Star Ocean: The Last Hope
Star Ocean Set for Spring Release in PAL Territories + 17 Sexy New Screens
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Square Enix today announced that Star Ocean: The Last Hope will hit PAL territories in the spring of this year, so expect an early Q2 definitive release date in the coming months this side of the pond.

The latest title from tri-Ace is Star Ocean's debut on a Microsoft console and is set to "continues the series traditions of soaring space opera, blending science fiction with fantasy for a unique RPG experience."

The Last Hope boasts "refined gameplay" that "features four party members and team-oriented combat, while maintaining the innovative real-time battle system that has become a trademark of the STAR OCEAN series."

The story is set to take place in SD 10, amidst the aftermath of WWIII with humanity voyaging the stars, looking for a new home. The Last Hope is a prequel to the series and the story will span multiple planets and the vastness of space. Expect to see fantastic visuals and "breathtaking" CG movies from Visual Works, whose previous work includes the Final Fantasy series.

To finish up, don't forget to check out the simply stunning new screens (17 of them in fact) in the Star Ocean: The Last Hope gallery. It looks mightily fine! Looking forward to this one.


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Comment #1 by The Bryceroy
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 03:08:37 PM
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Ah Star Ocean, if it's as good as Second Story but better than...whatever the 3rd one was called, then I'm sold. A good game to hold JRPG fans over until FFXIII comes out in 2207.

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Comment #2 by mrhobo
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 03:08:45 PM
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another japanese anime game, ugh

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Comment #3 by Bruin77777
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 03:09:04 PM
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i might get this

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Comment #4 by xXx3NIGM4xXx
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 03:09:38 PM
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I also might get this; looks pretty sweet though!

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Comment #5 by pX I Atticus
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 03:09:45 PM
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i AM getting this!!

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Comment #6 by gamerking 123
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 03:09:56 PM
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Comment #7 by Dog Of Thunder
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 03:10:31 PM
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I loved Star Ocean 2, Star Ocean 3 was decent but I'll be picking this one up anyways, just because I'm a sucker for the J-RPGs.

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Comment #8 by ClutchPapi34
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 03:19:26 PM
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I hate JRPGs...

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Comment #9 by Dude Rain
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 03:25:04 PM
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Good thing nothing else is coming out for a while. I guarantee the achievements for this are going to be a BITCH.

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Comment #10 by PsychoSawyer
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 03:29:24 PM
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wow star ocean god this game rocked but the 1st time i played it spent hours on it thinking it saved when it dint now that made me mad but hope this game will be gd and i wnt be stupid doing the same mistake

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Comment #11 by Zef
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 03:31:22 PM
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Oh, a Square Enix game. Haven't seen many of them on the 360 in the last year, now have we...

Looks a bit like Phantasy Star Online crossed with Enchanted Arm.

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Comment #12 by JesusBread
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 03:43:43 PM
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I'll be picking this up. I just got back into the whole JRPG scene. Forgot how much god damn fun they are. Lost Odyssey is great, but won't hold me over until Star Ocean. Maybe I'll pick up Tales of Vesperia to tide me over until this comes out.

The only thing I hope they don't screw up on with this game is the achievements. I really hope that the achievements are hard as hell like Lost Odyssey. I would appreciate some challenging achievements(such as kill X boss), but I do not want achievements that are a pain in the ass such as Treasure Trove. That's actually what stopped me from playing Lost Odyssey when it first came out. I waited 10 months before even considering playing it.

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Comment #13 by JesusBread
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 03:46:29 PM
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And to correct my statement above. I meant to say AREN'T hard as hell like the Lost Odyssey achievements. 100 hours+ to 100% a game is just ridiculous (Yes, LO and ToV I'm looking at you).

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Comment #14 by Dude Rain
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 03:57:43 PM
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Tri-Ace, the dev team, also made Infinite Undiscovery. Contrary to whatever this site awards as the toughest 1000 for an RPG, that game was it.

I can virtually promise this game's achievements will not come easily.

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Comment #15 by Nemralis
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 04:08:06 PM
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As far as epic scifi-RPG:s go, I'm still holding my breath for Mass Effect 2.

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Comment #16 by Selas Dray
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 04:24:46 PM
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At #13, your gamerscore is less than 5,000. It obviously looks like achievements don't matter to you...

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Comment #17 by l.maciver
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 04:46:19 PM
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Comment #18 by demonic_zebra
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 04:55:50 PM
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at #16 achievements arn't everything, they're supposed to be something fun to do to make a game last longer and yeah my gamercore might be quite low for how many games i have but i just like playing the games if they're fun.

anyway back on topic this game looks quite good, dont know if im going to get it or not as of yet.

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Comment #19 by FatalFlaw810
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 04:57:13 PM
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I'm not sure whether I'll get this when it comes out or get it later. I still haven't beat ToV yet! >.

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Comment #20 by ShirleyPeanut
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 05:00:41 PM
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I think ill wait for FF XII i loved L.O but i really didn't like infinite undiscivery or last remant

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Comment #21 by NeotericDope
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 05:02:45 PM
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Achievements suck anyway. I'm sick of them being worth absolutely nothing. What some of them unlock gamerpics and crap, but who cares. I think Microsoft had a great concept for letting you feel good about achieving something in a game, but it's gotten really stale. They need to let you use your gamerpoints for something. Maybe they could be put in as a way to earn Microsoft Points. Hell we pay enough for the games we should get rewarded for playing the game long enough to achieve all points.

