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ScurvyKip
May 15, 2009

Look Rubedo, I'm free!


No spoilers at all, not even in tags.

Let's Play the Xenosaga Series!



What the hell is a Xenosaga?

Xenosaga is a sci-fi JRPG, developed by Monolith Soft, and published by Namco. This is a three game series, all games being released on the PlayStation 2. It's well known for its lengthy cutscenes and non-standard gameplay, for better or worse.

Why a VLP?

I enjoy this series, though its one of those ones that I think lends itself very well to being made fun of while you watch it, so this will be less on the informative side. After the tutorial dungeon, I will be removing all repetitive encounters in order to streamline things a bit and not have thirty minute updates of only random battles.

What if I want an informational LP?

Zutaten did a well done hybrid LP of the series (most of it anyway). You can find it on the LP Master List, but it requires archives.

I love sidequests! Are you going to be doing any?

I'm going to be as comprehensive as possible when it comes to getting 100% completion.

Who are these people with you?

I will have a few mainstays rotating as guests, and another random rotating guest as well. My mainstays are DazzlingAddar, KasaiAisu, and Unpronounceable.

How about an upload schedule?

I'm aiming for about once or twice a week. No promises though.


VIDEOS:



Part 1: Beginning Cutscenes and Tutorial No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 2: Finishing the Tutorial Dungeon No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 3: Exploring the Woglinde - First Half No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 4: Exploring the Woglinde - Second Half No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 5: Turning In The KOS-MOS Data No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 6: Evading the Gnosis No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 7: Fighting Back No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 8: Movie Time
Part 9: Pleroma - First Half No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 10: Pleroma - Second Half No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 11: Exploring the Elsa No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 12: U-TIC Invasion No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 13: Exploring the Elsa - The Revenge No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 14: U-TIC Battleship - First Half No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 15: U-TIC Battleship - Second Half + Dock Colony No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 16: Cathedral Ship - First Part No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 16.5: Cathedral Ship - Second Part
Part 17: Cathedral Ship - Third Part No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 18: Cathedral Ship - Final Part No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 19: Exploring the Durandal No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 20: Exploring the Kukai Foundation No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 21: Durandal Takeover No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 22: KOS-MOS Encephalon - Part One No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 23: KOS-MOS Encephalon - Part Two
Part 24: KOS-MOS Encephalon - Part Three No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 25: KOS-MOS Encephalon - Part Four No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 26: KOS-MOS Encephalon - Final Part No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 27: Kukai Rescue - Part One No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 28: Kukai Rescue - Part Two
Part 29: Kukai Rescue - Final Part No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 30: Song of Nephilim - Part One No Commentary Over Cutscnes
Part 31: Song of Nephilim - Part Two
Part 32: Song of Nephilim - Part Three No Commentary over Cutscenes
Part 33: Song of Nephilim - Final Part No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 34: Proto Merkabah - Part One No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 35: Proto Merkabah - Part Two No Commentary Over Cutscenes
Part 36: Taking down the Extra Bosses
Part 37: Minigames - Part One
Part 38: Minigames - Part Two
Part 39: The End

BONUSES:

