Star Ocean: The Last Hope sails onto PS3 Feb. 9

Square Enix and Tri-Ace's onetime Xbox 360-only JRPG given worldwide 2010 release date on Sony's console.

Historically, Tri-Ace's Japanese role-playing game franchise Star Ocean had been limited to Sony's platforms. So it was mildly surprising when Microsoft announced a deal with Square Enix to bring Star Ocean: The Last Hope exclusively to the Xbox 360 in February as part of its campaign to woo Japanese audiences.

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However, even at the time of its announcement, Square Enix indicated that The Last Hope's exclusivity may only be on a temporary basis. Today, Square Enix announced that Star Ocean: The Last Hope International will be available for the PlayStation 3 worldwide on February 9. Square Enix did not indicate what, if any, enhancements or tweaks have been made to the PS3 edition of The Last Hope versus the 360 edition.

The fourth proper installment in the Star Ocean franchise, the game is set after World War III and follows humankind as it makes its way into outer space. For an idea of what to expect from Star Ocean: The Last Hope International on the PS3, check out GameSpot's coverage of the Xbox 360 edition.

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Joures
Joures

damn first 2 years with PS3 were hard and less amusing than i expected (very small number of games was really fun)but seeing so many cool titles released this period makes me feel it was all worth it :P i totally fell in love with star ocean 3 and i am buying this game for sure.and imo at the beginning i think (not really sure)that xbox 360 had more good games than the PS3 but this seems to be changing now thank god :D........nintendo kid SHEESH whatafuk u saying bout japanese rpgs not being pure rpgs like elder scrolls....just because their graphics and their battle system is different doesnt mean Star Ocean isnt a pure RPG.having played only Elder Scrolls IV i can say that its a GREAT rpg but dont forget that the japanese are the ones that practically made RPGs popular and mainstreamed...(Dragon quarter,final fantasy,and other less known but also important rpgs originating from there)....correct me if i am wrong :p

Antagonist8503
Antagonist8503

Oh and don't bother with Nintendo Kid or SalarianChemist, they don't have a PS3, it's obvious. I can list direct quotes from some of their postings and reviews. Oh @NintendoKid, I have Oblivion for my PC, got it about a couple of years ago. Yes, it is a very big game. Problem is, it isn't as challenging as I may have hoped. I did enjoy going through the Assassins guild and getting that nice horse, but you said something about there not being a game as good as Oblivion. I recommend Demon's Souls. That game is very difficult depending on how fast you learn. They penalize you for deaths, the online interaction is definitely unique, boss battles are epic, and you get a great sense of satisfaction when you do succeed, trust me. Get Demon's Souls when it comes out folks, you won't be disappointed. Or just buy the japanese port, it has all the subbing you need. So all of the negativity coming from NintendoKid, same guy who said Killzone 2 wouldn't be a Triple A shooter, lol. Don't let his comments shake you from enjoying some of these awesome JRPGs. Read some of SalarianChemist's review of some of the PS3 games, you'll see what I see if you've ever played those games.

Antagonist8503
Antagonist8503

What did I say in my posts about Star Ocean 4 when it came out for the 360? I either had to buy the 360 version or wait for the PS3 version to come out with more content. Well, I'm glad I waited, just like with Ninja Gaiden 2. Although the PS3 version of Star Ocean 4 won't even come close to the added content that the PS3 version of Tales of Vesperia will contain, at least you have a choice of the type of dubbing you can listen to. I'll admit, waiting a full year wasn't necessarily the best thing to do, but with the butt-load of added content, I can honestly say that the wait was worth it. The PS3 had it's dry spell of JRPG's for a good while, but not the case anymore. Between now and the end of 2010, you have a pick of Star Ocean 4, Tales of Vesperia, Demon's Souls, Final Fantasy 13, White Knight Chronicles, and possibly the Last Remnant. If those games don't eat up your JRPG time in 2010, I don't know what else will.

blazey09
blazey09

i can tell you one big difference one disc lol....man i wish i would have waited now but oh well. I do know one blu-ray movie that you have to change discs to watch the movie and thats Alexander Revisited (i have it) and thats all i can think of

MilkyRay
MilkyRay

Can't wait for february. I recently hooked up my ps2 to play SO3 again. Man, this just made my entire day...

rinks361
rinks361

Personally I think PS3 could really outshine 360 if [developers] fully utilizes Blu-ray technology. I think it's the only reason PS3 and 360 have been on par. I think that will definitely change soon though with huge titles like Heavy Rain and Final Fantasy 13 Versus (PS3 exclusives). If you look at games that have been PS3 exclusives they have sold very well (and even the impressive visuals from one of the FIRST few PS3 games to be released: Heavenly Sword) and are much more impressive than 360 exclusives (a la Gaylo 3). As for people knocking JRPGs...why are you even on this forum? If you hate them then why even come to look at this game? I hate sports games and Halo but you don't see me knocking them on their forums. I think deep down you are like those guys who bash gay guys all the time but deep down want the ween. And multiple disc Blu-ray movies? Have you ever watched a Blu-ray movie before? They are all one disc unless there are SPECIAL FEATURES or a BONUS DISC. Personally I like multi-disc games. Let's you know you're in it for a good while and not off to beat it in 4 - 5 hours (ex: Prototype and Halo single player campaigns). With 360 I bought Lost Odyssey but was disappointed that I flew through all the discs very fast (at least 2-4 hours each disc). If it were a Blu-ray it probably would have been 2 discs since 360 uses DVD's. And finally, don't hate us because you couldn't wait to save up to buy a PS3 and settled for less.

fleshimp91
fleshimp91

@SalarianChemist I have never heard of anyone saying that you need to disc swap when you watch Blu-Ray movies and if you're saying "Market Penetration" with Blu-Ray is a fail, take a look at HD-DVD it's an EPIC FAIL. It's just like DVD with a bit more density for data. And Microsoft has you to buy an extra thingy just to play HD-DVD movies. At least Blu-Ray has a bit of back from that little dark side, called Porn! On your topic of Disc Swapping. You must be one of those "I'll play Halo 3 forever" kinda people my god.... Even I am gonna get an Xbox 360 Elite and it's not for a ridiculous game like Halo 3.. I respect the Halo series blah blah but play something else! The reason why I'm getting the Elite is cos of the games I'm gonna get like HAWX, Left 4 Dead, Last Remnant, etc. I have a diversified gaming taste. One of my friend plays Forza, TDU and NFS: Shift on his 360. Another one just plays L4D and demos the whole day. For me, I like different genres. Seriously, look at the competition. PS3 is awesome. get over it.

-Grieves-
-Grieves-

Hmmm...same day as Bioshock 2. Sorry $E, this should have been on PS3 a year ago.

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

You obviously don't get it nintendokid. Finally there is no reason for me to own an Xbox. I was almost about to just go buy a copy of Star Ocean for that...system, (if you want to call it that) but alas, I knew it would eventually come out on the PS3! Sweetness. I still wouldn't mind seeing LO and BD return from the darkside.

nintendokid
nintendokid

Elder Scrolls, a real role-player, is as huge, if not more, than these whack-ass Japanese RPGs (more like action game with RPG elements) and it was on a single disc. What are the sales of Star Ocean? Probably not even 500,000. Pathetic. These Japanese developers need to get with the program. Seriously, at this point the only good thing slapped with a Japanese brand name is Shimano fishing gear.

nerd_assassin
nerd_assassin

Man now I love Square Enix again...or not. I still need my not-crappy-PS3 version of The Last Remnant. Need to work hard and gather the most of my OT pays...This will eat my weekends for sure. And SalarianChemist, I suggest you apply a job at Microsoft as a salesman, you'll be dying rich with commissions because you are a true salesman. That is, you can use any information just to throw down the opponent's product and sell all the 360's that you can, even if the information are sometimes subjective and most of the time biased. You've been bugging too many PS3 topics lately. And gamespot I'm not cracking any rules here so please stop cleaning out my stuffs.

Supabul
Supabul

Do 360 users really give a crap about this awful JRPG, no it should of been on PS3 in the first place, did MS really waste money making this a timed exclusive. They should of used that money to make lost odyssey 2 or funded that other promising game from mistwalker which was cancelled Cry On

SporkFireXPS
SporkFireXPS

@SalarianChemist You said: "Discs only need to be "swapped" at the end of each disc when that particular disc has been finished." "Xbox 360 allows games to be written to the hard drive. This means that even multi-disc games do not have a need to be "swapped." Therefore, the issue of "disc-swapping" is not an issue with Xbox 360." AND you said: "I'm also thankful that games like Star Ocean that are on more than one disc can be written to the Xbox 360 hard drive in order to make it so you don't need to swap discs." Wrong! Do not spread false information. Have you ever played Star Ocean: The Last Hope for 360? If you have you would know that you have to switch between disc 2 and 3 to get back to previous areas, EVERYTIME! Also installing to the hard drive does not fix the disc swapping issue like you say with Star Ocean.

