I should have known better!
I seriously enjoy playing RPGs. From 'KoTOR' and 'Fallout' through to 'Mass Effect' and 'Fallout 3', many hours have been lost following engaging narratives and exploring sophisticated worlds. On the other hand I have not had much experience playing Japanese style games. After experiencing 'Star Ocean' and reading other reviews of this game I would speculate that you either love it, or hate it. Unfortunately I find myself a member of the second category. Taking 'Mass Effect' as an example I found that every facet of 'Star Ocean' pales in comparison. The characters are shallow and childish, the interactions between them are simple and lack the sophisticated control necessary to simulate realistic relationships. The fighting system (and I realise that this biggest love it or hate it area) is overly complicated and lends itself to button mashing. Finally the graphics whilst occasionally spectacular are for the most part extremely artificial and lacking in any kind of realism . In summary, if you understand and enjoy playing Japanese style games, ignore this review and instead read one of the many others on this page. If on the other hand you don't know much about Japanese games and are instead hoping for something that bares any kind of resemblance to a Mass Effect style game, this review may be of use.