Star Ocean: The Last Hope
Slow, boring, and difficult
I bought this game thinking it would be mildly enjoyable. I played one of the older games long ago for just a bit, and thought it was alright. I've played games with similar mechanics and enjoyed them (Tales of Vesperia) and games with similar visual styles and enjoyed them (Phantasy Star Universe) so it seemed like an obvious choice. I played for a bit, and was struck by a couple of things, at first. The graphics are PS2 quality; The render distance is pitiful and the environments could almost even be from an N64 game. I can deal with that. The combat is needlessly complicated, and feels very clunky. I'm not expecting massive polish here, either, but it's just downright awkward. Camera controls in and out of combat are strange, and half the time the camera seems to be making things intentionally difficult for you. Speaking of difficult, the difficulty curve in this game isn't a curve, it's a ledge, and when you hit it, all your characters die and you lose. If you really want to get further in the game you need to grind for XP, and that means a lot of empty battles against pointless monsters, with clunky controls and frankly irritating characters. To top all of this off the game seems to be comprised of equal parts gameplay and cutscenes. You can skip the cutscenes, and in their one, sad flash of brilliance the devs give you a quick text summary of each cutscene. Unfortunately, whether you watch the cutscenes or not you have no way of knowing what to do afterward. Probably half the time I spent playing was wandering, talking to everyone I could find, trying to figure out what I'm supposed to be doing. It even worked occasionally. Put all that together and you have a pretty irritating experience. Three disks worth of it, which seems absolutely insane to me. Definitely not worth my $10, and I can't possibly recommend this to anyone.
One of the best JRPGs I have ever played. The storyline is pretty decent and the characters are likeable. I love the fact that you can switch between characters in battle and how there's a variety of moves to choose from. The combat is pretty unique, however it can get repetitive at times. I personally love how there's a secret dungeon called the wondering dungeon at the end after you finish the story. The only thing i don't like about in this game is the lack of save points. Overall it is a satisfying game to play if you want a challenge.
great game a must have
everyone that loves rpgs will fall in love with game series a must have in any rpg collection one of the best rpgs i have ever played to date
Single biggest flaw
The game overall is good the story is detailed and decently long, the character advancement is great, but the thing that kills the game is its single biggest flaw. There is no targeting system you literally have to run around and hope you can change your camera angle and hope you switch to the monster you want to kill. this makes beating some of the latter bosses next to impossible.
its not a bad game except for voice acting other than that most of the characters are good and there is a lot of content
i thought all sandbox games were fun,until i played this game,it just sucks,the graphics look like a drawing,just leave it on mute,it will save your ear this is just a head ache waiting to happen,just don't get it
I bought this game a couple of days ago, and at first it seems like a boring RPG then the opening cinematic takes off and the game takes on a life of it's own. I am hooked on this game and the story seems good so far and game play is flawless. Great game all around
this game is worth it to buy i mean only for people who love to play game like this i mean i myself came from many game series and this game is old and seem good to me , okay i know it came from japan but who cares the control are kinda odd not enough special attack and the attack is only 3 hit base which make me mad i mean tale of vespiera is a really amazing game and all with a 4 hit base but more combo and special but this game is worth it to collect cause you never know it might worth money in the future.HOW EVER the grapic is great the sound is great the control need more improvement the quest are good the storyline are worth it to understand
DO NOT BUY
Do not buy this game uncurable glitching and no real direction in the story just a complete waste of money and time seriously buy mass effect or even fable.
I fell in love with the series after The Second Story on the original PS and was always fascinated with the universe and storyline. This is a good game with a fairly interesting story. Combat is always excellent in Star Ocean and there are a multitude of things to do in the game beyond the main storyline. My issue is with some of the voice acting and melodramatics. The lead character, Edge, is a bit of a drama-queen and the little girl is preposterously weird. Kay? Seeing this come out for the 360 gives me at least a little hope that they will restore the series on the next-gen systems.