Submitted by Endless_X 2274d ago | review

Star Ocean 4 get 34/40 in famitsu review

Star Ocean: The Last Hope review score in the latest Famitsu: 9/9/8/8 (Star Ocean IV, Xbox 360) 85/100

Update Translation:

- reviewer 1 : 9/10, overall it's very well put together with no major faults. battles are deep especially when you factor in side outs and real time character changing. even without installing the game everything loads at a nice pace. whether you find the characters interesting or the game play compelling is something you'll need to discover for yourself but this is certainly a very well made game.

- reviewer 2 : 9/10, the combat is similar to what the previous games in the series offered. you are guaranteed to have fun playing it. the battles are very active with heaps of different moves all used at a fast pace. (hard to make out) boss battles aren't too easy(?) which is great! from creating items to collecting data on monsters, there is so much to do.

- reviewer 3 : 8/10, it's all very well put together and there is nothing that will really trip you up letting you move along at a nice pace. the game also has well paced battles and deep gameplay. the only thing that bothered me really was the camera being a little wonky at times outside of battles especially in dungeons. could the over the top character's personalities end up dividing people on this game to some degree?

- reviewer 4 : 8/10, this game not only gives you the ability to explore many worlds but also has a deep combat system, an easy to understand system of character development and good pacing. you'll enjoy all aspects of this game. i also like the item creation system, private actions, etc. i found the voice acting to be a little lacking but that said this is a game anyone can enjoy.

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Cool Hwhip  +   2274d ago
Why dis  +   2274d ago
So you'll be getting this?
Cool Hwhip  +   2274d ago
Depends,if I have the time to play through it,yup.

If not,I'm going to buy it once the gaming drought hits.
gaffyh  +   2274d ago
Good score, was thinking of getting this game anyway, so this score just cements my decision. But Famitsu have been wrong before, cos IU sucks.
SaiyanFury  +   2274d ago
Good score. Since it was never confirmed an a 360 exclusive, I'll wait for the PS3 version. Believe me, MS and S-E would have confirmed it as an exclusive. Since they didn't I'll wait for the PS3 version.
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factory  +   2274d ago
did anyone notice
not one mention of story in any of the brief reviews...i thought story was one of the defining purposes of playing jrpg. did they even play the whole game?
GameGambits  +   2274d ago
Star Ocean: The Second Story is still to this day my favorite game of all time. #3 was a big let down in the story department, but hopefully this will be going back to #2s roots more. :)

Too bad Killzone 2 comes out 3 days after this, so I won't be playing SO4 until that Killzone bug wares off a bit. :P
FF7numbaone  +   2274d ago
yea I didn't like 3 either. and that was my first star ocean.
N4Sony  +   2274d ago
Oops, sorry. That'll cost me a bubble.
Black Maverick  +   2274d ago
I guess I'm one of the few people that actually liked Star Ocean 3. The beginning was boring but it really picks up after you leave the first planet. I definitely plan on getting SO4 as well.
N4360G  +   2273d ago
LOL Famitsu is just as reliable as EDGE when it comes to game reviews.
SaiyanFury  +   2273d ago
@ my disagrees

When did either company CONFIRM out loud that SO4 was a 360 exclusive? S-E said that no PS3 version "was planned". Namco said the exact same thing about Eternal Sonata, and now here I am playing it on my PS3. They even went to such lengths to remove any evidence that a PS3 version was coming, not only from their own website but from others. But again, here I am playing it. Microsoft is fast to tout exclusives that the PS3 won't have. They never did as such. Neither did S-E say that a PS3 version will NEVER appear. Disagree, but history has shown that just because a game isn't "planned" doesn't mean that it won't show up.
Endless_X  +   2274d ago
The score is from main Famitsu, not Famitsu 360.
Graphics Whore  +   2274d ago
Ahhh, Famitsu is iffy with their scores. I'll wait for a western review.
Sarcasm  +   2274d ago
Based on that score, it's right up there with Haze according to Famitsu! Very reliable source of honest reviews!

PureGamer  +   2274d ago
your so biased.
Graphics Whore  +   2274d ago
Haze got a 34. Did that make Haze any better based on this score? No, I think not.

Western Reviewers have a more rounded opinion of what WESTERN GAMERS want to play.

Japanese culture is in a word, 'weird'. Just quirky.
Sarcasm  +   2274d ago
Right, but if Famitsu cant tell what Western gamers like, and cant tell what Japanese gamers like (see WKC sales). It's safe to say that they're the "Edge" of Japanese publications.

