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The fourth game in the ''Franchise/StarOcean'' series, ''Star Ocean: The Last Hope'', was released for the {{Xbox 360}} in 2009 and got an [[UpdatedRerelease updated re-release]] for the {{PlayStation 3}} in 2010. ''The Last Hope'' is a prequel to all three previous games about how Earth [[FirstContact first made contact with other worlds]].

[[AfterTheEnd After a nuclear World War III devastates Earth]], mankind is forced to put aside their differences and unite for a common cause: to find a new planet to colonise and save the human race. Edge Maverick is an impulsive but determined young man who volunteers for this desperate mission alongside his childhood friend and {{foil}}, Reimi Saionji. Together with a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits ragtag group of crewmen, aliens and cyborgs]], Edge explores the different alien cultures across the universe and tries to figure out exactly how mankind will live in this new galactic landscape.

!!This game provides example of:

* AccidentalPervert: Edge, on four separate occasions, although one of them wasn't completely accidental. Naturally, Reimi never reacts well. There is a PA where he calls her out on it because she walked into his room without knocking.
* AccidentalKiss: [[spoiler:Lymle has one with Faize while trying to pull a prank on him.]]
* ActionGirl: Myuria, Reimi, Meracle, Lymle. Even Sarah, the WhiteMagicianGirl can advance through the Colosseum with the right build and tactics.
* {{Alien Non-Interference Clause}}: Averted. There is nothing stopping Edge's crew from aiding an alien race however primitive they are. [[spoiler: The Underdeveloped Planet Protection Pact was formed during the ending sequence at Edge's instistence because he witnessed numerous events where it went wrong.]]
* AllInTheManual: The in-game encyclopaedia explains many important facts that aren't even hinted at in the main story, such as the reason why Lymle looks six when her profile says she's fifteen, and [[spoiler:the reason for Faize's emotional suppression]].
* AsideGlance: During one PA where Edge is trying to calm Reimi down, he glances at the player while commenting on what he has to do.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Many of the bosses battles require this. Each Grigori hides its core in a unique fashion.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Symbology. Nice effects, big explosions, many colors and decent damage. However, without Fast Cast casting takes forever and the high-end spells can't be chain-combo'd which means you don't get bonus damage via the chain-combo damage multiplier.
* AwesomeMcCoolName:
** "Edge Maverick"? ''Really?''
** "Arumat P. ''Thanatos''".
* {{Badass}}
** Arumat fits this trope down to the letter. He is a massive and rather intimidating man [[BareYourMidriff while wearing just a vest]], wields a [[SinisterScythe scary energy scythe]], and also has an obligatory scar from being a battle-hardened veteran that was part of an elite military group.
** Crowe should be under this section for the way he beat the crap out of those Phantoms.
* {{BFG}}: The Blessed Buster support mech.
* BigDamnHeroes
** Arumat and Crowe when the two of them [[CutscenePowerToTheMax cut through wave after wave of Phantom Soldiers like they were nothing, despite the horrendous boss battle you just went through against eight waves of them.]]
** Arumat does it [[spoiler:after the group escapes from Alternate Earth and find themselves under attack and unable to defend themselves]]
* BigNo: [[spoiler:Edge has this moment when the Apostle of Creation is about to destroy Earth and recreate it.)]]
* {{Bishonen}}
-->'''[[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]]''': "[[{{Unskippable}} That girl has a really deep voice]]".
* BonusDungeon: The Cave of the Seven Stars and the Wandering Dungeon.
* BossRush: You can fight all the Grigori again before fighting [[spoiler: Faize]] in his OneWingedAngel form. They can be avoided if one hugs the pathway out.
* CallingYourAttacks: It's no surprise that ''everyone'' in the game is an offender, [[WorldOfHam given what this game is like]]. You can even unlock additional voice clips via battle trophies, so the characters will start saying different things when they use skills/symbology.
--> ''"You will be bound in eternal silence!"''.
** Sarah's extra voices add a bit of comedy to the battle.
--> ''"Lightning, uh, uh, something!"''
