Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness

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Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is ranked in the 18th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 53 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

60

Top Critic Average

6%

Critics Recommend

Based on 53 critic reviews

Score Distribution

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TechnoBuffalo
Don't Buy
Don't Buy
Jul 7, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is a 20 hour game, and some are pointing that out as a negative given that the series usually clocks in at about 60. I’m calling it a mercy killing though as I did not want to spend another minute with it after writing this review. It’s the worst kind of pacing: too fast to not let players catch their breath bask in the story and slow enough to where one hour of gameplay can stretch to seem like four.

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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Jul 1, 2016

A painfully undercooked Japanese RPG that shows how far the genre has fallen behind its western rivals.

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The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 19, 2016

fanatics might forgive its sins, but Integrity And Faithlessness doesn’t offer much to anyone else.

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Scored Reviews

Digitally Downloaded
Jul 7, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness will probably not be remembered as one of the PlayStation 4’s finest. It’s greatly let down by technical issues with a camera that actively works against the game’s strengths: the epic sense of scale and the beautiful presentation. Dig beneath that, however, and you arrive at a game with an enjoyable narrative, fun characters, and a solid action JRPG combat system – all the stuff that’s actually important, in other words.

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Bit Cultures
80%
80%
Jul 12, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness offers an impressive experience that accomplishes what it sets out to do. While the bulk of the game is relatively short (though with how the actual plot runs its course, that seems to make logical sense), the gameplay more than makes up for it.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is a lot of RPG gaming for your money. It will take upwards of 40 hours to run through the game’s campaign, and perhaps up to even 100 hours to fully complete the game and find everything that it has to offer. However, 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.

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GearNuke
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 31, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithless does a lot of things right but at the same time makes some amateurish mistakes that greatly take a way from the experience. The game had massive potential but some glaring design choices will leave fans disappointed.

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Niche Gamer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is an RPG that is built specifically for the PlayStation 2 crowd who still pine away for the mid-2000s and the days when Japanese developers hadn’t yet played Skyrim. Those who want another JRPG from that era that is unashamed to be Asian (complete with Fiore’s bouncing breasts, which might make up for Miki’s “diapers”) and delivers on the promise of taking Star Ocean into the current generation shouldn’t be disappointed.

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CGMagazine
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2016

While Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness pulls together a strong story and great gameplay, it's plauged by technical issues.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness excels in areas like combat and crafting but not in narrative or characterization. It has enough gameplay options to bring any JRPG fan to the table, but not everyone will leave content.

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MMORPG.com
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2016

In the end, I’ve enjoyed Star Ocean 5, despite its shortcomings and any old school tendencies. I hope it sells well here, because the last thing I want is for Tri-Ace’s brand of JRPG to stop coming west. There’s promise in Integrity and Faithlessness that Star Ocean’s next incarnation could be really something special. Right now, it’s just not quite there in this edition.

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GameZone
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is a classically made JRPG for the modern day. It's not perfect, and certainly not for everybody, but if you enjoy science fiction and JRPGs, then definitely check this game out.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

7 / 10
Aug 17, 2016

Wiping away the Star Ocean part off of Star Ocean : Integrity and Faithlessness, this is actually pretty decent. It's a standard fantasy RPG that tried out some new ideas, did well in some, faltered at others, but came out easily on the fun side. However, remembering what series this title is actually in, it feels more like the development crew tried to read off of the Tales' series homework notes, but didn't manage to fully copy them down. Their competence saves it from failure, but it feels like they were trying to copy from another series and didn't really try to give it the distinct Star Ocean feel it should have. Decent, enjoyable, but not a "true" Star Ocean.

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Wccftech
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness can be loads of fun, but also doesn't offer anything new. Fans of action JRPGs such as the Tales series will find something to enjoy, but definitely not everyone.

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RPG Site
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 28, 2016

The fifth entry into the series suffers from old habits, but long time fans may still find something special in the mix.

