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Star Ocean The Last Hope is a beautiful game. It has a story line that could run parallel with any Star Trek. The battle system is fun and encouraging. The characters are...colorful... and that's where the problem lies.
I understand that this is a JRPG and maybe some things are lost in translation. The sense of humor may be different between cultures. I just cant get around how a band of kids is entrusted with the fate of mankind. They then try to complete said quest by bounding around the galaxy picking up annoying cat girls, and spell casting toddlers to help them out.
There are a few strong characters that they meet along their sojourn for humanity's sake. Unfortunately they seem to take the back seat, or are uncomfortably involved in many unneeded jokes that seem to be everywhere in this game. Awkward moments, underlying perversion, and the difficulties of male/female communication seem to the norm written in to keep the otherwise heavy story light and approachable. Sad to say, it comes off misplaced.
If you are willing, or able, to get past the clumsy dialog, and gestures of the antagonists then your in for a great game. The graphics are excellent. Item collecting and creating system can get you hooked easily. The battle system will keep you involved and always trying to unlock more battle trophies. A story line that, like I said earlier, could be mistaken for a Star Trek movie. Then this could be the game for you.
I was not expecting much from this game because of the low rating it has but I was pleasantly surprised because this is probably the best jrpg out right now (note FF13 is not out yet). Square-Enix may have made a bad choice in originally making this originally exclusive to the xbox 360. When this game had finally been released for the PS3 it was mostly unnoticed.
Graphics - 7 = good character design and landscape variety but the land scape was a bit choppy at times.
Story - 7 = The first thing about the story that comes to mind is star trek meets anime. The characters talk more then they really need to and the voice overs can be bad at times but the overall story is interesting.
Battle system 9 = This is the games real strength. There is plenty of level grinding and customization for anyone that is familiar to rpg's to appreciate additionally the battle sequences are set in real time but still allow all the options you'd expect of a rpg
Overall 8 = This game has a lot of classic jrpg elements from the ps1/ps2 era. This is good because most rpg's out today on the PS3 are either western based (which are good but not the same as a classic jrpg) or experimental. While this game is not perfect, there is no denying that it is true to its title jrpg.