Xenogears

Video Game • 1998 • Sci-Fi  Report
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Probably too many to literally count. From one of the mobs being jackals (which are wild feral dogs) when Fei first climbs the mountain path (although they just vanish once they're out of HP), to many, many more (and lots of them are implied when 90 percent of the world dies, as well as in many other events). Although to my memory, the dog deaths are some of the least graphic in the game, mostly "if you think about it"s. There's also an inversion worth mentioning: the dog lives. The *owner* dies, and as you play the game, you'll find him transformed into a body horror your party fights.
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Mostly offscreen, but it's a pretty safe assumption lots of them do, especially during Lahan, the fall of Etrenank, the fall of Shevat, and the turn of the Gaetia Key. That said, there IS a slightly heartwarming inverse - one of the few sources of hope in fallen Shevat is a cat family that one of the people rescued, and all of them will meow at Fei if you talk to them. :)
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Mostly offscreen, but see above - in a story where cities being annihilated and the end of the world (repeatedly) are major plots, if you think about it, this has been bound to have happened.
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Does an animal die?
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Many of the mobs/monsters are animals in some way (the ones that aren't Gears or humanoids or eldritch religious abominations). ALL of the Chu tribe except for two of them die, though they ride the line between humanoid and animal. Twice there are nonoptional battles against a dinosaur creature called a Rankar. Which you are fighting as Fei in Weltall. There are optional battles against dragons for special items (though those aren't worth it, except to sell for money, because you are not fighting on foot by the time Duneman Isle opens up, and you can complete the game without them - but they are necessary for a 100 percent completion run)
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THE SOYLENT SYSTEM. Both animals and humanoids, and you do see that onscreen. It's also pretty obvious Solaris's experimentation included it, if you think about it. If you consider the fighting animal mobs as such, yes to that too. Technically Rico's abuse of Hammer might qualify but both are demihumans, so... that may also fall under domestic abuse or more so under there.
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I don't really remember any scenes of damaged teeth specifically amidst all of the violence/gore in general, but I did not specifically pause on those scenes to examine everyone's teeth so please be aware I may have missed this. I feel bad about putting a no based on my recollection, so if someone else sees this there, DEFINITELY bump it to yes.
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You don't see much of it due to the bad graphics capabilities, but injections, needles, syringes are referenced in medical contexts with a nurse joking about giving shots (if I remember correctly), in the context of Solaris' human experimentation, in the context of Fei's childhood abuse, and for Drive use/abuse. It's more in the dialogue than graphic images of injection, but it's referenced.
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While it's not TECHNICALLY an abortion, Ramsus's clone/asymptote is discarded from a laboratory where he is being nourished in a tube and flushed to the trash dump below, when Fei is determined to be more valuable to Myyah/Miang's plans. This is the backstory of a major character, and part of the reason he has a fixation on proving himself better than Fei, to the detriment of anyone else who gets in the way when he's doing so...
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YES. REPEATEDLY FOR THE CHARACTERS. And THIS IS A MAJOR PART OF THE PLOT. Fei has them any time his alter Id begins to front and for various other reasons, Elly has them out of fear of her own abilities, and others have them as well, but Fei and Elly have the most graphic, close to actual anxiety attack depictions of the "falling apart/meltdown" variety. As for you, the player, there's relatively few timed events that you can't redo (in fact I don't remember any true timed events, just some that "look like it" but are still completeable with a repeat or with just being more fights etcetera, or with save states) and most of the "hurry and do its" of the game are more of the rage-inducing having to repeat it as you fail nature. Although the fuel mechanic on the Gears can be this in certain places if you aren't keeping an eye on it and aren't using save states to avoid long walkbacks for missed jumps.
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Some of the monsters you fight are bugs or buglike. One of Fei's opponents in the tournament at Aveh will throw bees at him as an attack. One item you get early in game and need to use to fish for one of the best items in Shevat (the rock puzzle) is a Spider Web.
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One of the major antagonists and someone VERY important storyline wise, Grahf, is an Evil Clown/Troll/Trickster archetype assassin in a harlequin/jester outfit. Except when he appears, things aren't usually getting funny. At all. (Unless you consider the running joke of equally evil characters asking him for his power and getting a lethal display of it funny, but you would have to be a horrible person with a very morbid sense of humor...)
