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GameFocus (Mar 23, 2009)
I have played every single Square Enix RPG over the last several years and I have to say this is by far their best game story wise and while there is a few small issues with disc swapping and if you are not paying attention you will have to back track, this is one incredible game to play and is a must own for all RPG fans. The game is also easy enough for RPG newbie’s to pick up and learn without being scared by complex battle system, or not knowing the previous games in the series. This is Star Ocean 0 and after this many gamers will want to play Star Ocean 1, 2 and 3.
Destructoid (Mar 11, 2009)
As a whole, The Last Hope is well crafted and presents a huge adventure for you to lose yourself in. With everything from solid dungeons to exciting battles and sidequests, the game has a ton to offer for your buck and stands as a worthwhile entry in the genre. If you're looking to have a groundbreaking new RPG experience it probably isn't the game for you, but otherwise I think it'd be a great addition to any collection.
Official XBox Magazine (Feb 23, 2009)
Can we forgive the game this trespass? Oh god, we’re such pushovers… but definitely, yes. Last Hope is just engrossing, enjoyable, and ridiculously charming enough for us to skip a little beauty sleep. And despite our grumbling, once the game ended, we still longed to linger a little while more in Star Ocean’s satisfyingly fluffy, bunny-filled universe.
ZTGameDomain (Jan 22, 2011)
Star Ocean:The last Hope is an excellent JRPG. Is it perfect? No, but it is very entertaining and even has a story that most Sci-Fi buffs will enjoy. All of the new innovations that they have made with this entry are all appreciated, and add an extra layer of depth to an already deep game. If you are a fan of JRPG’s pick up Star Ocean.
TeamXbox (Feb 20, 2009)
It may not be for everyone, but Star Ocean: The Last Hope makes the perfect entry title for those that always wanted to kick back with a JRPG but never did because they were turned off by turn-based. In JRPG contrast, The Last Hope is for those that don’t consider waiting a part of battlefield etiquette. If you consider yourself a free-form fighter—a free-form star fighter perhaps—then Star Ocean: The Last Hope is your key to the JRPG universe.
Gamer Limit (Mar 01, 2009)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope is an enjoyable game. It is an infuriating game. It can be funny, it can be annoying. It can be addictive, it can be tedious. But when all is said and done, what matters is not how you feel as you play the game—it’s how you feel after you play the game. And, mark my words, after you close the disc tray and shut-off your console, you’ll be left with a feeling of satisfaction. This Star Ocean isn’t merely a fun game, it’s a complete game. Despite its flaws, it’s very much a “whole” experience. You can play it in chunks of any length, and when you leave you’ll always have had fun.
Cheat Code Central (Mar, 2009)
It's no secret that the recent string of Xbox 360-exclusive JRPGs like The Last Remnant and Infinite Undiscovery from Square-Enix have been less than impressive. However, Star Ocean: The Last Hope bucks this trend and manages to be the first really great RPG on the Xbox 360 so far this year. Although series producer Yoshinori Yamagishi has said that it is the last in the series, I can't help but hope this is not the case and we can look forward to even more Star Ocean in the future. The Last Hope is a fun adventure, and one I would love to see continued in some form.
Game Vortex (Mar 30, 2009)
On the whole, I have had fun playing Star Ocean: The Last Hope. I do wish the cut scenes had been broken up a little more and that you could pause them correctly. It isn't the world's most addictive game. It's not one that I think about playing all day at work, but it is fun overall. I might even recommend that you rent it first to see if you think it is worth buying, but I do think that you'll enjoy it.
Gaming Nexus (Mar 26, 2009)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope is exactly what most role-playing gamers have been waiting for. The game is enormous, beautiful to look at and offers a fascinating (albeit cliché) story. Yes, some of the characters are a little hard to take and you can see the twists coming a mile away, but that shouldn't stop you from having a great time in the action-packed battles. The game is full of little touches that make it shine, even for somebody who had resigned himself to a life of not understanding the Star Ocean series. It's a little flawed, but Star Ocean is easily Square Enix's best console game in years.
