The Escapist: TGS 2008: Hands On - Star Ocean: The Last Hope

The Escapist: "Here's the thing about going to a game show in Japan - most of the game demos are in Japanese, so I can't tell you what exactly is going on in Star Ocean: The Last Hope for the 360. The four characters featured in the level I tried didn't stray terribly far from the typical JRPG roster of angsty heroes and feisty heroines, though, so let's just take it as read that some sort of Big Bad is trying to take over the world and/or do serious harm to the little girl in the party, and Our Heroes are the only ones who can do anything about it.

My inability to make heads or tails of the cut scenes aside, the section I played was still pretty darn entertaining. The combat was in real time and extremely fast-paced. Hitting the left and right bumpers switched control amongst the four characters, with the AI controlling the other three quite well. They didn't hang back to let you do all the fighting, healed themselves when they needed it and generally made themselves quite useful. Due to the language barrier, I couldn't quite get a handle on how (or if) you could use magic and special attacks, but even just hammering away on the attack button was a fun way to cut through your enemies."

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