Joshua250
Joshua250

If disc swapping is really such a big issue for people they seriously need to lose weight and walk once in a while. I think SalarianChemist was referring to after watching a bluray movie you'd have to change the disc to watch another movie. As it stands, movies are obviously far shorter than even the shortest of games. Anyway, Playstation fan's biggest defense is the sheer amount of features available on the console and an Xbox fan's greatest defense is the game library. For a game console, a game library is a better defense. Playstation users also have the defense of the overall price in the long run when you factor in peripherals. But the fact that Xbox fans are willing to pay so much for HDs, virutal clothes, downloadable content that's free on the computer etc. just proves that Microsoft has a better business plan. And as far as we can see, it's still working. But in my opinion it doesn't really matter anyway, Playstation has some games I really want to play as does Xbox. Though in the end I'd probably still stick with my Xbox.

shii666
shii666

@SalarianChemist *There are no PS3 games on multiple discs. *JRPG's and RPG's in general are very massive so they need multiple discs, however on the PS3, all of these games that came from X-Box 360 have been on a single disc. *I myself have never seen a Blu-Ray movie in which I have needed to swap discs, and I do watch theses movies. (I rent them from time to time.) *Why would you even bring movies into this discussion? We were on this thread to discuss Star Ocean 4's arrival upon the PS3. *Most of the people I know bought the PS3 as a GAMING console, not a cheaper Blu-Ray player with the benefit of playing PS1 and PS3 games. (All of them can.) And in certain cases PS2 games. *The PS3 can have games installed onto the hard drive. Although it used to be mandatory with the games, it is usually optional with newer games. *Disc swapping is an issue on the 360 because it still takes hard drive space on overpriced hard drives to install the games. Most people who own a 360 (Or at least most the people I know) don't even have a hard drive because they were not smart enough to research what they were buying at the time. (It is in part Microsoft's fault, and their own faults.) *You really seem like you can be a spokesperson for Aaron Greenberg. Ew. lol. *Don't bother PMing me, because I want everbody to read your reply.

aniMAXXX
aniMAXXX

The game had Terrible Eng voice, and petrified character model that made much sensable movement on cut scenes(like retro 2d game movements scene on these 3D models) Plus points are excellent combat engine and new blind spot, like anime style super speed! and the amazing graphics.. Both Infinite Undiscovery and Star Ocean 4 blew me on graphical aspects. Cheers to PS3 & x360. any improvement... give me JAP audio option at least so i can close my eye and imagine the should-be-scened.

fionaX
fionaX

yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cant wait feb 2010!!!

benleslie5
benleslie5

I didn't get the 360 version because I don't own and Xbox. But I'm really looking foward to the Playstation 3 version.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Here are some facts: * Less than 1% of Xbox 360 games are on more than one disc. All of the games that require more than one disc are very long RPG or JRPG games. Discs only need to be "swapped" at the end of each disc when that particular disc has been finished. This is certainly far less painstaking than "swapping" a Blu-ray movie every two hours. * Xbox 360 allows games to be written to the hard drive. This means that even multi-disc games do not have a need to be "swapped." Therefore, the issue of "disc-swapping" is not an issue with Xbox 360.

thekey
thekey

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chengsta
chengsta

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XanderZane
XanderZane

flyingteddy Salarian, your missing the point that the PS3 version is an international version that will have exclusive content only available to PS3 owners, so while there has been a delay we at least get something extra for waiting. It also contains Japanese and English voices, something only pracitcal due to blu ray. ************************************************* No one knows if there is any extra content in the game or not. Most likely it'll be minor stuff that doesn't change the story or gameplay. Most PS3 owners who also own an XBox 360 and have played the game through, won't waste their time getting the PS3 version. Same thing happened with Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Eternal Sonata, F.E.A.R., and at least a dozen other titles that made their way to the PS3 8-12 months after the XBox 360 version. This reminds me a lot of the PS2 games coming to the XBox many months later with slight graphical improvements and minor extra content. Most of those games didn't sell well mainly because XBoxers were playing Halo, Forza, MechAssault, Rallysport Championship, Shenmue, Chronicles of Riddick, Crimson Skies, Jet Set Radio Future and about 2 dozen other exclusive XBox titles.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

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Tronzo
Tronzo

Glad I didn't get this on my 360 then.

