Conclusion: Hot swaps between party members also allow both strategy and gaming skill to enter the fray. It may behoove you to switch to a party member better matched to the given threat, but the ability to create more action game-like combos and specials means that it’s possible to “skill” your way out of many mismatches. There’s even an action game special gauge known as ‘Rush’ for mega-HP moves, and a system known as ‘Blindside’ for reversals similar to those in fighting games.
Conclusion: Concept: A prequel story that details mankind's departure from Earth
Graphics: Sharp texturing and colorful worlds sadly set the stage for choppy animations
Sound: Decent voice work is joined by a highly clich?d and fairly irritating score
Playability: Combat is easy to handle and loaded with depth.
Summary: From Star Wars to Ender's Game, the greatest sci-fi epics roll characters, conflict, and technology into one captivating story. Star Ocean: The Last Hope does not. Riddled with unbearable dialogue and awkward plot points, The Last Hope's narrative flubs up almost every opportunity to forge a connection with the player. A weak story is a critical flaw in any RPG, but Star Ocean makes strides towards redemption with its gameplay.
Excerpt: Star Ocean: The Last Hope is not a hugely serious videogame. It strives to be, of course – and is at times successful – but it never reaches the narrative heights of something like BioShock , or contains the kind of scenes prevalent in the Team ICO games, or the majority of Final Fantasy titles. Perhaps it’s because the characters’ collective hair colour is that of a particularly alien rainbow, or that they all dress in attire that transcends outlandish taste.
Conclusion: Star Ocean: The Last Hope is a solid addition to the series, and a stunning return to form after going handheld for a while. The 360 lends it great visuals and stunning vistas, as well as dynamic environments. The combat is a nice change from the rigid turn based system you often see, and whilst you can’t quite escape the endless grind, there’s enough to do to make it interesting. Finally, the story is, as you’d expect, excellent.
Excerpt: Pour beaucoup, la série des Star Ocean n'est plus à présenter. Pour les autres, qui n'auraient pas eu la chance, l'envie ou l'âge de l'approcher, bien qu'elle soit récemment réapparu sur nos petites PSP comme nous vous le disions, un petit retour en arrière s'impose. Car arrivée au cours des années 90, sur NES en premier lieu, c'est probablement l'un des RPG qui a le plus marqué son époque. D'ailleurs, hormis Final Fantasy, c'est un autre des vieux dinosaures du genre.
Excerpt: I found Star Ocean: Till the End of Time to be filled with annoyances. From how the futuristic theme was disrupted by spending much of the game on medieval worlds where characters were forced to use primitive weaponry TO horrid combat AI for your non-controlled party members TO a number of annoying supporting characters TO tri-Ace seemingly putting more effort into one big plot twist and post-game dungeons than the actual quest..
Excerpt: Going into Star Ocean: The Last Hope , the fourth proper installment in a long-running franchise, there was plenty of reason to be wary. Star Ocean: Till the End of Time , the previous entry in the series, was a little bit like burning your fingers on a hot stove. It wasn't a bad enough burn to prevent a person from using the stove in the future, but it was enough to give one pause.