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Star Ocean: The Last Hope

by Square Enix
Xbox 360
 Ages 12 and Over
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B0023RRQDM
  • Release Date: 5 Jun 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,247 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

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Amazon.co.uk Review

Star Ocean: The Last Hope is the latest release in the celebrated science fiction and fantasy Star Ocean RPG series. This prequel set during the aftermath of Earth's fictional World War III combines sci-fi and fantasy elements spanning multiple planets and the vastness of space itself to recount the origins of the Star Ocean Universe. Exhilarating combat expands upon the franchise's famous real-time battle system, introducing amazing graphics and next-generation visual effects brought to life on the Xbox 360 gaming system.

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Story
A.D 2064...Planet Earth was on the brink of destruction as clashes between the World Republic Federation and the various nations that opposed it sparked the outbreak of World War III. Weapons of mass destruction, deployed with complete impunity razed the land in the blink of an eye. The dire situation forced the two opposing factions to negotiate a cease-fire and an agreement was quickly reached, but although the war may have ended, its effects remained. With the deteriorating environment, Earth's population was drastically reduced and those who survived lived a confined existence trapped in underground cities. Eventually countries joined together to form the Greater United Nations and turned their eyes skyward, to space. With the establishment of the USTA, the Universal Science and Technology Administration, man began to seek new worlds beyond the stars.

AD 2087...The first year of the spacedate (SD) calendar. Thanks to the success of Professor Trillas Bachstein's warp drive experiments, mankind's dream of a spacebourne existence has inched closer to reality and the USTA secretly began to implement its SRF project, the Space Reconnaissance Force. Now it is SD 0010, and the first official SRF mission and your adventure has begun.

Characters
Players of Star Ocean: The Last Hope will meet and interact with a wealth of characters from different parts of the galaxy, each with their own history and weapons of choice. Just a few of the more prominent characters to familiarize yourself with include:

Edge Maverick from 'Star Ocean: The Last Hope' Edge Maverick
Although generally possessing good judgment, this young Earthling commander of the maiden deep space voyage of the SRF ship the Calnus, can be reckless. His signature weapon is the sword.
Faize Sheifa Beleth from 'Star Ocean: The Last Hope' Faize Sheifa Beleth
A young Eldarian committed to etiquette and logic, and capable of astounding feats of engineering, Faize is always honorable of those possessing abilities he lacks. His signature weapon is the rapier.
Reimi Saionji from 'Star Ocean: The Last Hope' Reimi Saionji
The kind and levelheaded navigator of the Calnus, Reimi was born in an aristocratic Saionji family and has a shared history with Edge back on Earth. Her signature weapon is the bow.
Lymle Lemuri Phi  from 'Star Ocean: The Last Hope' Lymle Lemuri Phi
Orphaned on her home planet of Lemrick long ago, Lymle is mischievous, but friendly and inexplicably retains the appearance of a young girl. Her signature weapon is the wand.

Gameplay and Combat
Although Edge Maverick is the main character in Star Ocean: The Last Hope, players will of course experience gameplay action in the form of a number of different characters and utilize the signature attacks assigned to each. The game features a real-time combat system which allows for up to four party members to remain active in battle at a time. Improvements to the game's combat system include 'Rush Mode,' where players can switch out active members of their combat groups for reserve members in real-time; 'Sight In/Sight Out' which allows for timed evasive and counter moves against enemies; and the BEAT (Battle Enhancement Attribute Type) system, through which players can change a character's fighting style at will. Other actions players will master through gameplay include piloting of the spaceship Calnus, a first in the Star Ocean series; item creation in the form of weapons, healing items and accessories; and Private Actions (PAs), a cause and effect relationship between character in-game actions and the acquisition of new abilities and scenarios. Through the increased flexibility mastery of all these skills provides, players should be able to more easily increase their team and individual team member's combat experience and status, and so unlock more advanced combat styles and linked combinations.

Key Game Features:

  • Series prequel - Star Ocean: The Last Hope is a prequel in the classic series, combining sci-fi and fantasy elements, spanning multiple planets and the vastness of space itself to recount the origins of the Star Ocean universe.
  • Exciting Battles - Exhilarating combat expands upon the franchise's famous real-time battle system, including the amazing graphics and visual effects only possible on Xbox 360.
  • Compelling Scenes - The game features breathtaking CG movies by Visual Works, the cutting-edge studio whose previous work includes cutscenes for the acclaimed Final Fantasy RPG series.



Product Description
Star Ocean: The Last Hope is the fourth entry in the long-awaited continuation of the celebrated science fiction and fantasy RPG series. This prequel set during the aftermath of World War III combines sci-fi and fantasy elements spanning multiple planets and the vastness of space itself to recount the origins of the Star Ocean Universe. Exhilarating combat expands upon the franchise's famous real-time battle system, introducing amazing graphics and next-generation visual effects.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Return of The Star Ocean Series 19 July 2009
By Michael Cawdrey VINE VOICE
Edition:Standard Edition
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I was a huge fan of Star Ocean Three for the PS2, and have been waiting what seems like forever for a new Star Ocean game, and was thrilled when this game was released. The Last Hope is a prequal to all the other games, and focuses of humanity's first steps into space exploration. Your hero is Edge Maverick, captain of the human ship Calnus. Wit the help of his comrades, he explores new worlds to colonise with humans due to the condition Earth is in.

