Excerpt: From a presentation standpoint, Star Ocean: The Last Hope International is a mixed bag. Let's start with the good. The game is technically sound; you won't see any screen-tearing or framerate issues. The interior of the Calnus has a great space-opera vibe to it, though it doesn't even come close to Mass Effect 2 's Normandy SR-2. The environments look nice, but they are often quite empty.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is The JRPG genre has been an unexplored territory for me for many years now. Even with all the good titles and the positive reviews they seem to be getting over the past years, the idea of a bunch teens saving the world has never appealed to me. So when I got the chance to review Star Ocean: The Last Hope International, I had a couple of doubts in my mind: one, is it going to be fair to the game for me to play and review it?
Star Ocean: The Last Hope International (PS3) - Review
25 March 2010
Excerpt: After a painfully long wait for many, the PS3’s version of Star Ocean: The Last Hope is finally here with Star Ocean: The Last Hope International. The new edition of the game boasts Japanese voice tracks and anime menus that were cut out of the English version. Even with the late port and high price, this action RPG is worth a look. In the year 2064 the Earth almost destroys itself in a massive nuclear world war, forcing humans to begin searching for a new home in space.
Excerpt: launched for the Xbox 360, another in a string of exclusive RPGs that PlayStation 3 owners didn’t receive. Most of these titles did eventually make their way to Sony’s machine but we typically have to wait a while, and Tri-Ace’s effort is no exception.
Excerpt: I've been playing computer RPGs for as long as I've owned a computer, which dates back to about 1985, or before that if you count the Intellivision. But I've only recently really started playing games with the modern consoles, namely the PS3 since so many of our reviewers have 360s it seems. Having played hundreds of RPGs (really my favorite genre of game) on the PC, I was kind of missing out on that type of action for the PS3.
Summary: Square Enix really outdid themselves with Star Ocean: The Last Hope International. This is a huge, gorgeous adventure with a memorable storyline and plenty of cool twists. Better yet, it has some of the most compelling combat sequences ever found in a Japanese role-playing game. If you're a fan of traditional RPGs, then you need to play what has to be one of Square Enix's best console games in years! This product was submitted by the publisher for review.
PS3 Review - 'Star Ocean: The Last Hope - International'
7 March 2010
Summary: Science fiction and fantasy meld in this continuation of tri-Ace Inc.'s RPG franchise. The refined gameplay features team-oriented combat, while improving upon the innovative real-time battle system that has become a trademark of the Star Ocean franchise.
Conclusion: The story, in the end, putts out into just about nothing, with only the Personal Actions bits giving it any real endearing qualities, but the actual trip, the experience is well worth the cost of entry. Blame the JRPG offerings on the PS3, really.
Conclusion: Although it’s merely a minor update over its Xbox 360 counterpart, any jRPG nut will be quick to testify to the importance of Japanese voice acting in a Japanese game. The other very minor improvements—namely, the entire game on a single disc and the option for a differently-styled HUD—aren’t much to talk about, but all in all, if you’ve been considering giving The Last Hope a try, this is the definitive version.