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6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 159 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 94 out of 159
  2. Negative: 33 out of 159
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  1. Jul 1, 2016
    0
    The game has tons of holes in the story, which I won't discuss for the sake of spoilers in case you're interested in a six year old game that's actually worse than the one that just came out. People have been saying that Star Ocean 5's story is bland, but at least it's not riddled with inconsistencies, annoying unlikable characters, and horrid voice acting like Star Ocean The Last Hope.The game has tons of holes in the story, which I won't discuss for the sake of spoilers in case you're interested in a six year old game that's actually worse than the one that just came out. People have been saying that Star Ocean 5's story is bland, but at least it's not riddled with inconsistencies, annoying unlikable characters, and horrid voice acting like Star Ocean The Last Hope. Even if you use the Japanese voices they're still pretty bad, and the character quirks are simply obnoxious, kay? And that doesn't even go into the myriad of technical issues. I lost several hours of progress, including several cut scenes, due to a freeze, and I had one friend who had nearly completed one of the post game dungeons and lost the whole thing.

    Gameplay wise it's a decent Star Ocean game, and pretty much what you would expect. But with characters like Edge Maverick, a man with the name of a Sonic the Hedgehog OC, and immortal lolita characters with bland as a trait, it's hard to enjoy. I would much rather have tofu that tastes like nothing than a bowl of crap like Star Ocean The Last Hope.
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  2. Oct 6, 2013
    2
    This game has a lot of fails thats I put in bullet to be ease of read:

    GOOD ASPECTS - Battle mechanics are really the key point of this game. It is dinamic and challenges you on every boss. BAD ASPECTS - Ok, battle is good, right? But that by the end of the and all bonuses level, if becomes incredible longer and frustrating (I will say this a lot in this review). It tooks around 30
    This game has a lot of fails thats I put in bullet to be ease of read:

    GOOD ASPECTS
    - Battle mechanics are really the key point of this game. It is dinamic and challenges you on every boss.

    BAD ASPECTS
    - Ok, battle is good, right? But that by the end of the and all bonuses level, if becomes incredible longer and frustrating (I will say this a lot in this review). It tooks around 30 minutes for these battle, this without calculates the retires.
    - If the battle is long, so you need items, to survive, right? Forget it, you can keep only 20, that belive me it is not enough.
    - For these longer battle you rely a lot in you AI allies, but forget it too. They are so dump to revive you when you need.
    - I said "revive you"? Yes, expected to die a lot, really a lot... it is over frustrating, you need most of the time, swap character and revive the other manually. There is no synergy at all.
    - Characters are not sympathetic. It doesnt convince you at all and are unlikeable. They way they talk and act doesnt seem real.
    - CGs are not that cool, they are simple, with a lot of repetitive moves (like in the space battles).
    - The story develops very slowly and even too much. Most of the time you are roaming with a clear go.
    - Item creation is a joke. When you need a weapon/item that will help you with a boss, find the components from a enemy loot is a nightmare. Dont expect to create 100% of them. It is too much frustrating.
    - Othe point that frustrates a lot, if the distant you need to walk between objectives, sometimes is ship city, but it too far. The game could had planned this to avoid desnecessary waste of time. You will really pass hours walking, if you plan to create items, complete missions, etc.
    - Level a character takes too much time. Im saying that, because you will need to swap characters and if you leave one with too behind of the main party, you will have a good pain to level it up.
    - Forget it about get 100% (platinum trophie) of this one. It tooks over 500 hours and 3-4 full gameplays. Most of this time is consulming doing redudant gridding to earn battle trophies (kill oponents in special conditions/actions). Have a life and try do it!

    * I am a player usual with RPG games that looks to complete 100% when possible.
    ** all this review is based in a game play of 120 hours.
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  3. Mar 28, 2011
    3
    The game is plagued with plot holes, the characters are mostly unlikeable with a couple being particularly bad. The script is awful to the point of being painful to go through at times. Vast swathes of the story are essentially pointless and do nothing to further the main story, which is a real waste, it could have been more enjoyable if they put more effort into the overall story insteadThe game is plagued with plot holes, the characters are mostly unlikeable with a couple being particularly bad. The script is awful to the point of being painful to go through at times. Vast swathes of the story are essentially pointless and do nothing to further the main story, which is a real waste, it could have been more enjoyable if they put more effort into the overall story instead of derailing it into a series of dull fetch quests.

    Gameplay starts off pretty good with some new features like blindsiding but as you proceed and unlock more special moves it devolves into spamming the stronger moves, with MP death removed and MP recovery methods aplenty there's little to stop you, especially when you get the endgame attacks that have huge areas of effect.

    The game boasts over 200 quests but sadly most of these are just bring me 20 of x monster drop type deals with only a handful offering anything interesting to do.
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Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 45
  2. Negative: 1 out of 45
  1. 75
    Star Ocean contains an interesting plot buried in its depths, but it's incredibly demanding of your time and your patience.
  2. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    60
    Beauty is only skin-deep - gameplay goes a lot deeper...It should have opted for a bit more corrective surgery to go with its cosmetic enhancements. [Mar 2010, p.70]
  3. Game Informer
    70
    Even PS3 gamers who would be playing it for the first time should be wary about a purchase. [Issue#203, p.97]