* ChekhovsGun:
** Near the beginning, [[spoiler: Faize mentions his shuttlecraft Sol is connected to him, and he can summon it at any time. Guess what saves him and Edge at the end of the game.]]
** [[spoiler: Lymle's "scribbles" on the Calnus save it during an important event late in the game because they are symbolic runes of power]].
* ContinuityNod: ''The Last Hope'' serves as a prequel to the entire Star Ocean universe. About 336/[[TimeTravel 36]] years before Star Ocean 1.
** The entire planet of Roak is the home of the main characters from Star Ocean 1. The normal battles while exploring the planet have a nice remix of the battle theme from the first game as the battle BGM. The story even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the fact that a local cult is trying to summon a being of UltimateEvil. Your party is told that you will only prevent his summoning, but he will inevitably be unleashed, and only then will be destroyed [[spoiler: as the ClimaxBoss of Star Ocean 1.]] Even the [[AllThereInTheManual encyclopedia]] points out this fact.
** [[spoiler: Crowe's secret ending reveals he's the direct ancestor to the main hero of Star Ocean 1.]]
** Stephen J. Kenny being the first human to travel faster than light [[spoiler: and the first President of the Earth Federation]] neatly explains how Ronyx and Claude never, ever get punished for breaking the laws they mention breaking.
** Sarah Jerand has the same surname as two characters from the first game. Her dictionary entry spells out that she's their aunt through one of her unseen younger brothers.
** EN II has remixed themes from [[VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory the second game]], the physical similarities between the Morphus and the Nedians, and the presence of the four jewels in EN II's sactuary. The dictionary entry states that EN II was created after the Morphus destroyed their homeworld in a civil war 3.7 billion years ago, and we already know that Nall's description of '''E'''nergy '''N'''ede's history was not accurate.
** When the Morphus set up camp on Nox Obscurus, the transporters they use are identical to the ones used on Energy Nede.
* CursedWithAwesome: The Seeds of Hope. [[spoiler: Out of the 3, only Reimi views it as a curse due to a traumatic incident in her past. The others think it's awesome.]]
* DareToBeBadass - Edge gets a zinger of one from Lady Elena on Roak, to snap him out of his HeroicBSOD [[spoiler: after the destruction of Alternate Universe Earth]].
* DisposableWoman: [[spoiler: The cute shepherd girl that Faize talks to for five minutes on Roak; her death is responsible for his StartOfDarkness]].
* DamselInDistress: [[spoiler: Sarah is in the process of being captured when you first meet her and is later captured again as part of a plot to achieve TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]].
* [[DoomedHomeTown Doomed Homeworld]]:
** The Earth might qualify as one since it being "doomed" is the reason Earth gets into space exploration in the first place.
** It's mentioned that Eldar is running out of time, as its sun is dying. [[spoiler:It's destroyed by the Phantom soldiers accelerating this process.)]]
** [[spoiler:Lymle's hometown is struck by the stone sickness and then a plague of lizard men. The survivors leave.]]
* EncyclopediaExposita: A menu option contains information pertaining to the Earth, to monsters, and the main cast.
* ExpendableAlternateUniverse: [[spoiler:So long, Parallel Universe Earth! While the rest of the party play this trope straight, Edge is the only one to realize that billions of lives that have been destroyed, and suffers from a massive HeroicBSOD due to the fact that he was directly responsible for it.]]
* ExperienceBooster:
** Blue bonus board tiles boost your gained experience by 10% per tile.
** Green tiles, obtained whenever an enemy ambushes you. At the end of a battle, one party 'SP' point is added to your total for each green tile. By carefully manipulating the battle scenario, you can fill your entire bonus board with them.
* FairyInABottle: Made with crafting, and used in synthesis. There's one fairy for every stat.
* FirstContact: Humans had such with the Eldarians pre-series, but it's still new. Humans are on the contacting side at Lemuris and they take pains to avoid it at Roak.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Everything Myuria does causes her boobs to [[JigglePhysics jiggle]].
* GlassCannon:
** The best way to do any notable damage, especially post-game, is to turn a character(s) into one of these. A maxed out Berserk will double the character's attack but cut their defense in half. Add in the Spriggan monster jewel and you can double their attack again at the cost of cutting your max hp in half.