Firstkn1ghT  +   2274d ago
So you want to read a western review for a japanese game? Yeah that makes sense dude.
king dong  +   2274d ago
the only review i trust is my own
perhaps people should stop being sheep, and putting so much faith in the opinions of others. if you're unsure rent first!

sarcasm: what are you doing in here anyway? isn't there a killzone thread that needs some fanboy love! bubbles minus..

i'll pick this up eventually. i've still got infinite undiscovery and last remnant sitting under my tv unplayed! on the last disc of lost odyssey, and have just finished the knothole fable expansion....to many rpgs, not enough time to play them.
kewlkat007  +   2274d ago
Understanding Famitsu scored are wierd, but I'll trust them with a JPRG, then a Western Game Obviously...
Even so, why should one review matter...

Simple I trust a Western review site when it comes to shooters more then a Famitsu...so really nobody was going to jump on Haze because of it's Famitsu score. JRPG's might be a different story.

Regardless of Famitsu, this game is and have already been pre-ordered.
White-Sharingan  +   2274d ago
@ Firstkn1ghT- uhh yes it does make sense

Japanese like a different type of games, famitsu liked haze, infinite undiscovery and hated WKC.

I prefer to trust an American with a Japanese review than a Japanese review for a Japanese game.

If I were Japanese then that would be another story...
kazuma  +   2274d ago
"So you want to read a western review for a japanese game? Yeah that makes sense dude."

yeah, we must trust the japanese, they also gave 34 to haze!
haze is a GOOD game! (no it's not, in case u didn't notice it)
it's not like they have a different culture and tastes, IF IT'S PERFECT IN JAPAN IT'S PERFECT EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD.

oh wait i just noticed something. so star ocean 4 = haze...wow that isn't good

only morons pay attention to review scores, because they can't decide for themselves what's good and what they want to play.
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Hiruma Youchi  +   2274d ago
Graphic whore

did you also wait for the RPGFAN site score of WKS???

let me remind you

70/100 + Famitsu 29/40

WKC = CRAP Confirmed

Only Ps3 people could spin things around and trying to make SO4 look bad just because its 360 exclusive.

Get at me b1tches
NickIni  +   2274d ago
Dear Moderators,

I am writing to you regarding the ridiculous amount of fanboy comments in the Gamer Zone, and nothing what so ever is done. Please can something be done about this? I suggest adding a "Inappropriate for Zone" option under the report button.

Yours Sincerely


Anyway. WKC sure went down extremely well for a "crap" game.
NinjaRyu  +   2274d ago
look at all the fanboys in here trying to discredit famitsu.......
"they also gave 34 to haze! " Well they also gave a 34 to Valkyria Chronicles & a 33 to Resistance 2 I guess that mean I guess we can't trust those reviews as well!


oh wait i just noticed something. so star ocean 4 = haze...wow that isn't good" I guess by your"

Really? If you think that I guess that means Valkyria Chronicles= Haze

I can't wait to see famitsu give another PS3 game a good score just to see all the peoole that didn't trust famitsu all all of a sudden act like famitsu reviews are the only ones that matter in japan!
FF7numbaone  +   2274d ago
What did fam give the other jrpgs and what did western reviewers rate them?
Got to go with GW on this one. You might be upset because of SO4 is a 360 exclusive but can you tell me what Fam gave the other jrpgs for 360?

Then Give me what the western reviewers rate them. Honestly Its hard to argue with some who does trust Fam. I'm still upset I bought haze( sold it back for a profit :)...lol only find out ign vs fam scores, lol.
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kazuma  +   2274d ago
"Well they also gave a 34 to Valkyria Chronicles & a 33 to Resistance 2 I guess that mean I guess we can't trust those reviews as well!"

yeah, we can't. want to know why not? because we're living outside of japan. you're accepting reviews made by people who were educated in a whole different culture and worship rpg's as the best genre ever made.
i'll give you an example. famitsu gave 38/40 to last remnant (yeah that's right 38/40 that piece of sh*t rpg).
meanwhile the exact same game got released in america and europe, where it received not so hot reviews:
1UP 25
IGN 53
Gamespot 65

oh and btw the metascore of that game is 65 with 45 reviews. so basically the allmighty famitsu (situated in japan, don't forget that) gave 38 out of 40 to last remnant. that's like almost perfect. perfect things are perfect around the world are they not? oh wait, i guess western folks actually looked at that game and saw through the pile of crap it actually was.
do you want more examples? i can give you more lol

