Critic & User Reviews
Star Ocean Arises!
posted by marshall84 (ASHEVILLE, NC) Mar 3, 2009
Member since Apr 2008
198 out of 233 gamers (85%) found this review helpful
The combat system “Battle Simulator” is a tutorial key to achieving and mastering your art form USTA Agent. I hope that’s accurate. Smooth combo moves, easy lock-on targeting, awesome magic attacks! Hands down.
The camera angles & the small font when your at the Main Menu and/or at a Save Point that appears as a blue floating ball. These main 2 things are all I can complain about. It had taken me some time to adjust to the angles of the characters movements. When you are running for instance, you do a brisk boost, which you can use as much as you please. While moving around with the Right analog stick, you can tell the characters face tends to pop on & off the screen. I’ve tried to resolve this issue on 2 separate TV both HD & standard tube. Same issue occurred.
I thank you for reading my review. May you all enjoy the game as much as I have and more! Thank You Gamers!
Story is a bit stale, but the action is addictive
posted by Ibeplayin (MONTEREY, CA) Jul 23, 2009
Member since Jul 2009
21 out of 24 gamers (88%) found this review helpful
Drowning in a Great Star Ocean of JRPG Dialogue
posted by Gamehermit (Grove City, PA) Apr 8, 2009
Member since Apr 2007
50 out of 59 gamers (85%) found this review helpful
In theater you refer to the “willing suspension of disbelief.” JRPG fans have honed this skill, some perfecting it through the years of poorly localized games from the 8-bit days onward. Others just have that Japanese fetish. If you’re playing a JRPG you go in knowing you can look forward to at least 4 to 6 blatant stereotypes, half of which will be comic unintentionally. Knowing all this I’m not going to whine about the lackluster plot and cutscenes. You reap what you sow.
Overall, Star Ocean was about as engaging as you’d expect from a Square title, though the feeling was waning by the game’s conclusion. Whether it was a lack of a true connection with the characters or just a weariness of the mindless repetition inherent to the genre, I’m not sure. What I do know is that when I realized that I had the opportunity to take the step forward and fight the final boss, there was no hesitation. No completing old quests, no attempting for one more dragon scale to finish that uber armor, no leveling up for one more attack option. No, sir. Just grabbed the four strongest characters, ran through the palace and wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am. Which is odd. Usually the collection bug gets ahold of me with JRPGs, but not this time.
That said, Star Ocean: The Last Hope still stands as a solid JRPG. If you’re a fan of the genre or Square Enix you could stand to give it a shot the next time you’re trying to figure out what to do with all that free time on your hands.
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Replay value but somewhat generic
posted by RangerDW (BURR RIDGE, IL) Aug 9, 2009
Member since Aug 2009
7 out of 8 gamers (88%) found this review helpful
-Awesome Battle system: Probably the best real time RPG battle system out there with countless variations on what you can do...8 characters to play with and blindsides are just too much fun.
-Graphics are stunning at time but bad textures lead you to wonder what system you are on.
-Music can be perfect at times but seem very generic most of the other times. Only a few select tracks that I really enjoyed...and i'm a big time RPG music fan.
-A ton of replay value: If you are a completionist this game is for you...140 hours and walking away with 500 achiev's after two playthroughs...seriously 2 post game dungeons and trying to take them on on any difficulty setting is hardcore...let alone the hardest.
-The storyline was pretty good considering nothing recently other than Lost Odyssey has really inpressed me...then again I grew up with the old school final fantasies and games like Xenogears so my bar is pretty high.
-The English dub wasn't terrible in my opinion but some characters like lymle or sarah can really get on your nerves....just way too many "kays"....but I have deffinantly heard worse. If you are a FMA fan mustang's voice is in this! =D
Overall this is probably the best JRPG on 360 this year and the gameplay alone keeps this one standing against the others.
Here's the deal:
Overall I gave it a 7 on Gamefly rating.
If you like RPGs alot and want a challenge go for beating this bad boy on chaotic otherwise if you play it once you probably won't get what this game really has to offer...so you know I did NOT die once on the first play but could not believe how challenging it would become when I continued. It may feel very generic but even with all the frustrations you find yourself continuing to battle at it. Good luck becoming the Ethereal Executioner!
Star Ocean The Last Hope
posted by Kjun11 (LAFAYETTE, LA) May 1, 2009
Member since May 2009
46 out of 68 gamers (68%) found this review helpful
EDGE: Raimi what or we gonna do?
RAIMI: Edge, if we try hard we'll figure it out.
EDGE: Your right Raimi, what about you Faize?
FAIZE: Edge, Raimi, thank you for letting me join you.
RAIMI: Faize, your always welcome. Your our best friend.
EDGE: That's right Faize, we couldn't do this without you.
EDGE: Faize, Raimi, we need to head into the vortex.
EDGE: Yes Faize the vortex is going to show us the way.