Full Database Reading
Kasai and Unpronounceable Recap the Plot




Part 1: Old Miltia(14 Years Ago) - Part One
Part 2: Old Miltia(14 Years Ago) - Part Two
Part 3: Plot Recap
Part 4: Escaping U-TIC - Part One
Part 5: Escaping U-TIC - Part Two
Part 6: Escaping U-TIC - Part Three
Part 7: Exploring Second Miltia
Part 8: Sidequestin' - Part One
Part 9: Y-Data Analysis
Part 10: Sidequestin' - Part Two
Part 11: Yuriev Institute
Part 12: Subconscious Domain(Summer) - Part One
Part 13: Subconscious Domain(Summer) - Part Two
Part 14: Subconscious Domain(Winter) - Part One
Part 15: Subconscious Domain(Winter) - Part Two
Part 16: Subconscious Domain(Winter) - Part Three
Part 17: Dammerung - Part One
Part 18: Dammerung - Part Two
Part 19: Dammerung - Part Three
Part 20: Sidequestin' - Part Three
Part 21: Ormus Stronghold - Part One
Part 22: Ormus Stronghold - Part Two
Part 23: Ormus Stronghold - Part Three
Part 24: Ormus Stronghold - Part Four
Part 25: Ormus Stronghold - Part Five
Part 26: Ormus Stronghold - Part Six
Part 27: Intermission
Part 28: Sidequestin' - Part Four
Part 29: Sidequestin' - Part Five
Part 30: Sidequestin' - Part Six
Part 31: Old Miltia - Part One
Part 32: Old Miltia - Part Two
Part 33: Labyrinthos - Part One
Part 34: Labyrinthos - Part Two
Part 35: Labyrinthos - Part Three
Part 36: Labyrinthos - Part Four
Part 37: Labyrinthos - Part Five
Part 38: Intermission Two
Part 39: Sidequestin' - Part Seven
Part 40: Omega System - Part One
Part 41: Omega System - Part Two
Part 42: Omega System - Part Three
Part 43: Omega System - Part Four
Part 44: Omega System - Part Five
Part 45: Omega System - Part Six
Part 46: Space-Time Anomaly + Credits
Part 47: Postgame Backtracking
Part 48: Sidequestin' - Part Eight
Part 49: Desert
Part 50: Factory - Part One
Part 51: Factory - Part Two
Part 52: Factory - Part Three
Part 53: Heaven's Ruins - Part One
Heaven's Ruins - Part Two
Space Colosseum
Secret Bosses




Ziggy's Story
chaos's Story
KOS-MOS's Story
MOMO's Story
Jr.'s Story



Chapter 1 - Prologue
Chapter 2 - Archon Police Station

ScurvyKip fucked around with this message at 18:55 on Jan 21, 2018

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ScurvyKip
May 15, 2009

Look Rubedo, I'm free!


FANART

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The Skeep:



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ScurvyKip fucked around with this message at 11:11 on Feb 3, 2017

ScurvyKip
May 15, 2009

Look Rubedo, I'm free!


(click image for video)
No Commentary Over Cutscenes

Errata:

I mistakenly refer to Skill Points as Action Points in the video multiple times.
KOS-MOS is not the only character that has a special O Tech Attack, there is one other character that gets that.

ScurvyKip fucked around with this message at 13:43 on Oct 21, 2014

Killer Emcee
May 19, 2010

"Looks like your angel has misplaced her halo."


This is going to be wild ride. Good luck on your journey, sir.

Zain
Dec 6, 2009

It's only forever, not long at all


Should be stated that this series was initially supposed to be the prequel to Xenogears, and for obvious reasons we'll get to later that never happened.

Double Rabite
Mar 30, 2010

Typical Saturday night dance party.


ScurvyKip posted:


No Commentary Over Cutscenes

Errata:

I mistakenly refer to Skill Points as Action Points in the video multiple times.
KOS-MOS is not the only character that has a special O Tech Attack, there is one other character that gets that.

No commentary over the cutscene? Are planing on never talking? The game is 90% cutscene.

ScurvyKip
May 15, 2009

Look Rubedo, I'm free!


Double Rabite posted:

No commentary over the cutscene? Are planing on never talking? The game is 90% cutscene.

Click on the image for the version with commentary over cutscenes, I'll go and edit that into the post.

ZenVulgarity
Oct 9, 2012

I made the hat by transforming my zen



This game can go in some very weird directions.

Are you going to show some of the edits that might have been made between versions?

unpronounceable
Apr 4, 2010

You mean we still have another game to go through?!


Fallen Rib

I remember seeing some of this movie. Never did make it very far though.

NightfallGemini
Dec 26, 2006


Even for all its flaws, I have a weird sense of love for this series. Doesn't hold a candle to Gears though.

