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Ye shan't be as gods if ye have more cutscenes than gameplay Unicorn Lynx (181564) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Ye Olde Bible Could Use Some Japanese Mecha In It St. Martyne (3649) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
The reason why even after some slips I still respect Squaresoft Zovni (10636) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Potential ruined at every corner. A huge let-down, a frustratingly stupid game. kbmb (435) 1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars
Mechs, mutants, machinations, and lots of half-assed gameplay in between... Idkbutlike2 (23) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.8
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.8
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
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Overall User Score (103 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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New York Daily News (Nov 22, 1998)
Xenogears, with its unique game play and visuals, is very good. Add in the incredibly complicated, engrossing story line dealing with authority, religion, war, fate and more and it's exceptional. Without a doubt, it's one of the best role-playing games on the market.
Video Games (Jul, 1998)
Xenogears gehört zu den aufwendigsten Rollenspielen, die in diesem Jahr in Japan erschienen sind. Abgesehen davon, daß die Mindestspielzeit mehr als 100 Stunden beträgt, braucht sich dieser Titel sowohl grafisch als auch soundtechnisch nicht hinter anderen Rollenspielen zu verstecken. Anime-Freunde werden bei Schlüsselszenen ebenfalls auf ihre Kosten kommen. Hier hat man wohl aus den Fehlern von Final Fantasy VII gelernt, wo die Figuren deutlich zu hölzern wirkten und so nicht die Geschmäcker der japanoiden Masse trafen. Der einzige Grund, warum man sich diesen Megaschinken nicht anschaffen sollte, wäre die Tatsache, daß sehr umfangreiche Japanisch-Sprachkenntnisse vonnöten sind - nicht zuletzt durch die komplexe Handlung und wegen einiger Rätsel, die gegen Ende des Spieles für so manches Kopfzerbrechen sorgen. Wer‘s trotzdem nicht lassen kann, sollte zumindest abwarten, bis die US-Version erscheint. Ein Deutschland-Release ist leider nicht geplant.
Legendra (Jul 15, 2003)
Finalement, on peut dire que Xenogears est jeu réellement à part, un mythe, qu'il faut plus aborder comme une oeuvre mêlant références religieuses et critiques sur la société et l'église (par le biais de l'Ethos) que comme un jeu. Certains adoreront, d'autres, qui cherchent peut être un aspect plus récréatif dans un jeu vidéo, s'ennuieront à mourir. Une oeuvre traitant de thèmes adultes, une histoire d'amour, de religions, de complots multiples dans un univers futuriste font de Xenogears une oeuvre totalement indispensable qui DOIT être essayer au moins une fois dans sa vie... tout cela grâce à un scénario et un personnage sublimement complexe : Fei. Avec un gameplay qui tienne vraiment la route, Xenogears se hisserait sans problème aux toutes premières places des plus grands jeux de tous les temps... il reste tout de même un grand jeu.
Xenogears is a wonderful game! With the most minor of flaws, and great graphics, storyline, gameplay, and even sound, it's definitely a winner. I'm not the only one who thinks Xenogears to be the best, or one of the best RPG's to date. If you are a Square fan and like the Final Fantasy series, you're bound to like this game... And my advice is that if you don't already have it, get it now, because the price seems to actually be going up!
RPGFan (Jun 22, 2002)
Xenogears is a must for any RPG lover, regardless of your views toward Squaresoft. With its depth and creativity, Xenogears is my choice for RPG of the year.
Freak (Nov, 1998)

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IGN (Oct 20, 1998)
With such an epic adventure, does the game harbor any flaws? Thankfully, the weaknesses are minor in comparison to the overall strengths of the game. Things such as a rotating camera that sometimes makes viewing an area limited and slightly clumsy in tight spaces are easily forgivable since they don't interfere often at all. Some people may also feel that there are too many story-related cinemas and that the plot is too confusing to follow, but immersion is a key factor in Xenogears and the questions you may have about the storyline are all answered at some point in the game. Beyond these minor gripes, the total experience of Xenogears is definitely something that no RPG fan should miss out on. With an intricate storyline, beautifully designed characters and mechs, and some of the most innovative features in an RPG, you simply can't afford to pass this game up.
PSX Extreme (Jun 20, 2001)
Now why don't we get on to the basics. The graphics in Xenogears look good but sometimes when you are running around they seem outdated. But when you are in a gear battle they look very good. The sound as always is excellent since it's a Square game. The gameplay and the story is very good and very well told. The control takes very little time to get used to. As for the value of the game it is very very long. The first CD is 60-70 hours long, and the second CD is about 20-25 hours long. By the way if you like Anime's you should really check out Xenogears because the anime's in the game are so hot. And on top of all of that, the intros are the greatest ever.
Just RPG (Oct 20, 1998)
Although Xenogears features great character development, a spectacular soundtrack and an innovative battle system, the highest point of the game is in its story, which is in my opinion one of the finest in any game. This is a game that every RPG fan should play, and if you can push yourself through some dated graphics and a sometimes slow paced game, I’m sure you’ll be amazed!
RPGFan (Dec 17, 1998)
Overall, however, it is difficult to penalize Xenogears for such minor oversights. It is certainly one of the best RPGs of 1998, one of the better console RPGs ever, and well worth your money.
