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Break time! A review of Star Ocean: The Last Hope for the Xbox 360

Monday, March 9th, 2009

[Break Time! is a series of posts about video games that Rick has spent entirely too much time with over the years.]


The current generation of game consoles has not been very kind to gamers who enjoy Japanese-style role-playing games (JRPGs). If you like JRPGs, you’re better off having merely a Playstation 2 rather than the current offerings from Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo.

Finally, some of the big names are coming to the current generation of consoles. Star Ocean: The Last Hope is here.

Star Ocean: The Last Hope

Star Ocean: The Last Hope

Star Ocean: The Last Hope is the fourth major Star Ocean game from Tri-Ace. (So, I’ll call it SO4 from now on.) Since the previous game (Star Ocean: Til the End of Time) ended rather strangely, Tri-Ace decided to make this game a prequel to the previous three games. The game is set shortly after the third world war has made Earth practically uninhabitable. Earthlings are using newly developed “warp” technology to find a new planet to live on. I should also mention that the Earthlings have made contact with an older spacefaring race who look like humans but wear things on their ears that give the earlobes a pointy appearance. If that last bit sounds somewhat familiar, that’s because the Star Ocean universe is what you would get if you took Star Trek and dressed it up with magic (“symbology” or “heraldry” in Star Ocean) and swords.

Read my spoiler-free review of the game below the jump.


Friday Cate: Small gardener

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Cate has inherited Patty’s love of gardening:

Cate waters the garden

Cate waters the garden

or Cate is simply waiting to blast someone with the water hose.  You decide. 🙂

You say tomato, I say … STOP!

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Patty has a garden this summer, and there are quite a few tomato plants there.  But lately, some of the tomatoes have gone missing – taken in their prime by a dastardly tomato thief.  Who’s the number one suspect?

[Tomato thief 1 - 1024x768 JPEG]

[Tomato thief 2 - 1024x768 JPEG]

Stop, thief!

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