Episode 2 brings several changes to the battle system, some for the worst. Story saves it though!

User Rating: 8 | Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Bose PS2
Episode 2 is an interesting dilemma to me. They changed a lot about the game play in this one, I particularly hated the new battle system. I preferred the one from episode 1, it was semi-unique, but now we have a one button press to do this attack, can't combine buttons for different special attacks, watered down AWGS battling.

The story, however, saves it from anything lower then an 8 from me.

Honestly I loved the story as it explains the background behind Albedo, Negriedo, and Rubedo. How they came to be, how Albedo go so screwed up, and exactly what U-DO was.

There is a slight bit more background explained about Chaos and Jin as well.

And we also meet Cannan for the first time.

The music is good as usual, and it is nice to see the quality of the game getting better, ie better looking CG and cut scenes. This game sets up the last episode fairly well, especially since 3's battle system is way better.

Over all, I gave this one an 8 out of 10.