** Myuria and Lymle, as {{Squishy Wizard}}s are this by default.
** Meracle when you first obtain her due to being many levels behind the party.
* GunsAreWorthless: At the very beginning of the game, when the alien wildlife appears, the SRF's railguns are promptly proven completely useless thanks to the electromagnetic energy shields that the giant alien insects possess. This doesn't come up again but Edge continues using a sword and Reimi a bow. It helps that they prefer swords and bows over guns. [[spoiler: and that they're genetically engineered humans]] This is also par for course with Star Ocean, and the premise of the entire game series revolves around sci-fi heroes in a fantasy-esque setting.
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: ZigzaggedTrope. Edge and Reimi start [[AvertedTrope off using the same standard issue guns]] but after they discover that guns are worthless they play the trope straight. When [[GenderFlip Bacchus, the Big Guy, joins the group he is using an arm cannon and later addition Meracle, Cat Girl, fights up close with her claws.]]
* GlobalCurrencyException: The colosseum, which requires the player to spend "Fight Tokens".
* HelloInsertNameHere: You can change the first name of your party members, and the dialogue subtitles follow suit but the dialogue audio doesn't.
* ImprovisedWeapon: The "sword" that Edge grabs at the beginning to fight off the Bugs is actually a work tool designed for cutting through ship hauls and such. It's not meant to be used as a weapon, but he makes due with it until he can get his hands on a proper sword.
* InterfaceSpoiler: If you go around collecting all the spaceship data you can, you'll notice a couple odd gaps early on. [[spoiler: The SRF-00X ships are listed in order, but the SRF-001 Calnus appears twice, in both its original version, and the version outfitted with Eldarian technology. There's a gap between its upgrade and the SRF-002 Aquila, hinting that the Calnus will receive another upgrade later in the game (which it eventually does, with the much-superior Morphus technology). There's also a gap after the SRF-002 Aquila, hinting that not only will it show up later, but it will be upgraded (or get upgraded). None of the other SRF-00X ships have gaps after them, so nothing interesting will happen with them.]]
* JigglePhysics: Presumably present for all the women, but only slightly noticeable on Reimi and ''very'' obvious on Myuria.
* LaserGuidedKarma: ObstructiveBureaucrat Shimada gets this when his cowardice results in him being in exactly the wrong place when it gets vaporized.
* LethalJokeItem: The Tri-Embl'''u'''m. At first glance, it's like the Tri-Embl'''e'''m, the best unmodified accessory in the game... except with 1/100 of the stats and none of the cool factors. However, it has a particular hidden stat whose worth doesn't become apparent until the post-game: A Synth limit of 8. This allows you to synthesize up to 8 other items onto it to beef up its power. The regular Tri-Emblem has a limit of only 3, but transfers 100% of its stats when synthing. If you synth some Tri-Emblems together, you can get one awesome one with 4x the stats. Or, you could synth 8 of them to a Tri-Embl'''u'''m, getting an accessory with 8x the stats of a regular Tri-Emblem, three of the four awesome factors found on the Tri-Emblem, and best of all, able to be duplicated for the dirt cheap price of 1 Magical Clay, allowing you to outfit your whole party with them. What's not to love?
* MagicKnight: Edge, Faize, Arumat [[CutscenePowerToTheMax and Myuria in certain situations]], all mix magic and armed martial arts.
* MaleGaze: The post-battle camera seems to really love Reimi's butt, and long pans ''all the way up'' [[MsFanservice Myuria]].
* MarathonBoss:
** The final boss has around 2 million HP on Galaxy ''([[IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels Normal]]'') difficulty.
** The [[BonusBoss bonus bosses]] take this up a notch. Gabriel Celeste, the first one, has about ''five'' million on Galaxy - in his weakest form. In his strongest one, he has ''three times that amount''. And then? We have the Ethereal Queen, who has that amount of HP in her ''weakest'' form. In her strongest form, she has yet again three times that! And let's not get started on the higher difficulties. On [[HarderThanHard Chaos]], she has '''''64 MILLION HP''''' in her strongest form!