The A.V. Club (Mar 16, 2009)
At the core of Star Ocean: The Last Hope is an excellent real-time battle system, executed with an ease that casual players can enjoy, but packed with enough features to satisfy the biggest control freak. Unfortunately, it’s wrapped in agonizing cutscenes.
3D Juegos (Jun 11, 2009)
El nuevo Star Ocean es una opción muy recomendable para los fans del rol oriental que están deseando sumergirse en una nueva y larga aventura. Falta algo de carisma en historia y personajes, pero el sistema de combate y la profunda progresión de los personajes son motivos suficientes para considerar a The Last Hope como un más que notable JRPG.
GameZone (Mar 09, 2009)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope is a fun game that will keep players occupied for days on end. There are so many things to do with the various endings and side missions players can embark upon. Even though there are a few issues, they can be overlooked by the sheer fun players will have with this game.
InsideGamer (May 26, 2009)
Star Ocean: The Laste Hope is een Japanse RPG die weinig fout doet. Het verhaal weet te boeien, de personages passen in de game en er valt genoeg te doen. Bovendien brengt de game een vechtsysteem dat de speler uitnodigt heel veel gevechten aan te gaan, zonder dat deze verveelt. Het lage tempo waarin het verhaal zich ontwikkelt is misschien een beetje jammer, maar absoluut geen dooddoener voor deze erg goede J-RPG.
Digital Chumps (Mar 06, 2009)
With a run-of-the-mill storyline, over-the-top (and occasionally grating) voice acting, and some questionable gameplay decisions, one might expect Star Ocean: The Last Hope to qualify as merely average. But it’s the intangibles that rescue it from mediocrity and render it highly engaging in spite of its flaws. After some 35 hours of gameplay in preparation for this review, it’s become clear to me that The Last Hope is greater than the sum of its parts. Maybe it’s the equal parts dark subject matter and lighthearted charm, or maybe it’s the massive scope and seemingly bottomless depth to every aspect of the experience, but something about The Last Hope provides a force of attraction that is able to overcome the dreariness of its shortcomings. Provided you can withstand the cheesy spoken dialogue and you don’t mind some superfluity here and there (well, practically everywhere), you’ll find that The Last Hope delivers one of the deepest and richest Xbox 360 RPG experiences around.
RPGFan (Apr 02, 2009)
All-in-all, Star Ocean: The Last Hope is a tri-Ace title. It's amazingly fun and amazingly flawed in many ways. Just about every system in the game is breakable, but that's a tri-Ace hallmark. It's a game that most RPG fans will find to be a worthy purchase, but don't expect a world-class game out of it. As long as players are willing to find that mute button on their remote and can stand up to an overly-sappy story, there's no reason not to pick up Star Ocean: The Last Hope.
80 (Jun 08, 2009)
Von allen Versuchen Square Enix', auf der Xbox 360 endlich sicher Fuß zu fassen, gefällt mir Star Ocean: The Last Hope bisher am besten. Es kennt die Konventionen und Stärken des J-RPG und statt sie zu verleugnen, baut es diese zur Perfektion aus. Die Tiefe von Charakterentwicklung und Kampfsystem begeistert den Genreliebhaber auch noch nach Stunden. Das epische Szenario mit seinen natürlich mal wieder einen Tick zu jugendlichen Figuren hält bis zum Schluss munter, selbst wenn Ihr hier und da ein paar mäßige Sprecher, zu lange Dialoge und unklare Storyziele verknusen müsst. Ihr dürft jedoch nicht den Fehler begehen und das Spiel für eine Art japanisches Mass Effect halten. Mehr als ein eher westlich orientierter Spieler wird sich an den mitunter scheinbar endlosen Sequenzen und den zu fröhlichen Figuren stoßen. Star Ocean macht keine Zugeständnisse, es versteht sich als waschechtes Japanrollenspiel, bietet genau das und dafür liebe ich es.
