|System: PS3||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Tri-Ace||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Square Enix||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Feb. 9, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Another area that has been improved is the visuals. Though the game looked great on the Xbox 360, several bugs have been fixed, and you will notice much less clipping and better character animation. The hair glitch which caused stray patches of hair to fall under a character's eyes (and happened way too often) has also been fixed. However, both the International and the Xbox 360 version do share an unfortunately large amount of pop-in, especially in the game's opening hours. Although the amount of pop-in is a relatively minor complaint, I still would have liked to have seen it cleaned up in the International version.
An additional feature that is exclusive to the International edition of Star Ocean 4 is the ability to change the voiceover to the original Japanese language. This is a great option for those who enjoy playing JRPGs in their original language, and was a greatly missed feature in the original Star Ocean.
Rereleasing games can be a dicey subject. Sure, games like The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout 3 can be rereleased successfully when bundled with extra content. However, games like Left 4 Dead and LittleBigPlanet make less sense, since they don't contain much bonus content beyond the original game, free DLC, and new box art to justify the new purchase.
Star Ocean: The Last Hope desperately wants to fall into that first category of rereleases. However, the new International version doesn't really offer enough new content for fans of the first. The game's new home on the PlayStation 3 does a great job of opening up the universe for fans on the new console, and the new features may entice a select few super-fans to dive back in to the Star Ocean universe. But if you were expecting new characters or expanded endings (as was rumored to be included in the game pre-release), then you will be disappointed with this repackaged effort. I still recommend Star Ocean: The Last Hope International edition to those who haven't played it yet, but I can't say the new features offered in this version will get most normal fans excited enough to merit a second purchase.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor