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July 25, 2004
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
30/9/2004UbiSoftTri-Ace Inc.1$99.95

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Typical Japanese RPG stlying.
It is increasingly uncommon for RPG's to make it to the PAL market, even if the games are being translated to English for the American Market. Perhaps it is the need to also then translate it to German and French at a minimum. Perhaps it is a lack of sales today. One thing is certain however, it's starting to feel like pre Final Fantasy VII days again where RPG's were few and far between. Fortunately one of the most promising titles to be released in recent years, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time will be getting a release here thanks to UbiSoft who often release lesser known titles to the market to satisify the hardcore gamer.

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Selecting the characters.
Four hundred years have passed since the climactic battle with the Ten Wise Men from Star Ocean: The Second Story. The year is now SD 772. Humans and aliens co-exist, some in more advanced societies than others. The Pangalactic Federation continues to research the cosmos in an ongoing quest for power. Meanwhile, the young Earthling Fayt Leingod is taking a well-deserved vacation on the resort planet of Hyda with his family and childhood friend Sophia Esteed. Their dreamy holiday turns into a nightmare when Hyda is attacked by an unknown military space force. In the heat of the attack, Fayt is separated from Sophia and his family and begins an emotional quest into the unknown to find his loved ones.

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The production values are good.
This game includes an advanced real-time battle system allows up to three characters to move freely around a three-dimensional battlefield and execute synchronized attacks and other collaborative actions. A fighting mode allows players to battle against each other or to team up against the computer. As you can probably tell from the screenshots the battles include typical RPG elements such as Hit Points, Magic Points and plenty of spells. Another addition is the Fury meter which determines how you characters are progressing in the battles.

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More nice graphics.
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time will be a two DVD set packed with extras from the Director's Cut released in Japan. Additions include new playable characters, enemies, dungeons, voice-overs, background music, expanded event scenes and CG sequences, among others. Other changes include enhanced character renderings, environmental graphics, cinema scenes, battle graphics, and maps while optional costumes can be unlocked for all ten playable characters. Finally the game is polished off with Dolby Pro Logic II audio. Expect a release here in Australia in late September 2004. (It has been out in America for quite some time already - better late then never!)