80 (Jun 12, 2009)
The Last Hope sieht teilweise wirklich fantastisch aus, die kurzweiligen Echtzeitkämpfe gehen gewohnt locker von der Hand und das Entwickeln der Charaktere sowie das Anfertigen neuer Ausrüstung sind nach wie vor ungemein motivierend. Es gibt jede Menge zu entdecken, zu sammeln und zu meistern. Die Story um die Suche nach neuen Lebensräumen fernab der Erde weiß trotz einiger Längen und Leerlaufphasen zu unterhalten und auch die deutsche Übersetzung ist überraschend gut gelungen. Kenner früherer Episoden dürfen sich sogar über ein paar nette Déjà-vus freuen. Allerdings gibt es auch Schattenseiten, die das Spielvergnügen merklich trüben und The Last Hope teilweise sogar hinter die Vorgänger zurückfallen lassen: Das Charakterdesign ist weder Fleisch noch Fisch, die KI der Gefährten sehr beschränkt, der Spielverlauf ungemein zäh.
Star Ocean: The Last Hope is a game that is worth every penny. The replay value is there in abundance because every time you are going to find something you missed before. You will also want to replay it, making the numerous different private actions, and you will want to see all of the different endings. I would highly suggest this title to any fan of RPG's and also as a good starter for someone new to the genre.
So what if the story isn't the kind of thing that will be etched into marble tablets and preserved for the sake of future generations? It doesn't really need to be, honestly. It simply needs to give the player an excuse to beat things up, which it does well enough. Star Ocean: The Last Hope is the type of game that can have you reaching to play it again even though you just beat it a half-hour before, just for the opportunity to rough up some more monsters. The number of RPGs that have that kind of instant gratification is extremely limited, a true testament to the kind of fun you can have only with the likes of Star Ocean: The Last Hope.
GamePro (US) (Feb 23, 2009)
While the next-gen RPG well has been relatively dry, Star Ocean: The Last Hope may just be the breath of fresh air that many hardcore gamers have been in search of. While The Last Hope doesn't offer anything truly revolutionary, it's still quirky, addictive, and downright fun enough for gamers both new and old to log plenty of hours in. So sit back, strap in, and prepare for launch: that endless stretch of space we call the star ocean is waiting.
80 (Jun 10, 2009)
Star Ocean mette in campo un sistema di combattimento unico e vario, in grado di distinguerlo nettamente da qualsiasi altro JRPG, e una lunga serie di elementi di contorno che aumentano notevolmente la longevità, mettendo in secondo piano un comparto tecnico non sempre al top. Se lo stile grafico unico di Star Ocean e un'esperienza fresca e dinamica vi attirano, The Last Hope può essere proprio quello che fa al coso vostro, nonchè uno dei Jrpg disponibili per Xbox 360 più convincenti.
Vandal Online (Jun 05, 2009)
Con Star Ocean: The Last Hope nos encontramos ante un juego de rol en el que destaca, y mucho, su sistema de juego, con unos combates intensos y satisfactorios que le imprimen mucho ritmo a su desarrollo. Del mismo modo, todo lo que los rodea funciona más que bien, y es el punto fuerte de su planteamiento. Pero, por otro lado, la historia es realmente floja, y tiene importantes carencias en la construcción de personajes y situaciones, aunque mantiene el interés suficiente como para hacernos progresar, claro. Eso hace que, en función de lo que busquemos, el juego nos dé importantes gratificaciones o no, por lo que es importante conocer sus carencias y sus puntos a favor, pues queda descompensado. Si sus carencias no representan un problema para nosotros, la diversión está asegurada, con su intensidad, nivel de estrategia y variabilidad de los combates, y múltiples extras adicionales para complementar su paquete de contenidos.
