Xenosaga Episode III

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Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra
Developer(s) Monolith Soft
Designer(s) Koh Arai
Writer(s) Norihiko Yonesaka
Composer(s) Yuki Kajiura
Series Xenosaga
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
  • JP July 6, 2006
  • NA August 29, 2006
Genre(s) Role-playing video game
Mode(s) Single-player

Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra (ゼノサーガ エピソードIII ツァラトゥストラはかく語りき Zenosāga Episōdo Surī Tsaratusutora wa Kaku Katariki?) is a role-playing video game for the PlayStation 2, and the third game in the primary Xenosaga trilogy. Also sprach Zarathustra, literally "Thus spoke Zarathustra", is also the title of Friedrich Nietzsche's most famous work, which introduced the concept of the Übermensch. The game was developed by Monolith Soft and published by Namco for the PlayStation 2 on July 6, 2006, in Japan and on August 29, 2006, in North America.[citation needed]


In September 2005, it was officially announced that Episode III would mark the premature end to the series, which was originally planned to span six titles. The cast from Episode I and II will return; minor protagonists Allen Ridgeley, Canaan and Miyuki Itsumi are playable characters for the first time in the series, albeit only briefly. The keyword database, is still present just like Episode I and Episode II, it also has enhanced features like images and the ability to view in-game models of characters, enemies and mecha. The database has a new feature called "Memory Code" in which any cut scene can be viewed, provided it has already occurred during gameplay in an existing save file. Episode III takes place one year after Episode II, with E.S. units from Episode II and the Zohar Emulators and "techs" from Episode I making a return.[citation needed]


Main article: Music of Xenosaga

At the start of Episode III's development, Yuki Kajiura (Xenosaga Episode II, .hack//Sign, Noir, and Madlax) became the sole composer in Xenosaga III. A handful of remixes, arrangements and reappearances of tracks from the "Xenosaga Episode II: Movie Scene Soundtrack" appear in the game. The game soundtrack, "Xenosaga Episode III: Original Sound Best Tracks (Yuki Kajiura selection)" was announced for a 2CD release on July 12. It consists of 40 tracks selected by Yuki Kajiura from the game (though it is not a complete release of all the tracks). The ending theme of the game is called "Maybe Tomorrow", sung by Emily Curtis. The soundtrack also contains vocals by Eri Itoh. The soundtrack follows the style of Kajiura's Episode II soundtrack with several key themes from Episode II, chief among them KOS-MOS' theme, appearing throughout the game.[citation needed]


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 82.67%[1]
Metacritic 81 of 100[9]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com B+[7]
Game Informer 8.5 of 10[1]
GamePro 4/5 stars[1][4]
GameSpot 8.0 of 10[2]
GameSpy 3.5/5 stars[5]
GameTrailers 8.2 of 10[6]
IGN 8.0 of 10[3]
OPM (US) 9 of 10[1]
PSM 8 of 10[1]
RPGamer 4.5/5 stars[8]
Yahoo! Games 4/5 stars

According to Bandai-Namco's 3rd Quarter 2006 results, Episode III sold 343,000 copies in Japan, North America and Asia.[10] It sold over 181,000 copies in Japan by the end of 2006.[11]


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  2. ^ Massimilla, Bethany (2006-08-30). "Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  3. ^ Dunham, Jeremy (2006-08-30). "Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra Review - IGN". IGN. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  4. ^ Forms, World of (2006-09-13). "Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra Review from GamePro". GamePro. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  5. ^ Vasconcellos, Eduardo (2006-08-26). "GameSpy: Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra review". GameSpy. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  6. ^ "Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra Article Review and Ratings GameTrailers". GameTrailers. 2006-09-12. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  7. ^ Barnholt, Ray (2006-09-13). "Xenosaga Episode 3 Review for PS2 from 1UP.com". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  8. ^ Martz, Josh. "RPGamer Staff Review Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra". RPGamer. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  9. ^ "Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra Critic Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  10. ^ RPGFan (2007-02-17). "Bandai Namco Announces 3rd Quarter Results". Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  11. ^ "2006年ゲームソフト年間売上TOP500" [2006 Game Software Annual Sales Top 500]. Famitsū Gēmu Hakusho 2007 ファミ通ゲーム白書2007 [Famitsu Game Whitebook 2007] (in Japanese). Tokyo: Enterbrain. 2007. 

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