honestly, to me it kinda felt like i was playing Star Ocean: till the end of time, but with a different sorty honestly. the previous installment was one of my favorite (albeight its very lame dialouge) rpgs for the ps2.
i understand alot of peoples gripes about this game, i really do, and i sympathize. however, the game does have many one ups on the previous versions. dialouge isnt treating you like a complete moron while you play like in "till the end of time," and i admit i do like the combo systems a little better then its ps2 predicessors, and i know i get flak for this, even better then the second story imo.
all im saying is give the game a little credit, its hard to top big hits like the previous 2. honestly still pretty good, and the story really did grab me. one of the best rpgs for the ps3.
This installment of the Star Ocean Tries to branch out in a number of ways, new camera system, new art direction, new ways to use skills. Any positive I can give seems to be completely trounced by a greater number of negatives.
I'd be ok with the art direction if the camera wasn't so squirrelly, its difficult to find a camera angle and zoom level that works. The worlds are vibrant, but more often then not its dificult at a glance to determine monsters from the background in the overworld. Its a nice change to be able to skip battles if I would like by being able to see and avoid random battles, but its difficult to tell on many non standard looking enemies whats front and whats back. Additionally, I find the combat to be either razors edge hard or barely break a sweat easy, there doesn't feel like an inbetween. Finally, the voice acting is TERRIBLE, especially for that tart Lymle. Every time she spoke I just wanted to turn off the game. No one else was much better really.
All in all, there are some new ideas here, but the rest is a cold rehash of numerous japanese RPG tropes. Unless you are a die hard fan of the series, which I thought I was... I'd recommend a pass on this one.