Calm Before, Calm After

Since its 1998 release on the original PlayStation, the Japanese role-playing game Xenogears has become a cult favorite distinguished by its intricate 10,000-year backstory and ambitious plot: As players and characters slowly come to realize, the final boss is none other than god itself, and the game ends with its defeat. In the aftermath, the remnants of humanity have free access to the past and future for the first time. But even in an age of peace, what they will discover is unsettling.

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