RAIMI: Show........us the..........way?
EDGE: Yes Raimi, it will show us the way home and save everyone.
EDGE: Yes Faize, we'll save everyone, it's our last hope.
EDGE: Yes Raimi, out last hope.
This is an example of some of the worst dialogue ever put into a game. I rate this game a 4, because a RPG, should have a great story. Rent this game only if you like to skip the story, but then, why are you playing a RPG.
posted by Sherlock (IMMOKALEE, FL) Jul 17, 2009
Member since Oct 2008
5 out of 7 gamers (71%) found this review helpful
W T F happened to square?!?!
posted by oldskulgmr (DUNEDIN, FL) Mar 11, 2009
Member since Mar 2009
36 out of 56 gamers (64%) found this review helpful
One the best RPG on the 360
posted by biggmvp2 (FORT LAUDERDALE, FL) Feb 25, 2009
Member since Jun 2008
36 out of 57 gamers (63%) found this review helpful
Gameplay is great, and the cut scenes never get old. The length of the game is pretty long, and expect high replayability value.
The least you can do with this game is rent it, but this would definitely be worth a buy
Don't waste your time.
posted by Khadaj (LYNCHBURG, VA) Aug 24, 2009
Member since Nov 2007
9 out of 14 gamers (64%) found this review helpful
If your looking for a JRPG to fill the void this is not it.
Square Enix at its finest
posted by Guarded (KISSIMMEE, FL) Jul 24, 2009
Member since Jul 2009
4 out of 6 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
posted by 360player2 (BROWNSVILLE, TX) Apr 2, 2009
Member since Oct 2006
5 out of 8 gamers (62%) found this review helpful
Finally A JRPG Worth The Time!!!
posted by ZiggyGonzo (ARCHER, NE) Mar 1, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
9 out of 16 gamers (56%) found this review helpful
The game has awesome graphics, game play and Storyline. Not to mention 3 discs! So you are probably wondering why i gave a 9 instead of a 10 with all this hype. Its the voice overs. They are not bad to the point were you go bonkers just hearing them but can be alittle irritating at times.
In conclusion its a great game worth the money. GET IT!!!
Good...but not much new...
posted by Atrac059 (DENVER, CO) Jun 22, 2009
Member since Jun 2009
3 out of 5 gamers (60%) found this review helpful
Worst RPG I Have Played in 20 Years, Honestly
posted by gemlarin (HENRIETTA, NY) May 23, 2009
Member since Jan 2008
19 out of 36 gamers (53%) found this review helpful
Battle controls are extremely cumbersome and difficult to use, you end up just button mashing 99% of the time. Battles are very unbalanced, most of the time you are severely overpowered, which I suppose would be a good thing since you can get out of a fight much faster and not have to deal with the horrible controls.
The dialogue is just plain silly, childish, and uninspired. Cut scenes are too long, the characters are cookie cutter Japanese cartoons, and there is a complete disconnect when it comes to creating an emotional connection to the characters.
The interface in unintuitive and just like the battle controls, cumbersome. The leveling system is uninspired and offers little to no flexibility. Note to developers: RPG leveling systems should include more flexibility than just putting points into "special moves". Speaking about special moves, there is nothing "special" about them, and with the combat system the way it is, one special move has pretty much the same effect as any other special move in the game. Your just button mashing and hoping for the best. And "the best" is usually the resulting outcome since you are usually way overpowered halfway between checkpoints anyway.
Do not bother with this game. There are some great RPGs available for the 360, this is not one of them.
Star Ocean: The Last Hope
posted by Drakostud (CLAREMORE, OK) Jul 28, 2009
Member since Jul 2009
6 out of 11 gamers (55%) found this review helpful
a JRPG that shouldn't of been "westernized"
posted by REDRUN (AMERICAN CANYON, CA) Mar 23, 2009
Member since Apr 2008
14 out of 27 gamers (52%) found this review helpful
There are so many things that did not make this particular JRPG unenjoyable. The camera control is awful at best. The character/art design looks like its a cross between "Team American World Police" and "Dark Crystal" dropped in the set of "Star Trek: The Next Generation". The camera angles of cut scenes made me feel creepy when it swing low for an upskirt shot on a little girl doll looking character. The english voice overs are annoying and terrible. Lymle, a "15 year old" villager, speaks like a she is 2 years old. This is some serious BS when the character clearly dresses like a 5 year old, half the size of the "grown up" crew, and speaks like a toddler at best. This game would of been more tolerable if there were no spoken dialogue or kept in its native language, subtitled. I fruitlessly searched for the language, subtitle and voice option. The only thing that would of made this game tolerable was missing.
I recommend you play better JRPGs than this one. Avoid it, you will not miss a good storyline or like any of the characters.
