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Star Ocean 3: Till the End of Time

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Platform: PlayStation2
Developer: tri-Ace
Publisher: Square-Enix
Players: 1
Format: 2 DVDs
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Story-driven RPGs eat your heart out, tri-Ace has your days numbered

What is the most common answer you hear when you ask someone what goes into a great RPG? You'll probably hear awesome graphics, memorable characters, or a wonderful soundtrack; but the most resounding answer you'll get is probably "a great story". After all, how can an RPG possibly exist without a grand adventure? Though the story is a very integral part of the roleplaying experience, it is possible to get away with a less than epic tale. Make no mistake, however, that it requires a team of professionals to craft a game with the story being the second (or possibly third) priority and still end up with a blockbuster. Noteworthy failed attempts include the Lunar series, which fell flat on its face on many fronts including story and gameplay, while it relied solely on its anime cutscenes to attract casual gamers. Though a mild success with some critics and consumers, the Lunar games are considered a failed attempt (a good attempt, nevertheless, considering they are nearly a decade old). The true experts of this tricky art of game production is none other than tri-Ace. You may still be repulsed by the cheesy and formulaic story of Star Ocean: The Second Story, but there is no doubt that the gameplay kept people from switching off their PlayStations in disgust. This talented team of developers have successfully removed the focus from the story and pointed it towards the gameplay. Blasphemy? No, far from it; their unique brand of gameplay has been captivating hardcore RPG fans since the rule of the Super Nintendo and continue to do so even to this day. Their flagship series has finally made it to the next-generation consoles and fans will be glad to know that it stays true to its traditions.

The US version of Star Ocean 3: Till the End of Time is actually the original game and the Director's Cut version combined. This means that you get the two secret characters, an extra secret dungeon, versus mode, and new costumes for the entire cast, all in one game. In a strange twist, Square-Enix has packaged SO3 in a dual DVD5 set, rather than the traditional single DVD9 as seen with Xenosaga, so you will see some disc swapping; who knows, maybe they were trying to make the SO2 gamers feel at home?

As expected, the story won't eclipse Final Fantasy VII, Suikoden or other triple-A titles, but it's an improvement over the Second Story. The game takes place 400 years after the PlayStation game, but there are references to characters from other tri-Ace games (Leon from SO2 is mentioned at the very beginning as well others near the end of the game). You take the role of Fayt Leingod, a college student on vacation with his parents and his childhood friend Sophia Esteed on the rancho-relaxo planet of Hyda IV. At first, his only concern was to spend less time at the battle simulators and more time with Sophia, but things took a turn for the worse. An alien race called the Vendeen attack Hyda IV and everyone is forced to scramble to the nearest escape pod. Unfortunately for Fayt, his parents had to stay behind to try to hold back the Vendeeni forces while he is ejected into space alone, where he speeds towards the nearest civilized (though underdeveloped) planet, Vanguard III. Thanks to the UP^3 (Underdeveloped Planet Protection Pact), which forbids more advanced civilizations from "helping out" primitive planets with gifts of technology, Fayt has to rely on man's earliest weapon, the sword. Later on he is taken in by the anti-Federation group, Quark, because its leader wants to have a word with him. As they try to meet up with the Quark flagship, they are attacked again and are forced to land on yet another underdeveloped planet, Elicoor II. It is on Elicoor II where the adventure really begins and coincidentally, you'll be spending most of your time here.

The first half of the story isn't too bad; it isn't until Disc 2 when everything starts to fall apart. I refuse to divulge any more information about the story, but I can tell you to expect a rather unusual twist that has piqued the criticisms of many. It almost seems as if there were two groups of writers, one working on Disc 1 and one working on Disc 2 because so many things are detached from both discs that they can practically qualify as two completely different games! Important plot pieces from the first disc aren't even mentioned in the second disc and many burning questions are inadvertently left unanswered. I don't know what went on in the writing department at tri-Ace, but this story is most certainly incomplete and it's something that even a lengthy press conference can't fix. The in-game plot dialogue is equally tragic, as most conversations consist of a generic formula:

Queen: "You shall go to the Shrine of Kaddan."
Fayt: "The Shrine of Kaddan?"
Queen: "There you will find the Sacred Orb."
Fayt: "The Sacred Orb?"
Cliff: "Must be an OPA."
Nel: "What's an OPA?"

You get the picture. Fortunately, you'll only deal with this kind of dialogue during plot events and you'll find that the more meaningful conversations like the ones found during Private Actions are better written and usually much more humorous.

