Just beat that optional boss from the demo after he filtered my ass for 30 minutes.

Just beat that optional boss from the demo after he filtered my ass for 30 minutes.
You can actually feel the potential for the battle system in that fight as opposed to the first boss and the regular enemies that don't pose much of a challenge.
I'll finish the demo later maybe. I'm pretty convinced by it to not want to spoil what's left of it for me should I pick up the full game. The game's rough on base ps4 performance mode, though, but what can you do. At least it's not release Stranger of Paradise bad.

It would be my first SO game if I do end up picking it up. I've been eyeing it up since the first in-depth gameplay reveal and thought I'd buy Star Ocean 4 at some point since you can find the ps3 version fro pretty cheap but restrained from doing so because too many games to play and SO6 is nearing its release.

Are the 3D SO games in any way similar, especially 4, or is SO6's combat system an entirely new deal?

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    They're all different, and if you're looking for challenge you're only going to find it in the SO series when playing on higher difficulties, which must be unlocked by beating the games on lower difficulties first.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I'm not specifically looking for a challenge but that boss made me consider the mechanics like perfect dodging adding VA and blind sight more effectively than mob fights.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i thought tri-ace died

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Theyre about to die again if this flops. Theyre seriously close to insolvency since the gacha died and it kinda looks like theyre going for an all in here.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I don't see this selling too well, at least in the west. Is the series popular enough in Japan? What's the number they're expecting for it not to be a flop?
        I remember reading when it was announced that it's Square who's got the rights to the IP but that tri-ace pulled the money themselves, more or less. Might have to check that.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Seems to be a shared IP actually. Might have got the information mixed up with the Valkyrie series.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You can get SO3 on PSN and I promise you it’s way better than 4 was. SO4 wasn’t exactly terrible, but story wise it just offered absolutely nothing to the overall lore of the timeline. Whatever you do stay away from SO5.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      S03 has way too much filler and bullshit it's literally takes like 20-30 hours for the combat to actually open up and let you do cool shit

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Unless I’m forgetting something you’re basically free to do anything combat wise once you get off that Vanguard planet and move on to Elicoor

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Star Ocean 5 is a perfectly service-able game. It's a little short and you can tell they ran out of time to make the game they WANTED to make, but I wouldn't say it's something players MUST avoid.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        This. So5 is clearly very unfinished, but what is there is fine. As long as you're aware going in you're only getting like 20 hours of gameplay I think its enjoyable enough. Supposedly Squeenix stole most of their devs part way through to work on 7R, but I don't know if that's true.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        This. So5 is clearly very unfinished, but what is there is fine. As long as you're aware going in you're only getting like 20 hours of gameplay I think its enjoyable enough. Supposedly Squeenix stole most of their devs part way through to work on 7R, but I don't know if that's true.

        For me it was the unfinished aspect of it where the issues stem. The combat really needed some fine tuning if you’re going to have every character available in the story at the same time. On top of that, some of the characters got left underdeveloped (specifically this generations Kenny), and you never really left the planet you started on except for the final act.

        Must avoid, maybe a bit of an over reaction. But it’s definitely not something that is at all necessary for someone wanting to get into the series and it’s for sure the lesser of all of them.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The Gameboy color game is top tier and has a translation. It could've been a gameboy advance game

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous
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        Anonymous
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          Anonymous

          Best girl

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Blue Sphere is very nice and a top-notch work as far the GBC can handle shit but the gameplay is absolutely horrendous.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Who will you choose for Divine Force?

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    is the combat actually good? Or is it only good on the surface but has a bunch of unfun jank and hyper armor like Tales of Arise?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I've played the demo for both ToA and SO6 and they're not really similar from what I saw, aside from having customizable combos, I suppose.

      No idea what hyper armor is but the camera can be a bitch in SO6 with the DUMA thing and targetting but I might just be bad at managing it. Otherwise it's fun enough. Blind sighting is a pretty cool mechanic, you can perfect dodge attacks to recover more of the gauge that uses DUMA, which is otherwise recovered by using regular attacks but from my reckoning it's not as effective. The combos aren't as intricately customizable as in Tales of, though I've only played a bit of Berseria and the demo of Arise for reference, but I know you can map different attack strings to whatever button sequences you want, whereas in SO6 it's only 3 attacks per face button, with the ability to map an attack/ability to holding that button.

      Technically I guess you can do like in Tales of for the latter point and try and vary the button combinations, it's even encouraged as changing face button for attacks negates the depletion of your ability gauge, but I suppose it's pretty limited still compared to what you can do in Tales of.

      This is just for the demo, though. I've seen promotional footage showing more intricacies to the combat than that. But anyway, the combination of DUMA abilities with regular abilities and how they play off each other will seem to make or break the combat system to me.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Hyper armor is when an enemy just tanks your hits without even flinching. They might take damage but it completely kills any comboing, let alone juggling, potential. This really doesn't necessarily apply to turn based games, and if your game is going for the soulslike thing, I guess it doesn't matter cause those games aren't really big on comboing. But if the game is meant to be flashy like the Tales series, it just gets in the way...

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I'm ready to get hurt again

    SO games all have their flaws but at least they are always interesting. I'm going into this one blind (barely even watched the first trailer)

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What's the point of the protagonist choice anyway? Aren't they always together?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      No, and even if they were always together there's still room for differences. Just like SO2, there's a party member unique to each character, and your chosen character has unique character endings with other characters.

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