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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 inThe 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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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. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    90
    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]
  3. 89
    Where this game really shines, though, is in the fun gameplay and excellent music and voice acting.
  4. 80
    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. PSM Magazine
    80
    The beautiful, fun RPG that we always wanted to see from the series, and it brings the epic storyline to its dramatic conclusion. [Oct 2006, p.78]
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 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 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
  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 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. Mar 22, 2015
    10
    This is right under Xenosaga 1 as the second best in the series, the improved battle style was a very fun part of the game and it drasticallyThis is right under Xenosaga 1 as the second best in the series, the improved battle style was a very fun part of the game and it drastically improved upon the battle style of Xenosaga 2. Expand
  4. IraM.
    Oct 23, 2006
    10
    The best story of any game I have played, that includes just about every Final Fantasy. The mech graphics and fighting are beyond anything The best story of any game I have played, that includes just about every Final Fantasy. The mech graphics and fighting are beyond anything I've ever seen in video games. The best interpertation of the Christion religon, science and philosophy by a video game ever! Ranks up there with 2001: A Space Odyssey! Only complaint is too much to read in one game. Kos-Mos is my favorite video game character, ever! Erde Kaiser Sigma! Expand
  5. Jan 20, 2012
    10
    The most emotionally captivating game I've ever played - never cried before in a video game, not even close. But thisThe 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
  6. Oct 1, 2018
    10
    Very good " closed episode "..
    love the 2nd episode too.. but this better... great grapich, caracters, dramatic secence, epic story.. and the
    Very good " closed episode "..
    love the 2nd episode too.. but this better... great grapich, caracters, dramatic secence, epic story.. and the last fight... one of the greatest game n jrpg ever !!!
    Xenosaga forever
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  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 IThis 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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