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Star Ocean — Integrity and Faithlessness review: Off to war

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness leans toward fantasy.

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness leans toward fantasy. Credit: Square Enix

PLOT A father, a son and a childhood friend are off to war.

RATED T for Teen

DETAILS PlayStation 4; $59.99

BOTTOM LINE Too much fantasy, not enough sci-fi.

In Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, Fidel Camuze has taken over his father’s swordsmanship school, while his dad moves on to help lead the lush Kingdom of Resulia in a war.

Both Resulia and its ally Langdauq are trying to fend off Trei’kur, a country that’s using high-tech weapons to steamroll over the forces of both nations. Fidel and his childhood friend Miki Sauvester get entangled in the hostilities when they discover a crashed spaceship with a child named Relia inside.

Fidel and Miki dedicate themselves to taking care of her, and that puts them right at the heart of an intergalactic crisis. The Star Ocean franchise’s mixture of fantasy and sci-fi is unusual, and Integrity and Faithlessness leans more toward the fantasy side. That’s a drawback, since the game really hits its stride with its “Star Trek”-type moments.


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