Star Ocean: The Last Hope
Amazing game living up to its predecesors...
If you've played Star Ocean: The Second story on PS1 and Star Ocean: Till the end of time on ps2... then you're in for a treat! This game lived up to all my expectations to get me playing 8 hours straight a day. As crazy as that may sound my focus was not on the story but of course on the battle system incorporated into this game. Its very fun and keeps you active and thinking about what to do next and when your character dies unlike FF13 you can switch to another character and either continue with them or quickly revive your star character you choose. The game is well bought and checked out for your selves! You'll be strolling around maps for every treasure chest and after the game is over you have two dungeons awaiting you. You can expect to beat the game at around level 65, but the final wandering dungeon will require at least level 200-255 characters in order to survive this hell. Don't forget! Synthesis is important later on in the game! Especially for your own better healing items! (HINT HINT) that cannot be bought anywhere and can save you time!
This is a very solid RPG, and having played it I would buy it again. If you were a fan of Star Ocean: Till the end of Time, you will love this game. It takes the basic setup of till the end of time and adds better graphics, sound, and game play. You are immediately in the action and the tutorials as well as controls are more fluid (something that was an issue in till the end of time). If you have not played till the end of time, or even if you are new to the RPG genre in general this is a fantastic pick up. It holds the drama and acting that is cliché in the Japanese RPG realm, something you either love or hate and in this, it is definitely love. The fighting is live action, and while this has come off as forced in many recent RPGs, in Star Ocean it is one of the many highlights. It is the length of RPGs of old; you will spend days in pursuit of it. The storyline is not a drag on the play, but adds to it. A must have for the Star Ocean, or RPG, fan.
This game was totally epic and super fun. it starts off a little bit slow but you get sucked into the story so fast. There are a couple of sweet twists and things that you do not see coming. The final boss takes forever but that makes it all the more fun. The dungons and running around a lot get a little old and repetitive but if your looking for a great rpg with a good 40 hours of game play this is the game. It has three discs and took me most of a summer to play through. It is great for playing again and again. The numerous characters and abilities that you get to learn. Those things make you choose your charactors carfully and which abilities you use. But a big down side about the characters is that once you get to far into the game using the same characters its hard to switch to different ones because they dont level up with you, but the enemies get harder so it doesnt take to terribly long to level them up a lot. All in all this game is great, its fun, long, and the story is great. If your looking for an good xbox rpg this is it
Hopefully Not the Last
Of all the Star Ocean games, this one is the most impressive in the series to date. Excellent graphics, a bit lengthier than the average role player, and it has some fun battles along the way. It does have some drawbacks of course, mostly in a Xenosaga-esque fashion; some dungeons are really long while others are really short, and movie scenes with characters are, again, either really long or really short. Some seem interesting and important, but are short, others seem a bit boring and unimportant, but are long. It's far from a game killer for anyone with some patience, but being unable to pause them can be a pain if something comes up and you have something to do or somewhere to go. Don't play unless you've got an hour or more to give to this game, or you might find yourself watching a scene or playing through an area you've already been through. All in all, a great game that bests your average game, but a few slight tweaks here and there could have made it a competitor with the big boys. Overall grade: B.
Still a great series!
The first time I played Star Ocean was for PS2 and it was Til The End Of Time and I loved it. I switched platforms and I wasn't quite sure how I would like it on the 360. The game was great. Wasn't as good as Til the end of time. I liked the story line better on that one. This one last hope, is up to par. I was not dissatisfied with game at all. If your tired of the Final Fantasy series, (which should never happen) I would recommend this to any RPG gamer or someone looking to try RPG. I beat the game a while ago, so I can't remember much details, but I did like the fighting system and the weapons.
What to say about this game. First off the graphics are amazing highly detailed. The story line is great and will hav you on your toes glued to the tv. You will most likely log in 30 or 40 hours to the game without even realizing. The high speed fighting system is still great and bosses are really hard to beat there isn't anymore 10 second bosses u may die once or twice fighting them. Iteam creation is wat really cought my eye the things u create is out off this world. There is a A LOT of monsters and symbols to fight and learn. Some parts in this game hav a lot of talking , but rpg doesn't? The side quest will lead u to parts of the game you wouldn't have gone to if you just went along in the story so stop and smell the roses u never know wat you might find. There are so many different cutscene possiblities u can see. It all depends on the person you talk to, the time, and place. Overall this game is a 10 and to sum it up in one word WOW!
A great game....trust me
I am a long time fan of rpg games and when i heard that the new Star Ocean game was out, I literally ran to go get it. The game itself is a typical jrpg with a young main character that has blond, gravity-defying hair and a life long friend/love interest along for the ride. There is a cat girl, a cyborg, and many other characters that are common in jrpg games. The storyline is overall pretty good, other than the "dramatic" twists that seem to be all to perfectly timed. The voices are ok. I noticed that sometimes the voice wouldnt match the lip motions, but i forgave that seeing as how it WAS a japanese game originally. The game is extreamly long. I have put over a month and a half into this game and still havent completely beaten it. The trophy system and alternative endings will have you going a while, not to mention unlockable difficulties to beat it on. The game froze up a bit, but I fixed this by downloading it to a hard drive and it ran fine. For those looking for an FFX type game, you may want to keep searching. But for hardcore rpg levelers, this is the game for you.
This game absolutely must be played by every gamer in the world. This is without a doubt one of the best RPG's ever made. The story is is engaging, the graphics are beautiful and the characters are top notch. Two things specifically about this game. One, the battle system is fantastic. The ability to switch which character you control at any time during the battle is fantastic. The "Rush" system is very cool, and the Special Arts, Chain Combos, and Symbology are all done perfectly. Second thing that makes this game great is the characters. First off they are all well designed and have excellent character development, but most of all , while you're playing this game you actually feel a connection to the characters, something you don't see much anymore (FF7 forever). Conclusion; if you love video games, you owe it to yourself to pick this one up. PS. Square-Enix please release this on PS3 someday
Amazing Game All Around
I have not played the star ocean games of the past but I must say this game did not disappoint. It had a very great story line and a great set of core characters as well as a good cast of supporting characters. This game is very worth while the fighting is very fun and easy to understand and the boss battles do not disappoint some of them are very challenging. I recommend everyone to at least give this game a shot, the characters were very well designed and the cut-scenes were very thrilling to watch not like some games where your just agonizing over them and wanting them too end. The sound quality in this game was very good as well, the character customization was ok, it would have been better if when you equipped armor you could actually see what the armor looked like but its a small thing. So I rate this game a 10 out of 10 and I suggest you all try this game you will not be disappointed!
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.