Meristation (Jun 01, 2009)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope es una apuesta segura para los amantes del género de los RPG. Muy completo en casi todos sus apartados de juego, es divertido, intenso y con abundantes retos por delante, que se reflejan con acierto en los logros. Deja un cierto regusto amargo a nivel argumental, porque da la sensación de que con un disco más se podría haber llegado a convertir en una historia épica, en vista de la sucesión de acontecimientos que nos esperan en el tercer disco. Técnicamente tiene detalles satisfactorios, pero tampoco resulta sorprendente, y los modelos CG no son tan agradables y carismáticos como los artes de estilo anime de la versión japonesa. Pero más allá de las inevitables circunstancias técnicas, los que busquen un juego de rol divertido, largo e interesante, con un encanto especial, tienen ante sí una de las mejores opciones del catálogo de la consola de Microsoft hasta la fecha.
Planet Xbox 360 (Apr 01, 2009)
So what’s the final word on Star Ocean: The Last Hope? Well above all else, this is a game aimed specifically at Japanese-RPG fans. It has an exceptionally well done combat system, gorgeous environments to explore, and countless hours of exploration to offer. If you aren’t a JRPG fan, then you should at least give it a rental to see the power of the Xbox 360 that is being used by Square-Enix. While it won’t blow your mind away, it’ll at least make you appreciate your Xbox 360 a little more than you did the day before.
80 (Jun 22, 2009)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope is de game geworden die het moest worden. De voorgaande drie delen waren ontzettend vermakelijk en kwalitatief hoogstaand, maar simpelweg niet heel belangrijk voor het genre. Nu, met een bedroevend laag aantal goede RPG’s op de consoles, krijgt Star Ocean dan eindelijk de spotlight op zich gericht. De game maakt het vervolgens waar, met een zeer uitgebreid en vermakelijk eindresultaat. Om als klassieker bestempeld te worden zijn de dialogen en stemacteurs van een te laag niveau en zitten er iets te weinig noemenswaardige momenten en personages in. Buiten dat, niets dan lof voor deze Japanse RPG die genreliefhebbers voor de verandering eens niet teleurstelt.
GamesRadar (Mar 05, 2009)
Of course, that’s all part of being a Japanese RPG, so some fans will find the depth and challenge delightful. 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.
Thunderbolt Games (Sep 21, 2009)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope is a game that deserves to be played till the end. Its sheer amount of cutscenes will please many RPG fans, and the colourful cast warms after initial scepticism. The humour is genuine and usually comes at the right times, and gives the game a light-hearted edge while it attempts to be serious. The combat is a fantastic achievement that helps the times when you’ll need to grind a little, and on top of the thirty hour bulk of the story, another seventy is available for side-quests and the like. Apparently The Last Hope will be the last Star Ocean game to be released - if that’s the case then it’s a fitting swansong.
Totally Gaming Network (Mar 22, 2009)
Overall Star Ocean is a fantastic game. I could go on and on for pages about how deep this game is and it is one that I definitely recommend. If you are a Square-Enix fan and/or a Tri-Ace fan then you will feel right at home with the game's presentation and the way everything works. If you are a j-rpg fan in general you owe it to yourself to try this game out. As I mentioned above it does have its own share of annoyances but they aren't anything that breaks the game. The combat system is a lot of fun and the way you can control what gets leveled up will keep gamers busy plotting their next move. Keep in mind that this is not one of those games where you can sit down and play for thirty minutes. You will need to dedicate a block of time to make any progress in a play session. The game spans three discs giving you a lot of story and action to back it up. If you are a fan of the series or of j-rpg's in general be sure to try this one out.
GameTrailers (Feb 27, 2009)
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. It's not the most epic adventure, but if you seek rich combat experiences in your RPGs, Last Hope certainly delivers.
G4 TV: X-Play (Feb 20, 2009)
Everything about the game feels epic, from the story to the exploration to the combat. It all has a fantastic sense of scope to it that really makes you feel like you are part of this universe-sized adventure. There are tons of places to go, people to meet, things to build, enemies to kill, skills to learn, sights to see, and on top of it all, some of the smoothest and most satisfying (not to mention downright nutty) combat you’re likely to see this year. If you can get past the annoying character voices and bad acting, and you have a few dozen hours to spare, then you should give Last Hope a chance. Even if you aren’t a fan of the genre (and believe me I have my issues with it), you owe it to yourself to check it out. You won’t be disappointed.
