Space: the final frontier. Let's face it: outer space is awesome. The reality, the possibility, everything about the universe beyond our small blue planet is infinitely compelling and interesting. And the vehicle we use to traverse this great expanse of pulsars, nebulae and impenetrably dark black holes-science fiction-has infinite reach. Enter the universe of Star Ocean: The Last Hope, and prepare to take those bold first steps beyond the Oort Cloud.
To the uninitiated, the Star Ocean series occurs in a universe very-similar to that of Star Trek. You have analogous versions of the United Federation of Planets, the Prime Directive, and Vulcans. But The Last Hope is a prequel to the other three Star Ocean titles, and it takes place long before any of those exist. The story opens at the dawn of human space exploration-the protagonist, Edge Maverick, is one of the first humans to travel aboard a faster-than-light Starship. You leave Earth wholly ignorant of the great universe beyond, on a mission of discovery. Of course, this premise is entirely reminiscent of the oft-maligned Star Trek prequel, Enterprise. You're on your own out there, with no one to rely on but yourself.