Review by Lateralis

"A worthy sequel to "Star Ocean 2""

After years and years of waiting, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time is finally here! Like Star Ocean 2 it features real time, free movement battles, item creation, and cheesy voice acting (although the voice acting is not quite as cheesy as The Second Story). Also, unlike most of the newer console RPGs, Star Ocean 3 is more comparable to games like "Lunar," "Chrono Trigger," and "Xenogears" then it is to games like "Summoner" and ".Hack".

Let's start with the Graphics. Star Ocean 3 is an extremely detailed game. Like Xenosaga, character models are in anime style. However, unlike Xenosaga, the game's environments are extremely detailed in most areas. This is one of the most beautiful RPGs I've seen on the PS2. However, it's not without fault. If this game where on Xbox or Gamecube, it probably would have come out a lot smoother.

Musically, Star Ocean 3 is done very well. The music resembles that of Star Ocean 2, probably because it was written by the same composer. There really isn't much to complain about here.

The Gameplay is extremely fun. Finally, an next generation RPG with towns and cities that are somewhat big. It feels refreshing compared to games like FFX and Xenosaga, where there was hardly anything explorable in most of the towns.

The Battle system is fun and fast paced, but takes some getting used to. Controls are relatively simple. During battles you control one of three party members, but you are free to switch between which party member you want to use with the press of a button. Also, before battles you can command a certain member to act how you see fit. If you haven't played Star Ocean 2, the only thing I can compare it to is Summoner 2. The only problem is, sometimes battles can get a bit confusing, as the character you're controlling can be hard to spot at times, especailly if he's behind and enemy or something. Otherwise, outside of battle cameras are fully rotatable.

Like many games today, there are a great deal of cutscenes in the game. You can skip these cutscenes, which is not recommended, but is helpful if you get a game over before you can save and don't feel like watching any cutscenes over again.

Overall, Star Ocean 3 is a worthy sequel to the godlike Star Ocean 2, but is different enough that it isn't just a rehash of the same old game we know and love. For fans of Star Ocean 2, you'll feel right at home here. For fans of RPGs, this game will be a great addition to your collection.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 09/03/04

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