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

Salarian, your missing the point that the PS3 version is an international version that will have exclusive content only available to PS3 owners, so while there has been a delay we at least get something extra for waiting. It also contains Japanese and English voices, something only pracitcal due to blu ray.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

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SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

KillerWabbit23, If you don't like "disc swapping," then I assume you don't enjoy watching Blu-ray movies, since watching Blu-ray movies requires disc swapping. Blu-ray movie technology has failed to achieve market penetration the way that DVD technology did because Blu-ray is facing competition from On-Demand movies that don't need "disc swapping." Blu-ray movie discs are very expensive to purchase: $25 - $35. So, I'm assume that if "disc swapping" is something that bothers you, it must be especially annoying for you to consider driving to a local rental store, standing in line to pay, driving back home, and then swapping the Blu-ray disc. One of the things I love about my Comcast DVR and my neighbors loves about DirecTV and DishNetwork is that you can watch true 1080p movies On-Demand at any time. Comcast even offers dozens of those HD movies for free every month. I also think it's wonderful how Xbox 360 allows movies and TV shows to be seen On-Demand in HD. Thankfully, less than 1% of Xbox 360 games require "disc-swapping." I'm also thankful that games like Star Ocean that are on more than one disc can be written to the Xbox 360 hard drive in order to make it so you don't need to swap discs.

Bran-Bal
Bran-Bal

Play 3 is the perfect place for this kind of Japanese-animation beauty-games. loved SO3 and i'm a big Motoi Sakuraba fan,I know I'll love this. I can't wait!!!

nemesis9632
nemesis9632

I had this for my 360, my 360 crapped out on me. I was only 2hrs into the game. You have no idea how happy this makes me. This game is just too beautifully done to keep it an exclusive. Everyone who loves RPGs needs to play this game.

KillerWabbit23
KillerWabbit23

Well, I guess this was coming sooner or later... And disc swapping=the douche of all bags. Thank God for Blu-Ray.

XanderZane
XanderZane

ImYour13thStep Square Enix is such a ho. They might as well call themselves a multiplatform company. ****************************************************** Well, they are a multiplatform company. FF XI (PC/XBox 360/PS2), FF Dissidia (PSP), DQ IX (DS), FF XIII (XBox 360/PS3) and Dragon Quest X (Wii). Doesn't get much more multiplatformed then that, now does it?

XanderZane
XanderZane

This game was never exclusive. Before SquareEnix released it for the XBox 360 they said they planned on bringing it to the PS3 in 2010 sometime. They said that development had start several months after the XBox 360 version. So this isn't even a surprise for me. People screaming and hollering like it's big news, when it was annouced almost a year ago. I'm just wondering if they are working on the NEXT Star Ocean for the XBox 360 right now. Can Tri-Ace tell us that? I don't expect this game to sell like FF XIII or DQ IX as it didn't get the great of reviews. It should sell at least a 200K I would think. ********************************************************** phil-_-meh just wonder if the PS3 version is using the funds MS gave to SE make the 360 version ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Who knows. Who cares. Most people have already beaten the game on the XBox 360 by now. SquareEnix probably used those funds to make the XBox 360 version of FF XIII.

gilbertus
gilbertus

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izmickey
izmickey

PS3 is getting all the love it deserves again.

Zloth2
Zloth2

-Celeste-, why not load the game into your hard drive? I played it for a pretty long time and never swapped. That said - this game wasn't all that great.

NuKkU
NuKkU

what did i tell everyone???

killakomando
killakomando

I was wondering why it never said xbox only at the top of the cover shot. i suspected this would happen.

phil-_-meh
phil-_-meh

just wonder if the PS3 version is using the funds MS gave to SE make the 360 version :P

-Celeste-
-Celeste-

I'm soo replacing my 360 copy with a PS3 copy if they get rid of the stupid way disc swaps were implemented. I dont care for disc swaps if its once every 10-12 hours, but every 5 minutes when you're backtracking is stupidly annoying.

wolfyrabbit
wolfyrabbit

I hope it's not pure button smashing like the ones ported for psp.

Grandstream
Grandstream

Last Remnant has been due for a long time...but I feel like with how bad it was, it might not get ported at all. At least Star Ocean 4 is coming out...

coldsauce09
coldsauce09

s when is last remnant going to be ported? i played it on the 360 for about 90 hrs of gameplay although i still messed it and my troops are a failure. i saw the PC version its better i wonder the PS3 is gonna get the best version of the game.