IGN (Feb 19, 2009)
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. The strong points of The Last Hope, namely the combat and level progression, keep things lively and engaging and help make this one a good way to kick off your JRPG gaming for 2009.
gamrReview (Apr 12, 2009)
It takes many big steps up from previous entries in the franchise, allowing free use of the ship early on, creating a great combat system, and creating a beautiful and vibrant universe. Unfortunately, the characters, plot, and voice acting deal damage to the presentation. Even worse is the pacing and completely unacceptable level of technical issues, some game-breaking. The combat system would be nearly perfect if it wasn't for the auto-targeting, and the gameplay would be great if it wasn't for unnecessarily lengthy boss fights and poor dungeon design. That's really what Star Ocean comes down to. A lot of "buts." If you can get around all of them and focus on the strong points of the game then there is a great experience buried somewhere in there, and good value for your money. However, action JRPG fans who weren't that interested in Star Ocean in the first place would be better off looking to Tales of Vesperia.
MondoXbox (Jun 21, 2009)
Gli sviluppatori di tri-Ace sono riusciti a tirar fuori un ottimo titolo che purtroppo non è esente da difetti, a causa di una trama un po’ troppo scontata e personaggi troppo legnosi ed inespressivi. L’acquisto è tuttavia consigliato, se non altro per provare uno dei più bei sistemi di combattimento che ci sia capitato di provare in un J-RPG: tutto sta nel saper chiudere un occhio sui difetti citati.
XboxAddict (Apr 08, 2009)
With plenty of side quests to do, extra difficulty modes to unlock, and multiple endings to gain, there is no shortage of anything to strive for to prolong gameplay, as long as you have the patience to stick with it through the first few hours until it starts to get interesting and you learn how to play much more efficiently. Star Ocean: The Last Hope delivers tremendous gameplay and you will get out of it as much as you want to put into it. Hardcore RPG gamers might strive for more in the end but anyone starved for a decent RPG title will find an adequate title here, so strap in and head towards the endless star ocean.
76 (Jul 10, 2009)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope is not an RPG for everyone. People who don't care about the story will be able to skip the cut-scenes and focus on the excellent and deep combat and stay occupied with the many extras. Those hoping for an adventure in an awesome world filled with interesting characters should know there are better games to buy and play. And that's an understatement.
Gaming Age (Mar 25, 2009)
Still, outside of my few gripes, I really did enjoy playing Star Ocean: The Last Hope. I've never been a diehard fan of the series, and while I did get most of the story revelations shown here, nothing really stood out to me as amazing. The reason I really enjoyed this title was simply because the combat was actually fun to play, and I thought the crafting system was easy to understand but still provided quite a bit of depth. There's a ton of stuff you can make within the game, and a lot of special items and weapons to uncover if you want to put the time into it. Also, the game seems to be tailor-made for multiple plays, so it's definitely something I can see myself going back to for another high-level run or two. Definitely worth checking out, and Tri-Ace's best effort on current gen systems so far.
XGN (Jun 19, 2009)
Toch is Star Ocean: The Last Hope een mooie prequel op de voorgaande delen. De game heeft een erg interessante verhaallijn, doordat je zelf ook een stukje van de verhaallijn kan bepalen is het ook nog eens leuk om de game nog een keer te spelen, maar dan op een andere manier. De kleine probleempjes met de camera bieden niet op tegen het geweldige vechtsysteem. Door het, onder het vechten, kunnen wisselen van personage blijft het vechten niet eentonig en krijg je de beschikking over vele spectaculaire combinaties.
