Introduction

It is Spacedate 537, and peace and order is lastly coming to the universe, due to the Pangalactic Federation. However, on a planet six thousand mild years away from Earth, referred to as Faykreed, the seeds of battle are as soon as once more bearing fruit. As an “undeveloped” planet, Faykreed is residence to a younger man named Fidel, who’s the son of the nation’s army advisor. While making his rounds sooner or later, he finds some mysterious individuals scouting the village of Sthal, his hometown, with an invasion happening shortly after that.

So, it’s as much as you to quell this invasion and discover out the reasoning behind it, with the assistance of his childhood good friend, Miki. Is there one thing, or somebody, extra sinister behind this group attacking the village? Welcome to Faykreed and the world of Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, in any other case being referred to as Star Ocean 5. It is the fifth major title within the collection and the primary to debut on the Playstation 4, with the final entry being Star Ocean: The Last Hope in 2009.

In this guide, you’ll discover a plethora of data that may enable you to in conquering the sport, starting from an in depth walkthrough of each single space, full with maps and gadgets yow will discover. In addition to this, you’ll discover an intensive rationalization of the sport’s mechanics, such because the triangle assault system and extra. Every single sidequest may even be coated, in addition to a meticulously coated trophy guide, serving to you get that wondrous Platinum Trophy.

About the Game

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness was first introduced as being in growth in Famitsu (a Japanese journal) in April 2015, and subsequently launched in Japan for each the Playstation 4 and Playstation 3, on March 31 2016 and April 28 2016, respectively. The recreation was launched in North America on June 28, 2016, and in Europe on July 1, 2016. It was developed by tri-Ace, the identical firm that did all different entries within the collection, with the musical rating being executed by Motoi Sakuraba, the identical composer who did the music for all the video games.

The recreation is claimed to happen between Star Ocean: The Second Story (Spacedate 366) and Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (Spacedate 772). It takes place on Faykreed, a planet that’s six thousand mild years away from Earth. It has many options from earlier video games included in it, resembling merchandise creation, the Private Action system, in addition to the identical real-time battle system from earlier titles.

Gameplay

Exploration

The world of Faykreed is a gorgeous place and there are various locations on it that you’ll discover. The recreation will cut up the world into varied interconnected maps, the place you’ll freely run round to struggle enemies, snag treasures and simply see the sights. Sometimes, you’ll discover cities and cities that you’ll enter, the place you may relaxation, fill up on gadgets and even buy new gear on your characters.

As you progress in the principle story and achieve entry to sure abilities, you’ll discover that there can be glowing spots on the maps. These are referred to as harvest factors and there can be three differing kinds. Green ones will enable you get crops and fruit, yellow ones will internet you pure sources like ore, and blue ones are fishing spot. Each one would require a particular Specialty Skill, with you harvesting extra gadgets because the ability’s stage will increase.

You have a mini-map situated within the higher proper that may be expanded to indicate off a full map of the area, though you’ll need to really go to the areas to fill in an entire map. Shown on the mini-map would be the places of enemies you’ll encounter, marked as crimson dots (when you unlock the associated ability). Whenever you get into the vary of those enemies, the sport will seamlessly transition to battle.

Battle System

Star Ocean 5 makes use of a seamless battle system, the place you’ll spot enemies on the sphere and as a substitute of loading in a separate space, you’ll struggle the enemies proper then and there (ex. like Final Fantasy XII). The recreation makes use of a weapon triangle system, consisting of a weak assault, robust assault and guard. Each of those is powerful in opposition to one different command, whereas being weak in opposition to one other. Depending on the gap from the enemy, it is best to see both “Long” or “Short,” which determines the ability/assault you’ll use.

The weak assault is fast and very simple to make use of, with it nullifying robust assaults. The drawback with these is that they do not deal plenty of harm and guard will block out plenty of the harm executed by these. Strong assaults are slower than weak ones, however they are usually extra highly effective and can break by means of an enemy’s guard. You will know when a powerful assault is getting used, because it provides off an aura, however know that weak assaults can counter robust ones.

