Star Ocean The Last Hope International is a Adventuring game available on the PS3.
Star Ocean The Last Hope International is a Adventuring game. Adventure games are enjoyed for two reasons: they provide enemy encounters that require tactics and strategy to conquor, and they create a fantasy world in which to explore and adventure.
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Star Ocean: The Last Hope has a great combat but fails to compensate for disturbing characters, awkward story and restrictive exploration. I found very little in its miniature worlds worth reflecting on.
The Last Hope is a prequel to previous Star Ocean games. In it you search for humanity's new home following global irradiation caused by World War III. The introductory sections were so camp I had trouble taking them seriously. This feeling subsided, but the game continued to suffer from its committment to standard JRPG mechanics and tropes.
Star Ocean: The Last Hope PS3 is the worst RPG I've played. Lacking in soul, story and narrative this is a painful experience with a cliched cast and a predictably storyline. The beautiful environments and challenging battle system offer a bit of relief but the overall experience lacks anything approaching soul.
I imagine this is hardly the best way to become acquainted with the Star Ocean series being that it's the most confusing of them all. The Last Hope is a narrative prequel which should fill in the back story to both characters and universe in a pleasing way. Except it doesn't.
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