History Videogame / Xenogears

6th Dec '17 5:12:30 PM nombretomado
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''Xenogears'' was released by [[Creator/SquareEnix Squaresoft]] in 1998 for the {{UsefulNotes/PlayStation}}. It is particularly remembered for a uniquely convoluted plot spanning ten thousand years; themes cooked out of {{UsefulNotes/Gnosticism}}, [[{{UsefulNotes/Judaism}} Jewish mysticism]] and [[{{UsefulNotes/CarlJung}} Jungian]] psychology; and an atmosphere which was remarkably {{Anime}}-like for its time, leading to the game's infamous hour-long cutscenes.

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''Xenogears'' was released by [[Creator/SquareEnix Squaresoft]] in 1998 for the {{UsefulNotes/PlayStation}}. It is particularly remembered for a uniquely convoluted plot spanning ten thousand years; themes cooked out of {{UsefulNotes/Gnosticism}}, [[{{UsefulNotes/Judaism}} Jewish mysticism]] and [[{{UsefulNotes/CarlJung}} [[UsefulNotes/CarlJung Jungian]] psychology; and an atmosphere which was remarkably {{Anime}}-like for its time, leading to the game's infamous hour-long cutscenes.



** TheDarkId also did a Let's Play of the game. Can be found [[http://lparchive.org/Xenogears-(by-The-Dark-Id)/ here]].

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** TheDarkId LetsPlay/TheDarkId also did a Let's Play of the game. Can be found [[http://lparchive.org/Xenogears-(by-The-Dark-Id)/ here]].
2nd Dec '17 12:49:56 PM nero666
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In 2010, it spawned yet another franchise, ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' (''Xenoblade Chronicles'' [[MarketBasedTitle outside Japan]]) for Wii. Also developed by Tetsuya Takahashi and Monolith Soft, but this time produced and published by Nintendo, although this one was more faithful to the spirit of the original ''Xenogears''. There are more [[{{Expy}} expies]] of characters from ''Xenogears'' there too, along with other minor similarities but in a vastly different setting. This game later received a ({{thematic|Series}}) sequel for the UsefulNotes/WiiU called ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX''. This game reunites Tetsuya Takahashi with original ''Xeno'' character designer KunihikoTanaka (who had been absent since ''Xenosaga Episode I''), brings back fuel-based mechs, and featured a logo early in development which, unlike previous games, was strikingly reminiscent of that of ''Xenogears'' before that was changed as it got further into development, it was released 2014 in Japan and 2015 internationally. A third game, ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'' is scheduled for the end of 2017 and is a more direct sequel to the first ''Xenoblade''.

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In 2010, it spawned yet another franchise, ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' (''Xenoblade Chronicles'' [[MarketBasedTitle outside Japan]]) for Wii. Also developed by Tetsuya Takahashi and Monolith Soft, but this time produced and published by Nintendo, although this one was more faithful to the spirit of the original ''Xenogears''. There are more [[{{Expy}} expies]] of characters from ''Xenogears'' there too, along with other minor similarities but in a vastly different setting. This game later received a ({{thematic|Series}}) sequel for the UsefulNotes/WiiU called ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX''. This game reunites Tetsuya Takahashi with original ''Xeno'' character designer KunihikoTanaka Kunihiko Tanaka (who had been absent since ''Xenosaga Episode I''), brings back fuel-based mechs, and featured a logo early in development which, unlike previous games, was strikingly reminiscent of that of ''Xenogears'' before that was changed as it got further into development, it was released 2014 in Japan and 2015 internationally. A third game, ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'' is scheduled for the end of 2017 and is a more direct sequel to the first ''Xenoblade''.
26th Nov '17 10:44:22 AM nombretomado
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* FanserviceCover: Subverted. While ''Perfect Works'' does feature a nude Elhaym and Miang, keep in mind {{Gnosticism}} often had Sophia naked, too. Not to mention the fact that the people ''Perfect Works'' was aimed at would not be reading it for the fanservice, but would instead use it to try to [[MindScrew explain the game's very confusing plot]].

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* FanserviceCover: Subverted. While ''Perfect Works'' does feature a nude Elhaym and Miang, keep in mind {{Gnosticism}} UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}} often had Sophia naked, too. Not to mention the fact that the people ''Perfect Works'' was aimed at would not be reading it for the fanservice, but would instead use it to try to [[MindScrew explain the game's very confusing plot]].



* UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}}: The overall story of Xenogears is an almost exact re-telling of Gnostic mythology. Surprisingly averts FauxSymbolism in the sense of how true the game stays to the original Gnostic religion. So many games mindlessly rip names and ideas from ancient religion without grasping the broader context; the creators of Xenogears obviously [[ShownTheirWork did their research]].
** A big part of it is [[spoiler: the notion that the physical universe was created by a huge physical god who is extraordinarily powerful, but ultimately self-serving and cruel, and just a shadow of the ''real'' supreme being that surpasses time and space. Similarly Deus, the AI super weapon that birthed all humans on the Xeno planet, is ancient beyond compare and incredibly powerful, but it's nothing compared to the benevolent Wave Existence.]]



* ShownTheirWork: The developers were obviously familiar with {{Gnosticism}} when they made the game, and it shows. This carries over to ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}''.

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* ShownTheirWork: The developers were obviously familiar with {{Gnosticism}} UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}} when they made the game, and it shows. This carries over to ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}''.
11th Nov '17 11:40:44 AM NekoHybrid
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** In a sense with Big Joe during your fight with him in the tournament. He gets stat boosts from the fans cheering for him. They also damage you by throwing debris at you from the stands.
11th Nov '17 11:28:55 AM NekoHybrid
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* HollywoodKiss: [[spoiler: In disc 2, between Fei and Elly, though the cutscene gets obscured in light millimeters away]].
8th Nov '17 7:28:48 AM NekoHybrid
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** Id's Gear has several energy wings coming out of the spikes on its back.

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** Id's Gear has several energy wings coming out of the spikes on its back. Weltall-2 gets these once in hyper mode or when activating System Id in order to use Id's power on a conscious level.
8th Nov '17 7:19:00 AM NekoHybrid
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* BreakTheCutie: Elly, who gets to see[[spoiler: her parents get killed]], and then watch [[spoiler: as her entire civilization is destroyed]]. Not to mention immediately afterward that she learns that [[spoiler:Fei is Id]]. This leads a brief HeroicBSOD

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* BreakTheCutie: Elly, who gets to see[[spoiler: her parents get killed]], and then watch [[spoiler: as her entire civilization is destroyed]]. Not to mention immediately afterward that she learns that [[spoiler:Fei is Id]]. This leads a brief HeroicBSODHeroicBSOD.
* BridalCarry: In Kislev, Fei carries Elly in this fashion. More accurately, Fei in Weltall carries Elly in Vierge in this fashion.
22nd Oct '17 10:28:13 AM nombretomado
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* DarkerAndEdgier: In keeping with Square's "dark years" of the late [[TheNineties 90s]], following on the heels of games like ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' and ''BushidoBlade''. In fact, part of the reason ''Xenogears'' wasn't a ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' game itself is because the plot was determined to be too dark for a mainline ''FF'' title.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: In keeping with Square's "dark years" of the late [[TheNineties 90s]], following on the heels of games like ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' and ''BushidoBlade''.''VideoGame/BushidoBlade''. In fact, part of the reason ''Xenogears'' wasn't a ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' game itself is because the plot was determined to be too dark for a mainline ''FF'' title.
13th Oct '17 1:38:24 PM ArgonianLorekeeper
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* SekaikeiGenre: Possibly the SugarWiki/MostTriumphantExample of this trope in gaming. Bonus points for having not only the current conflict, but also much of the world's history resting on the shoulders of the lead couple's [[ReincarnationRomance romance]].

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* SekaikeiGenre: Possibly the SugarWiki/MostTriumphantExample of this trope in gaming. Bonus points for having not only the current conflict, but also much of the world's history resting on the shoulders of the lead couple's [[ReincarnationRomance romance]].
13th Aug '17 5:48:39 AM SeptimusHeap
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* WifeHusbandry: According to [[AllThereInTheManual Perfect Works]],[[spoiler: Abel was 7 years old when he crashed on the Xenogears planet and met the first Elly. As shown in an in-game video, this Elly is an adult when they first meet (though technically she is probably less than a month old). Since Abel and Elly are StarCrossedLovers... yeah.]] Hey, it's either this or implied {{Shotacon}}.

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* WifeHusbandry: According to [[AllThereInTheManual Perfect Works]],[[spoiler: Abel was 7 years old when he crashed on the Xenogears planet and met the first Elly. As shown in an in-game video, this Elly is an adult when they first meet (though technically she is probably less than a month old). Since Abel and Elly are StarCrossedLovers... yeah.]] Hey, it's either this or implied {{Shotacon}}.LoliconAndShotacon.
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