That said, everyone strap in. It's gonna be an anime ride.

Oh, by the way, will you be minmaxing as you go or just strolling through? I know grinding can be a special kind of hell in XS.

NightfallGemini fucked around with this message at 23:02 on May 22, 2013

ScurvyKip
May 15, 2009

Look Rubedo, I'm free!


ZenVulgarity posted:

This game can go in some very weird directions.

Are you going to show some of the edits that might have been made between versions?

I'll definitely mention them as they come up in game.

Smornstein
Nov 4, 2012


All i've heard about these games is that they're anime as hell and hard to actually find copies. I look forward to seeing how weird this gets.

mandatory lesbian
Dec 18, 2012


I tried playing this game a few years back, but it always felt like a slog and I just stopped after a few hours. I am curious about it, because I heard the later games get pretty

Does the Nietzsche quote in the title have any relevance, or is that just there because it sounds cool?

Khanstant
Apr 5, 2007



Wow, how old is this game? This first cut scene looks pretty good, I've seen much worse in more modern games. These people's movements look pretty natural. I'm impressed.

Tae
Oct 24, 2010

Hello? Can you hear me? ...Perhaps if I shout? AAAAAAAAAH!


Khanstant posted:

Wow, how old is this game? This first cut scene looks pretty good, I've seen much worse in more modern games. These people's movements look pretty natural. I'm impressed.

Came out in Feb of 2002.

Sylphid
Aug 3, 2012


Livingtrope posted:

I tried playing this game a few years back, but it always felt like a slog and I just stopped after a few hours. I am curious about it, because I heard the later games get pretty

Does the Nietzsche quote in the title have any relevance, or is that just there because it sounds cool?

All the subtitles in this series have *some* relevance to the story of each game, with the strongest connection to the plot of the game being "Also sprach Zarathustra". When we're a bit further along in the LP and meet an important new character in 3 or 4 videos, perhaps Scurvy will bring it up in a video.

For this game, though, "The Will to Power" happens to be more "cool-sounding" than relevant to the game. Though, I will say I find Xenosaga's story amusing in a strange way. Up until the very, very end of Episode III, the heroes have very little idea of what's actually going on.

Microcline
Jul 27, 2012

For every
volunteer
an opportunity.



Livingtrope posted:

I tried playing this game a few years back, but it always felt like a slog and I just stopped after a few hours. I am curious about it, because I heard the later games get pretty

Does the Nietzsche quote in the title have any relevance, or is that just there because it sounds cool?
The short answer is no. The long answer is also no, but in episode three they half rear end trying to fit in a reason. It barely maintains internal consistency over the course of the same game, and the only place you're going to be rewarded for paying attention is after you've completed it and are reading the Perfect Guide. Don't set your expectations too high and be ready for plot threads to be created, hyped up, and then dropped without fanfare, all while putting up with shrill anime hijinks that make Chu-Chu's maidenly love seem bearable.

Best of luck ScurvyKip. This trilogy has a reputation for wearing out LPers, probably related to it's ultramarathon qualities. There's some sort of value buried there, but it's long, boring, unrewarding, and when your toenails start falling off halfway through Episode II DVD 2 you begin to realize that it may not be the best justification for pushing the limits of human endurance.

Zutaten
May 8, 2007

What the shit.



Hello Xenosaga, my old nemesis. We meet again.

This series is still incredibly good, despite the fact that it can be bewilderingly convoluted some (most) of the time. And the first game is still the most solid in the series. I actually still really like this one.

I'll be tagging along for the ride, that's for sure.

Seraphic Neoman
Jul 19, 2011




I'm firmly of the opinion that the first game is the only one worth playing. I liked it, but I never finished it. If anyone wants to play these games, start with the first one and then consider whether you wanna keep going. And make sure to play with an FAQ open, because gently caress's sake some of the missable poo poo is insidiously well-hidden.

I really like the first game's character designs.

Yeah I said it.

Spiritus Nox
Sep 2, 2011



You're brave people, Scurvykip. Brave people.