Regardless of the tattered story, it's not what the fans love Star Ocean for; it's the gameplay that keeps them wanting more. Battle is still played out in real time (and still just as addicting), but a few things have been changed. The battle party has been reduced from four members to three and the Fury bar was added. Characters still have their special moves (now called coup-de-grace) and each move is different, sometimes using up HP or MP, but will always deplete a part of the Fury bar. This means that you will not be able to perform a special move again and again because once your Fury runs out, you won't be able to act until the bar has recharged, which usually takes a couple of seconds. Each move can be assigned to two pairs of slots: Short/Long Range weak attack and Short/Long range strong attack, putting the right moves in the right slots is key to performing devastating combos. So if you can't pummel an enemy with a barrage of special moves, how are you supposed to cause big damage? Easy; take advantage of the Cancel Bonuses. The term "cancel" is probably familiar to those who play 2D fighting games such as King of Fighters or Street Fighter and it's basically performing another attack while in the middle of an attack, effectively cancelling part of the first attack. With each successful cancel, damage is increased by significantly, starting at 175% all the way to 300%. And though "infinite cancels" existed in some 2D fighters, it is impossible to do so in SO3 due to the Fury bar, but you'll be able to cancel enough to cause some major damage. SO2 players will be happy to know that damage and character HP can exceed the industry limit of 9999, which is both a good and a bad thing; the good being you'll live longer and do more damage, the bad being bosses (especially the secret bosses) will have HP numbers beyond reckoning.

The item creation mode is still very much a important aspect in this game, but tri-Ace has improved it exponentially; turning it into its own time consuming adventure. It has evolved from the random combination formula to inventing items from raw materials. Invention Mode is initially unavailable until you meet up with the Inventor's Guild, headed by the strangely dressed Guild Mistress, Welch Vineyard. From there, you will have complete access to workshops in various locations; but before you can make use of them you will need to do two important things. First, you'll have to add new sections to the workshop of your choice; you can choose to add a Smithery for creating/improving weapons, a Writing section for creating books, etc. In conjunction with the specific sections, you'll also need to gather raw materials, which are easily found throughout your adventures. Now all you have to do is decide which character is right for the job and since some characters are more skilled than others and can create different items, be sure to choose carefully. Each "production line" can accomodate three characters and will also stack the abilities of all the inventors in the line as well as combine the types of items they can make, making the production of rare items possible. Before you start inventing, your trial will be given a price, which will determine the item you get, provided you are successful, but don't be fooled; higher prices don't always mean a better item... Once you begin the process, you'll be treated with scenes of your inventors hard at work as well as their portraits. Success or failure is determined by the facial expressions of your inventors; if they look happy and celebratory, there's a good chance an item was created, so you'd better stop production and see what it is. On the other hand, if they look despondent, then you should let them continue working so they can produce an item. It takes a while to get a hang of it, but once you do you'll find yourself spending hours upon hours of trial and error to try to invent the best items possible. My personal recommendation is to get the strategy guide for the complete list of items unless you're dead set on devoting your only waking moments writing down prices and their results.

Aside from inventing, you can also improve your items by refining their factors or by synthesizing these factors into your weapons. If you choose to refine a factor, you'll get one of several outcomes; you can either duplicate the factor, erase the factor, improve the factor (ATK +100 becomes ATK +200), or you can make the factor worse (Enemy ATK x3 becomes Enemy ATK x10). Needless to say, most players will probably aim to improve the beneficial factors and erase the detrimental factors so they can end up with the best possible items. In Synthesis Mode, you can inject these factors into your weapons, for a grand total of eight factors per weapon. In short, the possibilities are almost limitless with the Invention minigame and this is probably where you'll spend the bulk of your playing time. Here's a little tip for you players that are just starting out: the best weapons in the game are made through synthesis, not through invention.

Private Actions make a return in this game as well and again, it would be beneficial to get a strategy guide as the chances of you randomly running into a PA are very slim; I was only able to trigger four out of the possible eighty-four different PAs, so don't assume you'll be able to just walk into them. Just like in the Second Story, PAs will give you several different outcomes and all are determined by the action you perform; for example, if Nel asks you if she's proving to be a worthy party member, saying yes will raise her affection towards you while shooting her down will only make her angry. The affection points you build up during these events will establish the ending you will get and which character you will be paired up with. Till the End of Time has less endings than the Second Story, but they are more detailed and provide adequate closure to the adventure.

