Sorry I'm late to this thread but I just got Star Ocean 4 recently. I like both FFXIII and SO4 but there's a lot more replay value in Star Ocean, the characters are better and the combat is more fun. The level design and monsters are better in FFXIII.
Both stories are awful. The funny thing is, I really
liked both stories up until the endings, then this
happened for FFXIII:
Where is the name "Etro" ever said in a cutscene in FFXIII?
That's right, it's never mentioned anywhere. Yet this completely unspoken about deity is the one who saved everyone at the end of XIII.
Almost literally, A Wizard Did It
. I didn't mind too much though; all Final Fantasy stories take a downturn at some point and FFXIII's just took longer to do so than usual. I didn't mind it in FFXIII but hated
that they bothered to use such a ridiculous explanation in FFXIII-2.
Star Ocean's was a massive case of Contrived Coincidence
though, given that without Edge being the one to go to Nox Obscuris and unleash his Eleventh Hour Superpower
(which was basically magic, even though it was genetic modification that gave him the powers), the crew would've been trapped in the final boss' alternate Grigori-filled dimension. Without Lymle, the Calnus would never have made it through (and it's only through luck that they did). I can buy all that but what really
frustrated me was Edge's magic genetic modification power saving his
life ... but not Faize's.
No. Sorry, no. Using a bullshit convenient magic power to save one life is fine but using it to save the other is too much?
Overall, even though I enjoyed FFXIII, Star Ocean 4 is the better game. I just completed it a couple of days ago and, from the looks of things, there's still a lot of sidequests to be done. You can't argue with that kind of replay value.
By the way, Nikkolas, you said Star Ocean 4 is a "highly contested" entry in the series. Can I ask why?
edited 17th Jun '13 3:03:05 PM by Guest1001