Finally found some time to get back into Xenosaga II. I had played through the first one, but I have to admit that I had a hard time putting aside time to get into the next one because of how badly the reviews and players had thrashed it. I finally snagged a copy and sat down to get through the second chapter, if only because the third one is already out and ends what should have been a much longer series and want to know how it all ends.
Anyways, I put down my thoughts in a writeup on my own experience with the title here:
Xenosaga II: Jenseits von Gute und Bose – (PS2)
Great story, great characters, great setting. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is a good rule of thumb in some cases, but if you have to change something, make sure it’s something fun. Unfortunately, the sequel doesn’t quite follow that formula making finding out what happens more of a struggle than it should have been. It’s a sequel strictly for the fans.