Star Ocean 3 - Till The End of Time
|a game by||tri-Ace Inc.|
|Platforms:||Playstation 4, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||6.3/10, based on 3 reviews|
|User Rating:||7.3/10 - 11 votes|
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|See also:||RPGs, JRPG Games, Isekai Games, Star Ocean Series|
Square Enix’s epic starfaring saga continues in Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. Inspired by some of the most popular sci-fi movie franchises out there, the rich world of Star Ocean continues to thrive and awe, as it expertly balances futuristic sci-fi elements with the more classic medieval setting we’re so used to seeing in classic JRPGs.
Some odd design choices keep this game from achieving its full potential. However, for die-hard RPG fans, there’s a lot of great things to see in this entry in the Star Ocean series.
School’s Out Forever
For such an epic RPG, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time begins its plot in the most mundane way possible. Young Fayt is on a family vacation after graduating from college. Everything seems fine until Fayt is attacked by a nation that considers his very existence a threat to its survival.
Here’s where the world of Till the End of Time gets properly expanded upon. While the Earth is a futuristic utopia, there are some less developed planets that don’t enjoy the same technological advantages that Earth has. These planets are aesthetically similar to the world of Chrono Trigger, where archaic technology blends with magic in some fantastical ways.
The idea of a future where some planets have to suffer for others to prosper offers a fascinating backdrop for any game, especially for an RPG. Sadly, the world of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time is never properly explored, leaving it as a nice picture that never has too much of an importance in the larger plot of the game.
Much like Final Fantasy, Star Ocean is a rich series with a lot of backstories to explore with each entry. However, don’t let that intimidate you if this is the first title in the series you decide to play; the story of Till the End of Time is nicely self-contained.
Till the End of Time takes place 500 years after Star Ocean: The Second Story. This allows some freedom when it comes to how characters behave and what the developers can do with the game’s world. While the setting might be a bit underdeveloped, the characters and dialogue are simply phenomenal.
When it comes to visuals, the game leaves a bit to be desired. While the anime-inspired characters look good enough, the same can’t be said of the environments: lackluster plains and low-poly surroundings can be seen all over the game.
Till the End of Time’s battle system might be the best part of the game. The system focuses on acquiring skills and combining attacks, choosing between four offensive attacks and two support ones.
Another integral part of the game’s battle system is the fact that players are only able to have three party members at a time, controlling one of them while the remaining two are AI-controlled. This resembles the battle system of Persona 3 and can result in some frustratingly long battles.
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time is an innovative RPG with an exotic setting and a solid battle system. The lackluster visuals might be somewhat of a blunder, but there’s an excellent game to be found here.
- Great battle system
- Interesting setting
- Excellent character development
- Unreliable AI
- Lackluster visuals
- Subpar voice acting
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Star Ocean: The Second Story (PS1) didnt quite set the fantasy world afire it was a heartwarming sleeper hit but still struggled in the chilly shadow of Final Fantasy VII. Thankfully, the series first PS2 installment, Till the End of Time, will likely fare better, although weve had to wait until the end of time for its U.S. launch: The game has faced some serious delays worldwide since it was originally announced in 2001.
Fortunately, all that time in galactic purgatory should be worth it. Americans will get the directors cut version, with new characters, locations, and cut-scenes not included in the original Japanese release. These additions will serve to expand an already enormous quest, with hero Fate Linegod searching for his family across multiple worlds.
The real-time battles from Second Story are back, allowing for combos and synchronized attacks sort of like Final Fantasy X-2 but without all the waiting (or the slutty costumes).
The newly amalgamated Square Enix USA unleashes its combined RPG power with this spacefaring sequel to the PS1 hit, Star Ocean: The Second Story. Going further into the sci-fi-meets-fantasy realm than even Xenosaga, this epic quest might be the laurel of peace that finally brings Final Fantasy and Star Trek freaks together.
Don't worry if you're not familiar with the Star Ocean series (hell, the first game never even came out here), 'cause this one takes place in the distant future and has little to do with its forerunners. Just expect a gargantuan planet-hopping quest, a complex skill-based battle system, and lovely visuals.