Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness-ness

The other game I spent the summer playing was Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness.

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never played any Final
Fantasy games, and it’s just a thing now that I’m determined to stick to for…
no reason really.  I guess I just have
too many things that I’m into so don’t want to add anything else.  Nevertheless, I have played quite a few other
JRPG’s over the years, such as the Phantasy Star games back in the day, that
Sailor Moon RPG for the SNES which I thought would be funny but wasn’t really
all that funny.  Skies of Arcadia of
course, quite a few of the Tales Of series.
And Star Ocean.

The first Star Ocean game I played was The Last Hope on Xbox
360.  It was one of the first games I had
for that system, although I’m struggling now to recall much of what
happened.  You play as Edge and you’re
part of the first Warp mission to leave Earth and explore the galaxy, but you
crash on a planet and Edge somehow ends up as captain.  At one point, you climb out of a tower and
Reimi gets upset because she thinks she was made to climb down after so that
Edge could look up her skirt.  I remember
that happening, although I don’t know why… I guess it just hints at the level
of maturity the humour and dialogue in this game is at.  You end up in the past at some point as well,
in Area 51 or something.  I don’t think
it has any bearing on Reimi’s butt or anything else going on.

In any case, I liked the game well enough overall that I
picked up the previous title for the Playstation 2, Till The End of Time, and
this title I do remember very well.  You
start off as a normal boy vacationing on an alien world when it’s attacked, and
things escalate from there until you end up fighting and killing what is
essentially this universe’s God.  It’s
quite a journey.

So, onto Integrity and Faithlessness which I picked up for
the Playstation 4.  The story is a little
smaller in scale compared to the other two titles I’ve played, with all of the
gameplay taking place on one world.  It’s
a typical pseudo-medieval world and your main character, Fidel, obviously isn’t
aware that there is a Pangalactic Federation or other civilizations at
all.  But, an enemy nation has acquired
new weapons that fire shafts of light.
Contrary to what conspiracy theorists tell us though, when he and the
other characters find out that there are aliens they pretty much just take it
all in their stride.

So anyway, you play as Fidel, and near the start of the game
you run into Miki, your childhood friend who would obviously like to be more
than just friends but Fidel is kind of oblivious.  She is the party’s main healer and is very
nice, but… it just kind of feels like there’s a factory somewhere that just
churns out female leads for games.

Then you meet Victor who is a soldier who trained under
Fidel’s father and who may or may not be gay.
That’s sort of the running joke with him, because he’s a soldier and he
hangs around with fit young men most the time, I guess.  I don’t care.

So, next we meet Fiore, who is some sort of genius
signeturge (mage, basically), although she looks stupid.  She looks like she was invited to a Halloween
party but couldn’t decide whether to go as a witch, devil, or a harlequin, so
she just slapped on all three costumes at once.
Other characters keep commenting on her fashion sense even though there’s
no evidence of it.

Then there’s Relia, who is really the central character to
the plot of this game.  She’s a young
girl you find in the wreckage of a ship who doesn’t seem to remember anything,
so Fidel and Miki take it upon themselves to find out who she is.

This eventually leads you to Anne and Captain Kenny, agents
for the Pangalactic Federation.  Kenny is…
well, he’s like Kirk as if Kirk was being written by an adolescent boy.  His sole aspiration in life is to meet and
seduce alien women.  Anne is one of his
long suffering officers who is good at punching things.  She should really punch Kenny, only she’d be
court martialled and he’d probably like it anyway.

So that’s the main cast.
The game is graphically not that stunning.  Maybe it would have been okay for the
previous generation of consoles, but… I don’t know.  This game just looks and feels quite low
budget, even compared to both the older titles that I mentioned.  The story is unfortunately nothing special
and the characters all a bit… meh.

But, if you’re looking a completely average JRPG because you
have a lot of time to kill, I highly recommend it.
Otherwise, probably just wait for another Final Fantasy game I guess.

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