Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra Image
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  • Summary: The story of Xenosaga III starts a year after "Xenosaga II" ended. Shion has resigned from Vector Industries after learning that the company is deeply connected to the appearance of the Gnosis. She instead joins Scientia, an underground organization working to unveil Vector's secrets in order to bring them down. Uncover the truth and save mankind in the finale of the Xenosaga series which boasts over 3 hours of movies, an updated battle system, and an improved customization feature with more in-depth character specialization and diversification and higher rewards for strategic party management. This RPG also includes an easily accessible database feature, the "Xeno Bible" and a mini-game with over 50 levels that challenges both you and your friends. [Namco Bandai] Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
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  1. This is a phenomenal achievement on virtually every level.
  2. The classic comedic saying that you should always leave 'em wanting more has never rung more true in an RPG. After more than a few missteps, Xenosaga recovers beautifully, and the result is one of the must-have RPGs for the PlayStation 2, without a doubt.
  3. 89
    Where this game really shines, though, is in the fun gameplay and excellent music and voice acting.
  4. Series fans -- and while it's a fine game, it's unlikely to appeal much to anyone else -- will lap it up, happy that such a well-loved saga is coming to a satisfying conclusion. What more could you ask?
  5. 80
    Sure it may not have the greatest battle system or be the most technically brilliant, but at the end of the day it manages to keep you glued to your seat with complicated theme and mature subject matter -- that's no easy feat.
  6. The last scenes are quite interesting, sometimes very moving and reasonably informative, but they also highlight problems inherent in Xenosaga’s narrative approach.
  7. The bridge between familiarity and innovation is thin and slippery, and Xenosaga Episode III sits precariously in the middle, demanding a fee.

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
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  1. AlbertC.
    Oct 6, 2006
    10
    After playing the downer that was Episode II, Xenosaga III has surpassed even the most optimistic of my expectations. The final installment is one of the best RPGs, EVER. The story has finally come to fruition. The storyline unfurls like a sci-fi epic with mind-blowing twists and bends; Anyone who has ever played Xenogears, the brilliance of Tetsuya Takahashi finally shines. And Xenosaga tops Xenogears in the way of cut scenes, which evokes feelings from all over the spectrum to the viewer. Fear, sadness, anger, love. Need I say more? This game is a masterpiece. Expand
  2. EmmanuelT.
    Sep 22, 2006
    10
    One of the best storylines ever! Here's hoping to see the gang once again. Finally, the database feature helps you understand the story even further, this game wants you to immerse yourself in the development of the series, it does what rarely any game out there does is to give a surprising story. Expand
  3. JackieS.
    Oct 4, 2006
    10
    Love at first sight. This game is great and the story line is awsome! The characters new looks are great and the battle system was perfect. Best game ever! Expand
  4. AnsonG.
    Oct 7, 2006
    10
    Finaly, Xenosaga 3, has come to the end, this what we waiting for. This might take awhile, so you probably wanna eat lunch. Overall, there really isnt anything wrong with this game. The story is excellent, and the battles are much easier. Plus, load times have been reduced substabtially. If u re an RPG buff who thinks story is main reason to play a game, then sure buy this one. Trust me, you be glad you did. Expand
  5. AkeemGumbs
    Jul 17, 2009
    10
    The movie scenes,characters and battle system of xenosaga three are a lot more realistic than those of episode one and two.Even though this game does not support surround sound like xenosaga epsode two the audio department of this game is still great,sometimes stereo is better because audio that is recorded in surround sound can sound really artificial ayway.Anyone who knows xenosaa can tell that the audio has changed because voices of the characters sounds live and raw, wich is very good for a change anyway.The graphics of the game are dull and there are a lot of people that despise dull graphics but I think that dull graphics are great because they often create a nice realistic atmosphere that makes a game feel like it's taking place in the very present or the past also I really like to see the way the speed of the camera and the motion of the characters slowain parts of a movie sequence because I think it adds tension and drama.Three other excellent games that Ireco that have great dull graphics are Chaos Legion and KillZone and Resident Evil 4.One of the most exciting and unique things about the xenosaga series is that you can look foward to seeing different character models with each new game because appearence of the characters change with each game, not because the characters have aged but for other reasons.There is one special thing that xenosaga episode three has that should have been in the other xenosaga games is the swimsuit mode because it allows you to watch movie scenes with the characters in there swimsuits but for some reason not all of the movie scenes in xenosaga 3 can be viewed in swimsuit mode,I guess it would have made the movie less serious or something.My favorite movie scenes in xenosaga are blue testament,white testament,KOSMOS verses Black Testament,any movie with Luis Virgil becaus ehe is my favorite character in the game because he's passionate and i don't think that he is a bad guy since he was able to brek free from being a testament and the only real reasons why he became a testament was because he wanted to be able to visit that old church on miltia and to gain power to prevent death.I also love Luis Virgil and all of the movie scenes that he appear in becaus they are very dramatic.The best thing about the xenosaga series is thst the story is very dee, interesting ,and shocking and anyone who has played the game in order from episode one through three will definitely say the same thing.There is no doubt that anyone who has completed episode one and two will be stunned when every secret and mystery is unraveled in episode three.The one thing that I can't seem to under stand is why do some of the characters have to travel back to the earth in the end,will shion and the gang make it back to earth or will there descendants finish the mission and find earth in the end,Chaos and Nephilim told the group that the key to saving humanity lies on earth,what I want to know is what is it and how will it be used to save the universe,Even in the end new mysteries arose and remained unraveled.If there is any one outher who has has the awnswer to any of these questions please let me know when you write you're review or else there has just got to be a xenosaga four on the way,(crying)they just can't leave the story end this way.The only thing that dissapointed me about the game at first was the battle system because on the back of the case of xenosaga three said that the best aspect of the previous battles systems from episode one were combined to form a new battle system ,If namco had really done this Xenosaga episode three would have had a better battle system in my opinion because I belive that the best aspect of xenosaga episode one were the special atacks wich are better than the those of episode three and the best aspect of episode three as the break system wich was also better than those of episode three.I think that namco should have given xenosaga episode 3 the battle system of episode 2 combined episode ones style of special attack,but doing this would have probably made the battle system of xenosaga episode three boring because the same old tactics would have to be used in a new game and the battle system most likely would not be as realistic as it is but it would probably be cooler.However the ability to summon all four Erde Kaisers including the new Erde Kasier Sgma my most favorite summon in the world at will and use new Ether and Tech attacks along with the new Counter and Revenge abilities gave xenosaaga episode three more than boost that it needed to have an descent battle systemThe E.S battle system of xenosaga episode 3 is way more better than those of episod one and two though ,I must say that Namco really outdid themselves with the E.S battle system of xenosaga episode because the other E.S battle system from the two previos games weren't good,luckily they made up for it with the character battle system.In episode one I never really wanted to use anA.G.W.S,lucky for me they were optional but in episode two sadly it is manatory that you pilot an E.S to progress in the game in Episode three you piloting an E.S is also mandatory to progress in the game but the difference between the three episode is that will be sorry in episode three you will ge glad that you are using an E.S because their battle system is extremely cool.Xenosaga is most definitely one of the besrt RPG games in the world andit is far more better than any final fantasy game that Square Enix has ever made but for some reason it still score lower than Some Final Fantasy and other Sqare Enix games on this site.I bet that if xenosaga was actually named Final Fantasy and had a subtitle it and if it wre made by sqare Enix it would have probably been more famous and it would have scored higher even though it is still the same gameIn the end with every thing being written said and done all i can say is that I feel more at peace now that I have defended this underated game.All I have to say now is that TURN BASED GAMES RULE !and I hope and prey that there will be a xenosaga four someday, hopeully that too will be turn based and Thanks to every one at Namco for making all xenosaga games exist and keep up the good work. All of these xenosaga games just deserve a friggin emmy. Expand
  6. Jan 20, 2012
    10
    The most emotionally captivating game I've ever played - never cried before in a video game, not even close. But this game........yeah............glad I was alone. hahaha. Just an overall fun game and it tied up all loose ends well. Man, was sad when this was over - Xenosaga is such a great story ride. Expand
  7. Mar 4, 2013
    5
    This series was one of the few games that I've ever actually felt was damn near a "2nd job". Slogging through the 3 games was something that I never knew I was going to end up doing when I played the first one. Constantly mired in endless cutscenes and cinematics, it almost felt like I was more of playing a mini-game during a very preachy, self-absorbed story line. The constant references to philosophy and such doesn't make a game "smart", it makes it pretentious at best. This all combined with a nerfy combat system just didn't do it for me. Yes, Kos-Mos is an awesome character, but even her attacks left me wanting more. Expand

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