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Xenosaga Episode III - PlayStation 2

by Namco
Platform : PlayStation2
Rated: Teen
62 customer reviews
Metascore: 81 / 100
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  • Over 8 Hours of Movies Including Voiced Cut Scenes - Pre-rendered cut scenes and real-time cut scenes with dramatically enhanced models, as well as in-game voiced cut scenes with anime-style 2D portraits unveil an epic story
  • The Exciting Conclusion to an Epic Trilogy - Building on the deeply philosophical and existential storyline of the first two titles, the concluding chapter in the series brings closure to the remaining mysteries in the highly acclaimed story
  • Updated Battle System - Battles are intuitive and fun, combining the best aspects of the first two games' battles, while introducing the new Break system
  • Customize Your Characters - A branching skill set promotes character specialization and diversification. Strategic party management is more highly rewarded, adding another level of depth to game strategy
  • Money/Shops Are Back - Buy, barter, and sell any items or equipment, allowing you to upgrade your characters and E.S.s frequently
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Xenosaga EPISODE III: Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra) - A year has passed since Xenosaga II, Shion has resigned her post at Vector Industries after realizing that the company is deeply connected to the cause of the Gnosis phenomenon. She has thus joined Scientia, an underground organization, in order to unveil Vector's true objectives. The development of KOS-MOS is to be cancelled, and a mysterious android, T-elos appears to be taking KOS-MOS' place. Shadows of suspicion and conspiracy surround T-elos. Uncover the future of mankind in this much-anticipated conclusion to the Xenosaga trilogy. An In-Game Database is Your Veritable Xeno Bible - An easily accessible database of every detail such as important events, people, items, keywords, locations, weapons, back-story, phenomenon, townspeople, associations and companies Challenge Yourself and Friends with new Mini-games - With 60 pre-made levels to complete, the Xenosaga puzzle mini-games add a new type of challenge for the player, and rewards his performance. The mini-game map editor also lets players create, play and share their own custom maps with friends

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  • ASIN: B000G82R20
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,614 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By James Head on September 3, 2006
Xenosaga: Episode 3 (Also sprach Zarathustra) brings back the magic of Episode 1 and fixes the vast majority of the problems that occurred in Episode 2. The story here, as rich and complex as ever, is brought to an appropriate and moving close as Shion and company battle to uncover a deep-seated conspiracy unlike anything else they've ever encountered. The fabric of the story itself, the voice acting, and the cutscenes are all truly superb - it's remarkable that the makers at Namco/Bandai managed to pull all of the loose ends together to make the story finally make sense. To boot, it's a pleasure to watch and listen to -- who could ask for more?

As for the battle system, it finally regains its fun in Episode 3. I simply wasn't a fan of Episode 2's system, so the return to "basics" was a blessing in my mind. The characters still do battle in their unique ways, as each has his/her own customizable skills to obtain, but long gone are the days of ridiculously long battles against painfully weak enemies. Here, in both ground and E.S. (mech) battles, your ability to strengthen and customize your party shines through and you are always rewarded for your hard work. Replay value is moderate-to-high as well, since your party consists of all the familiar players for most of the game; if you have a habit of using the same three or four people (like me; yay for chaos!), you can always play through again with a different group.

Shops return in this Episode, making buying and selling your merchandise once again possible. The only thing lacking is this game is a little more in the "extras/side quests" department, of which this game only offers a handful.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By citan-uzuki VINE VOICE on September 10, 2006
In my opinion, this is the best game in the Xenosaga series. The first game received a lot of well-deserved praise and recognition. However, I believe this third game is better in just about every aspect.

The battle system is new and introduces the concept of Break. The idea is to place your opponent in that state, and avoiding it for your characters. The turn-based battle system is also very quick. You don't have to wait 30 seconds for your characters to execute their battle moves. The playable characters respond and attack as soon as you choose the type of attack that you want to perform. As in the previous games, you either fight on foot or aboard the giant E.S. humanoid machines.

Item and Equipment shops are back, as well as the ability to customize your characters to a fine level. You won't have as much options to choose as the first game, but the ability is very close.

The best part of this game though is the story. I am forty years old and have read many novels, watched many great movies, and played lots of video games. In my opinion, the story being told in this game surpasses anything that I have ever come across. The plot is that good. The characters are very well-developed and seem to take on life as you play the game and watch the plot unfold. There's action, drama, and revelations in just about every scene. Each of the main plot from the previous episodes are brought to conclusion.

This is truly a masterpiece of story-telling. I can only hope that one day, this very moving, thought-provoking, captivating, and uplifting story will be more accessible to people who don't play video games. A lot of people will find it spiritual and philosophical. Yes, the theme is very serious and dramatic.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Wander VINE VOICE on August 30, 2006
Xenosaga is a great series. Known for it's high cinematic quality, deep storyline and intricate battle system. The first Xenosaga was met with all around praise. Episode II was widely mixed. Episode III, however, is a fine welcome to the series that far surpasses Episode II in places where it counts. The storyline is still brilliant, and the characters return. Xenosaga Episode III is definitely for Xenosaga fans.

The storyline is rather complex. It takes place from where Episode II ends. If you've never played a Xenosaga game before, fear not, there is a database that summarizes the first two episodes for you. It also serves as a handy refresher for those who have played the game. Still, it's much better if you've actually played the first two games in the series. In Episode III, the story goes deeper. It begins with Shion getting involved in a break in to the Vector Corporation Facility. What she discovers will shock her, and will certainly shock Xenosaga fans. Right from the get go, the story grabs your attention.

The storyline is carried out in brilliant cutscenes that look absolutely stunning. This is no surprise to anyone who has played Xenosaga before. The game is full of cutscenes every now and then. Just like the previous two installments the game has long cutscenes, which actually could try even the most patient of gamers. Some cutscenes last for longer than twenty minutes. All in all there are nearly ten hours of cutscenes. For the most part, though, they sound good at least. The voice acting is good and there's true depth and emotion to the characters. There are moments when the voice isn't as strong in some spots as it is others, but thankfully these moments don't populate most of the game.
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