Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope International Hands-On

We stop by Square Enix's booth to see what's new with the PlayStation 3 version of Tri-Ace's role-playing game.

Last year at the Tokyo Game Show, we were able to try out Star Ocean 4 for the first time. Now, just a year later, the futuristic space opera will be appearing on the PlayStation 3 with some additions that are sure to please the fans. The Last Hope International is virtually the same as the Xbox 360 version, but the Japanese language track is now included so you can choose to play the game in Japanese with subtitles if you wish. Also, as a bonus, you can switch back and forth between 2D and 3D character art, depending on your preference. The avatars that are shown at the bottom of the screen during combat can be 2D anime-style portraits or the 3D character models that you're used to seeing onscreen.

We spent some time playing through the PlayStation 3 version and found it to be identical to the Xbox 360 version in terms of gameplay. It might have been the television, but visually, it didn't seem as sharp as we expected. There was also a bit of motion blur as we played through a couple of battles. The game still looks great, though, and will likely end up being very similar to the Xbox 360 version. The Japanese version is set to come out February 4, and the rest of the world can get its PS3 copy on February 9. Check out our review of the Xbox 360 game here.

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116 comments
quicksilver_03
quicksilver_03

@ grove12345 "sorry i played this game on 360, didnt last 2 days. Returned it to gamefly. Not sure why people are getting HYPED about this when the identical 360 scored kind of low." I'll answer you that statement you posted. 1. Not all people like myself have a XBox 360, so it's obvious ppl who only has a PS3 console should be hyped. 2. It's the history of this game title. Previous Star Oceans games on PS (Star Ocean) and PS2 (Star Ocean: Till The End Of Time) are very popular (I owned both games) and people who enjoyed playing these games will definitely buy this latest game. 3. The rating on the Xbox version is considered "Good" and 7.5 isn't low. Any game will have a flaw, but technically in terms of my overall review for playing this game...I consider this as a fun and worthy one. Now let me go and ask you back this question: 1. Why did you buy the PS3 version of this game if you had already played this before on the Xbox 360 version? 2. Does it make sense if you would had waited for any of the game review and consensus from any game sites before considering buying it? LMAO!!!

Rizer
Rizer

Yeah...I probably won't pick this up again as long as alternate endings that were in the previous games stay missing.

grove12345
grove12345

sorry i played this game on 360, didnt last 2 days. Returned it to gamefly. Not sure why people are getting hyped about this when the identical 360 scored kind of low.

Binzen
Binzen

I'll be picking this up. I got the 360 version when it was first released, but the English voice acting slowly grinded my interest down to nothing. I think this will do nicely.

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

I can't wait. 6 more days, and its released. I've been a fan ever since Star Ocean 3, and after playing 1 and 2 on my PSP, I can't wait to give my PS3 some SO love.

BlackTipShark
BlackTipShark

Just glad it's coming to the PS3. I was so bummed when it came out for the x-box thinking it would stay on that system.

YoshiatemyCooky
YoshiatemyCooky

finally a game that might make me not regret buying the PS3, let's hope it lives up.

dantespower
dantespower

noooo why just one month before FFXIII this isn't fair!!! how the hell am i supposed to finish this game before FFXIII is launched it's impossible!!!! I'll have to wait until FF finish it and then I don't know maybe on june or july I'll be able to play Last Hope. The thing that bothers me the most is that I really was specting this game, but to be honest FF is the best saga ever, that's why I can't buy Last Hope before

hellpolice
hellpolice

Nice! I'll be getting this version since I don't have the 360 version so I'll definitely get this one!

Young_Charter
Young_Charter

Star Ocean Gets It' "Last Hope" for the ps3. Let's just hope it gets a major boost and more to look at with the PS3 edtion becuase it was only looked at as trash on the 360.

Astaritobril
Astaritobril

I'm excited. I received my 4th 360 for Christmas and was going to pick this up used, but now I'll wait. It's definitely worth it.

Gammet25
Gammet25

This better not fail like The Last Remnant did on the xbox 360. Square Enix went through enough harshness with their infinite undiscovery downfall.

istokes91
istokes91

best thing about ps3 version is that u aint gota switch between the 3 discs each time you go to a different area, this absolutely killed it for me on 360. definitly gonna get it for the ps3!

