A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Goal is to find a girl, protect galaxy from a militaristic threat. Sounds positive, but heavy focus on combat, mature content limits impact.
Positive Role Models
Main characters feel like they're fighting against evil for a noble cause. But constant focus on fighting limits impact as positive role models. Plus, female characters don't portray fully positive message for girls.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to learn, but difficulty scales up over time.
Violence & Scariness
Gameplay centers on battles against enemies. Players can use melee weapons, projectiles, magic attacks to defeat enemies on various planets. Some blood seen at times, but isn't excessive. Some cut scenes depict violence; one character shot in back.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women dressed suggestively, showing lots of cleavage, wearing short shorts revealing buttocks.
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"Damn," "bastard" heard in dialogue. Some lines sexually suggestive. Example: "It's a female with rockin' knockers." Another: "You started out as the same old perv, but the drunker you got, the more serious you got."
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Products & Purchases
Based on Star Ocean sci-fi role-playing game (RPG) franchise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters shown drunk, stumbling while walking, slurring speech. One reference to drinking in dialogue.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is a Japanese role-playing game (RPG) set in a sci-fi universe. Much of the game features combat between human characters and alien creatures, such as imps, giant spider-like creatures, golems, and more. Players can use guns, swords, and magic to kill enemies, but there's very little blood and no gore. Many of the women you encounter dress suggestively, and there are some references to female body parts and sex in the dialogue. The words "bastard" and "damn" can be hard in the game but nothing stronger than that. Some characters appear to be inebriated because of slurred speech and wobbly walking.
Is It Any Good?
While it's an ambitious RPG that has some strong combat mechanics and a huge world to explore, this game ultimately disappoints for its bland and repetitive missions. It also suffers from a story that's hard to follow, paper-thin characters you won't care about, and some technical issues that break the immersion. Interestingly, you really can feel a disconnect between the good and bad in this game. On one hand, you have fast, frenetic, and fun combat sequences, including multiple fighters in your party that each bring something different to the brawl. These fighting scenes are tense, pretty, and rewarding. But when it's time to move on, there are boring missions where have you walk around a huge and sparsely populated world, characters who don't discuss what they're doing there and why they're helping you out, and sloppy audio and video issues (such as characters who talk over each other or you walk right through your mates, respectively). While not horrible, this fifth Star Ocean game may only satisfy longtime fans of the franchise, and even with this group, many will likely feel it's not the polished adventure they were hoping for.
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