As you may need already guessed, Guard will scale back the harm executed by weak assaults, however it may be damaged by robust ones. However, for those who press Square proper after blocking an assault, you’ll carry out a counterattack, which does harm and additionally interrupts the enemy’s motion. Upon ending a battle, you will notice the expertise, Fol (recreation’s foreign money) and SP (Skill Points) you have got gained from that battle on the suitable hand aspect (there is no such thing as a separate victory display). The latter, Skill Points, has a variety of makes use of that can be defined in later sections.

Since battles begin everytime you’re within the neighborhood of the enemies, it’s possible you’ll be questioning how precisely you get a preemptive strike or how an enemy will get the soar on you. If you begin the battle with out the enemies noticing you, then you definately’ll get a preemptive strike, which causes your bodily and magical assault to be elevated for the battle. On the other finish, if the enemy will get the soar on you, then it’s thought of a shock assault and your bodily/magical assault can be lowered for the battle.

There can be a number of characters combating for you throughout battles, with a complete of seven as you progress by means of the principle story, though solely six of them you may freely management. While you may solely management Fidel on the sphere, you may freely change between characters in battle by urgent left/proper on the Directional Pad. For these characters apart from the one you are controlling, you’ll be able to manipulate their AI by using Battle Roles.

Every character within the recreation is ready to equip Roles by way of the menu, as much as a most of 4 of them. These will dictate what your character will do throughout battle, resembling Healing making it so the character will use restoration signeturgies at any time when a personality’s well being is low. A Role can solely be assigned to at least one character at a time, as equipping it on another person will take away it from the primary character. There are plenty of Roles within the recreation, though you will not have entry to all of them immediately.

You can study new Roles by having new characters be part of your occasion, progressing in the principle story, and even from leveling different Roles. Roles are leveled up by both utilizing them in battle or by utilizing Skill Points. Note that some Roles will truly have an effect on your character’s attributes, resembling Attacker growing Strength. There are totally different classes for the Roles, so you’ll need to experiment with them as you unlock extra to determine a “class” of types for characters. For instance, you may attempt to have Fidel as a straight-out attacker or attempt to equip Roles that make him right into a tank.

Skills and Signeturgy

In addition to the traditional assaults you should utilize on enemies, each character within the recreation has abilities or signeturgies that they’ll unleash. Every character can assign as much as 4 abilities, two of that are set to the X button and two extra to the Circle button. To carry out the talents, you will want to carry down the suitable button. Similar to common assaults, the gap between your character and the enemy will decide whether or not you will assault utilizing the lengthy ranged ability or the melee-ranged one.

For the characters that use Signeturgies, they function in the identical method, as they’re assigned to X/Circle and you’ll need to carry the button down to make use of them. All of the talents nonetheless adhere to the triangle system talked about earlier, so you should utilize a X button ability to interrupt an enemy’s robust assault. In order to stage up each sorts of abilities, you both want to make use of them in battles or discover the corresponding Skill Books. It’s vital to notice that Skill Books do not essentially improve the ability by a stage, however solely improve it by the proportion proven to the suitable of the Mastery stat.

Reserve Gauge and Rush

A bit of bit into the principle story, you’ll unlock the Reserve Gauge to be used in battles. This will seem as a bar on the suitable hand aspect of the display at any time when you might be combating enemies. The Reserve Gauge serves two major functions, that are to permit using Reserve Rush (will get to that in a little bit bit), in addition to offer you bonuses to expertise, Fol and ability factors. Everything sounds good, however how precisely do you go about growing this Reserve Gauge?

It all boils right down to the identical assault triangle system talked about above. As you assault enemies throughout battle, you’ll discover that the bar will very slowly begin to replenish. You can improve this much more by using the assault triangle system in your favor, however, the reverse additionally goes, as for those who get smacked round by the identical, then the Reserve Gauge will lower (ex. you have got your guard damaged from a powerful assault).