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Just throwing a yes here because there's an OPTIONAL fat joke you can make yourself - you can use an on-foot "weight mechanic" that effects absolutely nothing including appearance - by having your characters eat or drink certain items early in the game to gain or lose weight. This COULD be made a fat or anorexia joke, either way, if you choose to make them gorge themselves until you max out to a degree that would be obvious with better graphics or use the reduction ones to make them have NO weight. Otherwise, I think there may have been one in some NPC dialogue somewhere, but it's not really a big thing that you can't avoid? There is a common fanon one over Emeralda's weight stat as a nanomachine colony that you will encounter almost anywhere the game is discussed as an in joke.
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Not traditional ghosts, but reincarnation and past lives are a MAJOR plot thread, and an absolutely unavoidable one.
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Yes and no, because it's ambiguous for the main game and there's no actual sex for Bart/Margie and Bart/Sigurd (at least within the main game, there's official doujinshi and art with one of these couples married and the other being caught in the act) just a lot of uncomfortable subtext, but it's worth a warning. The other situations are technical/splitting hairs/does it fall under the definition. Bart/Margie is kind of pushed as a canon side couple - Margie is his first cousin and two years younger. People are trying to get them together as the king and queen, they have an abusive slap slap kiss toxic relationship of obligation - but there's no actual endgame for them in the game itself aside from an uncomfortable friendship and neither of them really seem to want each other in that way for themselves. Bart/Sigurd is kind of like Luke and Leia from Star Wars but with two guys. It's disgusting fanservice subtext but no actual anything in the game itself, and you can easily read them as just the half-brothers they are unless you read a certain part in an official doujinshi collection. In general it's implied the Fatima dynasty has a tradition of marrying their first cousins. Technically since the planet has a single Mitochondrial Eve for all women due to how humanity was reconstructed from nanomachines, all human relationships are incest, although that's more meta. Miang/Myyah takes over the body of Fei's mother to experiment upon him and abuse him.
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Some of the events could possibly be seen as jumpscares. I'm not very jumpscare-prone in fiction, so I cannot speak for this because I didn't get jumpscared anywhere - but I think there may have been a couple here and there. I'm not certain but I'll warn for it anyway. Edited: the Kislev Sewers event has a jumpscare in it, although a "weak jumpscare" that you could possibly easily see coming.
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Myyah/Miang's final form, the Urobolos, is a snake woman machine thing. Her Gear, Opiomorph, is also snake-themed. Some of the names of Bart's whips reference snakes or snakebites. A large portion of the early game also takes place in a desert, and a snakeworm like creature is one of the enemies.
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Yes, and you need to make one drop on Fei's head at the beginning of the game to get a very important item that unlocks a puzzle much later.
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LOTS of strobe effects. Citan's and Billy's heal ethers on foot are notorious for this, and there's lots of other really flashy attacks, both on foot and in Gears, for EVERYONE in your party. It's a mecha JRPG with a magic system so, unfortunately, there's going to be a lot of flashing and strobing in your average battles alone. You can't do a no-flash run of this game unless you turn off graphical effects in an emulator, and look away during certain FMVs.
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LOTS of crashes in this game. Maybe not a specific *car* crash, but it begins with a spaceship crash into the planet (which is actually important), and you have everything from plane crashes to Gear crashes to entire city crashes. If it CAN crash or blow up, the rule here is that it likely will at some point.
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Only if you make the (pointless, and only necessary for 100 percent completion) choice to have your party kill the dragons on Duneman Isle. Technically the aforementioned Rankar fights in Weltall but those are dinosaurs, not dragons...
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Probably lots of them do, offscreen, in the various events. As for graphically onscreen, Emperor Cain's doesn't get squashed, but he is decapitated in one of the late game events.
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90 PERCENT OF THE WORLD DIES. At least twice, once in game, more in backstory. The canon world literally lives in a cycle of apocalypses. As for specific onscreen kid deaths... quite a few in Lahan. More at the pirate lair, where one of the invading Gebler soldiers attacks two kids on foot with a Gear, and although it's not an FMV so it's not very graphic, you just have to calculate the damage to know they're dead. Probably others but I will make notes here as I play through again.
