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An Hour In: Star Ocean – The Last Hope

An Hour In: Star Ocean – The Last Hope

My verdict of a game after an hour playing.

 

I will be writing a series of ‘An Hour In’ reviews. These will be reviews after an hour playing a certain game. The reviews may be brief, but a full review will come after I played the game more. This way you can see a comparison between how a game may seem within the first hour, to how it is once you get into it a bit more.

 

To begin this series: Star Ocean – The last Hope.

The tutorial will not be counted in the ‘One Hour’, since that probably took me and hour to complete.

 

This game is very hard to get an accurate description on how I think the game will be early on, so far most of the time has been spent watching cut scenes. I am very impressed with the cut scenes, even though the characters faces are a little freaky i believe the animation, voice acting and story makes up for it.

I do not like anime, well, I have never really watched it. This game has a slight anime style, but that is to be expected if you are picking up a JRPG. Since i loved Phantasy Star Universe I knew I would love this game. So far I do and cannot wait to progress.

The combat is a nice change from the normal RPG turn based random encounter fights. In Star Ocean you see the enemies, you can choose to run away from them. Once you are in a battle it’s a small open battlefield, you can run around and attack and swap between the characters in your party.

The story is really immersing me, Earth is not in very good shape so you and your crew are searching other planets for a good place to rebuild civilization. So far it doesn’t sound action packed – but I know it will be.

 

Will I continue playing?

Most definitely, this game will take me a long time to complete, but I can tell I will put many, many hours into it. I managed to pick this up for £5, I feel like i’m taking advantage of game stores when a game as good as this is so cheap.

 

Comment below on your thoughts of the game.

 

 

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  1. Jake Nichols December 19, 2012 at 4:32 am - Reply

    How’s the voice acting? I heard that the English dub was pretty bad. Cool idea though, the first hour of a game is really important and needs to really hook you into the story. I look forward to more “An hour In”.

    • dan958 December 19, 2012 at 7:52 am - Reply

      It’s nothing to shout home about. The voice’s do not sync with the lip movements, some of the characters get over-excited. But if you are used to JRPG’s, you will be used to this. The voice acting is good enough for me to enjoy all the cut scenes.

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