Star Ocean: The Last Hope
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Xbox 360
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Role-Playing
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ESRB:
Teen
Release:
February 23, 2009
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February 26, 2009 - Good - The long-winded, poorly conceived dialogue, and formulaic cut-scene, dungeon crawl, cut-scene, dungeon crawl design isn't getting any fresher. I still enjoyed the game and its comforting, monster-slaying grind, though.
February 20, 2009 - Good - Star Ocean: Last Hope won't make anyone forget that FF XIII is on the horizon. But as far as holding us over in the meantime, this game more than succeeds.
March 16, 2009 - Good - Despite its flaws, Star Ocean: The Last Hope is a solid, gameplay-oriented fling that most fans of RPGs should still be able to enjoy.
March 4, 2009 - Good - If all you're looking for is a strong, narrative-driven role-playing adventure, Star Ocean: The Last Hope isn't going to do much to satisfy you. But despite its deficiencies in this area, its huge number of extras and its addictive, deeply strategic and tactical combat system make it a lot of fun.
Will Groves
March 5, 2009 - Good - If you think you can sack up and deal with quick battles balanced by long, slow everything else, there's no doubt that Star Ocean: The Last Hope will deliver a ton of Japanese RPG goodness.
February 27, 2009 - Good - Tri-ace has made an admirable effort with Last Hope, but the game ultimately just isn't capable of standing out amongst the other giants in the genre. It's enjoyable, but in a way more reminiscent of recent Square-Enix games than its classics.
February 19, 2009 - Good - Star Ocean: The Last Hope is not an RPG for the ages, but it is a lot of fun to play. The way the story is delivered, through awkward dialogue and drawn out cutscenes, could be a lot better.
June 9, 2009 - Mediocre - If this truly represents Square Enix's last hope for the science-fiction RPG, then it's highly unlikely it can endure as well as their final fantasy for the Tolkein epic.
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