Today we take a look at Xenosaga Episode I! This is the PlayStation 2 version of the game running on the softmodded PlayStation 3. The PlayStation 2 doesn’t output via HDMI natively so solution for this is a softmodded PS3 running the game at 480p and then using an mClassic HDMI add-on to upscale to 1080p. You can see in the comparison video the difference mClassic makes for these older games.
Thousands of years into the future, man exists only in deep space. Brutally opposed by a merciless alien race, humanity faces an uncertain destiny as it unlocks the secrets of the universe in search of the ultimate truth.
In the year 4767 T.C. (Transcend Christ) or 7277 A.D., according to the old year-counting system, humanity has long left the planet Earth, which has been renamed Lost Jerusalem and erased from star maps, the way to it no longer known. The original Zohar substance has been proven to be too dangerous, and was sealed on the planet Old Miltia, most humans resorting to use less powerful device called Zohar emulators instead. However, some organizations still long to re-discover the true Zohar, believing it to be the path to Lost Jerusalem.
Xenosaga: Episode I – Der Wille zur Macht, the first chapter of a trilogy, is a Japanese-style sci-fi role-playing game, sharing many common themes and gameplay elements with Xenogears. The battle system is not unlike the one used in Xenogears (combo attacks, AP and EP gauges, etc.), but random encounters are eliminated. Instead, the enemies are now visible and battles can be avoided. During combat the few upcoming ally and enemy turns are shown onscreen, allowing the player to make strategic decisions based on who will act next. A rolling slot moves with each turn as well, conferring a bonus such as added damage or bonus XP for any action on that turn. If the enemy would be in position to take an advantage then the player can expend a character’s boost gauge to cut in and act next, although enemies can boost as well, and enemy boosts always over-ride player boosts.
Xenosaga Episode I is an epic adventure delivering over 80 hours of game play, it has stunning graphics, breathtaking cinematics and beautifully rendered 3D environments.
Music is preformed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the game includes four exhilarating mini-games and has an innovatice battle and control system.