Xenosaga Episode II Jenseits von Gut und Bose is the sequel to Xenosaga Episode I Der Wille zur Macht. Like its predecessor, it takes its title from a quote from a work by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. “Jenseits von Gut und Bose” means “beyond good and evil” in the German language. It was released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2. It the second of the many games that are set in or relate to the Xenosaga universe and its characters. The game was written by Tetsuya Takahashi and developed by Monolith Soft.
Xenosaga Episode II Jenseits von Gut und Bose Story
Xenosaga Episode II has a complicated story which is set during a space war and involves a large cast of human and artificial intelligence characters looking for each other across the galaxy. One of the things they are seeking is a spacecraft called the Original Zohar which can become lethal if it falls into the wrong hands. Other sophisticated Xenosaga Episode II machines that are at stake in this fictional war are KOS-MOS and Gnosis. The Xenosaga Episode II story has a pre-set beginning, middle, and end, which are revealed through cut scenes which are shown throughout the game when the player makes certain actions.
Xenosaga Episode II Jenseits von Gut und Bose Characters
One of the main characters in Xenosaga Episode II Jenseits von Gut und Bose is Gaignun Kukai Jr., although Shion Uzuki, the main character from Xenosaga Episode I Der Wille zur Macht, is also a character in this second episode. Another major character is KOS-MOS, who is an Android, while another robot called the Original Zohar also figures prominently in the story.
Xenosaga Episode II Jenseits von Gut und Bose Gameplay
The gameplay in Xenosaga Episode II revolves around space combat as characters pursue the Original Zohar. Most of the time, the characters fight while onboard Xenosaga Episode II vehicles called mechs. Xenosaga Episode II is a single player game, so players must take turns instead of all playing at the same time. Successfully fighting a battle in the game requires a lot of strategy. There’s also many types of Xenosaga Episode II Walkthrough guides that are available online. Just search for the Xenosaga Episode II walkthrough as a search term and any video gamer will be accessible to a complete walkthrough guide of the entire Xenosaga Episode II Jenseits von Gut und Bose video game.
Xenosaga Episode II Jenseits von Gut und Bose Anime Graphics
The anime graphics in Xenosaga Episode II Jenseits von Gut und Bose are very different from the graphics in Xenosaga Episode I Der Wille zur Macht. In the second episode of the series, the characters look less childlike and have an edgier look. They still look three dimensional, though, as in most anime TV series and anime-style games that came out around the same time.
Xenosaga Episode I Der Wille zur Macht The Beginning Story Before Xenosaga Episode II Jenseits von Gut und Bose
Xenosaga Episode I Der Wille zur Macht was released in 2004, two years before Xenosaga Episode II Jenseits von Gut und Bose. Episode I features Shion Uzuki as a protagonist. The game was generally well received, earning praise for being one of the most philosophical video games ever released, although it received some criticism for its slow pace. Visual novel cut scenes feature prominently in the game, and while they may have been cutting edge in 2002, they are not to the tastes of today’s audiences. Compared to the graphics in Episode II, the graphics in Episode I appear cartoonish, with the main characters being childlike in appearance.
Xenosaga Episode II Jenseits von Gut und Bose and Monolith Soft
Monolith Soft is a game company founded by Tetsuya Takahashi in 1999. Xenosaga Episode II Jenseits von Gut und Bose is the fourth game the company released. In addition to being the home of the Xeno series, Monolith Soft has also produced the Baten Kaitos games, as well as a game set in the Dragon Ball Z universe and one set in the Legend of Zelda universe. In 2007, Monolith Soft became a subsidiary of Nintendo. The original Monolith Soft office is in Tokyo, but the company now also has an office in Kyoto, and the total number of employees for both offices is about 30.
The Xenosaga Episode II Jenseits von Gut und Bose Soundtrack
One of the most critically acclaimed things about Episode I was its soundtrack, which was composed by Yasunori Mitsuda, and critics were disappointed that Episode II does not also feature Mitsuda’s music. The soundtrack of Episode II was composed by Yuki Kajiura, who wrote the music for the visual novel cut scenes, and Shinji Hosoe, who composed the music for the in-game sequences. The Episode II soundtrack was more pop oriented than the soundtrack of its predecessor, and critics compared it unfavorably to the Episode I soundtrack. Synthesizers feature prominently on the soundtrack of Episode II in both the instrumental and the vocal pieces. One of the singers on the soundtrack is Broadway singer Deb Lyons, and another is Yuriko Kaida, who has provided vocals for many anime and video game soundtracks. There is less music in Episode II than in Episode I, because the game is shorter. Despite its shortcomings, though, Xenosaga Episode II Jenseits von Gut und Bose still has its fans.
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