Weak assaults improve the crimson portion (will increase EXP bonus), robust assaults improve the blue portion (will increase Fol), and guard counters improve the inexperienced portion (will increase SP). You can also have observed a quantity showing within the circle on the backside of the Reserve Gauge. This pertains to the Reserve Rush, which is mainly an final assault. By urgent R2 and X collectively, you may unleash the Reserve Rush, so long as you have got a “1” within the circle. You can press L2 whereas holding R2 to vary the variety of gauges you’ll use, and urgent left/proper on the Directional Pad whereas holding R2 will can help you select who makes use of the Reserve Rush.

Item Creation

Item Creation is a staple of the Star Ocean collection and has been current in some type in every single major entry. As the identity suggests, you may create new gadgets from elements you discover within the wild, whether or not you purchase them from a service provider, discover them in chests and even get them from enemies. You can first achieve entry to Item Creation every time you get to Myiddok and end the If It Tastes like Blueberries quest from Welsh Vineyard. Doing this Quest will reward you with an ebook that opens up the Compounding ability, permitting you to enter the Item Creation choice from the in-game menu.

There are totally different types of Item Creation, with the primary one you get possible being Compounding, an ability that allows you to make usable gadgets. Later abilities will help you make gear on your characters, make meals, and way more. You can not make merchandise for those who would not have the elements for it (these you do not have will seem as crimson on the suitable aspect), and you have no idea what you might be creating on the primary strive because the merchandise’s identify seems as ???. As you stage up the corresponding Specialty Skills, then it is possible for you to to create extra gadgets. Also, be aware that there is no such thing as a strategy to fail at creating the gadgets, so there is not any concern of losing gadgets.

Private Actions

Periodically, you’ll encounter a scenario the place one thing seems within the backside proper of your display and a personality (or characters) will discuss to both Fidel or one another. These are Private Actions (PAs for brief) and are just like Skits within the Tales RPG franchise by Bandai Namco. While there are fairly a variety of Private Actions that do not do a lot, they do assist develop the characters way more and some even unlock Roles that you should utilize. In addition to this, there’s a hidden Affection ranking between the characters and Fidel that may have an effect on the ending. Some PAs even give you selections to choose to answer a personality’s query, though there is solely a small variety of these amongst the 398 whole PAs within the recreation.

There are two totally different sorts of Private Actions within the video games, people who set off robotically whilst you’re exploring and people who have to be triggered manually. The former is fairly simple to know, as they’ll simply present up at sure factors of specific maps, however, the latter wants a little bit of proof. You will typically see a circle on the bottom in cities (and solely in cities), with a whistle icon. Walking into this whistle icon will make your occasion disperse, the place you may discuss to these with a speech bubble icon to set off a Private Action.

When you are viewing these particular PAs, you will notice “crystals” subsequent to the PA icon within the backside proper. This signifies what number of PAs you have got accessible on the time, so if there’s multiple, you’ll need to maintain trying round on your different occasion members (may also take a look at your map). After you are executed, stroll again into the whistle icon to assemble your characters as soon as once more. A pleasant little trick that you should utilize to examine for extra PAs is to enter and exit a constructing, significantly an inn, for the reason that whistle icons are normally near these.

Story Walkthrough

Important Note

There are some things which are missable on this recreation, particularly in case you are planning on going after all the PS4 trophies. These principally embrace some missable enemies and two of the Roles, so there’s nothing too main. In regards to the bestiary entries, it is in your finest pursuits to all the time attempt to struggle all the enemies in a given space every time you undergo it for the primary time. This is as a result of at sure factors within the story, the enemies in some areas will get changed by stronger ones. As for the Roles, they are going to be identified within the guide earlier than they are often missed.