Spazio Games (Jun 09, 2009)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope è un notevole passo avanti rispetto al precedente lavoro dei ragazzi di tri-Ace. Il sistema di combattimento risulta essere divertente e impegnativo, così come quello della forgiatura di nuovi oggetti e la raccolta di materie prime per crearli. Dal punto di vista grafico nulla da eccepire per quanto riguarda ambientazioni e paesaggi, ma ci voleva una maggior cura per le animazioni dei personaggi e una loro migliore caratterizzazione. La storia purtroppo non è delle migliori, infarcita di luoghi comuni e con un cast abbastanza debole, tale da non poter supportare tante ore di gioco e soddisfare i veri esperti di J-Rpg.
GameSpot (Mar 04, 2009)
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.
Jeux Vidéo Network (May 29, 2009)
Star Ocean : The Last Hope ne révolutionnera certainement pas le RPG japonais, bien au contraire. Mais peu importe serait-on tenté de dire, tant la mécanique fonctionne encore à merveille. Les combats demeurent incroyablement prenants et la profondeur de jeu est une nouvelle fois au rendez-vous. Même le scénario réserve quelques morceaux de bravoure, parfaitement dans l’esprit de la série.
75 (Jun 05, 2009)
Star Ocean : The Last Hope n'est peut-être pas à la hauteur de son prédécesseur, mais il demeure tout de même un action-RPG assez sympathique. Son système de combat dynamique et sa richesse de contenu vous tiendront certainement en haleine de longues heures durant. Malheureusement le titre souffre aussi de problèmes de rythme qui risquent de décourager les moins persévérants d'entre vous. Les amateurs de la série seront par contre ravis de découvrir enfin les origines de la saga et se régaleront des nombreux clins d'œil aux précédents volets.
JeuxActu (Jun 08, 2009)
Proposant certainement les personnages les plus horribles jamais créés, abritant certainement l'un des pires donjons du monde du RPG, Star Ocean : The Last Hope fait longtemps très peur. Pourtant, à l'image de son prédecesseur, une fois la vingtaine d'heures fatidique passée, se découvre un RPG classique dans sa forme mais terriblement accrocheur dans ses fondements. Correctement réalisé, doté d'une ambiance prenante et d'un système de combat exceptionnel, il n'accrochera sûrement pas les nouveaux venus qui lorgneront plutôt du côté d'un Tales of Vesperia bien plus charmant, mais convaincra sans doute les perfectionnistes du jeu pour le jeu. Mais combien de temps la licence tiendra-t-elle dans son obsession de ne parler qu'à une niche de joueurs ?

75 (Jun 03, 2009)
For me personally the save point issue and the voice track were such big issues that it was tough to focus on the more polished and refined aspects of this game that were worth playing. For die hard RPG fans who love the Star Ocean series you’re going to be in love with this game, for the rest of you I’d suggest holding off until this one finds its way to the bargain bin because you may find after a few hours that you’re just not that interested in the survival of this particular human race.
XboxAchievements (Mar 18, 2009)
I suppose the list of pros for Star Ocean: The Last Hope is definitely longer than the cons, though neither list is short by any means. The game is extremely fun, but unfortunately it just does not have the engrossing story I was hoping for. I could easily play this again in the future, but in no way would I watch the cut-scenes. The achievement list adds both frustration and replay value, but the disc swapping makes that frustration two-fold and that replay value longer in a bad way. If you're an RPG fan there is no excuse not to pick this up, for the uninitiated, perhaps try one of the other RPGs on our beloved 360 first before swinging this way.
RPG Site (Jun 17, 2009)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope is an interesting game for several reasons - it's the latest title in a much-loved series but it chooses to do things differently on a different console. It's a Japanese RPG, but it's also Science Fiction - which perhaps is the best way to sum up this game. Star Ocean: The Last Hope has the Science down to perfection - the environments are beautiful and the battle system is fun, engaging and addictive. The Fiction leaves much to be desired though, with tired JRPG and anime clichés, plot holes and translation and voice acting that leave much to be desired. With that said this game plays great and looks beautiful - so it's still worth a look. Just skip the cutscenes.
