This Stunning Tri-Ace Tech Demo Should Be the Next Star Ocean

This Stunning Tri-Ace Tech Demo Should Be the Next Star Ocean

Sadly, it seems like this gorgeous real-time tech demo isn't the next Star Ocean game - but it really ought to be.

I was not a fan of Star Ocean: The Last Hope, to put it mildly. My problems with the game, however, had nothing to do with its graphics: On the contrary, I found it to be a very nice-looking game with some colorful and well-rendered (if not particularly original) environments.

This tech demo from Star Ocean developer Tri-Ace for its "Physically-based Rendering version 0.1" technology only goes to show that in terms of graphics, the studio knows its stuff. According to Tri-Ace, this demo runs in real-time at 30 FPS in 720p on Xbox 360 and PS3 hardware, and we can only imagine that it'd look all the better with tweaking.

It looks like a Star Ocean title. It sounds like a Star Ocean title, thanks to work by series composer Motoi Sakuraba. Hell, the main character even looks at model figurines that appear to be of Fayt Leingod and Edge Maverick, the protagonists of Star Ocean 3 and Star Ocean 4, respectively. Unfortunately, Tri-Ace also firmly states that the "contents in the video are not related to our developing titles at all."

Well that's a bummer. Frankly, my biggest problem with SO4 was that the plot was execrable and the characters were irritating, underaged brats with grating voice acting. Yeah, the "protagonist" in this video looks like every other space marine (hello, generic Commander Shepard) but he's an adult, he seems reserved, and most importantly he doesn't say a single annoying word.

I'd totally play this game, because maybe it could actually make the Star Ocean series good again.

(Andriasang, via Destructoid)

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Huge fan of 3. Thought 4 was good enough to finish, with the occasional surprisingly emotional scene. And mostly horrid characters. But the combat was ace...imo.

So, I'd welcome a new SO. I'd welcome it in an instant, after Tri-Ace previous work on Resonance of Fate.

Didn't care for 2...or play 1 at all. If anyone wonders.

Shall be keeping a eye on this one, I enjoyed 3 & 4 a lot, even with the "annoying" characters. I'm an anime fan, so I'm used to the quirkyness of these types of characters.

maybe they are hinting at another SO, it would be nice, the last one was kind of a disappointment.

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NO IT WASN'T "KAY." NOW SHUT UP OMG JUST SHUT UP!!!!

looks good i wonder what going to come of it will it be a game at some point or just a a taste of what could have been

Am I the only one who played Star Ocean 4 with the Japanese audio enabled? Also we need a remake of SO1.

I liked the Edge action figure he had in his room: "Whoopa!"

Looks like Resonance of SPAAAAAAAACE.

I just want another SO as good as SO2. That was easily my favourite JRPG, and one of my favourite games overall, from the PSX era. 3 and 4 were decent enough, I suppose, but they paled in comparison to the greatness that was SO2.

icyneesan:
Am I the only one who played Star Ocean 4 with the Japanese audio enabled? Also we need a remake of SO1.

I played with J-audio, like every game that lets you do that.

I really want a new tri-Ace title. Star Ocean 4 had the perfect combat with crappy characters and Resonance of Fate had ok combat (Probably the best on a turn based game ever tho), and really good characters and story, so I know they can do something perfect.

mireko:
Looks like Resonance of SPAAAAAAAACE.

Now with tutorials that actually do a good job explaining shit!

Nah.

The only time Edge Mavericks name wasn;t completely ridiculous was when he was in the gladiator bowl.

EEEEEEEEEEDGE MAVERRRRIIIIICCKKKKKKK.

(think: RIIIIDGE RACEEEEERRRR)

Onyx Oblivion:

mireko:
Looks like Resonance of SPAAAAAAAACE.

Now with tutorials that actually do a good job explaining shit!

Nah.

Screw the tutorials. I just what want to know what the f*ck is going on before being 20 hrs in

I seen it this morning, I never played a Star Oceanos game but damn the graphics were just amazing.

sougo13:

Onyx Oblivion:

mireko:
Looks like Resonance of SPAAAAAAAACE.

Now with tutorials that actually do a good job explaining shit!

Nah.

Screw the tutorials. I just what want to know what the f*ck is going on before being 20 hrs in

I knew it all would be explained eventually, so I wasn't worried.