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Onscreen: Fei's mother, at his own hands as a child, though he doesn't remember this until late in the game. It's one of the animated scenes though, so it is graphic and bloody. Both of Elly's parents as you escape Solaris, one is shot, the other is killed in his Gear as he fights Billy's mother Raquel, in front of him in a flashback Maria's father Nikolai (or what's left of him) and she has to deal the killing blow to his Gear herself Both of Emeralda's parents (Kim and Elly) though both are reincarnated into Fei and Elly. Offscreen: Citan's parents as well as all of his siblings in a plague (this is only implied in the backstory in an associated book) Bart's parents (the original Fatima king was implied to have been poisoned, and his wife sick also) but this is only mentioned in game dialogue. Yui Uzuki is implied dead in the final apocalypse, leaving Midori motherless. Sigurd's parents (one is Bart's father, and his mother died as well) Rico's mother (she was experimented on due to being pregnant with him, and died from sickness in his childhood) In general Lots of parents probably died in the explosion at Lahan and in the fall of Etrenank and Shevat If this is a trigger for you DO NOT PLAY THIS GAME SERIOUSLY.
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There's a nonfatal plane crash when Bart decides to shoot down the Goliath. The Yggdrasil crashes at least twice (once before it becomes a plane, once after) in one of the game's more famous scenes. There's a decidedly more fatal plane crash at the very beginning of the game - or to be more accurate, a spaceship crash that started life on the planet.
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If Alice at the beginning of the game was indeed a shotgun wedding yes. There were probably pregnant women in all of the game's many apocalypses, so offscreen, lots probably...
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Although he's a Discount Gay from back in the time this was made, the demihuman Hammer. After a series of events where he repeatedly betrays the main characters because one of your party characters is his abusive lover and no one else pays attention to his emotions and needs, he agrees to be fused into a Gear to fight your party. To its (slight) credit, the game takes this very, VERY seriously - the characters are severely impacted by it, and it's the consequence of Rico's abuse and mistreatment of a servant who's in love with him. But in the end he still dies, at your party's hands (and even his own abusive lover's, if you didn't backbench Rico for the fight)
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The ending is... very esoteric and questionable and people could have a wide variety of takes on how it ends. Basically, it could be anything from "the last remnants of humanity hanging on are dead, and the guy who killed them walks away from it all completed as a Bodhisattva" to "postapocalyptic battle for survival but they all fight back together and the world survives its last apocalypse for the time being." And almost any and every take in between. That said, whatever way you assume the ending "means," the planet has been half-terraformed by "god," 90 percent of all humans are dead or converted to body horrors such as the Wels and Seraphs, and pretty much everyone you've seen and every place you've seen but the main party cast and some NPCs is gone, Fei has experienced a shock reaction and may lose his sanity once more, and... IF anyone survives that it's going to be quite difficult.
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There's drunks and bars in pretty much almost every town, and alcohol abuse is often referred to casually as a joke or as a "we're all gonna die anyway." Usually by the drunks themselves, not by people mocking them. Although at the beginning of the game, you DO have the choice to have Fei tell someone to stop drinking - and if you choose the kindest way for him to do so, you get a special NPC scene in fallen Shevat if you keep the Mermaid's Tear in your inventory. There's a (bad pixel art but still) bottle of bourbon whiskey or brandy in Citan's and Yui's room above his part of the futon. You can have some characters abuse alcohol in the Aveh sections of the game - you can have, depending who you're controlling, Fei, Citan, or Bart drink with no effect except interface screw until you leave the screen and increased body weight for the useless on-foot weight mechanic. Bart and the Captain of the Thames drink together onscreen, and the Captain is such an alcohol abuser that he had a bar installed on his barge. There is also a bar in the gun room of the Yggdrasil. Jessie, Billy's father and important person in Citan's and Sigurd's backstory, is a heavy drinker and there is a scene where he encourages Sigurd (who is sober after recovering from a forced addiction) to drink. He does get called out for this in the dialogue though.