"Really? If you think that I guess that means Valkyria Chronicles= Haze

I can't wait to see famitsu give another PS3 game a good score just to see all the peoole that didn't trust famitsu all all of a sudden act like famitsu reviews are the only ones that matter in japan!"

ya know, i was actually showing you guys how delusional you really are. as i said before, haze and last remnant come to mind. both almost perfect according to famitsu, literally flopped sales and review wise outside of japan. different cultures have different tastes. famitsu doesn't publish their review scores for american gamers or european gamers. they publish their scores IN japan FOR japanese gamers.
i mean, it's not like famitsu gave 40/40 to nintendogs. OH WAIT THEY DID? but outside of japan they thought it was kinda meh...(metascore of 83 btw).
you guys seem a little edgy, i didn't even say the game was weak or anything and there you go attacking people and making assumptions that everyone's a ps3 fanboy...

so yeah, you can actually read the famitsu review and accept their score. proof that it actually is a good game? not really, and i'll give you more proof about that.

1 428: Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de Wii Sega 40
2 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker NGC Nintendo 40
3 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time N64 Nintendo 40
4 Vagrant Story PS1 SquareSoft 40
5 Soul Calibur DC Namco 40
6 Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 Konami 40
7 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Wii Nintendo 40
8 Final Fantasy XII PS2 Square Enix 40
9 Nintendogs NDS Nintendo 40

yeah, i'm pretty sure nintendogs and super smash bros are what everyone calls perfect games.
get over it, reviews are made by individuals who were formed in a certain society and have different tastes. 1 review alone or 100 reviews altogether cannot say that a game is perfect or the best game ever made. that decision is made by the people who actually play the games and judge them themselves. ya know, consumers. there are lots of bad games (according to reviews) that sell a lot and there are lots of "perfect" games that don't sell that much.
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No Way  +   2274d ago
@kazuma -
You spend waaaaaaay to much time on here, trying to prove a point, bro.. Damn. aha.

And, I actually rather liked The Last Remnant.
LethalToxins  +   2274d ago
I think you'd get your point across better if you didn't insult people. Acting like a jerk kind of kills your credibility.
RememberThe357  +   2273d ago
GI gave it a 7
So it's not great but they liked it. If your into JRPGs I'm sure you'll like it as well.

On the topic of Famitsu; I don't trust them at all anymore. Some times it seems like their reviews are right on point, and other times it seems like they are way off. Their just too inconsistent with my taste.
Danja  +   2274d ago
hmm well not bad but lets see how the reviews on the west will shape up.....
king dong  +   2274d ago
is this confirmed for the ps3 yet?
Danja  +   2274d ago
UM wat does the PS3 has to do with my comment...?
I said i'll wait to see how the reviews look from other reviewers outside of Japan..

They gave The Last Remnant a 38/40 and the game got thrashed by everyone else....so i'll just wait to see a few more reviewers about this game..

im a huge SO fan...and I was planning on playing this on the 360 ne ways....
No Way  +   2274d ago
@Danja -
I thought The Last Remnant was rather good.. I didn't even know about the reviews, though. But, glad I didn't.. Have you tried the game?
Danja  +   2274d ago
No I didn't play the game , I was never interested in it from day one..

was just saying Famitsu has some really eyebrow raising scores ...and I will just wait to see wat other reviewers think of the game SO4..
Jazz4108  +   2274d ago
Wait a couple years for sony to throw some money at haze2 so it can be just like killzone2.
urban bohemian  +   2274d ago
I always liked Star Ocean
But never managed to finish any of the games! Hopefully this one will be different. Looking forward to reading a full review (I don't speak Japanese!)
hay  +   2274d ago
Same as FF3ds, Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria, Fire Emblem, Tales of Symphonia so we can say it'll be a good game.

@why dis: Your reporting rights should be taken away judging by the mess you're making there.
Why dis  +   2274d ago
Asking questions makes a mess?

I don't speak Japanese I wanted to remove the report with proof a PS3 fan wasn't trying to pull a fast one.

PM people for that kind of sh*t talk about rights needing to be removed lol.

Going to pre-order this game How bout YOU!.
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hay  +   2274d ago
Maybe I wasn't on time but when I looked at the news it had scans, so either no proof or no reporting it was needed.

