Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness
Star Ocean 5 is currently being developed by tri-Ace for PS4 & PS3, with the latter being the lead platform. PS4 will be a port with Square Enix looking into ways to utilize the share functionality.
Square Enix have announced that the title will release on February 25, 2016 for Japan, and an unannounced date in 2016 for the West (PS4 only).
Set in the year 537 Star Ocean 5 will take place between Star Ocean 2 and 3. Set on the dangerous and remote planet of Feycreed, located 6,000 light years from Earth, growing conflict will once again threaten the Galactic Federation and humanity's hopes of order and peace.
Battles will be both seamless and in real-time. In addition to the traditional event scenes, there will also be seamless events where the enemies attack you. Different outcomes may occur if an enemy captures on of your allies during an event.
Basic battles are very much the same as previous titles,where the player controlled character will take on an enemy in a 1v1 battle. However, boss battles will include the whole party in your fights, which creates a difference in strategy and overall feel.
Famitsu interviewed the title's producers and developers with some very positive answers being provided. Kobayashi, a producer, claims that "Star Ocean 5 is about bringing a sense or reassurance back to longtime fans..." and that there are no plans for story DLC or a re-released "Full Version". "I sincerely don’t want to do anything with this game that’ll upset people even a little bit," Kobayashi said. The overall game will reportedly be taking major cues from the fan-favorite Star Ocean 3.
|(3 out of 5)
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-Seamless combat transitions and full-party battles are unique and interesting (despite minor problems)
-Story is shallow and incredibly short (~20hrs or less). Moments that should be emotional fall totally flat due to failed execution.
-Lovely as the world is, there's barely any of it to actually explore. There are a whopping 4 towns, 8 outdoor zones, and 8 dungeons. Expect a LOT of backtracking, even for how short the game is.
-You never visit any other planets, and you NEVER SEE SPACE (static 2D starscape with nothing happening doesn't count). "Space Battles" involve awkward 10 minute scenes of people yelling at each-other on the bridge. You don't get to see other ships, or battle FX, or anything.
-Almost all cutscenes have no camera work. You are expected to be your own camera-person, which is exhausting and plays a big part in killing the impact of important scenes.
-Anne is the only character who's at all interesting. Everyone else is a walking, talking trope.
After how much I enjoyed SO4, I really wanted to like this game as well. But it just felt flimsy and cheap, like they were in a hurry to get a big-ticket JRPG out for the PS4 to push sales.
Take a good look Tales: if it ain't broke, don't re-invent the wheel. Just makes minor adjustments.
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