If all of that isn't enough to keep you busy, you can also try your hand in the collection of Battle Trophies. While totally optional, hardcore gamers should look no further if they want a formidable challenge. Battle Trophies are basically proof of your achievement of a certain condition in combat and there are 300 conditions to satisfy; ranging from simple (killing two or three monsters simultaneously) to downright insane (defeat the final boss using only a level 1 character). I highly doubt anyone can win all of the battle trophies in one lifetime, but I'm sure there are people out there who love to go above and beyond.

I don't know if this has anything to do with Enix's merger with Square, but Star Ocean 3 has some of the best production values I've seen to date. The opening movie is simply spectacular, as the CG quality damn near eclipses the sky-high bars set by Squaresoft with the Final Fantasy games. Unfortunately, the in-game graphics won't top those seen in Final Fantasy X, but players of Xenosaga will no doubt feel a little deja-vu. The framerate is at a silky smooth 60FPS, even in heated battles where the fill rate tends to reach record numbers. The textures are nice and crisp, but the character modeling leaves something to be desired. Take Maria Traydor, for example, whose cuteness is marred by fish-like lips or even Fayt himself, who almost looks like a primate of some kind. Then there's the models for minor characters, which definitely didn't receive the same kind of attention as the essential characters and thus ending up looking like something from a PSone game. About the only models that look normal is that of Nel Zelpher's and Cliff Fittir's, which is somewhat depressing because the descrepancy of quality between these two and the rest is so noticeable. On a more positive note, at least the animation is top-notch. I can only guess they used some form of motion capture because the animation is so fluid and lifelike.

The audio department seems to have shaped up as well; I am glad to say that the voice acting isn't as embarrassing as the Second Story's and Square-Enix even put in an option to mute battle and cutscene speech; no doubt a boon to those who can't help but cringe at the thought of using American voice actors in a Japanese RPG. The good news is the American voice talent does a very good job at playing their characters as a whole, but a few things can't be ignored; some characters have horribly mismatched voices like Cliff who sounds an awful lot like the Anchorman Ron Burgundy and Nel's henchwoman Farleen whose voice is so high pitched that if you closed your eyes and listened to it, you'd swear you were talking to a cartoon mouse. Battle is where the voices really shine, the grunt and pain sounds are very appropriate (and convincing) and the pronunciation of the special move names don't come out corny. I actually wanted to turn on battle voices because it just seemed so empty without it, but as for the cutscenes, well, I could live without the deadpan dialogue. The music is typical Motoi Sakuraba, you'll no doubt recognize his unique mix of quasi-futuristic techno with the traditional fantasy ballads. I didn't feel that any particular song in the game's soundtrack was really noteworthy, except for the classic secret dungeon song, "Mission to the Deep Space" and the game's theme song, "Tobikata wo Wasureta Chiisa na Tori (The Little Bird Who Forgot How to Fly)" peformed by Jpop artist MISIA.

If there's something I forgot to cover then let it be a testament to the wealth of options Star Ocean has to offer. Whether you are a casual RPG player or a hardcore fan, this game has something to keep you busy. For $50 you're getting an awful lot of content, which is refreshing to see again in this time of cut-costs-and-not-pass-savings-on-to-the-consumer-to-boost-profit agendas.

