Monolith Soft/Namco Xenosaga Episode 1

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Xenosago Episode 1: Der Wille zur Macht is a sci-fi RPG released for Playstation2 developed by Monolith Soft and distributed through Namco. Der Wille zur Macht is a reference to the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who published many books, three among them lend their titles to the Xenosaga trilogy. 'The Will to Power' in English.
Many things are going on at once in the story of Xenosaga. Three separate storylines that converge into one make for some great gameplay.
In the beginning there was a ship, floating in space and temporary home to Shion Uzuki, head of the KOS-MOS project. On a transport mission to deliver a Zohar Emulator to the Galaxy Federation the mysterious beings known as Gnosis attack and successfully get away with the Emulator. After much drama Shion and co. are rescued by the Elsa.
While that all is going down, orders have been given to Ziggurat "Ziggy" 8 to find and rescue a prototype realian containing ultra-valuable information from the U-TIC Organization, one of the main villains. After obtaining MOMO, Ziggy is then instructed to head for Second Miltia. Except that's not allowed. More fighting which eventually leads Ziggy and MOMO to the Elsa, where both forces team up on U-TIC. After which they combine forces and go on their merry way.
Encountering a huge Gnosis on their way Shion and co. are aided by Jr and the Kukai Foundation, which is being charged with the destruction of the Woglinde (above mentioned ship). Diving into the Encephlon to retrieve KOS-MOS' black box proves the Gnosis attacked and that the Kukai Foundation is not guilty. A pivotal character is met during their dive, one whom dictates the next phase in the stoy.
In the shortest amount of words: the great villain of Xenosaga managed to capture MOMO is a staged attack on the Kukai Foundation and hides her away in the Song of Neplilim. In his madness he calls Proto Merkabah (from seemingly nowhere..) to destroy Second Miltia and the Kukai Foundation, of course the party breaches the space station and retrieves MOMO ultimately destroying Proto Merkabah. However, the damage has already been done.
To explain the story more would leave me at risk of spoiling the whole game. This is the definition of RPG. Playing the game for the story.

Ultimately the goal of Xenosaga is to protect the Zohar, an ancient relic discovered on Earth before it was destroyed, and to ensure the Y-Data does not fall into the hands of those who wish to meddle with the universe. Throughout the game the implication of such defense may anger the player, as this means you must travel long and far aided by few save points, fewer item boxes, and much stronger enemies.
The battle system is classic turn-based fighting with little alterations; enemies hold fixed positions on the map so the player can usually choose which battles they would fight, though the enemy will chase you if you're spotted. For the purpose of leveling it is wise to fight each foe on the map. In battle characters have ether, tech, and skill options to help them defeat whomever. Ether is the magic of Xenosaga and is rarely necessary beyond healing until your characters aren't so weak. HP is so scarce that wasting a turn with something like +speed is useless unless it's part of a plan and the character is boosted. Or it's the boss and you have some time. The boost gauge fills during battle which allows the player a choice of giving an immediate turn to whichever character they chose i.e. it's Jr's turn and Shion is boosted. Right after Jr is finished his actions regardless of who's next in line, Shion plays. You can continue like this for as long as your boost gauge allows . Tech refers to special attacks characters can make during battle, at a certain AP cost. These attacks vary between characters and sometimes hit harder on certain types of enemies/carry status effects. AP, or action points, dictate the attacks available to player. At different periods in the game the player controls A.G.W.S. pronounced 'eggs' which are small mechs that don't have really have anything special, besides the fact they can't use ether or items. Their stats may be higher but the limits placed on them almost ruins the experience.
The graphics of this game are relatively under par showing many jagged edges and things that could simply be designed better. One might wonder why so much attention was given to the story line and less time spent on arty stuff. Seeing is believing you. That aside, the massive space battles against crazy aliens look great and the more important cut scenes look very appealing too. They could be considered a little treat to the player for enduring the confusing puzzles only to be met with 10 minutes of filler cut scenes.
I wasn't very aware of the music in Xenosaga except during oh-my-gosh battles or the frequent scenes involving death, angst, wtfness, revelations, admonitions, confessions, and that one cut scene were everyone was happy was for a change. Those times when I heard the music it was very fitting of the atmosphere and sounded amazing.
Xenosaga has a bad reputation for it's mighty cut scenes I heard. It is true that once a cut scene starts you can get up, fill your drink, grab a bag of chips and sit back but it's worth actually watching whats going on instead of driving yourself nuts with impatience. The story is so rich with detail that skipping ahead to the better part isn't relevant. Overall I would say the best part of this Xenosaga is the story.
Keywords: sci-fi, rpg, aliens, religion, EPIC, namco
Sound & Graphics Average
Entertainment Value Very Good
Approx. Retail Price $19.99-$29.99
Genre (e.g. Action, Adventure) RPG
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      If who ever posted this do u know if they will have a 4th one? cause the never did reach jerusilium. plus the way it ended made it seem as if it was going to be a 4th one.

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      I've always wanted that game, but it's really hard to get in my country, and the secuels harder.
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      i loved the games i have beatin all three Cos-Mos and MoMo along with JR are my favs

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