantastique !
GameSpy (Feb 13, 2003)
In the end, Xenosaga’s an all around excellent game that’s marred only by tiny flaws. From its cryptic opening moments to its startlingly unresolved ending, it’s unlike that which has come before it. When the team that completed the development of Xenogears cut loose from Square after frustration at the company’s disinterest in non-Final Fantasy products, a bold new competitor in the field of RPGs was born. While Xenosaga’s first episode can’t quite take down that pillar of the industry, this monster of their own creation could shape up to be Square's most formidable competition yet.
IGN (Feb 24, 2003)
For those of us who like this sort of thing, however, Xenosaga is a deeply enriching thrill ride towards the cosmos. Realistically vanquished in 30-40 hours, this epic space opera is truthfully described as a member of the PlayStation 2's elite RPG club. Not without a few gameplay-to-cinema pacing problems, Der Wille zur Macht can still stand toe to toe with the best of them; and what's most exciting of all, is that it's only the beginning of something much larger to come.
85 (Jul, 2003)
Overall, it's a great game that is worthy for play, but it doesn't measure up to Xenogears; just don't let that sway you away from it.
GameSpot (Feb 21, 2003)
Not everyone will enjoy Xenosaga, but serious fans of RPGs or anime almost certainly will.
Xenosaga truly redefines the word “epic,” and will certainly become every bit the cult classic that its spiritual predecessor did. The brilliant story is enhanced by a beautiful score from Mitsuda and cinematic sequences which are stunning, to say the least. Purists beware, though; the long and frequent breaks between action in addition to the rigid linearity could very well leave you frustrated. However, I can say with utmost certainty that any fan of plot-driven RPGs will find nothing but gaming Zen with Xenosaga.
Deeko (2003)
This is one of those RPG's that I would highly recommend... though only to certain people. With it's long, drawn out storyline, many people will pass the game up simply due to time constraints. The battle system is also a bit slower than normal, though I didn't personally find it to be that bad. On the plus side the game manages to acheive levels of graphics and aural brilliance. Still, the storyline is worth the ride and I can easily say that Xenosaga is one fantastic RPG and I look forward to the next installment.
RPG Kingdom (Jan 01, 2007)
Il est temps de donner un avis définitif sur ce premier épisode de la saga. Malgré ses nombreuses tares techniques, Xenosaga Episode 1 : Der Wille zur Macht (le titre complet du jeu) est un jeu exceptionnel et permettait à l'époque d'entrevoir le début de l'une des meilleures séries de RPG sur console, cela en grande partie due à son script grandiose. D'ailleurs, je finirai en vous prévenant qu'il vaut mieux avoir fait au préalable Xenogears afin de pouvoir souligner les nombreux clins d'oeil voire liens entre les deux jeux. Je pourrais vous parler du nom commun de Citan et de Shion, mais aussi rajouter la présence de Néphilim, une jeune fille ressemblant étrangement à Sophia, le rôle pour le moins important du Zohar ou encore l'incroyable pouvoir de Jr qui fait immédiatement penser à celui de Fei. Une série à découvrir, assurément.
Next Level Gaming (Apr 02, 2003)
When does a game become not a game, but a movie or the like? When 50% is cut-scenes? 75%? It’s a fine line that still hasn’t been truly decided. Xenosaga walks this fine line, and I still can’t figure out which it is. The cut-scenes, which take up the majority of this game are wonderfully done, and the gameplay, when you finally do get to play, is also well done. But does that truly lead to a good game?
Legendra (Jan 06, 2008)
Xenosaga Episode I, malgré ses défauts, reste une solide introduction à une trilogie prometteuse. Le gameplay riche et complet vous fera passer de nombreuses heures de bonheur pour peu que vous ne soyez pas trop exigent sur la longueur des combats. On regrette que le jeu soit entaché par des défauts de débutants et que son scénario travaillé, ne laisse qu’entrevoir ses vraies capacités. Idem pour les personnages riches et charismatiques que l’on ne fait qu’effleurer. Introduction oblige, on attendra donc le second avec impatience.
Ja, jag kommer att få skit för att jag skriver det här, men jag tycker inte att Xenosaga är någon direkt fullpoängare. Visst, det är ett trevligt spel, men den som förväntar sig att det är Gud själv som har suttit och kodat ihop ett himmelskt underverk kommer att bli besviken. Det har för många svagheter för att nå hela vägen fram. Grafiken är en sådan. Faktum är att flera andra på redaktionen har kommit med kommentarer som "vilka tråkiga miljöer" eller "det ser ju faktiskt inte så jättesnyggt ut" när de har sneglat över min axel i spelrummet. Och ärligt talat har det lite för mycket story för sitt eget bästa, framlagd på fel sätt dessutom. Xenosaga är inte på något sätt en kandidat till det bästa spelet någonsin. Långt ifrån. Däremot har jag inte sagt att spelet är dåligt.
UOL Jogos (Mar 24, 2003)
Para todos os efeitos, "Xenosaga" é 50% um RPG experimental de uma equipe talentosa, e 50% algo parecido com o que George Lucas faz com "Star Wars": tentar encaixar sua grande história numa série de produtos que uma distribuidora quer apenas colocar na mão de seus consumidores. Trancos e solavancos à parte, o game tem sucesso - talvez não como uma evolução do gênero, mas como uma maneira totalmente nova de se olhar para os RPGs.
HonestGamers (Mar 16, 2003)
You take the good. You take the bad. You take them both and there you have...the facts of life. Sit MOMO, sit. Good girl.