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The Top 7... alien invasions

6. Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht (2003, PlayStation 2)

One of the freakiest alien invasions in game history comes in the overblown epic Xenosaga. The first several hours of the cutscene-heavy RPG detail the crisis brought on by the appearance of the Gnosis. These disturbing, malformed aliens do most malicious space races one better - they can't even be touched by conventional weapons. The first several hours of the game is consumed by a tense battle as the Gnosis engulf - and, eventually, destroy - the research ship Woglinde.



Though the Gnosis are completely impervious to guns, and use their bizarre powers to crystallize and shatter human beings, the most disturbing thing about the invasion is how the mask of sanity on the embattled soldiers cracks. Fortunately, badass, beautiful android KOS-MOS can take on the menace. Don't hope to catch your breath, though: the Gnosis keep on coming for the rest of the three-game series.

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19 comments

  • Blackbird1156 - January 1, 2009 11:31 p.m.

    Gears of war wasn't and alien invasion. the Locust was there the whole time. Unless your talking about the humans invading
  • ryno - January 2, 2009 5:36 a.m.

    oh right
  • Satanshadow94 - May 6, 2009 7:48 a.m.

    Jackery22 I hate to do this to a Fellow H.I.M. fan but you have no say in Gears because your a ps3 gamer and don't think I'm not loyal to sony but right now it is about monney so unless sony pulls their head out of there asses anyways PS3 gamers can't coment on the games of 360, PC on the other hand go ahead
  • RedOutlive10 - June 21, 2009 9:16 p.m.

    I really enjoyed how there's a whole story in Half-Life's background, I remember the Nihilanth often mentions unknown parties, and implies there's something else controlling them, as the Combine are a far superior force than what was faced in Xen. Well played, Valve.
  • jakery22 - May 3, 2009 1:38 p.m.

    technically the locust are the good guys in gears of war it was the humans that invaded and the locust just got tired of there war and emulsion stealing so fought back
  • BeastlyB - June 14, 2009 10:46 p.m.

    When I started reading this article I knew HL was gonna b #1
  • battistaman820 - June 22, 2009 2:34 p.m.

    wheres resistance
  • thebigmo1 - September 5, 2008 8:59 p.m.

    first not that i care
  • thebigmo1 - September 5, 2008 9 p.m.

    first not that i care
  • Smeggs - September 6, 2008 1:39 a.m.

    Yay, Half-Life. Y'know, I can't belive this but after play HL1 I belive I liked it more than its sequels O_O...Not that the sequels weren't the bomb.
  • The_Tingler - September 6, 2008 11:19 a.m.

    Halo 2 - yes, but then they screwed it up but then just going to another boring Halo for the rest of the game.
  • BooyaBuda - September 7, 2008 8:32 p.m.

    you forgot earthbound
  • Predator428 - September 8, 2008 12:17 a.m.

    Kind of a short article...
  • Princeton12 - October 21, 2008 12:49 a.m.

    Ummmm... Let's not forget Resistance and Gears of War!!! I mean come on...
  • BooyaBuda - December 7, 2008 3:35 a.m.

    ryno they explain it in the first one it was a virus thing created in russia and i guess the ships are a way of moving thier guys over seas since the new game is all about the cheamara invading north america
  • Marioninja1 - September 11, 2008 9:09 p.m.

    I love Half-life 2 and all the sequels, mostly 2, never played the first though
  • BooyaBuda - November 8, 2008 9:32 p.m.

    Resistance is not an alien invasion
  • ryno - November 27, 2008 5:55 p.m.

    then how do you explain the giant ships in Resistance 2
  • TR4rules - December 18, 2010 4:37 p.m.

    I do believe that Resistance is alien invasion, but I am not sure. Also no way in hell are the Locust the good guys in Gears of War, that is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.

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