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f you’re unfamiliar with this title, Star Ocean is a JRPG (Japanese RPG) set in the universe. Most of the titles that I’ve played before (including the PSP version) all pretty much have the same concept. You get a spaceship and normally Earth is in trouble and needs you to travel the universe doing missions. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, I’m a big fan of JRPG and I should say that Star Ocean has never failed me which is also the case with this sequel, especially on the PS3. The graphics are great and I love the costume design. Sound design is good, I played it with the Japanese audio and English subtitles and I thought the voice actors were great. I didn’t dare switch it to the English audio just because I always play my games with the original voices. Some of the characters are a bit, what do you call it, fan service. I don’t actually care about the characters though, I’m used to playing JRPG’s so I know how the Japanese work. You know, the usual silent and shy girl, a kiddy looking girl who’s probably an adult in real life, a really loud girl with big boobs and of course, a cat girl. To be honest I didn’t really notice this until someone mentioned it to me, but again, I don’t really pay much attention to the characters. The storyline is pretty predictable. It’s not really that bad, but I thought, because this game is for the PS3 they could’ve made it so you can choose our own actions. The best thing about this game is what you can do in the battle sequences. Just like on the previous titles you have the ability to learn lots of stuff like crafting, which is very useful because most of the NPC weapons aren’t really good to buy and the only way you can get better weapons is to max up the crafting ability. Depending on the character you’ll be able to use magic,

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or Symbology as they call it. There’s also a bonus board where you can get extra experience points, more MP/HP points, etc on every turn that you meet certain requirements on (such as critical hits on the last hit, etc). You can lose these bonus boards though; they won’t always stay on screen. If the enemy hits you for a while you’ll lose a couple of them and if you quit the game you’ll lose them all. There are also new features such as Rush Mode, which can lead to a really good combination if you use it with your symbology. Once it’s on 100% your attack will get faster and if you press at the same time with your symbology attack you can perform a really cool attack by pressing a certain button shown on screen. When you’re a high level the screen can simply be breathtaking as you cast symbology to the enemies. There’s also tactical attacks called “Blindsides” where you can attack the enemy from there blindside and cause a lot of damage. However, they can block the attack. This is the same if the enemy tries to do it to you. I noticed that the frame rate drops big time when trying to perform special arts. These bits can be really annoying after a while. I don’t understand how the PS3 can’t handle such a thing. Could this be from the game? I’m not too sure. Overall, despite of the frame rate problem, if you’re a JRPG fan and have never played this title before, I strongly recommend it to you. It definitely is the best JRPG on the PS3 so far and I can assure you that you won’t be able to stop playing once you start! - Hannah Kim

PS3 REVIEW

Sponge Magazine #5  

Sponge Magazine Issue 5

Sponge Magazine #5  

Sponge Magazine Issue 5

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