TechRaptor (Jun 23, 2015)
An RPG with interesting combat and a story unlike any other game. A disappointing final act sours the experience.
RPG Kingdom (Jul 19, 2004)
Voilà une histoire qui donne au jeu une tout autre dimension. Franchement je ne connais aucun soft qui dispose d’un tel background. Pour peu, il prendrai vie. Enfin c’est pour cela que le Xenogears que vous avez entre les mains n’est pas fini. Et pourtant, on ne peut nier qu’il est une pure merveille.
RPGFan (Dec 14, 1998)
Despite some basic design flaws and the typical repetitiveness of random battle RPG's, Xenogears is still one of the best ever. It takes story lines to new depths of complexity and maturity. Most of the problems are easily remedied and a few minor changes in customization, dialogue and the random battle system would place this game on a pedestal all its own. I can only hope that the team who made this game stays together and delivers another adventure that stimulates both sides of my brain like this one did.
90 (Jan 28, 2010)
Malgré ses défauts, Xenogears est parvenu à se frayer un chemin dans le panthéon du jeu de rôle. Possédant deux systèmes de combat intéressants, une bande-son superbe et un scénario culte, c'est un titre qu'il convient absolument de parcourir si l'on est un fan de RPG ou de bonnes histoires.
Overall, this is one of the best game ever to grace the PlayStation. It has all you ever want from an RPG, even overtaking Final Fantasy VII's position in videogames history. For me, this one ranks on par with FF VII, if not better than it. Buy this one! You won't regret it.
RPGamer (Nov 11, 2004)
For the RPGamer looking for a wonderful story, Xenogears is a must have, epic, eighty hour tale full of memorable moments and interesting characters. Those who prefer a lot of fast paced action on the other hand should steer clear.
90 (GAF) (Apr 28, 2003)
Xenogears takes the term "mixed bag" to the extreme. It provides one of the most absorbing and passionate stories in any videogame, but, at the same time, it's a game that plays like an absolute pile. In the end, it comes down to this: you have to give Xenogears a try. It'll take a lot of effort and sufferance, but it's more than worth it. The world of Xenogears is worth living in, its people are worth meeting. It will test your patience, but remember: God sees patience as a virtue.
Netjak (Aug 27, 2003)
Overall, Xenogears is an excellent game. Its story is definitely the main driving point, so if you’re looking for an RPG with a wonderful and complex story, you should take a look at Xenogears . The story is one you’ll probably want to experience over and over again – if it weren’t for the flawed gameplay. The dungeons in the game are far too tedious and aggravating for me to ever want to go through them again. Even beyond all that, though, Xenogears remains one of my favorite games ever because of its unsurpassed story and characters, and I think that says something. But it is a game, and gameplay is an important factor, even for RPGs, so in the end, it’s up to you – if you think a game’s story is worth playing through some very frustrating dungeons, you will probably love Xenogears . If not, then this is one you can skip.
90 (Aug 16, 1999)
I was totally enraptured by this game. The first time I played through this game, it took me 60 hours to complete. The only time I stopped playing was to sleep, and the first thing I thought of when I woke up was playing the game. I have never played an role playing game more worthy of the title- by the end of the game, I felt like I was one of the characters.
GameSpot (Apr 02, 1998)
Square's latest RPG is weird in a lot of ways, especially for Square. Xenogears' reliance on story, subtlety, and mood make it Square's most anime-like RPG thus far, in many ways making the game one of its best.
Gamezilla (1998)
Another company has dealt another game into the Christmas pool, hoping to be a prospect on a Christmas wish-list. But before considering Xenogears, see if you are one of those who love role playing games before you buy. If you are, I'm sure you will enjoy the game as much as I did reviewing it.
Mega Fun (Dec, 1998)
Wenn es um Squaresoft geht, bekommen alle RPG-Fans glänzende Augen. Auch Xenogears enttäuscht uns nicht. Eine spannende Story mit überraschenden Wendungen fesselt ebenso wie die gelungene Kombination aus Fantasy und Science-Fiction. Technisch betrachtet, gehört Xenogears zu den besten Vertretern des Genres: Die Welt ist komplett drehbar, die Polygongrafik lässt keine Wünsche übrig und die mit Sprache vertonten Zeichentrick-Animationen sind schlichtweg gelungen. Einfach topp!
The bottom line: If you ever liked an RPG, get emotional when little animated people live, love, and die, get a little hot at the thought of a female robot, and have about 70 hours to spend transfixed in front of the TV, you absolutely must go buy Xenogears.
In a lot of ways, Xenogears seems more like a novel than a game. Partially due to the amount of time you spend reading on screen text while the game plays itself, and partially due to the complexity of the plot. If you like games with solid, well thought out story lines, then you will find Xenogears very enjoyable. Even if you don't, you'll probably find the game well worth your while to give a look. However, I can imagine some gamers with shorter attention spans quickly tiring of the game and going back to more immediately gratifying amusements.
Game Revolution (Oct 01, 1998)
While Xenogears may not have the depth or sheer magnitude of items/materia in FF7, it's still pretty respectable. As I mentioned at the top of the review, its strong point is its fabulous storyline. Both the gameplay and story take a while to get going, but once it starts building up some momentum, you'll find it hard to put down the controller.