I have never really been a massive fan of the Star Ocean series, I had the last one on the PS2 and really didn't like it, but even so I still gave this new one a try and I am very happy that I did. Here are my thoughts on this great game:
+The combat system is very good fun, spells and attacks are all brought to life by some amazing graphics.
+The locations are vast, varied and very often beautiful to look at with your party travelling across deserts, mountains, caves, snowy fields, forests and spaceships to name just a few.
+The story may not be especially well told but it is still intriguing and interesting enough to keep you hooked.
+It's nice to see games that last longer than 10 hours these days, SO4 rolls on for a good 60+ hours, spread over 3 discs!
-Some of the voice acting is a bit annoying, but you learn to get used to it.
-Everything is cliche, but this doesn't stop it from being a fantastic game.
-Some bad scripting to go with the dodgy voice acting.
-Some characters are very lifeless, like creepy dolls...
Despite these moans, it's still a great game that I would easily recommend! Hope this helps.