Star Ocean: The Last Hope International (PS3)
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- In addition to English and Japanese voice options, the PlayStation 3 system version will include English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese language options for STAR OCEAN fans around the world
- 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 dynamic real-time battle system, now featuring amazing graphics and visual effects only possible on PlayStation 3.
- Up to four characters can take part in battles simultaneously and party members can be switched mid-battle
- New Blindside battle system fuses evasion and offense, enabling players to confuse and ambush enemies by quickly moving out of their line of sight when targeted – allowing stunning counterattacks and visual effects
- Freely pilot the Calnus spaceship for the first time in the series and journey to various planets of the STAR OCEAN universe at your choosing
- Item Creation and Private Actions, two hallmarks of the STAR OCEAN franchise, also make their return, allowing for players to enjoy upgraded versions of both systems
- Breathtaking CG movies by Visual Works, the cutting-edge studio whose previous work includes cut-scenes for the acclaimed FINAL FANTASY series
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- Platform: PlayStation 3
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Star Ocean: The Last Hope is the latest game in the popular STAR OCEAN franchise. As a prequel to the series, it reveals the beginnings of Star Ocean universe, making it ideal for both existing fans and new players. Combining the best features of classic RPG gaming — including a compelling story and unique characters — with a real-time action battle system and incredible graphics, Star Ocean: The Last Hope International will become a favorite of RPG fans. The year is A.D. 2087. In the aftermath of World War III, Earth has been ravaged and the population decimated by a deteriorating environment. The countries that survived have joined together to form the Greater Unified Nations and turned their eyes skyward...to space. Edge Maverick and his childhood friend Reimi Saionji are chosen as pioneer members of the Space Reconnaissance Force, which was created to seek out new worlds beyond the stars. Their ship, the Calnus, takes its place on the lunar launch pad along with four other starships of the first reconnaissance fleet. These ships — humanity’s last hope — blast off one-by-one and sail into the awaiting wormhole that leads to the vast star ocean. And so, Edge and his crew begin their voyage in search of a new haven for humanity...and a second chance. Combines sci-fi and fantasy elements, spanning multiple planets and the vastness of space itself to recount the origins of the STAR OCEAN universe Item creation and Private Actions, two hallmarks of the STAR OCEAN franchise, also make their return, allowing for players to enjoy upgraded versions of both systems Exhilarating combat expands upon the franchise's dynamic real-time battle system, now featuring amazing graphics through Blu-ray Disc Up to four characters can take part in battles simultaneously and party members can be switched mid-battle New Blindside battle system fuses evasion and offense, enabling play
Carry the hopes of all humankind in an unforgettable sci-fi blockbuster!
STAR OCEAN THE LAST HOPE: INTERNATIONAL is the enhanced PlayStation 3 version of STAR OCEAN: THE LAST HOPE, which previously released on Xbox 360. A prequel in the acclaimed STAR OCEAN series, this latest entry offers spectacular visuals alongside exhilarating real-time battles in an epic sci-fi adventure.
Star Ocean: The Last Hope International 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 Playstation 3 gaming system.
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.
Players of Star Ocean: The Last Hope International 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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 International, 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 International 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 Playstation 3.
- 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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I've broken down my review into sections about the game to make it easier to pick out whats important.
Following WWIII man sets off to the stars in order to find suitable second earth to migrate to. This goes awry with the discovery of the Grigori who are hell bent on destroying the universe and as a group of steriotypical JRPG heroes (teenagers) its up to you to stop them.
The story is delivered through distinct cut scene segments in between dungeons or exploration. The story may sound stale and reused, but it has enough plot twists and hooks to keep you interested enough to press on.
The hero (edge), his childhood friend (Reimi) and the enigmatic and quiet third character (Faize). So business as usual. However, the supporting cast are much more interesting; A cyborg scientist, the cat girl and the lady who decided the best form of armour is a bikini. Each character has enough of a back story that you empathise with them and (with the exception of Lymle) all of the characters are completely tolerable and overall make a very good bunch of space heroes.Read more ›
Plus, for newcomers it is easy enough to get into and you need no prior knowledge or experience of Star Ocean 1-3.
The battle system is more action orientated than traditional RPGs. Enemies can be avoided as you have to run into one in the field to initiate a battle.
You control any of the 4 characters and with a press of R1 or L1 you can switch between them during the battle.
For those you are not controlling, you can set tactics for the AI to follow. These can dictate which foes to target, what skills/spells to use and how much MP to spend during a fight.
Storywise, it doesn't have incredible depth or originality...but to be honest i woudln't always say that's a bad thing. There are other games for that.
Basically you are part of a crew that are being sent out into the far reaches of space to explore and hopefully find a planet for the human race to colonize.
Things happen along the way and of course it becomes about more than just that eventually.
It's fairly light hearted without being over the top cheesy like some JRPGs.
You can gain access to quests which are optional and of course there are something like 1000 battle trophies, and many ways to create various items. These are mainly for the completionists out there and be expected to spend 10x as much time on those as you would the games story if you want to 100% it.
The graphics are good, although not up to par with most other current titles. Again, this doesn't detract from the game though and i often think these games would suffer if they had top notch graphics.Read more ›
The animation and graphics are slick and stay close to popular anime style.
The story-line is vague but for a reason as you will be let loose to explore the galaxy and go where you want (a huge game to explore) I'm not giving the story away, all you need to know that it's nothing short of epic!
Awesome characters, memorable places and engaging battles makes this game a must buy for any RPG or anime fan!
Rather than being able to save your game whenever you like you have to find save points like in old SNES/PS1 RPGs. Unfortunately these are spaced so far apart they ruin the gaming experience as you are constantly looking for save points rather than focusing on enjoying the game.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Other than Final Fanasy, the GAME is one of the best and such a great Story Line and Game play. I love it -- Keep it comming Square Enix MORE MORE MORE PLEASE.Published 6 months ago by Shinobi
At my age (over 70) it was informative. A very concise guide to the game, with many new (to me) things included.Published 10 months ago by Geoffrey Richards
Bought for son in New Zealand says ok for used product, very happy.Published 14 months ago by Mrs Pauline Wilkins
Star Ocean: The Last Hope is a fantastically well produced JRPG.
Sporting beautiful environments, hours worth of side-missions, a varied and likeable cast of characters,... Read more