Still, when I love a game's battle system and find one of its biggest weaknesses to be the unappealing nature of much of its optional stuff, I can't complain too much. It was a fun ride through a number of planets and big spaceships that did a lot to improve on the disappointing Till the End of Time. The Last Hope isn't the best RPG I've played over the past few years, but provided enough fun for me to recommend it.
Console Obsession (May 29, 2010)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope features the best and most refined form of the series’ battle system yet, but the surrounding story can be boring for one minute and enthralling the next. With the battle system, obsessive item collection and side quests all taken into account, what we have here is a very good game, but there’s no getting away from the fact that the story, such a key point of the genre, is lacking in its execution.
games xtreme (Jul 06, 2009)
Star Ocean 4 appropriately titled The Last Hope, did not manage to satisfy my desire for a new JRPG. In the great sea of JRPG's recently released for the 360 and about to be released, it unfortunately doesn't stand out. If you are looking for a masterpiece, look elsewhere. However if you're just looking for some light-hearted entertainment to waste away your time with, perhaps it is worth 40+ hours of your time.
DarkZero (Sep 06, 2009)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope brings appealing sci-fi imagery to the Xbox 360 catalogue of RPGs. It’s not the best JRPG on the system, but what it does is give players a game with an addictive battle system. You’ll forget the shortcomings of the story and be more engrossed in the fighting. If you want a RPG to fill in your gaming gap then Star Ocean is recommended. Just don’t expect it to be a complete package of greatness.
What this game has going for it are some appealing visuals and a quite decent battle system. Its flaws are contained to small niggles and annoyances that collectively bring it down a notch or two on the ladder. In the end though, The Last Hope is sturdy, competent, and does all the things an RPG is supposed to do.
Worth Playing (Mar 10, 2009)
I really wanted to like Star Ocean: The Last Hope. The gameplay systems are rather fun, and once you get the hang of combat, it's fairly rewarding and fun, although a bit awkward in some instances. Customizing and developing your characters is gratifying, and exploring dungeons is also enjoyable. Unfortunately, many of these positive aspects are undone by the game's presentation: bizarre design choices, overly long and deeply uninteresting cut scenes, creepy and off-putting character models and an extremely lackluster dub. It's not a bad RPG; it's simply a mediocre one with a lot of uninteresting filler between enjoyable, if not particularly challenging, gameplay segments. How much fun a gamer will have with Star Ocean: The Last Hope depends almost entirely on his or her ability to work through the cut scenes and plot. If you can do this, you'll find a reasonably fun, if unexceptional game. If you can't, it's best to not even try.
70 (Jun 05, 2009)
Une réalisation correcte mais un design déséquilibré, une aventure longue mais un scénario abusif dans la niaiserie et trop long à se mettre en place, on ne retiendra finalement de ce Star Ocean que son système de combat qui frise la perfection. Dynamique et technique, il nous pousse sans cesse à poursuivre l’aventure, ponctuée il est vrai de magnifiques panoramas extérieurs à en faire pâlir les amateurs de Monet. Un RPG très classique dans le fond (système de combat excepté) que l’on conseille à tous les amateurs de jeux de rôles nippons, pas forcément à ceux qui souhaitent découvrir le genre.
Console Monster (Aug 30, 2009)
The up and down tone of the above review may have given a few clues that I am neither well acquainted with, nor particularly fond of the J-RPG as a genre, and in light of this I've attempted to employ a stance of leniancy to some of the things I commonly find wrong with the genre as a whole. As such, I can happily and honestly reccommend Star Ocean to any experienced players of RPGs of the Japanese persuasion and fans of the earlier iterations of the series. To new entrants to the genre, I proffer a warning: you might find it difficult to wade your way into the heart of this game at first, but if you feel determined to get to grips with the genre, Star Ocean could prove to be a big ol' bucket of gems for you.
1UP (Feb 26, 2009)
Star Ocean contains an interesting plot buried in its depths, but it's incredibly demanding of your time and your patience. 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. Anyone picking up this title probably knows what they're getting into, and there's always room for another decent (if not altogether memorable) JRPG. If you're in the mood for a Japanese space opera, Star Ocean can fill that void.