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Someone in the nurse's room at the Yggdrasil has a sling on his arm, but he is faking his injury to avoid battle. Lots of people probably do, but most of this is offscreen or shielded by the graphics of the era - although it's pretty obvious from the dialogue and the wounds taken in certain scenes that they include broken bones (Fei and Elly after being shot down by Ramsus at the beginning of Disc 2, Elly after the fight you cannot control her in as the player with Mugwort and Rattan where it's mentioned almost gleefully by one of them in their dialogue...) There are enemies with bones in their styling and attacks that refer to breaking bones.
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Yes, although all are complicated and usually more about self-sacrifice or guilt than a diagnosed illness. Sophia, out of being self-sacrificial and wanting to save her nation and end a war rather than a personal mental illness. Fei attempts at least twice and expresses suicidal ideation (and Id is omnicidal, including themselves, and doesn't care what happens), but he survives. He is also the only diagnosed one - though that's a stereotypical diagnosis from an unqualified professional. Medena takes on the risk of being shot to save Elly, and gets killed. There's at least two fake-outs where Elly asks for Citan's sword and for Billy's gun in anime sequences, one leads to non-fatal self-injury and the other to someone else almost getting killed. Krelian arguably does in the ending by choosing not to go back with Fei and Elly to the planet.
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Fei nearly drowns after Weltall's cockpit is breached underwater. He survives, although from bodily exhaustion from drawing on his powers to survive. Anyone who survived Etrenank's exploding probably drowned once it hit the sea.
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A space vessel, two entire floating cities. Ramsus is implied to but somehow survives it. Fei and Elly almost do after being shot down (although the injuries are from the fight as well as the impact).
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I think there was at least one scene where someone spat on someone else, but I wasn't looking for farting or spitting as triggers. I will next time? There's also a joke about laxatives/weight loss when you arrive in Nisan (the Special Herb Tea that makes your party reduce weight), and there's the part when Bart is talking to the Captain of the Thames that's either about his missiles, a sex joke, or a poop joke.
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The effects of Drive/Drive withdrawal include seizures, though the game isn't really good at depicting this (or mental health)
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You can make your characters have them by messing around with the food/weight mechanic. If cannibalism can be considered an ED, Citan, Elly, Jessie, Sigurd, Ramsus, and almost anyone else who has ever been to Solaris qualifies.
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I don't think anyone has cancer. Rico's mother, possibly, but I don't remember seeing cancer mentioned directly. That said "genetic damage" with people of lifespans of 30 in Zeboim was mentioned plus there's lots of radioactivity in the planet so...?
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While it is not certain if she actually miscarries, Elly of Zeboim era is infertile. The creation of Emeralda was done as a way around that, to give her her own child.
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Fei engages in "neglect of self" self harm on a regular basis, as do many of the other characters. Bart drinks, as does Jessie (see alcohol abuse above) Elly cuts herself in a full motion video, wanting to let a cannibalistic Wels eat her blood for relief.
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The "combat enhancement drug" Drive is mentioned quite often in the story, one of the main important NPCs is someone who was forced into an addiction to it, and your characters fight those who are under its influence (and later on in the game, there's one character you can ONLY make useful by giving lots of it, as her species processes it differently). Its effects are highly similar to methamphetamine IRL (at least when it's given to someone in battle) so if you have triggers related to that, it's something to watch out for in the pirate lair raid and in the Kislev mountains battle with Elly. Other drugs such as alcohol and nicotine make appearances with bars and drinkers and smokers etcetera.
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An NPC in the Screw Elevator part of the Thames is drunk and about to vomit.
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Thankfully not, Sigurd lives to the end.
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The protagonist Fei was abused as a child (experimentation, possibly rape) while his father ignored his pleas for help, and that is why he developed his (stereotypically and badly written) dissociative identity disorder. His alter was used as a teenage assassin as well. This is an important part of the plot, and while the graphics limited and offscreened his flashbacks, it's a horrific story. Bart's actual father was killed, and he was locked in a dungeon and whipped as a child, although this is implied in dialogue and not shown. Elly as a teenager was forced into a Drive experiment that led to her losing control of herself and killing others. Sigurd was kidnapped from his family at nine and used in drug and other experiments until his early teens, when he was selected for an elite military unit. Billy was likely sexually abused by Bishop Stone, and there's references to the priesthood of the Ethos recruiting young priest candidates for the exact reason of abusing them. Primera was traumatized into PTSD and mutism. Rico was shunned by other children for his demihuman appearance. Quite a few characters are recruited into being child/teen soldiers or otherwise fighting war or being caught up in war.