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GameGrin
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 16, 2016

It’s a very solid RPG that will likely appeal to fans of the series more than anything, but it certainly does appeal.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 28, 2016

Integrity and Faithlessness is a much faster game than previous Star Ocean entries, but it sacrifices narrative and contextual depth for it. There are a few interesting but unsuccessful design choices here which let the game down, but it mostly makes up for its shortcomings with a frenetic battle system, excellent character design, and a standout soundtrack. It's a little bit vague, and it's a little bit shallow, but there's still plenty of fun to be had in tri-Ace's latest, and for newcomers, it's by far the most approachable entry in the series.

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PushStartPlay
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2016

If you are willing to spend some time experimenting with the menus and characters then you’ll enjoy Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness a lot more. The issue is the game has so many flaws and fails to take the series to the next level. It lacks basic things expected of a JRPG, whilst failing to include anything that ever feels remarkable.

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DigitalCentralMedia
69%
69%
Jun 26, 2016

Star Ocean Integrity and Faithlessness had so much potential. The game looks stunning but there are way too many flaws for this game to be considered a good game.

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IGN Italy
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Jul 1, 2016

A JRPG with great classic tones, but too "inflated" and formulaic to recover only through a discrete combat system.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2016

Star Ocean Integrity and Faithlessness is not a bad game. Unfortunately however it plays it a bit too safe and doesn’t stir the pot too much even with all of the alchemic experiments and synthesis within it. The art style, the music, the voice acting, and gameplay are good to great, but if you’re looking for something “new”, you won’t find it here. If you’re looking for something comfortable and nostalgic however then Star Ocean 5, my apologies Star Ocean Integrity and Faithlessness, awaits you.

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The Game Fanatics
6.6 / 10.0
6.6 / 10.0
Jul 22, 2016

In my 26 hours of playtime, I finished the main story, saw a bunch of optional conversations, and completed 45% of the side quests. It’s fun in a mindless sort of way and it isn’t terrible but you’re not missing anything by skipping it.

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Gaming Nexus
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness has some good ideas, but they don't jive with the messy camera, the short campaign, and the shallow combat. Fans of the series might be willing to put up with these shortcomings, but with games like Odin Sphere Leifthraser out there, it's hard to recommend it.

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DualShockers
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2016

The return of Star Ocean could have certainly been better, but if you love the genre (and you’re used to its quirks) and the series, you’ll most probably find plenty to enjoy in Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness.

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God is a Geek
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jul 1, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness isn’t a terrible game by any means, but is let down by some poor story-telling, dreadful delivery and a lack of originality. If you don’t mind the slightly repetitive nature of the combat, the poor camera and hammy acting then it’s well worth a look.

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Areajugones
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jul 2, 2016

Star Ocean returns with its fifth installment, but after 20 years its evolution has not been quite good. The AI is terrible, the mechanics are really repetitive and the story is pretty dull. Only the players that enjoy the classic JRPG games will have fun with this one.

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ZTGD
6.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Jul 7, 2016

Even with all of its shortcomings the game kept me interested to its end. It just doesn’t feel like a full-priced title.

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Digital Chumps
6.2 / 10.0
6.2 / 10.0
Jul 5, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is a beautiful game that is well crafted in some areas, especially in the menu and combat systems. Sadly, the game trips on its own inconsistent difficulty and poor or incomplete feel of the gameplay design.

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Worth Playing
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 16, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is the kind of game that is full of potential but needed a lot more development time. The final product is about one-third of the game that it needs to be. The lack of environments, weak combat and bizarre pace makes it difficult to recommend even to die-hard RPG fans. There are a lot of strong individual bits, but they don't gel into a cohesive whole. It might be worth a shot once it comes down in price and if you're aware of the flaws going in. Even fans of the franchise will find this to be a step backward.

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Rocket Chainsaw
Jul 15, 2016

Overall, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is a step up from Star Ocean IV and also a step in the right direction for the series.

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Game Rant
Jun 28, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is a clunky, sometimes beautiful mess, navigating between some exciting highs and many disappointing lows to fall short of its promise.

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games(TM)
6 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

6 / 10
Aug 29, 2016

Strong premise, mediocre execution

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Destructoid
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2016

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. Any future iterations after this one will be a tough sell, but if this is where its journey ends, it had a good run.