RuinKaiser39
RuinKaiser39

bought this for the xbox, tempted to buy it again since, I love rpgs but, there is just to many games coming out to re-grab this one.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

If you have a 360 get it for that system. If you have a PS3 wait and get it on that system. That simple.

tankarwai
tankarwai

Finally Star Ocean has come back to PlayStation ~~~did you smell~~~ whats Sony cooking~~~~

Konami964
Konami964

YES there's a Japanese Dub and the English voice characters from the 360 sucks

Sutton
Sutton

whatever makes you feel better

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

It's nice to finally see developers make the wait for PS3 gamers to get their hands on great RPGs/FPS games worth it. IE most of the cheaper developed games run the same on both platforms, or in the case of a pure port run worse on the PS3. (My Xbox360 DVD tray just died so I'm buying a PS3 slim! I've gone through 3 Xbox360s now! NO MORE!) On top of that I like that the developers are finally taking full advantage of the RSX GPU, and Cell CPU in the PS3. Red Faction got higher marks for graphics on the PS3 because the developer made sure it took advantage of the extra power the PS3 had. (Resulted in smoother FPS rates, better sharper textures, more in game effects, and better overall gameplay because of it) Lost Planet 2 is doing this (graphics might not end up better, but they will run smoother CAPCOM Confirmed that much) Then when Sega dropped Tales for the PS3 it not only looked better but had stronger FPS rates in the game as well, as well as extra content. It's nice to see developers finally taking advantage of the more powerful platform. Another major plus for PS3 owners is less discs to switch around, and thus more time spent in the game having fun.

jemoedr
jemoedr

One of the games i was waiting for :)

nemisis980
nemisis980

same here, i almost considered buying the 360 just so i could get it, but now i don't have to.

Tronzo
Tronzo

@RockZillaX Completely agree, same reason I skipped it on the 360. Will definitely pick this up for PS3 though.

TheTenth10
TheTenth10

thses game testers should have a TV set for the PS3 and another for the X360 ... damn the consoles have been there for over 2 years and they still test different consoles on the same TV ...

RockZillaX
RockZillaX

I skipped this on 360 because of the english dub, American dub Anime always sounds so childish having the option of Japanese with english subs gives so much more depth to the characters IMO

DFen
DFen

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Kubilius
Kubilius

Why does it have half Japanese and half English texts ? Is it so when you play as well ? I can't read Japanese, I have no idea what it says in the screens left or in the character status menus ...

Gut_Spliller666
Gut_Spliller666

I hope SQ-E improves the dialogue on this game 'cause the 360 version sounded like a cheesy dubbed anime

richioso
richioso

@Vasot Yeah, you prefer games that aren't out yet............ Buttplug. You're cancer and we will find a cure one of these days.

quirky_clayboy
quirky_clayboy

Pathetic. GS once again take a cheap shot at PS3 graphics while failing to report all the improvements ie single disk, new targeting system.

unnamed475
unnamed475

I will wait for the review on this one. To many unknowns.

DarkBiegus
DarkBiegus

since it's the international version it's sure to be like all the rest and have additional scences and characters like starocean three did. And star ocean three was awesome.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

SWEET! anothor RPG to add to the collection. =D

siemasz
siemasz

Great news! I did not want to play it on my xbox360 as I hate disk swapping. This is going to be great.

Scrotous
Scrotous

About time! Wish it had more extras though.

ravanamalice
ravanamalice

@vasot dont forget demon's souls. i would never buy star ocean maybe rent but i like the thrill of something difficult.

Daxo90
Daxo90

Another RPG for my collection ^-^ later is better than never

Vasot
Vasot

Mehhhh another stupid japanese anime cr*p for the little kids... I prefer rpg games like Dragon Age Origins and Mass Effect 2.

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

PS3 is doing really crappy with jap-rpg's this generation... 360 isn't even good in comparison to last gen... sony needs to come up with some original games rather than taking the 360 exclusives...i'm tired of the same crap being re-released i want something new

ninja_where
ninja_where

February 9 2010...the day PS3 RPGamers celebrate a wonderful day.

cridant
cridant

I now like my ps3 so much I'm naming it :P