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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A vast and exciting, but flawed JRPG
If you've played a Star Ocean game before, you've no doubt bought this game, completed it and are now attempted to obtain the 900 battle trophies.
This review however, is aimed at people new to the series. This game is by no means perfect, it has some pretty serious flaws, but if the linearity of FFXIII doesn't really appeal to you, then this might well do...
Published on 15 April 2010 by Mr. Ja Vaughan

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Top marks for battles, as for everything else...?
Star Ocean 3 was one of the highlights for PS2 RPGs for me. Although having a poor storyline, it was fast, fluid, had some cool characters and a nice learning curve with hundreds of hours of gameplay.

Some would say that this game is sort of similar. The gameplay is certainly polished, and there is a typically 'Star Ocean' colourful cast of characters. The...
Published on 15 Jun 2010 by Gunny


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What the user spects, 16 Mar 2010
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Alfonso Sexto Pereyra "Allan Yagamy" (Madrid, Spain) - See all my reviews
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= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Star Ocean: The Last Hope International (PS3) (Video Game)
Regular story, fun and entertaining combat system, nice scenarios, long game, anoying characters... Your average "Star Ocean" plus a excepcionally fun combat system.

Not the best JRPG ever in any way, but should be takien in consideraion. It's mora than correct.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 14 Aug 2014
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It's ok .
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very underrated RPG, 23 Feb 2010
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Bernardo Sequeira "silver-crescent" (Lisboa, Portugal) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Star Ocean: The Last Hope International (PS3) (Video Game)
One year after being released on the Xbox 360, Star Ocean The Last Hope finally is released on the PS3. Despite the changes between the 2 versions of the game being very minor, it is still a RPG all fans of the genre looking for something a bit more "classic" should try.

Don't expect great inovation from this game, but if you're looking for some amazing combat, a set of likable characters, a light hearted and quite often (very) humorous plot, vast worlds to explore and a lot of sidequests and optional stuff to spend your time on (from an arena to deep item creation options to the collection of hundreds of battle trophies, among other things), look no further than this.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just awesome, 26 Mar 2010
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C. Zipser (Essen, NRW) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Star Ocean: The Last Hope International (PS3) (Video Game)
There is not much (bad) to say about this game.

Story -> +Awesome
Characters -> +Awesome
Graphic's -> +Awesome
Battlesystem-> +Awesome
Sound -> +Awesome
= :)
Im addicted to the Final Fantasy games and im new to the Star Ocean series.
But this game is sweet... if you love Japanese RPG Games and/or Animes (or you like Square Enix), you will love this.

Some Magazines moan about "too much Pop-ins" and yes there much pop-ins in the games, but the reason is that this game comes from the weak xbox360.
Anyways, the pop-ins wont bother you in the game.

Best RPG for PS3 yet. ( Yes, including FFXIII)
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive and light on strategy, 22 Feb 2010
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Although this game may resemble Final Fantasy from the screen shots it's important to understand it requires very little strategy. The combat sections play more like a third person slasher with the player in direct control of one of the party and able to switch between them during the battle. As a result you have to rely completely on AI to control the rest of your party in the meantime which means you can never truly feel fully in control of the situation. All the battles can be won through direct physical attacks - there is no need to analyse the opposition or change tactics to exploit a elemental weakness - a party of all melee attackers will overcome all enemies (bosses included) just by hitting them repeatedly. Because of this you may find yourself just using one character all the time and button mashing your way through the battles whilst keeping an eye on your party's health bars (although even this is soon overcome with the auto-healing skill which does this for you)

Like Final Fantasy, you wander around the map in third person mode which changes into battle mode when you bump into a wandering monsters. This happens frequently - and you expect it early on - veterans of RPG's will expect to put the hours in to build up character experience. That said, the sheer monotony of the battles here will test the patience of all but the most dedicated player. There is so little variety in the opposition it soon becomes frustrating - as you progress the monsters seem to change only in colour and HP. From level 1 you are fighting brown spiders and wasps - at level 43 you are still fighting spiders and wasps - just blue ones. Before long you will be swerving to avoid combat altogether and cursing when the lagging freelook camera leads you into trouble when you are trying to get out of yet another cluttered maze.

