"the minuses outweigh the pluses. Voice acting can be atrocious more often than not, especially concerning Edge. There were times during cut scenes when I actually cringed at what was said because it was so ham fisted. He actually tells the final boss to "Bring it on!" Speaking of cut scenes, there are plenty of them. And they're long-many of them pushing past the 15-20 minute mark and some going on over half an hour. While the combat is fun, it is also not very challenging. I only died a handful of times with an actual difficult fight appearing only after over the twenty-hour mark.
Star Ocean: The Last Hope simply provides more ammo for people who cannot stand RPGs. Except for turn-based, random battles (which I was pining for after disc one), nearly every awful trapping that the genre is criticized for is present. Sappy story, cookie-cutter characters, long cut scenes-it's all here."