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Xenosaga: Episode III - Also Sprach Zarathustra (PlayStation 2)

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The concluding chapter of the Xenosaga science fiction role-playing game series begins one year after the events described in the previous episode. The main heroine Shion Uzuki is shocked by the discovery that implies a connection between Vector Corporation, the organization she is working for, and the Gnosis event, which set the whole story in motion. She leaves her post and tries to solve the mystery on her own. Meanwhile, the KOS-MOS project is halted, and a mysterious new android, T-elos, emerges to replace it. Shion and her friends are about to fight the ultimate battle that will determine the destiny of mankind.

The third episode retains the combat basics of the two previous games, resembling more the system of the first episode. Weapon and equipment management returns, and the complex break system from the second chapter has been simplified. Once again, there are two kinds of combat, in human form and piloting giant robots. The usage of ether attacks, boost gauge, and other typical Xenosaga gameplay elements are also present in this game. Robot combat is more prominently featured and is handled somewhat differently, the giant gears having a wider variety of attacks at their disposal. Both player-controlled and enemy parties have now a special bar that renders them immobile when filled. Exploiting this feature is yet another strategic addition to the combat.

There is an in-game database listing all events, people, items, monsters and locations. Next to the main storyline, there are 60 puzzle mini-games. The game includes an editor to create these custom puzzles and share them with friends.

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Xenosaga: Episode III - Also Sprach Zarathustra PlayStation 2 Hmm, some tough-looking opponents
Xenosaga: Episode III - Also Sprach Zarathustra PlayStation 2 Use the skill line to improve character stats
Xenosaga: Episode III - Also Sprach Zarathustra PlayStation 2 Why are the gnosis appearing?
Xenosaga: Episode III - Also Sprach Zarathustra PlayStation 2 Battle; fighting some security droids.

Alternate Titles

  • "Xenosaga Episode III: Zarathustra wa kaku Katariki" -- Japanese title (romanized)
  • "ゼノサーガ エピソードIII: ツァラトゥストラはかく語りき" -- Japanese spelling

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A bittersweet ending to the trilogy Jacob Gens (1107) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars

The Press Says

GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven Dec 01, 2006 82 out of 100 82
GameSpot Aug 30, 2006 8 out of 10 80
JagoGame.com Sep 27, 2006 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) Sep 13, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Legendra Mar 02, 2008 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Games Radar 2006 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Aug 28, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Sep 13, 2006 7 out of 10 70
G4 TV: X-Play Oct 10, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Game Revolution Sep 06, 2006 C+ 58

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Trivia

"Also Sprach Zarathustra" is the title of one of the most famous works of German philosopher Friedrich Wilhem Nietzsche (Also sprach Zarathustra. Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen / Thus Spoke Zarathustra. A Book for Everyone and Nobody). Provocative and influential, the book is unique in the sense it is narrated around the teachings of the ancient Persian prophet Zarathustra.

The book (actually a collection of volumes) is better known for summarizing some of the more controversial aspects of Nietzsche's philosophy, including the concept of a dead god and the "Übermensch" which has been credited as a heavy influence of the Nazi regime.

"Also Sprach Zarathustra" is also the title of an heroic symphony composed by Richard Strauss (based on Nietzsche's work) and is better known for the inclusion of a few of its movements in Stanley Kubrick's film "2001: A Space Odyssey" (based on the novel of the same name by Arthur C. Clarke).

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אולג 小奥 (170795) added Xenosaga: Episode III - Also Sprach Zarathustra (PlayStation 2) on Jul 11, 2006