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There are many electrical/electrical themed attacks due to the nature of battle in mecha, and sparking things and the like. Unfortunately, it's not therapeutic for anyone.
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No, but the final boss is the Abrahamic God, who is revealed to be an AI/weapons system.
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Yes, four times, and there's the fear/claustrophobia of it shown all times. The first time, when Bart shoots the prison ship and Fei and Citan escape it (and it's implied some of the people aboard didn't escape). The second time, when Fei and Bart fight in their Gears and fall into the cavern (both survive and fight their way out together), the third time is when Id trashes the Yggdrasil 1 (and some of its crew do die, and whether anyone survived is in doubt for some of the game). The fourth time is when you find the entire city of Zeboim which was buried alive...
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THE ENTIRE VILLAGE OF LAHAN. Quite a few others too, anyone who gets in the way of either Grahf or Id has this as one of many options for their imminent death.
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Possibly the entire planet, by Solaris and the Ethos, by the time the game begins. Myyah/Miang is a master gaslighter, and one of the major plots involves her manipulating everything from world events to individuals to cause intense suffering and war to feed the being she serves/is a part of. Her interaction with Ramsus especially is very manipulative and gaslighting, and her interaction with Krelian is basically gaslighter versus incel - two awful people killing the world together. In one of the worst scenes of the game in today's retrospect, Fei's "fusion" is basically him gaslighting himself to accept his abuse, with help from his father.
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Technically, no, but someone is hit by a warship. He survives, however. And throws it back, in half.
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Due to a translation error, though it could be read as either misgendering or enby recognition - a long haired kid in a dress NPC at a shop in Etrenank buying an item is referred to as "he." While this is a typo in a rushed translation, it's still worthy of being called out.
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Miang Hawwa/Myyah Hawwa possesses women who have her gene through the history of the planet, to accomplish her will through them. In the game itself, she's depicted as possessing a Zeboim prime minister's associate to provoke a nuclear war, possessing Fei's mother to abuse him in attempts to make him attain his powers as the Contact, always having a presence in Solaris of some sort, and then finally possessing Elly herself to hurt Fei further.
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Offscreen, it is HEAVILY implied that Fei was raped as a child, and you learn this late in the game on disc 2. This is actually treated with gravity and respect, and not shown in animation or anything easily visible, even if the take on his DID from it is stereotypical and awfully written etcetera. It is also implied (again offscreen, dialogue only) that Billy has considered prostituting himself and was abused by Bishop Stone. (Another character does step in to make sure he doesn't go through with the prostitution.) Onscreen, there's no actual sexual assault, but there's some battle scenes that seem uncomfortably close: Fei holding Elly down to talk to her about leaving Solaris after the battle in the Kislev Mountains, while she withdraws from the Drive. Both are in their Gears and were just fighting, but a man holding down a woman is symbolic of that to some/could trigger some. There's the Elly in Vierge versus Mugwort and Rattan battle, where you as the player have no control and she gets beaten very badly in the fight, with both of them gleefully commenting on her injuries. Again, it's a battle scene, but has a very uncomfortable fetishy subtext with a woman losing to men objectifying the violence.
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Fei as a child. It's implied to have happened to others and referenced in dialogue with Bart and Sigurd both being victims and Citan likely conducting experiments that qualified as such in his past,, and you'll run across (badly depicted in pixel art from the era the game was made) labs and instruments and the like.
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There's a fair amount of them, both for the player and for the characters. Probably the worst scene of them all is at the end of disc one, when Citan flashes back to his staged betrayal of Fei to force-trigger Id to appear and talk. It's not only claustrophobic but full of horrible mental health takes that will either trigger you, yourself, or make you roll your eyes and go "and THAT is why you don't send an engineer to do a psychologist's job."
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If a crucifixion with the people being crucified while in their giant robots counts, yes.