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Hardcore Gamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Jul 5, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is essentially JRPG comfort food.

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Impulsegamer
2.9 / 5.0
2.9 / 5.0
Jul 16, 2016

Star Ocean is perhaps more accurately described as Star Pond, or Star Singular Drop In An Unseen, Unexplored Ocean. Limited and lacklustre.

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GBAtemp
5.8 / 10.0
5.8 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2016

It seems Star Ocean fans are let down once again, with another mediocre entry for the series. This is hard to recommend, even to hardcore JRPG fans. Stale combat, and other gameplay issues ultimately prevent this game from being able to stand up with previous, more enjoyable Star Ocean titles.

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IGN
5.8 / 10.0
Leif Johnson

Top Critic

5.8 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is an RPG that merely fulfills its obligations. It's not awful thanks to a cast of likeable characters and an interesting premise, but an abundance of clichés, uneven polish, and messy combat and AI make it less than memorable. And as its main story only provides around 20 hours of playtime instead of the 60 or more the series usually delivers, some of those obligations aren’t met in full. As for me, I can't say I regret my time with Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, but 20 hours was enough.

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GameCrate
5.3 / 10.0
5.3 / 10.0
Jul 1, 2016

While it’s understandable that Square Enix wanted to create a Star Ocean more like the fondly remembered early titles of the series, they seem to have forgotten what made those titles great. Whatever it was, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness has none of it.

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RPG Fan
50%
50%
Jul 3, 2016

One small step forward from Star Ocean 4, one giant leap from being a compelling experience. Integrity and Faithlessness is, much like Fiore's outfit, a case of the Emperor's New Clothes.

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Polygon
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness has good ideas but never goes anywhere with them

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TheSixthAxis
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jul 12, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness carries a weight of expectation that it is incapable of satisfying. A legacy JRPG franchise, published by Square Enix, should have some meaning, but here it translates to pure mediocrity. Series fans may find some brighter elements to latch onto, but for JRPG stalwarts there are far better examples of the genre.

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Gamer Escape
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jul 21, 2016

The things the game does well are worth an experience, but only at a budget price. Until then, I’d recommend looking elsewhere for your JRPG fix, and spare yourself the disappointment.

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GameSpot
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jun 27, 2016

Star Ocean's return is a bumpy ride, with slick combat and smart upgrade systems bogged down by a watery story and some frustrating technical designs.

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GamesRadar+
Jun 28, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness wants to be a grand sci-fi JRPG, but its mediocre production values undercut it at almost every opportunity.

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Easy Allies
Jul 16, 2016
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Game Informer
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is flat-out disappointing, from its bland cast and story to its problematic battle system and recycled content

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USgamer
Jun 28, 2016

While Star Ocean started as an innovative series full of fun, bold ideas, its current form amounts to the most middle-of-the-road RPG experience you could possibly have. It's not particularly awful, but in a reality full of RPGs, so many better options exist.

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Video Chums
4.9 / 10.0
4.9 / 10.0
Aug 13, 2016

This latest installment of the Star Ocean series leaves a blemish on its otherwise good track record.

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Critical Hit
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2016

Star Ocean Integrity and Faithlessness is a sub-par JRPG that has a list of problems as long as its name.

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The Digital Fix
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2016

This game tries to hitch a ride on the nostalgia train without paying the due fees first. For hardcore Star Ocean fans only.

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Metro GameCentral
4 / 10
4 / 10
Jul 6, 2016

Old school to a fault, the worst thing about this Japanese role-player is it doesn’t seem to have any idea just how clichéd and outdated it really is.

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NZGamer
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2016

Woefully inadequate AI makes boring combat frustrating.

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We Got This Covered
Jul 1, 2016

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is a microcosm of everything wrong with modern JRPGs, from its slapdash presentation to its trope-filled narrative. Worst of all, it's seen fit to cram in everything that genre aficionados hate: unskippable cutscenes, greyed-out save points and painfully poor AI are just a few of the hurdles you'll face on your way to fun.

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