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OXM -- Star Ocean : The Last Hope review

Ryan King from OXM writes:

"Ever been woken up by a slap in the face? Star Ocean is a harsher JRPG experience compared with what you might be used to. We've become used to the JRPG as a relaxing visual feast, but Square's latest hits much harder.

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On a basic level, this is a space-faring adventure that has you planet hopping, meeting locals and wiping out the indigenous wildlife with swords and fire. Just like early-age colonists, but with porcelain doll features and less body hair."

Verdict
Pretty, but flaws stop it touching the stars

Uppers
* Huge scope
* Amazing musical score
* Edge Maverick is a top name

Downers
* Battles too chaotic
* Item creation ability confusing

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