I recall playing a game at a babysitters' when I was a child, on either PlayStation 2 or GameCube. (She had both.) In the game, you started off playing as this girl who was either a machine or a hologram (I think; it was unclear). You're on a spaceship, I believe, which gets invaded by these aliens that the people onboard can't kill with their guns and weapons and whatnot, but you alone are capable of fighting them as a hologram. I believe it was a JRPG, I remember turn-based combat, and some rather jarring deaths of characters for ten-year-old me, with crew members being killed by the aliens.

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    Could you call this babysitter and ask?
    – Valorum
    Dec 10, 2019 at 23:59
  • When was this? Where? Dec 11, 2019 at 0:08
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    This was the first Xenosaga I think.
    – Radhil
    Dec 11, 2019 at 0:44
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    It was Xenosaga! Thank you! The name Gnosis rings a bell. This question was prompted by the sight of KOS-MOS per rumors of her in Smash, and I thought she looked familiar. It may sound weird though, but I feel like I remember her having a horn, which lead me to believe it was a different character.
    – TheNeeoo
    Dec 11, 2019 at 5:50
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This sounds like Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht. (Each episode is named after a work by Nietsche, and there are many more allusions to religion and philosophy.) It was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2002–3. The cover art shows the robot KOS-MOS, who was specially designed to fight the "Gnosis" (monsters are invulnerable to normal weapons and kill humans on touch).


After a brief tutorial segment, the Gnosis invade the ship that KOS-MOS and her creator Shion are located on, and they have to fight their way out. There were some rather disturbing deaths in this part of the game, as well as later.

Per Wikipedia:

Xenosaga Episode I takes place in a universe based around science fiction. In the year "20XX", the Zohar—an artifact dating from the beginning of the universe which connects to the realm of a god-like energy dubbed U-DO—was unearthed by an archeological expedition in Kenya; the Zohar is key to enabling humanity to travel in space beyond the Solar System. Over 4000 years in the future, humanity has left Earth behind to colonize the galaxy following a terrible event, resulting in Earth's location being lost and the planet being dubbed "Lost Jerusalem": by the game's events, humanity has adopted a new calendar system dubbed "Transcend Christ" (T.C.), with the game's events taking place in T.C. 4767—equivalent to A.D. 7277. Humanity is now spread across 500,000 planets, with their governments forming the Galaxy Federation. Planets are connected through a time warp travel network called the Unus Mundus Network (U.M.N.). The U.M.N. is managed by Vector Industries, which also controls interests in the Federations military. Existing alongside humans are Realians, synthetic humans who hold equal status with natural humans. The Federation has come under attack from the ancient alien Gnosis, which begin decimating Federation worlds. As normal weapons are ineffective against them, Vector develops two different weapon systems designed to fight them: humanoid mecha dubbed A.G.W.S. (Anti Gnosis Weapon System), and the similar but more powerful KOS-MOS battle androids. Another hostile faction is the U-TIC Organization, a once-scientific group that now wishes to gain control of the Zohar. A key episode in the game's backstory is the Miltian Conflict, a war between U-TIC and the Federation which triggered the Gnosis' arrival and caused Miltia to be swallowed in a space-time anomaly.

Many of the playable characters in the game are almost human, but not quite—genetically modified, artificially constructed, reanimated after death with robot modifications, etc.


This was likely Xenosaga Episode I, which came out on the Playstation 2 in 2002.

The opening of the game features an alien attack on a spaceship. The aliens are called the Gnosis, and are completely intangible, phasing right through walls and bulkheads, ignoring regular weapons, and yet still completely able to kill. The main characters are a scientist named Shion, and a prototype android - in anime tradition, looking like a young girl (pictured below) - named KOS-MOS that can force the Gnosis to completely solidify so they can be fought.

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  • Some of these elements don't quite match - it's the aliens that act like holograms here - but it seems to fit.
    – Radhil
    Dec 11, 2019 at 0:53
  • That image of KOS-MOS is after she gets upgraded in one of the later games.
    – Buzz
    Dec 11, 2019 at 0:59
  • @Buzz - sorry, as a whole I don't remember enough about these to distinguish. If you can point out or edit in a good image, I'd appreciate. EDIT - ah, nvm, I see you put in your own.
    – Radhil
    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:01
  • This: i.pinimg.com/originals/66/2a/98/… shows her appearance in the first game.
    – Buzz
    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:07
  • @Radhil Some of the elements may not match because I was I think between 8 and 10 when I played this game, so my memory is out of wack, but after watching cutscenes from the game, it was 100% this game.
    – TheNeeoo
    Dec 11, 2019 at 16:32

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