JRPGs that are better than SO: TLH for the 360 are:
Tales of Vesperia (highly recommend)
posted by MrMarchus (PHOENIX, AZ) Mar 15, 2009
Member since Feb 2007
9 out of 17 gamers (53%) found this review helpful
With that in mind prepare to sit through some of the longest cut scenes I've seen since Xenosaga. The majority of which take place in just one room, and consist of just these characters bantering back and forth about nothing in particular. Making up at least 20% of each of these scenes are long, awkward pauses and "flavor" from their "personality" characters. A lot of the villains especially that you meet seem to move and speak in slow motion, pausing between each sentence presumably to make sure you can fully grasp the enormity of their words. Words like "Oh, Kevin".
This game also suffers from freezing issues, at least two of which people have already pinpointed and are able to reproduce, but have yet to be patched. This is as frustrating as you might imagine after clearing a tough boss or running through a long dungeon only to freeze just before a save point.
On the upside the crafting system is pretty robust, as it is a Star Ocean game, and there's a lot of bonus content to explore. The battle system also isn't half-bad, though it seems to me that's it's a bit of a watered down version of the system from Tales of Vesperia and the inability to switch targets on your own really really hurts the fun factor. This is especially when your character decides he wants to lock on the least threatening guy on the map, who also happens to be behind another much larger threat that is both chasing you and directly in your path to your target. So you get to hop around aimlessly trying not to get hit until he decides to change priorities, or actually get hit to force the change.
Overall this is definitely not an RPG I can recommend. The most important factors it seems to me in an RPG are the story and it's characters and this falls flat in both these elements and so much more.
Do NOT play this game.
posted by borislav (DES PLAINES, IL) Mar 2, 2009
Member since Jul 2007
23 out of 46 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
- Multiple discs/audio
Yes Microsoft was stupid to go with DVD this generation, but if you're going to make gamers go through the trouble of remembering which disc every event is on, at least try to make up for it by stuffing multiple audio tracks on that extra space.
The english dub is, as always, horrendous. You can turn it off but then you're practically forced to watch the game on mute as music rarely plays during cutscenes. Oh, and the dialogue is just as bad as the voice over to begin with, so you're not getting any more enjoyment (just less pain).
It's a button mashing fest. The developers try to mask this fact by bombarding you with tons of useless tutorials, gauges, acronyms, etc. If you want to kill your enemy you just have to run up to them and mash the attack button, occasionally jumping. I don't mind button mashing itself but it doesn't belong in an RPG.
The camera helps ruin this game even further. It's either too far away or too close and too low, and controlling it is a pain in the butt whether you're fighting or exploring. Most of the time you can't see where your enemies are, and there's nothing you can do to fix it. Oh but you can change the X and Y axes! Yay.
Maps are huge and boring, so when you're trying to avoid the tediously repetitive battles you're sprinting through this vapid world (most likely clueless as to your next destination) wondering why you're not playing a better game. I know I was. Two hours into Star Ocean I packed it up and moved on. Save yourself the trouble.
posted by Kyoshiro (KEIZER, OR) Feb 27, 2009
Member since Feb 2009
16 out of 32 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Couldn't even make it past the tutorial!
posted by lilkahuna (CLEVELAND, OH) May 16, 2009
Member since Apr 2009
14 out of 28 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
After the initial cutscene we finally get to the game, which at this point consists of the worst tutorial since....I don't know actually. After playing for over half an hour and doing nothing more than pressing a button on command, I still know nothing of the story or characters.
To those who may say that I am not being fair to the game since I didn't really play it I say this: If an RPG cannot get me to do more than mindless button pressing, fails to reveal an inkling of a plot or character development than I'd have to say it fails. I used to think that no one can do RPG quite as whimsical as the Japanese but the genre has certainly languished in the last few years. SO:TLH simply feels too much like a phone it in, slap a sticker on it, call it done, me too JRPG that is about ten years too late to be entertaining.
posted by toddwalz (ENTERPRISE, AL) Apr 14, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
13 out of 26 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Camera is a pain to use. Fighting is cumbersome. The voices are annoying. The dialogue is terrible.
Unless you like the Japanese style cartoons pass on this. I played it for a few hours and it only got worse.
posted by JoeVegas (LAS VEGAS, NV) Apr 25, 2009
Member since Nov 2007
12 out of 24 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
People that give it a 9 or 10 must be crazy, and it's 3 discs, what's that all about, is the game 3 x 10 hrs long or something, that's crazy, I played for 45 minutes before giving up when I realized it sucked in all aspects.
Beware the game
posted by happythug (VANCOUVER, WA) Apr 23, 2009
Member since Oct 2007
11 out of 22 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
posted by p3zzb0t (CHATTANOOGA, TN) Mar 16, 2009
Member since Oct 2007
9 out of 18 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
posted by chiefR1 (KEARNEY, NE) Apr 28, 2009
Member since Mar 2009
7 out of 14 gamers (50%) found this review helpful