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Star Ocean: The Last Hope Review

Game Review | June 3, 2013 6:43 pm


Genre: RPG
Subgenre: Real-time/JRPG
Players: 1
Developer: tri-Ace, Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Released: February 8, 2010
ESRB Rating: T for Teen (alcohol reference, fantasy violence, mild language, suggestive themes)

Tri-Ace's trademark franchise has consistently offered up some of the best RPGs on the market, however it has always fallen short of mainstream status. Its latest release for the 360 may be its "Last Hope" to win the hearts and minds of the North American market. (editor's note: I C what U did there)
While not the crown jewel of the series it represents well in it's the first non PS exclusive release.

The Last Hope continues the Sci-Fi epic adventure premise we have become accustomed to. As if to not alienate its new market the plot is of the prequel variety. Very little knowledge of the other games is needed to fully enjoy the campaign.

You take the role of "Edge Maverick" a young member of the Space Reconnaissance Force in his quest to save humankind from...itself. Earth is in shambles after a great war and it's up to you and your faithful crew to find a suitable world to colonize. Needless to say it's not the most original plot the series has produced. Similarly unlike it's predecessors Edge and crew are equally generic. Only one of two characters managed to endear themselves to me at all when deep character development has always been a staple of the franchise. Originality aside there is enough quality writing and plot twists to keep you engrossed and moving forward.

While the game is more polished than some its peers there are some key factors holding it back. One being the sub par voice over performances and lip syncing. While not "Infinite Undiscovery" abysmal, it's certainly bad enough to shake your head at. I also found the character models fairly doll-like and lifeless. This was a relatively small problem for me as the graphics overall are smooth and impressive. All the areas were attractive and vibrant and the attention to detail is easy to see. I just wish the characters received the same treatment.

So now for the games bread and butter. Mechanically this game is very sound. The battle system is one of the most engaging and addictive offerings in years; like previous games, it's real-time combo chaining excitement. Battles are fast and furious and some boss fights got so intense during the campaign my hands started to shake from adrenaline overload. It never gets boring and being able to switch between the diverse cast of fighting styles spices things up immensely. For once we actually see good innovations on a established system as well. Character progression also continues well past level 70. There are plenty of abilities, spells and equipment to grind out till your head spins if that's your preference.

In conclusion, TLH is a solid entry to the series with fantastic combat and loads of side quests and additional content to keep you busy indefinitely. While somewhat "stale" and predictable compared to previous titles it's still a Sci-Fi epic worthy of a place on your shelf.

The breaks...

Graphics: 8.5/10 - Very solid graphics. Slight issues with the character models.

Sound: 8/10 - Great soundtrack. Poor voice acting for most of the cast.

Gameplay: 9.5/10 - Good controls, user friendly menu's and a stellar battle system

Replayability: 7.5/10 - Plenty to do and see for the hardcore gamer but not enough beyond higher difficulty to sustain multiple trips.

Overall: 8.5/10
Rating: 8.5 of 10
Reviewed: Star Ocean® : The Last Hope™
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i played this but never got around to beating it, if i beat lost odyssey this summer i'll pick it up.
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Same here. I enjoyed the hours I played it but then I got in to a gamerscore comp or something so I had to return it for a waffle.

The battle system really was fun.
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i'd give that sound a 6/10. the VA's were utter shite.
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I'd recommend this one highly. Just hard to get the GS.

@ Chained. VA was bad but the score was tight. I have the soundtrack.
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i wanted to die when this bitch spoke.



i tried hard to have sex with her. i luckily had the strategy guide so any and all events with this one i made sure to attend.



my favorite character was easily Arumat. badass.
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The game is slightly broken when Arumat joins. His combo's + best weapons = Bosses cowering in fear. I could have solo'd 90% of the game using just him.
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I have this game on my shelf but I have yet to start it. Good review.
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It doesn't surpass 2, but it's just a fantastic rpg. I really need to go back to it- like Meta, I dumped it for a waffle in my rash, stupid youth.
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Quote by Kat:


It doesn't surpass 2, but it's just a fantastic rpg. I really need to go back to it- like Meta, I dumped it for a waffle in my rash, stupid youth.



Well of course not! Star Ocean II is one of the greatest RPG's of all time. That said TLH is excellent by 360 standards.
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Quote by Kat:


It doesn't surpass 2, but it's just a fantastic rpg. I really need to go back to it- like Meta, I dumped it for a waffle in my rash, stupid youth.



Well of course not! Star Ocean II is one of the greatest RPG's of all time. That said TLH is excellent by 360 standards.

Was that on the PS1 or 2??

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Well of course not! Star Ocean II is one of the greatest RPG's of all time. That said TLH is excellent by 360 standards.

Was that on the PS1 or 2??




Star Ocean 2 is on the PS1 and PSP. I prefer the artwork on the PS1 version.


PS2 had Star Ocean III which is very good as well. Just not as good.
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2>3>4>almost every other jrpg on 360. I've never played 1, so I can't throw it in there.
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Quote by Mo the Surfer:


Was that on the PS1 or 2??




Star Ocean 2 is on the PS1 and PSP. I prefer the artwork on the PS1 version.


PS2 had Star Ocean III which is very good as well. Just not as good.

I see. It's just that the PS1 is getting scarce. PS2's you can find anywhere.

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Star Ocean 2 is on the PS1 and PSP. I prefer the artwork on the PS1 version.


PS2 had Star Ocean III which is very good as well. Just not as good.

I see. It's just that the PS1 is getting scarce. PS2's you can find anywhere.




The Ps2 plays ps1 games so they aren't really necessary...
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