I was worried about the ridiculously annoying escort levels. FUCK YOU FOREST.

Lets see, a "new type" of space ship, grizzled twenty-something dropout with bad hair on a futuristic motorcycle looking at his old home, running out to watch crazy stuff blasting off... this isn't Star Ocean, it's Abrams' Star Trek. Too bad, it actually looks pretty good.

I haven't actually played a SO game since The Second Story. Am I missing out?

Onyx Oblivion:

sougo13:

Onyx Oblivion:

Now with tutorials that actually do a good job explaining shit!

Nah.

Screw the tutorials. I just what want to know what the f*ck is going on before being 20 hrs in

I knew it all would be explained eventually, so I wasn't worried.

I was worried about the ridiculously annoying escort levels. FUCK YOU FOREST.

Oh I know that the story's going to happen eventually but waiting till chapter 6 to start telling me what's going on is kinda a d*ck move. Especially when it's not that easy to bulldoze through each chapter.

And was there many escort missions in the game? I remember one where you have to escort a moving statue. That mission made me want to do terrible... things to the developers.

sougo13:

Onyx Oblivion:

sougo13:

Screw the tutorials. I just what want to know what the f*ck is going on before being 20 hrs in

I knew it all would be explained eventually, so I wasn't worried.

I was worried about the ridiculously annoying escort levels. FUCK YOU FOREST.

Oh I know that the story's going to happen eventually but waiting till chapter 6 to start telling me what's going on is kinda a d*ck move. Especially when it's not that easy to bulldoze through each chapter.

And was there many escort missions in the game? I remember one where you have to escort a moving statue. That mission made me want to do terrible... things to the developers.

No. Not many. But that statue one was a giant dick.

The only thing that can ruin a Star Ocean like game is the voice acting, I remember wanting to commit so many atrocities against the developers for the brutal raping of my ears every cutscene

ReaperzXIII:
The only thing that can ruin a Star Ocean like game is the voice acting, I remember wanting to commit so many atrocities against the developers for the brutal raping of my ears every cutscene

I think that had more to do with the SquareEnix localization team. They tend to shaft anything without the words Fantasy, Hearts, Final or Kingdom in the title. Hard.

Tri-Ace said ages ago that SO4 was the finale of the series, so that's a no-go. What you're probably going to see next is either something new or Valkyrie Profile 3

Kirk Thornton and Laura Bailey (Lust/Cloud of Darkness voice): problem solved.

Then again, as annoying as Reimi, Welch, and Edge were, NOTHING was more annoying than that stupid "kay" bull crap. The worst part was that the game had everything else going for it (outside of a fast travel system). Games like Star Ocean show that this genre doesn't need random encounter grinding, nor ATB to work. In fact, those two things work about as well as flossing your *** with barbed wire.

it would be nice to have a main character (and much of the crew if not all of it) that arent children practically children (or actual children). and could actually be doing the things they do in the game like crewing a starship.

Look at Nier; the 360 version had a badass father as the protagonist.

Japan, IT CAN BE DONE!

icyneesan:
Am I the only one who played Star Ocean 4 with the Japanese audio enabled? Also we need a remake of SO1.

no your not, and yes we do.

also thats the most Star Ocean paraphernalia ive ever seen and to say that your not giving hints that there may be another Star Ocean is nice and all(although dont know were you would go already gone way beyond what i will call the best move ever in the PS2 Star Ocean: till the end of time when

oh yeah i do know what you could do how bout a translated version of the god damn GBA (Blue Sphere) Star Ocean by porting it to the DS or PSP with upgraded graphics and sound. Am i the only one who wants that?)... also another Valkyrie Profile would be nice.

Scars Unseen:
I haven't actually played a SO game since The Second Story. Am I missing out?

y do i feel like Eric Cartman telling you to play world of warcraft when i say play Star Ocean Till The End Of Time for the ps2

Star Ocean 3 was the biggest disappointment of the PS2 generation for me, and I didn't get more than a few hours into SO4 before I realized it wasn't going to be any better.

SO2 was not a masterpiece but it had a lot more charm than its sequels, not to mention it had some great ideas that would have been awesome if they'd been refined instead of discarded.

I want to love this series again, Tri-Ace. Please make SO5 the game I've been waiting for since SO2. (And retcon SO3 out of existence while you're at it.)

 

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