Square Enix and Tri Ace’s science fiction-fantasy port from the PlayStation 3 to the PlayStation 4 might not have received universal acclaim, but Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is one of the few JRPGs to make it onto the newest home console generation. Despite an action-based combat system, the game’s overall presentation is a throwback to the Japanese role-playing games of the past, and the big storylines with slow development are tough for an instant gratification generation raised on twitch based game mechanics.
Regardless of the game’s overall reception Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness will hold a special place in many a gamer’s heart. That means hundreds of hours on and around the planet of Faykreed, and if you’re going to spend that much time on a game, the hardcover guide book is probably your best option. If the page count is any indication of the amount of content there is in this game, the 320 pages that this guide comes in at, implies a huge amount. As a matter of fact, the main campaign’s walkthrough takes up less than half of the book.
The rest of Prima’s Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness Collector’s Edition Guide covers the side missions, along with a bestiary, item list, and a complete guide to the shops and crafting system, in the game. The Personal Actions and relationship information is however a little vague, and probably my biggest complaint with the book. It does however, go into depth about the Maze of Tribulations, at the end of the game, and includes detailed maps, strategy tips, and all of the available rewards. A download code for the mobile-friendly e-guide is also included, along with two Collector’s Edition exclusive 8X10 lithographs.
First and foremost, the Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness Collector’s Edition Guide is a great looking book. The starscape background with the game’s logo super-imposed on the matte-finish cover is stunning. Besides looking nice, the book is actually pretty easy to use. There are plenty of illustrations, both screen captures and illustrations, and the maps, and descriptions are detailed without making the pages appear too busy. The book is also well bound, and should last a good long time. If you’re going to play this game, and use a guide book, the Collector’s Edition Guide is definitely what I’d recommend, even if the relationships could have been handled a little better.
A review copy was provided by the publisher.