Xenogears

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  • Summary: A mysterious organization is turning the tides of a century-long war with ancient technology - giant combat robots known as Gears. A failed attempt to steal one of these powerful weapons places it in the unwilling hands of young Fei and his dubious allies. Now he is pursued by militaryA mysterious organization is turning the tides of a century-long war with ancient technology - giant combat robots known as Gears. A failed attempt to steal one of these powerful weapons places it in the unwilling hands of young Fei and his dubious allies. Now he is pursued by military governments, royal pirates, spies, the emperor, and his own forgotten past. Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Combining good action, dark drama, a splash of anime, and lots of Really Big Robots, this game is the must-buy Playstation RPG of the season... Square's greatest masterpiece since it started producing for Playstation, and I highly recommend this game to anyone who's even heard of "Final Fantasy."
  2. 98
    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.
  3. 95
    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.
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    89
    An extremely popular anime-style role-playing game of epic proportions. [Jan 2004, p.189]
  5. This game is geared (ha ha) more for the RPG player, and I can say that it could have possibly converted me into one with a little more action.
  6. Playing this game is kind of like getting into a good book. The first few hours may be boring or even painful, but once you get into it, you'll be up until the wee hours of the morning flipping pages (or pressing buttons) trying to find out what happens next. And let me tell you - the story is first-rate and the plot gets thicker than a pint of Guinness straight from the tap.
  7. 60
    A relentlessly slow plot, plodding dialogue, and the unfortunate fumble of the robot interfaces's potential keeps Xenogears out of that stratosphere enjoyed by its far superior cousin, "Final Fantasy VII."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 85
  2. Negative: 3 out of 85
  1. AndrewF.
    Jul 21, 2004
    10
    An excellent game. One of my favorite of all time.
  2. Joe
    May 6, 2004
    10
    Best rpg game yet compared 2 elmental gearbolt.
  3. Mar 9, 2013
    10
    I admit that after time has taken its toll on this game that it is a bit hard to go back to now with all these new great games out. However,I admit that after time has taken its toll on this game that it is a bit hard to go back to now with all these new great games out. However, Xenogears still is my favorite game of all time. I enjoyed the story greatly and once you figure out the combat system, it was one of the most fun of its time. Better than the regular turn based stuff from old rpgs. Expand
  4. Jun 21, 2020
    10
    No soy de jugar a RPG y cuando vi este juego en un vídeo de un famoso Youtuber de habla hispana (venezolano) decidí jugarlo y me encontré conNo soy de jugar a RPG y cuando vi este juego en un vídeo de un famoso Youtuber de habla hispana (venezolano) decidí jugarlo y me encontré con la historia más grande en todos los videojuegos, los personajes son entrañables, muy humanos, su historia es fantástica, sublime y su mecánica de combos y gears la amé, un clásico para el futuro. Expand
  5. May 25, 2013
    10
    A beauty. Strong story, a great cast, fun gameplay. Everything just fits together in Xenogears. I just can't resist the feeling of giving thisA beauty. Strong story, a great cast, fun gameplay. Everything just fits together in Xenogears. I just can't resist the feeling of giving this a 10/10. If you love a more mature JRPG with a plot that keeps you thinking even after you've dropped the controller and if you love a game that just nails every other aspect of a videogame, go find Xenogears. You can also download the ISO file or something if you can't find it. Can't wait to see more of the X Series after this and Xenoblade. 10/10:OMG!!! Expand
  6. Jul 11, 2011
    10
    Not going into great detail but it's been my favorite game since I've played it and hasn't been beaten. A great story and fun unique gameplay.Not going into great detail but it's been my favorite game since I've played it and hasn't been beaten. A great story and fun unique gameplay. It tried more to be good than to be different and focused on the story and characters than the leveling system. Expand
  7. Jul 21, 2012
    3
    Most overrated RPG of all time. Story is boring, battle system is one of the worst Ive seen, and the characters are not interesting. I dontMost overrated RPG of all time. Story is boring, battle system is one of the worst Ive seen, and the characters are not interesting. I dont get all the hype surrounding this game. Expand

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