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8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 98 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 98
  2. Negative: 6 out of 98
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  1. LarsA.
    Aug 6, 2003
    2
    Wow. If I wanted to wanted to watch a movie I'd have payed a lot less. This game sucks - it's not even a game. Only reason I gave it a 2 was because it was slightly reminiscent of Xenogears. Battles are over simplified. Points system is kinda cool. Casino is too easy to win. All mini-games are lame and the Xeno-card is especially over-complicated. Story is lame and tries to be Wow. If I wanted to wanted to watch a movie I'd have payed a lot less. This game sucks - it's not even a game. Only reason I gave it a 2 was because it was slightly reminiscent of Xenogears. Battles are over simplified. Points system is kinda cool. Casino is too easy to win. All mini-games are lame and the Xeno-card is especially over-complicated. Story is lame and tries to be too 'deep' and meaningful. This game just sucks... Expand
  2. J.M.
    Apr 6, 2003
    0
    I paid good money to not play a game? Stupid idea.
  3. JayE.
    Jan 16, 2006
    0
    Okay, if you're going to make a game that is mostly movie, you have to make the movies good. The dialogue is painfully bad, the voice acting doesn't work well with it, and most of the storyline is uncreative. While there were some intriging subplots (such as the human-turned-cyborg man saving the cyborg-turned-human girl), they are either not developed or developed badly. The Okay, if you're going to make a game that is mostly movie, you have to make the movies good. The dialogue is painfully bad, the voice acting doesn't work well with it, and most of the storyline is uncreative. While there were some intriging subplots (such as the human-turned-cyborg man saving the cyborg-turned-human girl), they are either not developed or developed badly. The characters are not only cliche but often times stupid. Most of the main characters are adolescent or younger, and come off so. The entire KOS-MOS team is composed of teenagers, who meddle about their junior-high like drama, while we are suppossed to believe that they are smart enough to develop a highly developed weapon. KOS-MOS herself, a cyborg built for combat, seems like a girl playing a robot by wearing a visor and speaking roboteese. Many of the characters even overact, such as the scarred pilot Virgil, which must be an achivement for animation. I must admit I have not played the entire game, so I cannot speak for the game after about hour 5 or so. The story may pick up, and the game may get better. After the appearance of Jr., however, I had decided that I had my fill of cheesy characters with uncreative names. So I stopped playing. Expand

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#22 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#14 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
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    The narrative of Xenosaga dwarfs all of its other elements, which are under-developed in comparison.
  2. Xenosaga has that extra special something that has been missing from RPGs for the last couple of years, an enthralling, profound story that leaves you truly wanting more.
  3. The brilliant story is enhanced by a beautiful score from Mitsuda and cinematic sequences which are stunning, to say the least.