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Comment #22 by Blue Radium
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 05:02:58 PM
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I guess the series is finished moving forward, it seems like all they can make now is prequels/remakes. The ending of Till' the End of Time seemed to pretty much cut off any chance of a sequel being possible, unfortunately. Oh well, I'm still going to buy this for the sake of it being a Star Ocean game.

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Comment #23 by Dude Rain
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 05:31:09 PM
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I believe it's already been confirmed that this will be the last Star Ocean game.

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Comment #24 by gears of crabs
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 06:14:55 PM
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i'm looking forward to this game and am glad that the 360s getting so many rpgs now. thats one of the main reasons i didnt buy the original xbox

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Comment #25 by ThePakirow
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 07:00:13 PM
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the last until htey change theyr minds, hahaha, i remember tomb raider ... =( feel sorry for Croft ...

BUT ... i hate jrpg

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Comment #26 by McBride96
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 07:03:04 PM
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Sexy aint the word!!!

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Comment #27 by mitchman00
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 08:06:25 PM
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WOW this should be Craptastic !!!!!!!!!!!

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Comment #28 by ArmyOfPie
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 09:07:12 PM
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I know several of my friends are huge fans of the Star Ocean games, but I've never played it before. I might check it out.

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Comment #29 by OMGmyFACE
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 09:12:56 PM
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Battle Trophies = Achievements? Well, count me in. I'm just hoping SO4 is more like the 2nd than the 3rd.

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Comment #30 by mikeh88
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 09:19:51 PM
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Already pre-ordered and just waiting for my copy now. This game is gonna be great

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Comment #31 by Greg0fTheDead
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 11:57:26 PM
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cant wait for this, I played the second story like it was crack for PSone

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Comment #32 by Greg0fTheDead
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 11:57:54 PM
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oh and #2 is a dumbass. true story.

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Comment #33 by Reclaiming Dawn
Friday, January 30, 2009 @ 12:45:53 AM
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art looks really neat!

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Comment #34 by ROA5T BeeF
Friday, January 30, 2009 @ 01:16:13 AM
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Supposed to come out in February. I think the 4th is what I read last week on ads for the game. Either way... Cant wait!

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Comment #35 by RealDealRoss
Friday, January 30, 2009 @ 01:35:38 AM
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Really looking forwards to this. #9 was right though, the achievements are going to be solid as hell for this. Still playing through 8 other games at the moment, ah well add one to the pile.

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Comment #36 by MakoBallistic
Friday, January 30, 2009 @ 02:33:16 AM
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never played or heard of star ocean till this one, but it looks pretty, so maybe ill get it if i feel like i need something to take up more time than i have lol.

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Comment #37 by hestar
Friday, January 30, 2009 @ 04:02:37 AM
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I agree with # 32

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Comment #38 by XtimeShifterx
Friday, January 30, 2009 @ 08:09:13 AM
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star ocean till' the end of time was a great game. might pick this one up

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Comment #39 by eskEMO
Friday, January 30, 2009 @ 08:09:45 AM
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Hell yeah, I miss The Second Story so much...Ashton was a baller! I'll be picking this up on day 1.

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Comment #40 by ch9209live
Friday, January 30, 2009 @ 09:44:26 AM
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i agree with #32 and 37 :P, haven't played any Star Ocean, but this interest me (and i don't care if game is good about ach.)

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Comment #41 by iruhlman
Friday, January 30, 2009 @ 11:10:03 AM
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well after playing Last Remnant (which is a stellar game btw) I'm really getting into the J RPG's. That said since this is SE as well, I'll have to try it out.

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Comment #42 by Daren007
Friday, January 30, 2009 @ 01:21:40 PM
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is it just me...or do those graphics actually look kind shitty???

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Comment #43 by BAD BLOOD BIGGY
Friday, January 30, 2009 @ 06:43:25 PM
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Can't wait.

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Comment #44 by Darc Jak
Friday, January 30, 2009 @ 11:33:17 PM
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I am definitely get this game I got it pre-ordered at work... can't wait. I love Star Ocean!

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Comment #45 by Darc Jak
Friday, January 30, 2009 @ 11:35:08 PM
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Comment #46 by Darc Jak
Friday, January 30, 2009 @ 11:35:45 PM
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3 was called Till the End of Time.

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Comment #47 by JesusBread
Saturday, January 31, 2009 @ 01:27:58 AM
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@16 - Good job showing how much of an asshole you are ;). This is my second account. My first account had 13k with 75% completion.

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Comment #48 by Otaku
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 @ 12:35:32 AM
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Never played a Star Ocean game, but looking forward to trying this one out
When I saw "Rush" in one of the screen shots I cringed, for a second I thought the character had the same name as the protagonist of TLR, which would have just been silly
I presume "Rush" is some kind of special move like an Overdrive would be in FFX?

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Comment #49 by Kuroi_Shichi
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 12:57:03 AM
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I had been hoping that the achievement list will come out soon. Guess we have to wait until Thursday for when it is released in Japan. Oh and I wasn't sure if anyone was aware, but the release date, in the US, is February 23, not March 03. Squeenix pushed it forward a few weeks ago.

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