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Several of them in various doctor/hospital/infirmary/whatever places, because of Fei landing in infirmaries and hospitals and the like when he gets beat up too badly in a fight. The Yggdrasil has a medical bay, with a rather aggressive nurse who is often sad she can't do surgery on people already (although all you can do there as the player is get your weight checked) When Fei awakens in D Block in Kislev, he's in the infirmary, and ends up there twice more (as well as talking with Citan there since it's the only place they can meet up at that point). After the battle with Haishao and Ramsus off the Thames, Fei ends up in a coma-like state from overusing his power, and is in the Thames infirmary and the Ethos HQ hospital. After the fight against your own party as Id and coming back to himself as Fei, he collapses and Citan takes him to the medical bay of the Yggdrasil offscreen. The entire end of Disc One/the final dungeon of it is a testing lab with a lot of medical equipment and torture equipment around. At the beginning of Disc Two/after being shot down, he and Elly are treated for their injuries in nanoreactors in a deserted forest island.
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No, but everyone in this game probably needs inpatient mental health care. They don't ever get it, though, to the detriment of everyone.
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The destruction of Lahan at the beginning of the game is by Id, using an energy weapon that is equivalent to a nuclear weapon in destructive force. The attack on Kislev by Solaris on disc one consists of a plan to drop a massive bomb on an ancient nuclear reactor that powers the city. It fails, and the only blast is from the bomb itself outside of town (although it does have a mushroom cloud) The fall of Etrenank consists of a series of "reactive explosions" and a massive mushroom cloud rising from the sea when what's left of it crashes into the sea. There are various "reactive weapons" and "reactive fuel" including ICBMs scattered around the world at various locations of a fallen civilization, which leads to... The backstory includes a nuclear war waged out of eugenics purposes by Miang/Myyah in the Zeboim era, which is mentioned in detail when you find the records on disc 2. Finally, there are some in-battle attacks that look like nuclear explosions: Hell Wave from System Id in Weltall, Big Bang from Fei on foot or in any of his Gears, and Chu-Chu's ultimate ether attack which I am forgetting the name of right now all create nuclear blasts.
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Kind of. There's the scene where Fei and Elly separately take showers in Elly's room in Etrenank (although there's no cutscene there, so everything is pixels and even the pixels are covered up by steam), and there's a... questionable dialogue reference about Fei sharing baths with someone else. The full nudity is actually in the beginning where Myyah/Miang stands on the planet shown from behind, and the ending, where Fei, Krelian, and Elly are in the space-time warp. Elly is actually fairly respectfully depicted (from behind, her long hair covering almost everything) but there's full on ass shots for Krelian and Fei and you can kind of see Fei's... well you know... from behind.
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Sigurd is a recovering addict (he was forcefully addicted to Drive in testing experiments). Jessie is an alcoholic and smoker. The Captain of the Thames is an alcoholic. Rico is addicted to fighting. Elly (and all of her incarnations) are codependent love addicts.
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A fair amount, enough to make it surprising the game somehow wasn't rated M in the US. Much is in the lower-res PS1 graphics, but there's quite a few FMV/CG cutscenes where there's a lot of blood splashing around, everything from Elly's flashback to her murdering people on Drive to Fei's mother dying on him, to more. Some attacks in battle lead to blood splashes or blood splatters, there's at least one dungeon where finding blood stains is a clue to getting somewhere, and... the Wels are pretty much the definition of gore and body horror. And the dialogue does NOT shy away from using words like blood and death and kill and war and describing it all so if you're used to dialogue that doesn't go that far for whatever reason, that too.
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The Wels and Seraphs, although they're more "body horror" than "body dysmorphia" in our definition (e.g. they literally are turning into monsters/holographic nanomolecular war machines as opposed to being skinny and seeing themselves as fat) Rico dislikes his demihuman body in some scenes, although that is more due to being shunned for it. Due to his dissociation, Fei feels unreal or like his body isn't his own, and he shares two bodily forms being a shapeshifter.
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Not in any traditional sense, although there are things like Emeralda's test tube creation and Xenogears itself being born from a giant placenta that surrounded Weltall-Id.
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...I think this and Sigurd living are possibly the only good purity points this game has? I do love it for the plot and story, but going through this list makes me feel rather guilty that I do.