I'm not getting Star Ocean. Didn't like Second Story, didn't play Till the end of Time and I don't want to start my adventure from 4th iteration so won't play it until I finish previous three titles(excluding gameboy color sequel). And there's no place in my budget for it so basically I'll skip it.
Not my piece of bread.
FF7numbaone  +   2274d ago
Till the end of Time = waste of time. Will try so4 and so2.
San Frandisco  +   2274d ago
thats in the front of the last row with haze and last remnant..
witch can only mean that famitsu says its a must have "quality" title.

famitsu is your source for all things twisted.
Reliability at its finest!
OmarJA  +   2274d ago
Hmmmmm..... same as Haze...

So according to Famitsu, TLR is a much better game.
TheMART  +   2274d ago
Well maybe they give games/exclusives for Japanese based console a high score. That makes a score like this for a game for an American based console as the 360 even a more interesting result.

But as allways I'll await IGN and EDGE scores.
darkdoom3000  +   2274d ago
looks good. but famitsu have random reviews sometimes. look at haze..

But meh. game will probably be good.
velcry  +   2274d ago
Just as another comparison
Since it's not often quoted... Eternal Sonata got a 35/40 from famitsu, in case any of you have played it and needed another yardstick

ReTarDedFisHy  +   2274d ago
they gave Lair a 34/40...

I've never taken their reviews seriously again. This one high score made me ignore the others, haha. Never again people...never again...
Llort  +   2274d ago
Flop. This is gonna sell worse than Left 4 Dead LOL.
Jerk120  +   2274d ago
Yeah, but not as bad as LBP.

It took what? 3-4 months for it to take off? What a slowpoke.
TheMART  +   2274d ago
@ Llord aka NASIM

Go watch the PS3 game sales for worse numbers...
gamfreak  +   2274d ago
Flop indeed.....! Lol.
Namikaze_Minato  +   2274d ago
Huauhahuauh! Star Ocean DESTROYED White FLOP Chronicles!
Rhoic  +   2274d ago
So far... Star Ocean: The Last Hope > White Knight Chronicles
ironmonkey  +   2274d ago
well so far so bad 85?
Gun_Senshi  +   2274d ago
good as haze :D
Firstkn1ghT  +   2274d ago
Another great JRPG!
Famitsu has always rated the 360 jrpg's high. They're the ones that count since they probably played every jrpg in existence.
Aloren  +   2274d ago
Good score, compared to other recent JRPGs (Tales of Vesperia got 35 I think ? and WKC 29 or something). And I don't think Haze score is relevant... at least I can't imagine why a western gamer would pay attention to the reviews a western FPS gets in Japan... while it makes sense to pay attention to the scores JRPGs get there.
ranma6899  +   2274d ago
its not coming out for ps3
none of the game se said that was supposed come out wont they are microsoft pet now ,as for final fantasy they mmight make ps3 version stay in japan only so se can help microsoft crush the western side before ps3 get theres
WIIIS1  +   2274d ago
I think this was the kind of score that some fans were hoping that PS3 megahypedtodeath exclusive White Knight Chronicles would get. Pity it fell far short. I guess Level 5 isn't > Square Enix and 360 is still home to the best JRPGs afterall.
Grooski  +   2274d ago
hmm...i guess.

maybe the fact that WKC sold more than TLR and IU combined in Japan would soothe their shattered egos huh?
thereapersson  +   2274d ago
Except for the fact that this game is developed by Tri Ace, and not Squaresoft...

Tri Ace has been just as hit or miss as any other developer. I mean, they recently put out Infinite Undiscovery, which was really subpar.
devilhunterx  +   2274d ago
kazuma  +   2274d ago
damn that was one of the most ignorant comments i've read this year. good way to start 2009 junior.

seriously, go educate thyself before saying that so4 is made by square-enix. it's just pathetic to read stuff like this.
PirateThom  +   2274d ago
Meh, when it comes to PS3 I'm sure more people will buy it.
militant07  +   2274d ago
are you serious, do you really think that xbox360 can out sold a ps3 game???

2.7 million ps3 sold in japan compared to 800k xbox360.

and the face is WKS is avearge JRPG just like LR and IU
FF7numbaone  +   2274d ago
Square is down atm
Square sucks atm, level 5 track record in recent times is better. But level 5 is small compared to square. Honestly only thing that saves square is final fantasy.

