posted by NebuliNebula (EDGEWATER, FL) May 28, 2013
Member since May 2013
This game is so full of awesome that it is almost ridiculous. I have seen a lot of online reviews saying how "horrible" Star Ocean is. In my opinion this game has the best story line and combat of any RPG on the 360 platform. I highly recommend checking this game out, it's for your own good!
The only real problems are if you don't have like a 30" HD tv.... you will have a hard time reading the text in the game... and with the menu options and crafting system, this is a problem. However if you have a big tv to play it on, then it's fine. The game was sadly designed for big TVs and people with little ones suffer for it, they made the mistake of not cattering to the lowest grade tech people can afford. You usaly see such mistakes in PC games, but it's sad to see it on an Xbox game... it really cuts the enjoyment out of the people who can't aford a nice tv.
Also the fighting and crafting can take some getting use to if your not a fan of the series. If you don't know how to set up the AI of your party members and know who to control when, the chars might get themselves killed. (big hint here... when your in a tough fight stay in control of your healer most of them time, only switching to your main damage char when you know she's safe and no one needs healing. Or siwtching over when there bars are full for a big attack.)
The other problem is two of the chars are.... well... how to say this.... exstreamly exstreamly annoying. You will get very sick of "meow" and " 'kay" ... .very sick. x.x
But all that can be ignored for a game this good. The bonus system is addictive. Being able to get like 3 times the gold from a fight or exp, or bonus SP and healing.... building them up during fights .... it's fun and rewarding.
Even with a small TV I would suggest giving this game a try. (just make sure you can sit close to the TV so you can read it lol)
Star Ocean takes an nontraditional approach at RPG style gaming. There are a lot of unique elements to this game. I'd list them, but IGN's review on youtube does a much better job of this than I could.
This game is presented well. The story line is pretty generic, but it's captivating nonetheless. The characters are lovable. The environments are absolutely breath taking. The leveling up system is done very well; base attributes increase with each level gained, and additional points are rewarded that can be accumulated and spent on special in-battle (or outside-battle) skills.
I simply could not get enough of this game. Mini bosses, optional dungeons, item creation, battle trophies, everything. There are four difficulty settings, and I've beaten it on each one save the easiest.
This may not be my favorite RPG, but I commend it greatly.
If you've never played a Star Ocean game before, this one will probably ruin the others for you, seeing as the game has been improved upon in every conceivable aspect.