Highs: Enough gameplay to satisfy four hardcore geeks, improved voiceover work, wonderful visuals
Lows: Abominable story, poorly written script
Bottom Line: tri-Ace proves to us once again that award-winning stories are overrated, way overrated.
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Cara's ring snap came after she attended Comic Con in California to discuss the hotly anticipated Suicide Squad - where she plays Enchantress. Clad in a navy cropped jumper with aquamarine stripes, the Vogue covergirl looked effortlessly glamorous whilst simultaneously flaunting her enviably toned abs. Ensuring her neverending legs were also on display, she donned a pair of baby blue trousers that aided in elongating her lithe limbs and hugging her pert posterior. Adding yet more height to her statuesque frame, she wore a pair of towering patent black stiletto heels as she teetered along the platform. Glamourzon: She decided to let her modelling career take a backseat to focus on acting. But Cara still looked every inch the pin up girl as she headed into Comic Con in California on Saturday Check her out! Cara - who plays Enchantress in the upcoming movie - certainly lived up to her character as she dazzled whilst making her way to the stage Leggy lady! Ensuring her neverending legs were also on display, she donned a pair of baby blue trousers, that aided in elongating her lithe limbs and hugging her pert posterior Terrifying: Cara portrays June Moone and her villainous alter ego Enchantress in the upcoming film Wearing her golden locks loose and tousled, the Paper Towns star oozed glamour, whilst her glossy tresses were styled in a centre parting to frame her pretty face. Keeping with her colour scheme, the blonde beauty also bore a slick of navy eye shadow that made her hazel coloured peepers pop. Ensuring her bold trousers were the main focus of her ensemble, she kept her accessories simple with just a myriad of silver rings acting as the glitz in her outfit. Ouch! While the outfit looked great, it seems Cara was suffering from some sort of reaction Can't hold her back" The model turned film star did not let her hives slow her down, with Cara making sure to sign as many autographs as possible While the outfit looked great, it seems Cara was suffering from some sort of allergic reaction. The cropped top revealed a number of angry, red welts all over her midsection. The model turned film star did not let her hives slow her down, with Cara making sure to sign as many autographs as possible. Signature looks: The oddball star pulled some classic Cara faces as she tried to throw a pen back to a fan The oddball star pulled some classic Cara faces as she tried to throw a pen back to a fan. The star clearly missed her target and looked horrified as she threw the pen up into the air. Cara portrays June Moone and her villainous alter ego Enchantress in the upcoming film.perruques cheveux Besties: Cara and Margot kept themselves very amused by posing up for silly selfies In a teaser clip released on Wednesday, showed the model looking virtually unrecognisable as she transformed into character. The 36-second clip released on Wednesday opened with June standing in a grey suit with her blonde hair in a bun as she whispers an incantation. June placed her milky hand on the desk and it was clasped by an emerging all-black hand that turned her watch and suit sleeve into dark tattoos and a chain bracelet. Dangerous driving: Cara found herself behind the wheel and put on an energetic display The transformation finished quickly as Enchantress dramatically looked up with her stringy jet black hair and burning red eyes. Suicide Squad stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as Joker and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. The Warner Bros Pictures film is due out on August 5 in the US and UK. Making the rounds: Cara ensured she spent some time with the adoring fans outside the event Trying to focus: The starlet couldn't keep a straight face as she signed comic books for fans

She impressed audiences with her gorgeous legs as she flirted with Leonardo DiCaprio in Wolf of Wall Street. And Margot Robbie’s pins were on display as she strolled around New York City in a short black slip dress paired with a long pink Kimono, on Wednesday. The 26-year-old showed why she is tipped to be the next Bond girl, showing off her slender physique in the eye-catching number from Spell & The Gypsy Collective. Scroll down for video Stepping out: Margot Robbie’s trim pins were on display as she wafted around New York City in a short black slip dress paired with a long pink Kimono on Wednesday The oriental-inspired garment featured broderie anglaise in elaborate flower patterns on the sleeves, shoulders and back, and flowed behind her as she strolled around downtown NYC. Leaving a Tribeca hotel, the Australian actress smiled behind oversized round metallic sunglasses with her blonde locks tied back in a bun. The Hollywood starlet’s complexion was characteristically flawless all over, but years in the Northern Hemisphere appeared to have erased her Australian tan. All smiles: Leaving a Tribeca hotel, the Australian actress smiled behind oversized round metallic sunglasses with her blonde locks tied back in a bun High fashion: The 26-year-old showed why she is tipped to be the next Bond girl, showing off her slender physique in the eye-catching number from Spell & The Gypsy Collective Good taste: The oriental-inspired garment featured broderie anglaise in elaborate flower patterns on the sleeves, shoulders and back, and flowed behind her as she strolled around downtown NYC She enhanced her look with natural-look makeup and subtle pink lipstick and carried a small black leather handbag to run her errands. Margot had been at a fitting for the upcoming NYC premiere of her new film Suicide Squad on Monday night. Tinseltown is abuzz with rumours that the blonde beauty will appear in the next James Bond film as a Bond girl, following a long line of glamorous actresses. Flawles: The Hollywood starlet’s complexion was characteristically flawless all over, but years in the Northern Hemisphere appeared to have erased her Australian tan Going natural: She enhanced her look with natural-look makeup and subtle pink lipstick and carried a small black leather handbag to run her errands Looking her best: Margot had been at a fitting for the upcoming NYC premiere of her new film Suicide Squad on Monday night Online polls have revealed the 26-year-old stunner is at the strongest odds to fill the role, sitting at 12/1, while Emily Blunt sits at 16/1, according to Paddy Power. Others sitting at promising odds to star as the much-desired female character are American model and actress Emily Ratajkowski, who sits at 22/1, with Brit Emma Watson further down the line at 40/1. The Gold Coast girl found her big break in 2013 opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street as the feisty and seductive, Naomi. Plenty to smile about: Tinseltown is abuzz with rumours that the blonde beauty will appear in the next James Bond film as a Bond girl, following a long line of glamorous actresses Adoring fans: Margot caused a stir with passersby as she stepped out in NYC Well made: The beautiful garment had an elaborate rose pattern on its back More recently, she starred alongside Alexander Skarsgård in The Legend Of Tarzan as Jane.lace front wigs As well as the blockbuster, Margot has various other projects in the pipeline, including Suicide Squad, in which she plays Harley Quinn. Other females who have starred as the prestigious Bond girl include talented beauties Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike and Eva Green. Next big thing: Online polls have revealed the 26-year-old stunner is at the strongest odds to fill the Bond role, sitting at 12/1, while Emily Blunt sits at 16/1, according to Paddy Power . In demand actress: As well as the blockbuster, Margot has various other projects in the pipeline, including Suicide Squad, in which she plays Harley Quinn Following in footsteps: Other females who have starred as the prestigious Bond girl include talented beauties Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike and Eva Green Although the buzz around who will land the role of Bond girl is growing, the film is not expected to be released until at least 2018. Producer Barbara Broccoli has two other projects firmly underway and is said to be keen to tempt Daniel Craig into reprising his role as the titular character for the fifth time. Holding her own: Her breakout role was as DiCaprio's feisty wife, Naomi, on Wolf of Wall Street, which her portrayal earned her international acclaim - and showed off her gorgeous legs to the world

