The Starlight Megaphone is pleased to present our Winter 2010 feature: Stand Tall & Shake the Heavens, a Xenogears playthrough.
When it was released in 1998, Xenogears received praise from critics and gamers alike. The storyline, soundtrack, and battle system were lauded as being at the pinnacle of contemporary achievement. So well has the game held up that eight years after release, in 2006, the readers of Famitsu magazine voted it the sixteenth best game of all time. Maintaining a 91% at Game Rankings and an 83% at Metacritic, Xenogears continues to satisfy gamers more than twelve years after release.
Success made it possible to bring the game to an even wider audience: a Greatest Hits release was announced in 2003, and then in 2008–ten years after the initial release–Square Enix ensured that the Xenogears was released via the Playstation Network in Japan. At the time of this printing, many fans of the series expect a North American and European PSN release to eventually follow.
This is the second week our our playthrough; this week will cover the second ten hours of the game. Use the comments thread to discuss where you are, strategies for battles, and your opinions about how your perspective of this game has changed since the original release twelve years ago. A selection of this week’s comments will be read on Megaphones Ahoy! Podcast episode 96.