I was really into these games at one point - played through all three. Even the second one....*shudder*

I'll be interested to see how well they hold up.

Weed Wolf
Jul 30, 2004


Zain posted:

Should be stated that this series was initially supposed to be the prequel to Xenogears, and for obvious reasons we'll get to later that never happened.

I like that the "pretentious password" used to log into the virtual world was the same phrase splashed over and over on the screen at the beginning of Xenogears. Nice pretentious flashback.

ScurvyKip
May 15, 2009

Look Rubedo, I'm free!


See I've never played Xenogears, so please feel free to point this stuff out. I know a few of the references, for example the Uzuki surname being shared between Shion and Citan.

goldjas
Feb 22, 2009

I HATE ALL FORMS OF FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT. I HATE BEAUTY. I AM GOLDJAS.

I liked the first game, hated the 2nd(oh god gently caress the 2nds mechanics to hell and back), loved the 3rd gameplay-wise. The plot of all of them were in general pretty silly though.

Sylphid
Aug 3, 2012


ScurvyKip posted:

See I've never played Xenogears, so please feel free to point this stuff out. I know a few of the references, for example the Uzuki surname being shared between Shion and Citan.

From what I know, between playing Episode III three times or so, and reading The Dark Id's LP of Gears, there's a few, but mostly cosmetic and isolated to Episode III. In accordance with your spoiler rules, though, I won't touch on anything right now.

Azure_Horizon
Mar 27, 2010

by Reene


For me, the third game is far and away the best of the series. It's solid gameplay-wise, the character designs are mostly fantastic, and the music is loving incredible. Yuki Kajiura just blew the whole series (and possibly Xenogears) out of the water with that OST.

That said, I think the first game is the worst of all of them, simply because of the sheer LACK of music anywhere. And that loving battle theme. Everywhere. The final battle theme is pretty great, though, but it's basically a Chrono Cross track.

What always amused me, even back when this first came out, is that all the Africans around the doctor are voiced by <generic white anime VA #4>. It's kind of hilarious to me.

Azure_Horizon fucked around with this message at 06:38 on May 23, 2013

Dazzling Addar
Mar 27, 2010

He may have a funny face, but he's THE BEST KONG

Now I'm a simple, country girl with simple, country tastes. I don't know gosh darned nothin' bout this Gnosis flimflam or the workin's of SUPER LOGICAL ANDROID WOMAN. But by golly, I love me some robots. And you know what this game has? Robots. Has a lotta other junk, too, but with God as my witness, as long as it keeps the robots, I'm game for anything.

Jack-Off Lantern
Mar 2, 2012



Dazzling Addar posted:

I love me some robots. And you know what this game has? Robots. Has a lotta other junk, too, but with God as my witness, as long as it keeps the robots, I'm game for anything.

I wish it was only that easy.

I played Xenosaga I-III during very very depressing week last year, depressing due to other circumstances and I was like "Why the gently caress not, this poo poo'll cheer me up". So, I bought all three games on Ebay and went to town.

This proved to be a mistake.

Reaching Xenosaga III was like being cradled in the bosom of an Angel after crawling through a briar patch, all during which the awesome Soundtrack played. After playing this I made a point to buy every Yuki Kajiura CD.

Still, I wish a certain Minigame from Xenosaga I would return as a stand-alone game. I got so hooked on that, it wasn't funny.

Jack-Off Lantern fucked around with this message at 14:55 on May 23, 2013

Artix
Apr 26, 2010

He's finally back,
to kick some tail!
And this time,
he's goin' to jail!


Dazzling Addar posted:

Now I'm a simple, country girl with simple, country tastes. I don't know gosh darned nothin' bout this Gnosis flimflam or the workin's of SUPER LOGICAL ANDROID WOMAN. But by golly, I love me some robots. And you know what this game has? Robots. Has a lotta other junk, too, but with God as my witness, as long as it keeps the robots, I'm game for anything.

