De eerste reviews van Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness zijn niet bepaald positief, zo blijkt uit het overzicht van Metacritic. Zo vertelt PlayStation Lifestyle, ondanks hun positieve review, dat de presentatie erg gedateerd aanvoelt en dat de graphics performance niet stabiel is. Ook vinden ze het verhaal flinterdun en voorspelbaar, maar alsnog plakken ze een 8 op de game.
Andere reviewers zijn wat minder positief en laten dit ook in de cijfers terugzien, zoals de heren van Polygon, Destructoid en Game Informer. Zij bekritiseren de game volop en het regent dan ook cijfers als vijven en zesjes.
Hieronder vind je enkele reviews terug van de meest bekende websites.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness’ payoff was not worth the time I put into it. The story feels bloated and empty, with no worthwhile emotional payoff in character development or narrative. Combat and its subsequent upgrade systems are genuinely fun, but the overall experience is held back from being great by issues elsewhere.
I hate being so harsh on Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, because I love the series, and I’m excited by the potential for greatness within its conceits. For the first fourth of the game, I believed it might realize that potential. By its end, Integrity and Faithlessness feels like a black hole, its good ideas never able to escape the pull of an underwhelming, underdeveloped game.
Recycled content, excessive grinding, boring fetch quests, and bad save points are just some of its smaller shortcomings. What’s more concerning is its inability to give you reason to care about the characters or the journey. In a generation where RPGs are pushing the boundaries with better storytelling and unique worlds, this just isn’t going to cut it. It’s sad to see a franchise that once captivated me continue to fall from grace.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is a weird game in that it’s a by-the-books RPG one minute, and a completely new feeling the next.
The game’s presentation feels very dated, graphics performance fluctuates, players new to the franchise may feel left out in the cold, and the story is somewhat predictable. Yet, despite these issues, the game is ultimately very fun for RPG fans, both Japanese and Western, thanks to the meaty campaign, countless strategy options, and numerous unlockable and upgradeable skills and roles. Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is a perfect time-sink to game away those lazy summer afternoons on.