Xenogears

Video Game • 1998 •   

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This video game contains 8 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Dragonheartcollective
Some enemies are canids. A large portion of the world is destroyed, which presumably kills some of the dog npcs that were around in the game prior to that point. That is offscreen however.
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Unanswered Triggers
Are animals abused?
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Some mobs are animals that you must kill, but 'abuse' might be pushing inclusion under this category.
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Does a cat die?
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Dragonheartcollective
There are several cats around the world in places that get destroyed. It is implied many of these cats died during those events but it is not shown.
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Does a pet die?
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Is there pedophilia?
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Teoskaven
Implied in different occasions but only stated directly once in regards to a religious sect.
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Were animals harmed in the making?
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Is there a dead animal?
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Two characters are blind in one eye. The story to which is mentioned but not shown.
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Is there bestiality?
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Abuse
Is someone stalked?
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Dragonheartcollective
The protagonist is stalked throughout the game. In addition, there are governmental figures who are conducting surveillance on the party throughout the game.
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Dragonheartcollective
The abuse of the main character features gaslighting.
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Is a child abused?
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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 to a degree, 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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Addiction
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Multiple times a fantasy drug that enhances what passes for magic and alters behavior heavily is used. Its fairly important to the plot. There are instances where the drug is forced upon someone, both in flashbacks and spoken of. It is essentially fantasy meth.
Alcohol and tobacco use is also casually shown.
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Is there addiction?
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Several characters are outright stated to be addicted to alcohol or drugs or use them so often it is implicit that they are. A few of these are important characters.
One was forcibly made to be dependent on a drug and is recovering now.
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Almost every town includes a bar with drunk people in it. Alcohol use and abuse is often used as a joke by npcs. Some important characters are extremely heavy drinkers.
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Animal
Does a horse die?
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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?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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Dragonheartcollective
Most mobs are animals. Some pets and animals are implied to die in the many disasters that happen during the game.
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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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Are there spiders?
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There are two spiders which can be found during the game and both are optional if you arent going for 100%.
One spider will drop on the main character's head when you examine where it is. Another is found in a tree.
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Are there bugs?
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Some of the monsters you fight are bugs or buglike. You can find a spider in the tree on the path early in the game (and feed it to Chu-Chu later) 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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Assault
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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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Bodily Harm
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Dragonheartcollective
There is an instance of a character cutting themselves for the purposes of using their blood for something in disc 2, but not for the purposes of self-harming.
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Is there cannibalism?
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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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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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Is someone tortured?
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Dragonheartcollective
Multiple people on screen, talked about, or implied are tortured. There is a lot of torture in this game.
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Children
Does a kid die?
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Dragonheartcollective
Most people in this game die. Several whole towns die, including the children. In addition some enemies attack children during an early part that you dont see later in the game, which implies they killed them.
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Family
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Dragonheartcollective
A main character is kidnapped multiple times during the game.
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Does a parent die?
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Several on-screen parental deaths. One of which is fully animated instead of pixels and thus graphic. This animated parent death is the main character accidentally killing their mother. Most of the main cast has dead parents, many of which died in violent ways. One parent has to be mercy killed by their child.
Many more offscreen parental deaths- both implied and explicit feature in this game.
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Fear
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Dragonheartcollective
The main villain possesses others as a means of immortality and this is a central plot point.
Several characters, including a main character, are possessed by her.
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Are there clowns?
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abel
I don't see any resemblance to clowns in Grahf's design like the other commenter does, honestly. So I'd say there are none.
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Dragonheartcollective
Two characters shower (though not at the same time) towards the end of disk one. It is censored so nothing is really shown. There is some non-shower nudity in a few other parts of the game (very beginning and end, in fully animated cutscenes)
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone vomit?
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An NPC in the Screw Elevator part of the Thames is drunk and about to vomit.
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Medical
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Dragonheartcollective
Needles are implied with the drug use and such, as well as in the main character's backstory with the medical abuse, but there is no graphic images of injection shown.
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Dragonheartcollective
The main character winds up in infirmaries/hospitals/medical bays multiple times, and has an extended stay in one in a coma-like state about midway through disk 1.
Much of the final dungeon of disk one is a lab with a large amount of medical equipment.
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Mental Health
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Dragonheartcollective
A number of characters including main characters engage in 'soft' self harm of abusing drugs/alcohol as well as neglecting ones bodily needs. A character cuts themselves in a fully animated cutscene, but this is less for the purpose of self harm and more to offer blood to an entity that drinks it.