Only attractive jrpgs this gen imo, is Eternal sonata and TOV because tales is the sh*t. Anything else is meh.
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laaakokaracha  +   2274d ago
this game is gonne be the BOMB!!!

it will last me until ff13 is out!
kodiak  +   2274d ago
34/40 is way better than 29/40 white flop chronicles

and guess what... its 360 exclusive

Flopstation3 cant handle this game
L-a-i-n  +   2274d ago
Why would people wait for western reviews on a Japanese game? The point of a jrpg is that it appeals to the Japanese correct? Either way it is just as good as Haze so can't be half bad. I am one of the rare ones that liked Haze for what it was not what I wanted it to be. Star Ocean has been a great series I am just hoping they don't screw it up like they have with games as of late. I can speak Japanese so I think I will just get the Japanese version they have great voice actors there so I will enjoy it more.
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yojoe26  +   2274d ago
I won't be able
to get this one unless the inside sources that I've heard are right about it's timed exclusivity. From what I've heard Square Enix is waiting for the exclusivity deal to run out before any announcements are made. I guess we'll have to wait and see. I hope it's true cause I really want to play this but I do not want to buy another console.
N4Garbage  +   2274d ago
Please...the only inside source you have is the McDonalds rep who tells you when they'll be serving the McRib again.
J@D  +   2274d ago
It's a good score after all... but Famitsu is not a reliable source anymore at least for me. Well, lets see if Tri-Ace and S-E decide to make a PS3 counterpart on the end of the road or some measure are gonna be take from me ^^
anubis12  +   2274d ago
Sweet yet another exclusive rpg loves the 360. NICE
gamesmaster  +   2274d ago
Hiruma Youchi  +   2274d ago
gamesmaster...what do you mean by "another"???

did you forget about

Mass effect meta 91%
Fable II meta Meta 89%
Tales of vesperia meta 81%
Lost odeyssey meta 79%
Blue Dragon meta 79%

and now SO4 with 34/40=85 %

keep on playing Crappy WKS ...or the only good rpg you have which is Valkyria.
kazuma  +   2274d ago
yeah i'm pretty sure he's worried, it's not like valkyria chronicles is the highest rated jrpg this generation...no siree...he's just dreaming.

btw the initial guy said exclusive and u still use mass effect? good call junior. also learn how to type.
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Obama  +   2274d ago
lol LO and BD couldn't pass the 80 line, and SO4 only has 1 review so far, so don't get your hopes up. The best jrpg is still VC. S8ck on it :)
militant07  +   2274d ago
did you play Valkyrie Chronicle ???

its not JRPG

its tatical game its stratgy.

few RPG players like those kind of games.
Obama  +   2274d ago
yes I have the game. It's srpg, still part of jrpg.
Hiruma Youchi  +   2274d ago

PS3 Fakkots still trying to spin things around???

Remember when they said: WKS will be the next True Rpg?

LMAO SH!T got a 29/40 in Famitsu and a 70/100 From RPGFAN an american reviewer site that only Reviews RPGS!!!!!!!!!

Aint no wonder PSTurd aint getting no Rpgs. DIsagree all you want

kodiak  +   2274d ago
HELL YAH!!! White Knight chronicles is the true RPG

days later

Famitsu - 29/40

"lulz... famitsu d0nt know ho0w Io r3view g4m3s!!!"

days later

rpgfan - 7/10

"lulz... this gami still rules, M$ paid f0r the lol sc0r3s lulz... Level5>>>>>> <><>><>< ;><><Square"

Cry me a river PS3tards, White knight flop will be the enchanted arms killer and level 5 lose 2 levels after WKC and now is only Level 3
Gue1  +   2274d ago
Famitsu scores for:

Lair = 34/40
Haze = 34/40

What are you people bragging about again?
Queers of War  +   2274d ago
i'll get the ps3 version when they get rid of all the framerate issues and whatnot on the 360 version

Marquis_de_Sade  +   2274d ago
Maybe, but most likely not, right?
Maywell  +   2274d ago

even we should go steal this if we cant buy this game...
Ghyst  +   2274d ago
Meh ill wait for eurogamers review
if ign and eurogamer give it more than 9, ill buy it, otherwise it's a flop to me.
Bladeslayer  +   2274d ago
screw reviews
i'm going to pick this title up because i like it
The Kingslayer  +   2274d ago
YOu gotta
If Microsoft didn't buy it, media have Xbox 360 controllers in their mouths. Yet let Killzone 2 get one bad review, and the world explodes. Anyway comparing Haze to Star Ocean 4 is so not credible especially for a publication that caters to an audience that loves RPG's. Point is Star Ocean got a good a score, and like most 360 games I'm looking forward to seeing the overall reviews.

I'll be playing this game day one, and when Killzone 2 comes out check the game out at my friends house next door. Good gaming in February to go around on both systems.

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