Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. This is a phenomenal achievement on virtually every level.
  2. While these days many RPGs are attempting to change the old-school formula and divorce themselves from traditional RPG lineage, XS EP3 stays true to the formula but through fantastic dungeons, two great and very different battle systems, and a fast-paced 30 hour adventure that’s lacking in filler (so you basically get the same story that’d be in a 60-70 hour normal RPG with random filler plots), it creates a game that’s every bit as fresh as the best non-traditional RPGs. [JPN Import]
  3. They fixed what was broken, and that should be enough.
  4. 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.
  5. Xenosaga’s third episode is an outstanding game; it's one of the best games to surface of late amid a sub par crop of PlayStation 2 role-playing games, though it’s bittersweet to see the series come to an end prematurely after the second episode feel so far below expectations.
  6. The long awaited conclusion to a lengthy saga; stellar graphics; awesome battles; fantastic voice acting in cut scenes.
  7. It's sad that Xenosaga Episode III is as good as it is – had they made a game as polished, accessible, and fun as this one the first time around instead of getting all complicated on us, the series might have somehow been able to make it to six games.
  8. 89
    Where this game really shines, though, is in the fun gameplay and excellent music and voice acting.
  9. If you hated XenoSaga before – the long story segments, the sparse gameplay in the first 10 hours or so – then XenoSaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra, won't necessarily convert you, but for most who at least liked it, or loved it, Episode III is a great payoff for sticking with the series for all three installments!
  10. An excellent storyline that challenges players to understand the philosophy of life, existence, and religion, backed with solid, if a little too easy, gameplay.
  11. Unrepentantly intelligent, epic, and approachable, this is one of the best RPGs available today and the Rubedo of the Xenosaga series. [Oct. 2006, p.82]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 4, 2013
    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. Full Review »
  2. Jan 20, 2012
    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. Full Review »
  3. Aug 22, 2011
    Wow, what a great conclusion to the trilogy. I found the first two games somewhat disappointing but it seems the abrupt end to the planned six game saga was for the best. The story and characters finally come out at full force... everything is finally revealed and you will be in for many surprises! The confusing events from the previous games will come to fruition and you will see a fantastic closure to the series (and the datebase is back and better than ever!). Gameplay has been vastly improved and no longer feels tedious. The combat system is very fun and streamlines the cumbersome aspects from the previous games and provides a steady level of challenge. This is the best looking game in the series and the music and voice acting are all fantastic. Unfortunately, after finishing, you'll get the feeling that because the series was shortened to half of what was originally planned, they've had to make a lot of cuts and adjustments. But still, the game was a worthy finale and one of the best PS2 RPGs. Full Review »