Games TM (Jun 11, 2009)
Overall, there is simply no getting around the sheer awfulness of the main characters. From their unoriginal looks to their irritating dialogue, they serve to spoil the game from start to finish. Mr Goody Two-Shoes Edge Maverick and Lymle, a freakish doll-child who sounds like she's stoned, put the nail in the character coffin. Fortunately, cut-scenes can be skipped in favour of a short text summation of events, which is far more palatable than the teen-angst-ridden childlike bleatings of Star Ocean_ The Last Hope's central cast. We couldn't help wondering if it would have been better in Japanese, but sadly, Square Enix does not offer us that option.
AusGamers (Jul 13, 2009)
Given a story and cast of characters to match the game mechanics, perhaps this would have been a stand out title. But when you have a scantily clad half-girl half-cat in your party who acts like an excited mental patient whenever given any attention, then things tend to fall apart pretty quickly.
GameCell UK (Sep 14, 2009)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope has elements of a great RPG, the combat in particular kicks life into the stale genre. However the game is hamstrung by being far too annoying and not concentrating on making the main plot an epic and enjoyable experience. It's a bad sign when the side quests are more interesting than the main story. If this actually is the ‘last hope’ for the Star Ocean series then they'll be in serious trouble...
60 (UK) (Jun 09, 2009)
The best science-fiction pays equal attention to the direction of its fiction as to its detail but Star Ocean: The Last Hope succeeds only in the latter area, and even there, only in part. There are good lessons to be drawn: the battle system is magnificent and the experience as a whole offers a compelling journey for the collect 'em up completist. But 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. Like NASA's astronauts, we may simply be destined to spend our future not being in space.
Game Shark (Apr 01, 2009)
It's just unfortunate that Star Ocean: The Last Hope can't blindside its problems. I don't know if the awkward pacing and repetitive nature of the story is mostly the fault of the localization or if it's just a problem in the original text itself, but the shortfalls of the game's writing and acting detract from what could otherwise be the best JRPG on the Xbox 360. Instead of that, it ends up in the middle of the pack. If you have the patience to put up with some very slow plot points, have never been bothered by an overuse of clichés in the JRPG genre, and are more interested in a JRPG with refreshing combat than a refreshing narrative, you'll get a kick out of The Last Hope. Thankfully, there's no Star Ocean 3-esque twist in this one that will ruin it for series fans who can put up with its faults.
Gamekult (Jun 10, 2009)
Ce n'est pas avec Star Ocean : The Last Hope que l'on aura enfin droit au vrai grand jeu de rôle japonais marquant de la Xbox 360, celui qui surpassera les amuse-gueules comme Blue Dragon, Enchanted Arms, Eternal Sonata ou Infinite Undiscovery, pour citer une production Tri-Ace comparable qui avait au moins le mérite de faire quelques propositions intéressantes. Scénario et personnages sans intérêt, direction artistique discutable et technique bancale, cet épisode étant à la fois le premier et le dernier de la série ne retient finalement l'attention que par son système de jeu complet et dynamique, ainsi que son optique fan service pour otakus à double tranchant. Une sorte de coup pour rien qui laisse le champ libre à son rival Tales of Vesperia, attendu en fin de mois sur le Vieux Continent.
40 (Jun 25, 2009)
Le constat est là. Oui, Square Enix éprouve les pires difficultés à faire évoluer ses jeux de rôles, à les laisser s'épanouir sur les plates-formes dites Next Gen. Ainsi après les franches déceptions que constituèrent Infinite Undiscovery et The Last Remnant, les yeux se tournent naturellement aujourd'hui vers Star Ocean : The Last Hope. Une exclusivité Xbox 360 en guise de dernier espoir... et une nouvelle vraie désillusion. La machine à rêves est-elle définitivement grippée ? J'en ai bien peur...

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