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The entire Fei/Elly relationship that the game revolves around as one plot is essentially one of two people who cannot safely be in each other's presence, who have tried to kill each other on multiple occasions, and who have serious problems that could trigger the other's somehow being in love simply because they are reincarnations of important beings. If you wanted a relationship that makes Bella and Edward look healthy, look no further than Fei Fong Wong and Elly Van Houten. Bart/Margie is a bit less actively violent but he throws snarky putdowns and ableist language at her without understanding her needs and her position - and she just responds with "aww, that's just you." It's a toxic and unhealthy relationship especially considering she's his first cousin. It is more easily ignored than Fei/Elly though and has zero plot importance - their helping each other through the dungeon does, but then.... you can forget about it? Rico/Hammer is... probably the worst of the lot. Hammer loves Rico and wants his respect and love, and Rico returns that by being a cruel and abusive "master" that hits him, hurts him, and ignores him until he finally snaps. If you ship for this game the canon ships here... are probably not it?
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It happened offscreen and is only mentioned why in supplemental canon but Bart and Sigurd both lost an eye in battle. This becomes an important plot point for them in a certain dungeon, and sets up the reveal they are half brothers. Both wear eye patches over the lost eye, and Bart actually seems to be proud of it to the point of installing an eye patch on his Gears.
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Elly has a gun when Fei first finds her in the forest, and she shoots at him but misses. Citan shoots the guns on Weltall once trying to operate it to kill a monster. Some humanoid mobs have guns of various sorts, guns are on display in one room in the Yggdrasil, all Gears have vulcan cannons, almost all soldier NPCs are equipped with some kind of sidearm. Jessie Black and Billy Lee Black (the latter of whom joins your party) are "gun guys" both - and Jessie will give a speech that sounds like he's reading from the NRA playbook in the battle with Alkanshel. When you arrive at the Ethos HQ after the Wels ship, you find everyone shot to death in a massacre. Hammer betrays your party with a gun at the end of the escape from Etrenank on disc one - and shoots Elly's mother to death. Elly takes Billy's gun and shoots Fei in the chest at one point in disc 2, when she becomes possessed by Miang/Myyah, almost killing him. That said, aside from battle where bullets are flying everywhere, the game does handle guns as Serious Business when you're in storyline, and if you're uncomfortable seeing all the shooting in battle/gameplay, Billy is optional after the Wels ship segment and the Ethos HQ segment, and you can easily make the party work with a non-gun user or with him solely as healing and buffing.
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Yes and no, and for a very good reason. FICTIONALIZED hate speech, because one of the few social justice issues the game does VERY well is making a point about how absolutely messed up yet normalized racism is. One of the main plots deals with how the Solaris people see themselves as supreme, above all others, rightfully controlling the world beneath - when they're actually enslaving and cannibalizing the people they claim to be "guiding." Solaris is, in effect, Space Nazis and they act as such, referring to the ground dwellers as "lambs," treating them as at best admirable specimens and at worst food and fuel... and in these segments, the game actually shines with some of the good writing it has, having racist arguments confronted by their victims and by those who are beginning to realize they've done horrible wrongs...
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Lots and lots of implied sexual content. You don't actually see any of the sex going on beyond a kiss before a fade for Fei and Elly - there's a lot of "wake up in the morning" and "drop references in the dialogue" and "in bed next to each other," etcetera, but Myyah/Miang and Ramsus are heavily implied to have sex with each other on disc one, Fei and Elly do at one point on disc 2, there's a flashback to Kim and Elly in Zeboim in their bedroom obviously having done it, and Midori is proof Citan and Yui have. There is a VERY DEBATABLE implied scene for Citan and Fei right before rescuing Rico on disc one - the Only One Bed trope is in effect and... it all depends on if you believe they just took a light nap or they actually went there. This may be something you are okay with, but if you're someone who would see that as obvious sexual tension/couldn't get the idea out of your mind AND who would be squicked or triggered by the idea of a 29 year old and an 18 year old couple or queerbaiting/slash fanservice/whatever you want to see that as... you should probably find some way to look away from the dialogue window when they're discussing the train times in Rico's place in Kislev.
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In some of the FMV/CG scenes yes. There's also interface screws of various sorts, glitching depending on whether you're emulating or not, and sometimes when you enter and exit a room your compass position will change (and there's some dungeons the compass will not revolve fully in)
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Elly cuts herself to give her blood to a Wels in one scene. It's supposed to be all self sacrificial but it just comes off as problematic
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