Xenogears

PlayStation
Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  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. Yet another masterpiece from the makers of all Final Fantasy games.
  5. Has a very deep and engrossing (perhaps blasphemous, hence the furore) tale to tell.
  6. Xenogears' reliance on story, subtlety, and mood make it Square's most anime-like RPG thus far, in many ways making the game one of its best.
  7. netjak
    90
    The dungeons in the game are far too tedious and aggravating for me to ever want to go through them again. Even beyond all that, though, Xenogears remains one of my favorite games ever because of its unsurpassed story and characters, and I think that says something.
  8. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    89
    An extremely popular anime-style role-playing game of epic proportions. [Jan 2004, p.189]
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. In a lot of ways, Xenogears seems more like a novel than a game. Partially due to the amount of time you spend reading on screen text while the game plays itself, and partially due to the complexity of the plot.
  12. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    80
    A deep, long (70 hours!), story-driven RPG that tackles some of the weightier issues out there... Yet another winner from Squaresoft. [Nov 2001, p.54]
  13. All Game Guide
    80
    Unlike most role-playing games from this company, there are two different battle systems.
  14. Casual gamers may be scared away by the lack of flash but Xenogears is still one of the better RPG's I have played. I recommend it to anyone looking for a deep, Anime-like story to be wrapped up in.

Awards & Rankings

10
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#4 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1998
5
#5 Most Shared PS1 Game of 1998
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 353 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 353
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. May 28, 2015
    10
    This and the Xenosaga series are the most deep and intricate plot lines I have every experienced in a video game, and I have played prettyThis and the Xenosaga series are the most deep and intricate plot lines I have every experienced in a video game, and I have played pretty much every game that is known for having a good story. Couldn't recommend more. Full Review »
  3. Mar 7, 2015
    10
    If I had to write a review of this game in one word, will be wonderful. The people who created this game were very intelligent or maybe soIf I had to write a review of this game in one word, will be wonderful. The people who created this game were very intelligent or maybe so stupids, because they talk about religion!!!! they had balls to created this game in 1998. Amazing game. Full Review »