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For the fact that its from 1998 Japan, its surprisingly accurate and sympathetic and still has merit - though this does not mean its remotely accurate to today's understanding and it does contain harmful stereotypes. These include but are not limited to: unrealistically fast and heavily pushed integration, evil superpowered alter, inexplicable alter shapeshifting, suppressing alters being treated as good, and bad science WRT psych drugs.
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Dragonheartcollective
Several characters have mental breakdowns that mimic anxiety attacks, but are not necessarily as such.
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Not specifically, and it's potentially arguable that Citan and Midori are autistic-coded.
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There are several characters who do a self-sacrifice gambit to secure victory. A few antagonists are omnicidal and also wants to die themselves. One of the major villains chooses to effectively die to follow 'god' into their home dimension.
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Noxious
Is there shakey cam?
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In some of the FMV/CG and anime cutscenes 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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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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Pregnancy
Is there childbirth?
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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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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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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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Dragonheartcollective
You can make your character gain weight (a value that has no use because they coded it improperly) to large degrees but it does not show on their sprite and no one makes jokes about it in-game.
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Thankfully not, Sigurd and Big Joe live to the end. Even if neither are "traditionally" Black, they are probably the characters most "coded" as such visually and textually.
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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Is there hate speech?
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Dragonheartcollective
There is fictional racism with fictional slurs(portrayed as bad), but not real-life hate speech to real minorities.
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Dragonheartcollective
The antagonist group is protrayed as deeply bigoted in many ways, which was intentional, as they are meant to be space nazis. There is a large amount, however, of Extremely Dated protrayals of mental illness, specifically dissociative identity disorder. While in 1998 it would have been passable, nowadays it is wildly inaccurate and plays into incredibly unfortunate tropes like the 'evil alter' at best and the main character's alters are referred to in less-than stellar ways (as 'personalities' and such) by the standards of now. A character exactly one referrs to the main character as a 'schizophrenic' instead of 'person with DID' which is era-typical for the media, but inaccurate. There is a lot of causal use of words like 'stupid' by many characters.
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Are there n-words?
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Sex
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There are several off-screen sex scenes(with tasteful fade to black and/or a 'morning after' scene) and some censored nudity. One between the main couple, one between the previous incarnations of the main couple, and one between the two of the villains. There is a only one bed scene you COULD read as implying something but nothing actually happens. Some outfits are a bit 'fanservicey'.
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Dragonheartcollective
Multiple npcs 'ship' a party character and a central character who are first cousins and in an arranged marriage(as is historically unremarkable for royalty). These characters dont read as 'in love' at all in the game text, though many characters and a few plot elements gently push it. They have a standard anime 'tsundere' style bickering 'sibling-esque' relationship.
In the Perfect Works series bible they were supposed to have gone through with the arranged marriage. This does not happen in the game.
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Spoiler
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No, but the final boss (well, technically, you fight Miang/Myyah after but...) is the Abrahamic God, who is revealed to be an AI/weapons system.
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The ending is more of a neutral bizzaro ending you can take however you like than a sad ending or a happy ending. The majority of the population died, many cities were destroyed, and technically the person responsible got exactly what he wanted. However the party turns out alright and there is hope of rebuilding and the thousands of years old evil is defeated.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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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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Does a plane crash?
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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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Violence
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The antagonists attempt to cause one by blowing up a reactor. There is also later a series of 'reactive explosions' with a mushroom cloud.
There was also a nuclear war waged in the past if you explore the game to find flavor text.
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Is there blood/gore?
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Dragonheartcollective
Multiple fully animated cutscenes contain blood and gore. Some pixel battle animations and certain pixel overworld locations contain blood and gore as well. One late disc 1 location contains a large amount of detailed pixel blood, gore, and body horror.
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Does someone drown?
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Fei nearly drowns after Weltall's cockpit is breached underwater. He survives, although is badly hurt 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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Dragonheartcollective
Guns are used in combat and in cutscenes in a variety of situations. Main characters use guns at various points of time and have them used against them. One particular guy who is considered on the side of the heroes spouts 'NRA'-esque language (though this was made in 1998 before Sandy Hook so this is more of a 'aged like milk' situation than anything). You also arrive in the aftermath of a church massacre at one point of the game. A important character is also shot to death, and the main character is shot and nearly dies because if it later in the game.
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