Next week will see the conclusion of the 12th season of The Bachelorette, as Joelle 'JoJo' Fletcher gets engaged to either Jordan Rodgers or Robby Hayes. And according to a new report, there's set to be a dramatic break-up ahead of the romantic proposal. Us Weekly claims that JoJo comes to the difficult decision of choosing between the two suitors after one of them makes a big mistake with her parents Joseph and Soraya. Family matters: Joelle 'JoJo' Fletcher apparently picks her fiance in next week's Bachelorette finale after one of the men makes a big mistake with her parents Who will it be?: Jordan Rodgers (L) and Robby Hayes are the two men left in the competition, and one of them allegedly gets sent packing after failing to ask JoJo's parents for her hand in marriage The runner-up gets dumped after failing to ask the 25-year-old's parents' for her hand in marriage, and during the emotional rejection, JoJo confesses that she wanted things to turn out differently. 'JoJo was sobbing,' a source told Us Weekly. 'She told him, “I wanted it to be you.”' The insider added: 'It was important to JoJo that the guys get her parents’ permission before proposing. JoJo viewed it as disrespectful that he didn’t.' Us Weekly claims that JoJo's family liked both of the finalists, but thought that the man she eventually picks was better suited to her. Favourite from the start: Jordan received the First Impression Rose and his relationship with JoJo has gone from strength to strength ever since Not true: The 27-year-old former quarterback has denied that he cheated on his last girlfriend 'Everyone thought he was husband material,' a source said. 'Later, they told JoJo that they liked the other man too, but they thought the second would be more loyal and a better fit.' And speaking about the family's meeting with the runner-up, the insider revealed: 'After he left, Soraya said she thought he was a player.' It seems that JoJo did make the right decision however, as she is apparently still very happily engaged to the winner. She likes what she sees: JoJo has also fallen in love with former competitive swimmer Robby, 27 Denying the rumours: Robby has refuted claims that he dumped his girlfriend to appear on the show Former quarterback Jordan, 27, has been a favourite to win the show from night one, when JoJo presented him with the First Impression Rose.cosplay wigs Show secrets: Us Weekly revealed details of the dramatic finale And while on Monday's episode of the show he was seen telling the real estate developer that asking her father's permission to propose would be very important to him, a clip for the finale showed JoJo asking if he is ready to get down on one knee. Both of the finalists have faced rumours about past relationships, with Jordan's ex Brittany Farrar claiming that they broke up because she cheated on him. He denied this to JoJo on the show. The footballer is estranged from his famous NFL star brother Aaron, whose girlfriend Olivia Munn is close pals with Jordan's ex-girlfriend. Aaron finally addressed his younger brother speaking about their fraught relationship on the show during an interview with WISN on Tuesday. 'As far as those kinds of things go, I've always found that it's a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I'm not going to speak on those things,' he said. 'But I wish him well in the competition.' Meanwhile a friend of Robby's ex-girlfriend Hope Higginbotham has claimed that he dumped her in order to go on The Bachelorette, something which he denied during last week's hometown dates. The Bachelorette finale followed by the After The Final Rose special will air on ABC on Monday. She made the right choice: JoJo is apparently still happily engaged to the winner, who popped the question in May. The finale airs on ABC on Monday