Oh Addar, you poor, poor soul. You know not what you've gotten yourself into.

Admiral H. Curtiss
May 11, 2010

I think there are a bunch of people who can create trailing images. I know some who could do this as if they were just going out for a stroll.


Azure_Horizon posted:

That said, I think the first game is the worst of all of them, simply because of the sheer LACK of music anywhere. And that loving battle theme. Everywhere.

Yeah that's probably what I remember most about Xenosaga. Why do half the places (or more) in the game lack music? This is made even worse by the fact that the music that is there is actually really good!

Stabbey_the_Clown
Sep 21, 2002

Wanna see a demonstration of my school? It's called "Eight Leaves, One Very Big Stick"!


Taco Defender

Could you ask a mod to put the game name in the thread title so other people will know what this is about? It'll probably attract more readers that way.

RentCavalier posted:

I dunno "Technobabble" is a much more honest title for this game.

I'm not saying it isn't. So change the title to something like: Let's Play Xenosaga - Technobabble: The JRPG

Stabbey_the_Clown fucked around with this message at 14:40 on May 23, 2013

RentCavalier
Jul 10, 2008

by T. Finninho


I dunno "Technobabble" is a much more honest title for this game.

Rabidredneck
Oct 30, 2010

Not pleasant when angered.

I played all three games in the series, and I honestly never had a problem with the second game, in fact I loved the combat system in it. It was the first combat system to really make me think about each encounter, where you really had to use every tool in your arsenal instead of just picking three guys and spamming their ultimate attacks every round.

The series is really cutscene heavy, though fortunately none are as time consuming as disk 2 of xenogears, although there are some that give it a run for it's money. There are some good action scene and a few are pretty hilarious.

Good luck, this is a long term project you've set for yourself.

John Rawl Tahd
Apr 17, 2006

The Tommy Rees Experience

RentCavalier posted:

I dunno "Technobabble" is a much more honest title for this game.

I knew exactly what game it was from the title.

ScurvyKip
May 15, 2009

Look Rubedo, I'm free!


Update is coming soon, probably tomorrow night permitting my internet cooperates and uploads my video. After this, updates should slow a bit so that I'm not throwing an update at you every other day.

Tae
Oct 24, 2010

Hello? Can you hear me? ...Perhaps if I shout? AAAAAAAAAH!


You might as well throw an update whenever you can. People aren't suddenly going to stop because they can't catch up or something.

Azure_Horizon
Mar 27, 2010

by Reene


Tae posted:

You might as well throw an update whenever you can. People aren't suddenly going to stop because they can't catch up or something.

Yeah the more updates the better, since you're doing three very lengthy games.

SatansBestBuddy
Sep 26, 2010

by FactsAreUseless


I remember this game. Never beat it, but I got few dozen hours into it. I think I quit when I reached a cutscene I had seen on Youtube before playing, only to realize the copy of the game I had censored the scene. I dunno why, but realizing the game had been entirely cleaned of blood, and thus made even more boring than it was already, pretty much completely killed my drive to finish it.

Some cool moments in this series, but god drat there is a lot of cutscene and loving bullshit design between said cool moments.

Xenoblade 2: Return of the Giant Anime Robots.

ScurvyKip
May 15, 2009

Look Rubedo, I'm free!


So after finally getting my poo poo together with help from Dazz, I can now bring you an update!

Xenosaga Part 2, where that picture is just as stupid in context.

(Click here for video)
No Commentary Over Cutscenes

I updated the bio page with our new character, Commander Cherenkov.

Stabbey_the_Clown
Sep 21, 2002

Wanna see a demonstration of my school? It's called "Eight Leaves, One Very Big Stick"!


Taco Defender

They seem to have a pretty relaxed atmosphere on that ship. The junior officers were pretty chatty, and the senior ones were pretty open and forthcoming as well.

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cdyoung
Mar 2, 2012

Someone call for a Hee-ro-ho?

Though it also seems mini skirts are mandatory for women.

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