Xenoblade – Xenofail




The latest title in the much esteemed Xenosaga/Xenogears line of games, Xenoblade, is a causing a stir for all the wrong reasons.

Xenosaga vs Xenoblade:


What happened to the main heroine’s face is a matter of some speculation. 2ch has gamely provided a Photoshop correction:


The latest trailer puts a brave face on things:

Anyone could be forgiven for thinking this was a PSP title with rather poor graphics, but it is in fact due for a spring release on the Wii.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:45 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Way to do research, guys. Xenoblade has no connection to the Xenosaga series, other than the fact that it's being made by Monolith Soft.

    Credibility fail.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Its connection is in the title.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:17 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Indeed. If they make it a part of the Xeno series then people are naturally going to compare it to the previous games in the series, whether it's part of the same story or not. Expecting people NOT to do so is rather like expecting no one will compare the latest Final Fantasy game to the previous ones-which would just be downright silly.

    Still, making this part of the Xeno franchise is possibly just a marketing move on their part. But if you want to slap a well-known franchise's name onto a game to try to attract attention to it, then you'd better be prepared to live with the inevitable comparisons. I'm looking at you too, Konami...

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    Comment by Sakido
    12:22 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This game has nothing to do with Xenosaga, plus its on the Wii. What do you expect from such a broken man such as Tetsuya Takahashi? he failed the last time didn't he?

    Comment by Anonymous

    You keep telling yourself that. All of the Xeno games are connected.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:36 12/04/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No they aren't. Xenosaga can't ever be properly connected to Xenogears and Xenoblade won't connect to either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:30 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's nothing but fanservice. Plot-wise, Xenosaga contradicts Perfect Works and that's all there is to it. Maybe they might have gotten to reimagine Xenogears in the Xenosaga series one day, but Namco killed it before they got there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:17 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    has iv stated in both xenogears and xenosaga there chars named uzukey (shion/jin/"other brother"from xenosaga and the doctor from xenogears(who IS in part three as the "other brother" to shion,he's in the puzel game at jin's libery)

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:23 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This isn't the fault of the Wii, this is the fault of lazy developers. There are already Wii, hell, even GC games with better faces than this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:06 11/04/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Who cares about the graphics? Graphics do not make or break a game!

    Is it fun to play? How's the story?

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    Comment by Ido
    13:36 14/09/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wtf are you guys on?! This has NOTHING to do with Xenogears/Xenosaga!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:22 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This game looks interesting although I admit the graphic is bad

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:18 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This isn't related to Xenosaga at all. Are you retarded? Did you do any research before you posted this?

    I don't know if you guys ever heard of a little title called Super Mario Bros., but what matters is gameplay. If I want super high res graphics, I'll watch the Godfather.


    Comment by Anonymous
    11:59 13/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A logical comment rated down on sankom. Who would've thought.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:25 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Despite the 'Xeno' on the title, it has been confirmed that this game will not have anything to do plotwise with Xenogears and the Xenosaga series"

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    08:55 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah. That explains things. The main character is some sort of subhuman female, that's why she's so weird looking.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:20 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    not completely incorrect but to be clear
    Xenogears != Xenosaga != Xenoblade

    translation =
    technically Xenosaga had nothing to do with the plot of Xenogears either

    there is no unified Xenogears/Xenosaga universe, no matter how much Xeno-fans want to believe otherwise

    pretty much every time Takahashi's jumped to a new ship he's had to cut the previous incarnation short and start again with a new series of the same "Xeno- concept"

    Takahashi has said yes he reused some ideas he used before or ideas he was planning to use (but didn't get to), but Xenosaga isn't technically related to Xenogears either, only based on some general setting concepts he wrote up a long time ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:55 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    umm i hate to point this out but the npc char (the doctor)in the xenogears gamealso has the same last name as shion,and in part three in the libery puzel game theres a pic of shion's "other" brother who looks like the doctor from xenogears and not surpisingly has the same name.so tectly theres a conection between the two even has thin as this. but anyway i recall reading there was an other game posabely a fighting/rpg that stared cos-mos only what ever happend to that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:12 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, seriously.

    'It was originally shown at E3 2009 with the title Monado: The Beginning of the World. But one little switcheroo and it’ll probably sell twice the copies. Nintendo’s not even going to bother saying that the name change is a coincidence. “We decided to call it Xenoblade to honor Mr. Tetsuya Takahashi who poured his soul into making this and who has been working on the Xeno series,” said Iwata.'

    Xenosaga was said to be a reinterpretation of pre-episode 5 XG episodes. Xenoblade isn't even that - it's just a rebrand of a totally unrelated story. You're right in that there isn't a unified XS/XG universe, but this isn't even as related as those two were.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:17 13/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Doing another reinterpretation wouldn't make much sense though. At least Takahashi is the writer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:14 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ever thought that he is forced to say that.
    I mean Xenogears is bound to another company, if he and his team change the company and make a new game which shall continue his previous universe he can do it, but he will get into trouble wuth patent rights if he just says yes he did it that way.

