Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Despite fun battle sequences, this is a mediocre sci-fi RPG.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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. 

Sex

Women dressed suggestively, showing lots of cleavage, wearing short shorts revealing buttocks.

Language

"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."

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

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Adult Written byFernando A. November 25, 2016

I've played all the series

Im sure this one wnt be as good as: till the end of time. But im giving a shot on the 5th game.

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What's it about?

The fifth installment in the best-selling Star Ocean series, STAR OCEAN: INTEGRITY AND FAITHLESSNESS is an epic sci-fi role-playing game (RPG) that takes place between the second and third games in the series. The Pangalactic Federation is nearing the fulfillment of its mission of maintaining peace throughout the galaxy, until a disturbance begins to take place on the planet of Faykreed, which is 6,000 light years from Earth. Fidel and his childhood friend Miki get involved in this alien civil war, and once they realize the threat of war can spread across the galaxy, they enlist the help of others to fight. Gamers will fight on various planets, in dungeons, and elsewhere, with up to seven characters engaged in combat at any one time, each with a different fighting style and technique. Other features include a unique item-creation system, multiple side-quest options, and various endings to the single-player adventure.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sex, gender, and body issues. Is it OK to let young girls play this game, or will they think it's appropriate -- or even desirable -- to wear revealing clothing that shows off breasts and buttocks? Is this just a cultural difference between Japan and North America?

  • Talk about violence in games. Does this game need to focus so much on combat? Could the gameplay have been as good or better if there weren't the same focus on battle?

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