YMMV / Star Ocean: The Last Hope

  • Ass Pull: Meracle just happens to have the Unobtanium necessary for the crew to escape the alternate Earth with no mention or foreshadowing right up until the very moment.
  • Broken Base: Is this game a step up from Star Ocean 3 in terms of gameplay and story with no pointless and convoluted plot twist? Or is it a complete disaster with horrendous and unlikeable characters and worse voice acting than the PS1 games?
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Arumat is quite well-liked despite his minimal screen time.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: There are some fans who prefer to consider that this game never existed.
  • Faux Symbolism: The Grigori have an angel motif going on: They're all named after fallen angels from the book of Enoch (who were also called the Grigori), the energy they emit as they transform takes the shape of an angel, and the transformed Grigori all have wings, or a wing of some kind. The angel motif culminates with the final boss Satanail, the Grigori with the most angelic appearance.
  • Follow the Leader: The primary antagonists are alien eldritch abominations that are named after angels and whose goal is to wipe out all life. The backstory involves an apocalyptic event that severely altered the planet and put the future of the human race in jeopardy, with the powers of the world uniting and taking special measures to ensure humanity's survival. Finally, some of the main characters are "special" youngsters that are specifically chosen to perform a task upon with the fate of humanity rests. At least they're not in giant robots.
  • Game Breaker: Meracle. Her X Claw and Comet Impact are extremely powerful, she has the best Blindside in the game, and she can stunlock like nobody's business.
  • Memetic Mutation: Lymle's infamous Verbal Tic "Kai".
  • Narm: The scene after the alternate Earth is destroyed, in part, due to Edge's actions. The scene is supposed to be extremely sad and depressing, triggering Edge's Heroic B.S.O.D., but due to the cheesy voice acting and him generally being a Large Ham, it comes off as unintentionally hilarious.
    Edge: *slams both hands on the control panel* Oh yeah? You know how it could've been prevented!? If I hadn't started it in the first place! DON'T TRY TO CONSOLE ME, DAMNIT!! Who cares if it wasn't our Earth? It doesn't even matter... It's gone, either way... Don't you get it? It's all gone forever. My bad judgement put those people over the edge! The Earth was annihilated! Every last speck! Everything!! EVERYTHING!! People! Children! Animals! Towns and houses and everything! Everything! Everything! Everything! Everything! EVERYTHING!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
    • His name alone is this. Edge Maverick.
  • Play the Game, Skip the Story: General consensus is that while the story and characters are rather lackluster, the gameplay itself is solid.
  • The Scrappy:
    • You won't find many fans of Sarah and Lymle because some fans are turned away by their voice acting and how Sarah is Too Dumb to Live.
    • You'd be hard pressed to find many fans of this games version of Welch, with many seeing her as incredibly obnoxious and annoying. This is backed by her bad voice acting and being generally useless to the plot.
    • Edge also gets a lot of hate during his... tantrum.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The bonus board gets some dislike because it gets wiped every time you end a particular playthrough and load a savefile. Sure, this is specifically designed to prevent Save Scumming, but surely there could have been at least a little leeway that could have been programmed in? (I.E. allowing you the choice to keep it if it's been an hour or more since your last save, or something like that?)
  • That One Level: The Cardianon Mothership. Sure, you get Bachus, but the area is hard to look at, the camera hates you and once you get to the force field area, it becomes a LARGER pain in the ass to navigate through. Add to that several large enemies that can stun lock you, break your bonus board and a general lack of breathing room, it becomes a major slog very quickly.
  • Uncanny Valley: The anime-like faces don't emote well. It's made even more uncomfortable by the fact it makes them all look so young. Lymle takes this to a whole new level, due to her Creepy Monotone.

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