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    15:03 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be fair, it doesn't look that bad design-wise. It does, however, disappoint graphic-wise. The hair, clothes and face remind me of the FFXII's engine, just not quite as polished.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:26 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    OH MY KOSMOS!!! fap* 9000X

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:55 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Xeno series is made through a very complex business relationships

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:48 10/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You'd be surprised, but quite a lot of us have been following the series from the start.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:58 11/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's rare to see a facial structure rendered in anime-esque style that either doesn't fit the golden ratio or doesn't intentionally shoot for childlike features.

    She has a slightly retrognathic lower mandible, the distance between her mouth and chin is relatively high, and her slightly-hooked nose protrudes noticeably from her face. To make a long story short, she looks like Margaret Hamilton minus the prosthetics and makeup used to transform her into the Wicked Witch of the West.

    There's nothing wrong with the technology or polycounts, here. It's just an ugly face. So what? Not every fictional character has to be blessed with a supermodel face. I think it lends realism to stir at least one or two average-looking mugs into the mix.

    14:00 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A homage game for Streisand and (Michael) Jackson..?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:33 11/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have two points of view in the argument. Graphics do NOT equal gameplay, Xenoblade looks like it is going to be an amazing game based off the universe alone.

    The other one is that the PS2 is quite a bit weaker than the Wii, but my guess is that with Xenoblade they wanted to keep it to one disc, and thats why it doesn't look as good as the 2 DVD Xenosaga Episode 3 (look at the graphics of Episode 2 and get back to me)

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 12/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'm sorry, i don't care how good the gameplay or the story is, if everything else looks like crap, i'm not going to play it.

    take kingdom hearts 358/2 days. i know it's only a DS title, but even for the DS, graphically, it's TERRIBLE. makes it hard to play, imo, and KH is one of my all time favorite franchises.

    i imagine that this bizarre sort of rendering is going to be distracting to anyone who plays/has played many other games on different systems.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:46 12/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's because Kingdom Hearts doesn't have good gameplay to support the terrible story. So without the good graphics to highlight the Disney cameos it's pretty much worthless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:22 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    god i've been waiting for "xenosaga 4" for so long. want to use my kos-mos goddess again.

    i hope to god she is not in this trash.

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    Comment by Ramen-sama
    13:41 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    if you bothered reading.. you'd READ that this is will not have her.

    Comment by Takumi
    13:23 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bundled with 4MB RAM Pack!

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    Comment by El Chaos
    09:25 10/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like Nintendo doesn't shell out the absurd budgets Namco/ NBGI did, especially when their previous game, Disaster: Day of Crisis, was... well, a complete disaster, lulz.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:40 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's weird that Disaster had a high enough budget for CG and this doesn't.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:40 10/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    All developers ever do with the Wii is take a big fat shit on it, knowing they will make lots of money despite the lack of effort.

    I really do think the Wii will go down in history as ironically, Nintendo's worst console.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 10/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    apparently, somebody forgot the Virtual Boy

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:40 10/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well duh, this isn't a turn-based game. They can't just take the other characters and monsters off the screen when they're attacking like they did in Xenosaga.

    This looks more like Xenogears in style too, this area reminds me of the forest and Dazil.

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    Comment by Ido
    13:40 14/09/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Dude Xenoblade and Xenogears are unrelated!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:15 10/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's possible that they're not fully human...the quality checkers, I mean.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 10/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just don't play it if you don't think it looks good. I sure as hell won't. The only part of the series I care about it the one with the title "Xenosaga"

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:35 10/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    rofl.... bad choice to put a game that's heavily based on cinematic and graphic on the wii... XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:53 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want it but I can't play.:(

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    21:38 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did a bookcase fell on her face or something..?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:41 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is what happens when you try to cash in off of Duckface's odd popularity...
    Looks to me they were aiming for Busa-Kawaii but ended up with downs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:25 09/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's actually an unrelated game? Well then, at least it didn't take excellent character models from a previous game and senselessly beat them with the ugly stick.

    Xenosaga II still seems to be the series crowning moment of fail.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:42 12/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, I doubt they'll ever do anything as bad as Episode 2 with Xeno again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:05 10/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Spring is coming...and failure is in the air.

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    Comment by Fox89
    20:17 10/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I tell you what though, the character models may be pretty shonky but maybe that's due to the rest of the game. The sense of scale in the environments is impressive, and some of the screens I've seen show a truly beautiful world. I think they've sacrificed some of the power of the Wii to have that lusciously thick grass.

    I'm actually rather interested in this game, the art direction reminds me of FFXII, which can only be a good thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:57 10/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This, my first thought was this, i'm surprised this many oversees that fact.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:12 10/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    in my opinion looks like another beta test (or alpha test?!)

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