The combat is in the traditional Star Ocean style, fast paced and fun. A significant new edition to the battle system is the Blindside move, which confuses your enemeies and allows for deverstating damage to be done from behind. Your battle party is now four characters as opposed to three. The boss battles are often still epic, with old favourites such as Gabriel Celeste and the Etherial Queen making an appearence post game.

Once the main stroy is finished, there is still plenty to do, such as the collosium, cave of seven stars and the painful Wandering Dungean, a mammoth dungeon that is randomly generated and can go on forever with you desire.

If you are a fan of the Star Ocean series, then this is a must buy. If you are unfamiler with the series, don't worry, as this is a prequal, and has no ties to other games (just references to characters etc.) My only gripe with this game is the disc swapping. If you wish to visit a location from near the start, you will need to swap to the correct disc to visit the area. This game is three discs long, so it can get frustrating at times. Overall, a great game that will take you hours on end to fully master.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worth the buy 25 July 2009
Edition:Standard Edition
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
story 4/5
graphics - HD 4/5, normal TV's - 3/5
voice acting 2/5
battle system 4/5

STORY

first off I'm gonna say that this is a big improvement story wise compared to the last star ocean game (3 - till the end of time), as the previous one got confusing towards the end of the game and alot of areas had to be revisited in order to advance the story - which got boring. In this one you only have to backtrack if you want some chests you couldn't open before, or some optional quests. The story is compelling as well as not being overly complicated, although the voice acting is terrible at times, and kind of ruins the moment during some of the game story(there's a scene at the end that will make you cringe). but there is an option in the menu to turn them off if this would bother you. :P

GRAPHICS

The graphics in this game are nice - lush environments and the characters look good - although the robotic mouth moments can be weird, i guess its the best they can do with current technology lol.
People who use non digital/HD TV's might have a bit of trouble reading the texts and noticing the difference between black and white, as i did. although this is normal on most new 360 games - but these games are designed for HD so not much you can do. the game again, looks good on a HD TV.

BATTLE SYSTEM

I liked the system they used in this game,although its pretty much the same as previous games in the series, in this one you can hold down b and do a blind slide attack, which makes the character slide behind the enemy and always do a critical strike. one major let-down for the battle system, is that very little customisation is allowed as to how the other characters act.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this for real? 14 Mar 2014
By GBWiz
Edition:Standard Edition|Verified Purchase
I honestly can't give this game anything but praise, the world is huge, the quantity of bosses and quests and side content/optional post end-game content is truly astonishing and the graphics are one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in gaming. This game comes on 3 discs but for bloody good reason; you aren't buying a game here, you're buying an adventure and a HUGE one at that. I honestly can't go into detail on ALL the good things about this game because this would end up as an essay but to put it in perspective; Final Fantasy 13 provides 24 hours of gameplay (60-80 hours if you want all the optionals) if you sit and play it solidy you can even do it in less however THIS game easily covers over 50 hours of just general storyline and then the optional content is easily another 50 hours on top of that, probably more. Honestly if you're looking for an RPG that gives you a lot of bang for your buck then this is it hands down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's quite a ways to shore 19 May 2013
Edition:Standard Edition
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Star Ocean 4 is reminiscent of the benchmark FFX in more ways than it's visual style. The most important difference lies in the direct control real time battle system, which improves your sense of involvement.

There are lots of awesome and clever ideas in this game, but that only makes it frustrating, when the implementation of most just isn't quite where it should be...

Still, if you sit tight through the demanding and slow-paced intro, you will be taken in by game, in spite of the story being so looney-japaneese and the english voice acting so lackluster.

If you can accept how the game occationally, particularly in regards to side quests, expects you to know what to do next based on only the vaguest of hints, and has you goose-chasing and back-tracking around for hours - and the close-but-no-cigar implementations in general - and you spent over 100 hours with Tidus in FFX, you should have completed this game already.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Regret the Purchase
The game was too long and it drags on so much. Cuts scenes are too long so he would not recommend it.
Published 6 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars Supi!
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1.0 out of 5 stars a very boring typical japanese game...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really fun and nostalgic
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best sci-fi rpg's of all time!
At first, I played this game for hours without knowing how to level up my characters. It was frustrating, but once I understood how the game worked, oh boy oh boy, it was fun! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Nidrae
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Brilliant
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Published on 17 Feb 2012 by A. Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
Having never played any of the Star Ocean games before and having picked this one up merely because it was cheap and pre-owned, I have to say this is one of the best RPGs for the... Read more
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