The characters are standard Japanese fare - Edge Maverick, the conflicted teen thrown into command is tried to be depicted as struggling between his morals and his duty but just comes across as a bit of a tool. The same is case for the rest of the party, particularly the unbelieveably annoying Lymle. Of course this is par for the course with these types of games - you expect eccentric characters and fluffy bunnies, but with Star Ocean it does affect the gameplay. The repetitive combat sections are heavy early on in the game but as the story progresses the length and frequency of the cutscenes increase which leads to long periods without any action at all. This is mainly due to the clunky script which usually revolves around the collectively dippy team making a decision whether or not to do something (during which Edge will enevitably blame himself and sulk)and then take an age to do so, repeating the options again and again v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y, as if asking a pensioner if they need the toilet. Overall, this makes the flow of the game very uneven with the protracted cutscenes becoming almost as irritating as the protracted combat sequences, a little less of both might have helped.

On the plus side there is a nice interface which allows you to create items by brainstorming your party in teams - although you can only do this on the ship and you are very rarely on it. The graphics are okay, not mind-blowing but colourful and clear. All in all this is probably a good introduction to RPG's for (patient) younger players as the story is innocent and the gameplay simple. For everyone else I would recommend Final Fantasy 13 instead.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Star Ocean 4 the begining, 9 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Star Ocean: The Last Hope International (PS3) (Video Game)
Good game overall not the best Square-Enix give us so far but a good game, if you do all the quest you have at least before finishing it more than 90h playthrought, lot of hidden dungeon and optional boss after beating the game once, a good story, but(there's always a but in any good comment) for all who are waiting for an equal game(good intro, good story, good ending) may be disapointed a little but it's largely compensated with all there is to do in the game(crafting, harvesting, questing, rabbit racing.)
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Attention aux livraisons sans recommandé, 2 Jun 2010
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This review is from: Star Ocean: The Last Hope International (PS3) (Video Game)
Point négatif : Livraison rapide mais pas de recommandé ! (chez Gzoop)

En plus sur l'enveloppe était déclaré "Software and informatic material" (obligation légale pour les douanes, je pense) mais cela incite le vol du courrier par les facteurs mal-intentionnés de la poste !

J'ai eu de la chance, pour ma part je l'ai reçu, mais je ne sais pas si je reprendrai le risque !
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great game... if only it worked.., 13 Jan 2011
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This review is from: Star Ocean: The Last Hope International (PS3) (Video Game)
Has the makings of a great game, but too many bugs. Had to give up after wasting several hours simply redoing bits id lost when it crashed
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not work, 15 Jan 2014
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The copy I got from Amazon seems to be multifunctional. At first the game works fine, but then, probably somewhere in the middle, all of sudden certain buttons (like the X for attack) stop working, selecting something in the menu also does not work anymore, because if you skip down, it skips down ALL the way to the last item/option in the list immediately, without letting you select anything. You really cannot play like this. It is not a problem with my controller, as I have tried a different one and got the same effect. (neither with my PS3, as all other games work perfectly fine) It also does not seem to be any kind of common bug, as I could not find anything about it online.
Since the problem only happened in the middle of the game, after I already played a while, I cannot even return/exchange the disc anymore.

I am stuck with a game I cannot play any longer after having spent time playing about half of it.
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4 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A weak RPG with terrible visuals, 16 Feb 2010
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Philip (Stafford, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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First, the good - this release fixes one of the biggest complaints with the Xbox 360 version and adds an option to remove the AWFUL US dubbing, and restore the original Japanese language track.

That's pretty much it for the good.

Now, the bad. This is a thoroughly unimpressive button masher J-RPG with a dull, unoriginal storyline, the most generic RPG character designs in the history of the genre, and visuals which border on the embarrassing. I'm amazed that Square could let such a poor product reach the market,- it really is sloppy throughout.

The game's rendering engine takes the ugly, poorly designed background art and renders them with masses of jaggies, a good helping of slowdown, and terrible lighting. The gameplay too is about as uninspired as it's possible to imagine, and is completely devoid of redeeming features.

This generation has been exceptionally poor for J-RPGs, with Lost Odyssey being the only good one to date (perhaps FF13 will change that, we shall see). So if you like J-RPGs, pick up a few on the DS or PS2 and avoid this one completely.
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