* {{Meganekko}}:
** Sarah for the cuteness.
** Welch is [[MediumAwareness aware]] of it.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** The world leaders in the cinematic opening when they witness the untold destruction of nuclear war.
** Edge when [[spoiler:his actions cause the destruction of an alternative Earth]].
* MsFanservice:
** Myuria is quite the busty lady. She even has JigglePhysics. The camera specifically pans and rotates around her from the ground up, focusing on her butt and breasts before reaching her face during her victory poses.
** Reimi to a lesser extent. Her butt is ''huge'', and [[MaleGaze shoved into the camera constantly]]. Those [[ZettaiRyouiki thigh-highs]] make it better or worse depending on how you feel about it.
* MultiMookMelee: The fight against the Phantom Soldiers on Aeos consists of one normal battle followed by '''seven''' ambushes.
* NewGamePlus: After you beat the final boss, you can reload with a "clear" save file.
** You can also import battle trophy and monster data to a new game.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** [[spoiler: Edge is indirectly responsible for the deaths of many people on Lemuris. including Lymle's grandfather. By destroying the source of the disease that had been plaguing the planet, everyone who was infected suddenly mutated and went on a rampage, before turning to stone. In Edge's defense, this would have happened to them eventually...his actions merely sped the process up and made it happen all at once. The only consolation is that, with the source gone, the disease would never afflict anyone again.]]
** [[spoiler: Edge hands over technology to an alternate version of Earth that over a hundred years in the past, which results in its destruction.]]
* NonCombatEXP: Finishing mini quests gives you exp and the skill points to acquire skills, as well as opening treasure chests. Also you get that by farming and or mining items at certain spots (the only way to finish some of said quests as well as getting certain crafting materials).
* NotWhatItLooksLike: [[RunningGag Edge just can't get a break]] [[NeverLiveItDown because the first time, it was what it looked like.]]
* ANuclearError: We see in the opening sequence that World War 3 started when an unmanned stealth drone was caught in the discharge of an {{EMP}} fired to inconvenience communications. Its nuclear payload inconvenienced a densely populated city (the ultimate in accidental friendly fire). This caused a worldwide thermonuclear war that left the surface of the Earth uninhabitable, making all eyes turn to space for a lasting solution.
* PlotHole: Okay, so the Earth has become uninhabitable due to all of the nuclear fallout and polluted skies. Yet, [[spoiler: at the end of the game, Earth is suddenly cleansed with no mention of what fixed it!]]
* RainOfArrows: A lot of Reimi's higher level moves, in particular Savage Sparrows.
* ReligionOfEvil: The church of Sydonai is premised with reviving an archfiend so it will burn the entire world, kill everyone it (including themselves) for some kind of post-flame salvation.
* RockBeatsLaser: Only one character uses futuristic weaponry in battle. The rest use swords, bows, spears, and various other weapons.
* RoswellThatEndsWell: The timing and the location of her recruitment heavily imply that Meracle was the Roswell alien. [[spoiler: For ''that'' Earth, anyway.]]
* RunningGag: For one (innocent) reason or another, Edge always ends up in the female shower room while Reimi is taking a shower. Or he's caught with one of the other female characters in an awkward position.
* {{Sentai}}: The Mighty Multi-Colored Bald Eagle Rangers.
* ShipperOnDeck: If you plod back to Aeos after clearing out Lemuris, you can talk to Commander Graffon and learn he's rooting for Edge/Reimi.
* ShoutOut: This game references previous games in the series with music: the entire planet of Roak has remixed themes from Star Ocean I, for instance.
** En II has remixed themes from Star Ocean II.
** Faize's basic combat stance is taken from Jayle, of ''ValkyrieProfile'' and Klaus Bachtein looks suspiciously similar to [[ValkyrieProfile Lezard Valeth]].
** At one point on Lemuris, the party has to go to a place called the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Rinoa]] Mountains.
** The default name for your tournament team is [[OceansEleven Ocean's Eight]] and there are teams in there called [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou The World Ends With Two]] and ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''.
** There's an attack called "[[Music/TheRollingStones Rolling Stone]]"?
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: The game is all over the place. It mostly takes itself seriously, but in other places, it reverts completely and especially in the bonus dungeons. Between meeting the [[{{Sentai}} Mighty Multi-Coloured Bald Eagle Rangers]] (who ask Reimi to become the ''pink'' Eagle Ranger), greeting the Armaros Manifest II with "Trick or Treat!" (and the thing actually ''responding in kind'') and meeting ''[[SantaClaus Santa]]'' of all people to sell you some of the game's most powerful items [[SubvertedTrope at pretty absurdly high prices]].
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Or rather, something only they would wear. [[spoiler:Lymle realizes the true identity of the Apostle of Creation from the fact that it's wearing Faize's scarf]].
* SpaceElves: The Morphus. Their name even means "Enlightened One". [[spoiler:It's all but spelled out that they're a Nedian splinter group.]]
* {{Stripperiffic}}:
** Myuria wears little more than a top, bottom and gloves.
** Meracle is a mildly disturbing case, as she doesn't look much older than 12 or 13, even if [[OlderThanTheyLook her profile says she's 16]]. It's understandable if you consider [[spoiler: how she had been treated at the lab, which may have affected her development]].
* SurvivorGuilt:
** [[spoiler:Reimi]]'s DarkAndTroubledPast stems from this: [[spoiler: the only child to survive radiation poisoning due to her Seed of Hope.]]
** Arumat also suffers this [[spoiler: because on a number of occasions he was the only survivor in his squadron.]]
* {{Tsundere}}:
** Despite showing very little emotion, Lymle is this to Faize. Although she outwardly hates him and they argue often, they definitely share a connection. She cares very much about his wellbeing, [[spoiler:especially late in the game when Faize disappears]].
--> '''Reimi''': "[[VitriolicBestBuds Only true friends would fight like that]]."
** Also, Reimi herself to Edge. She's a mild dere-dere type in that she's usually a NiceGirl to everyone, including him, but jealousy can get the better of her on occasion.
* TwentyBearAsses: There is a subset of sidequests called "Shop Orders" which will ask the party to bring back 5 bee stingers, 1 ice crusher sword, 20 intensified gunpowers, etc.
* VerbalTic:
** Lymle, 'Kay?
** [[CatGirl Meracle]] meow!
* WaveMotionGun: [[spoiler: The beam fired by the defense system (in the form of a huge dragon) of Nox Obscurus most definitely qualifies as this. It destroys the Moonbase without even ''touching'' it; cooking with simply with the cast-off energy.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: Each character has one.
** [[MeaningfulName Edge]] uses [[HeroesPreferSwords swords]].
** Reimi uses [[TheStraightAndArrowPath a bow]].
** [[BlackMagicianGirl Lymle]] uses a MagicWand
** [[WhiteMagicianGirl Sarah]] use [[BladeOnAStick spears]]
** [[RedMage Myuria]] use [[MagicStaff staves]]
** Faize uses a [[RoyalRapier rapier]].
** Meracle uses [[WolverineClaws claws]].
** Bacchus uses an ArmCannon.
** Arumat uses a [[SinisterScythe scythe]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** [[spoiler:The Apostle of Creation, who is actually Faize, is attempting to create a universe where no one will have to suffer and die like Faize's Eldarian brothers and sisters did. The only problem is that recreating the entire universe would kill everyone in it.]]
** Millia Bachtein, who truly had the best interests of Earth in mind. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, her plans involved subjecting extraterrestrials (one of which was Meracle) to inhumane experiments in hopes of gaining their technology and enslaving them. And using said technology to crush all their enemies.]]
* WingedHumanoid: The Featherfolk race.
* [[YesMan Yes Men]]: Deputy Director Shimada's assistants do nothing but parrot what he says and agree with him.
* YouKilledMyFather: Myuria towards Crowe [[spoiler: but replace "Father" with "Husband"]].
* ZettaiRyouiki: Reimi and Meracle wear thigh highs, although neither is wearing a skirt per se, just clothing that sort of resembles one from certain angles.