Tips and Tricks

  • If you are feeling the digital camera is an excessive amount of, you may all the time flip the sensitivity down within the choices.
  • Micromanaging your Battle Roles is among the extra vital points of the sport. Don’t neglect to stage them up, in addition to experiment with equipping them on characters. Do you are feeling such as you’re getting your butt handed to you in battles? Then toss on a few healing-centric Roles on Miki to make her heal extra.
  • Roles are normally unlocked by levelling different Roles, however, there are just a few unlocked by viewing sure PAs, finishing among the in-game Battle Trophies and even some are unlocked by doing particular Quests.
  • Speaking of Roles, do not forget to really stage them up when you have an extra of SP sitting round. This will unlock higher ones which may flip the tide of a tough battle. For instance, the Assassin Role makes it so the character with it geared up is much less prone to be focused, so if Miki is consistently being the brunt of enemy assaults, equip this on her.
  • Getting to view all the Private Actions could be a chore, however, you may enter/exit the realm (or an inn) to reset them so you may see extra of them. Remember that some PAs require particular characters, so if they don’t seem to be in your occasion, then you definitely will not be capable to see them. While PAs are vital for growing affection, do not forget that there are gadgets that may each improve and lower affection.
  • Regarding PAs, it is a good suggestion to return and attempt to view all of them after the foremost story occasions. This makes it so you do not have an enormous again catalogue of them to see at any time when you are attempting to set off a particular one.
  • Welch’s Quests are crucial to do, as they normally unlock some type of Specialty ability associated with Item Creation.
  • Other quests that give ebook rewards (not ability books) ought to be prioritized over different quests, as these will unlock Specialty Skills which may improve drops from enemies and even make grinding simpler (Ocarina speciality).
  • When going by means of areas for the primary time, be sure you struggle all the given enemies you may encounter there. This is as a result of progressing by means of the story can change the monsters you discover in those self-same areas, that means that you simply would possibly miss these entries within the Bestiary.
  • Once you unlock the Augmentation and Synthesis choices for merchandise creation, it’s potential to create very robust gear, so be sure you max out these special abilities as quickly as potential (except you wish to problem your self). For instance, it is potential to make a Laser Weapon for Fidel (it has 1000 ATK/INT) rather a lot sooner than you suppose (in the course of the occasions in Trei’kur).
  • The Cooking speciality ability might be one of many nicer ones to stage up early, as you may produce meals with it. Some of the meals can present non-permanent buffs, resembling elevated ATK and even elevated EXP, making some battles way more manageable.

Sthal

Note: When you start the sport, it’s important to select a problem stage, with solely Earth and Galaxy being accessible from the start. Earth is for many who wish to benefit from the story, whereas Galaxy is akin to regular in most different video games.

When you start the sport, you will be sparring along with your good friend and then be requested if you would like to view the battle tutorial. If that is your first time enjoying the sport, in addition to a Star Ocean title, then it is a good suggestion to view it. After ending up the coaching, you might be free to discover the village. There is each a merchandise and gear store in a single part, however, you haven’t any cash, so you may purchase something but.

Other than that, there is not actually something to do within the village, so proceed waltzing around till you get instructed about one other good friend named Miki. Approach her to provoke a dialogue about some suspicious individuals off within the distance, then head to the mayor’s place afterwards for some extra dialogue. If you have got hassle discovering the mayor’s place, open your map and will probably be marked on it with a crimson star. There can be some dialogue in regards to the suspicious individuals from earlier than, then it is going to transition to nighttime time.

It all appears a bit too peaceable and when you achieve management of Fidel, head north to satisfy up along with your good friend. While speaking to him, the Eitalon bandits will assault the city, with just a few operating by means of, so prepare on your first, true battle. These enemies aren’t actually robust in any respect, so take this time to turn out to be accustomed to the controls throughout the battle. After taking out the primary set, Miki will be part of you and there can be just a few extra to struggle.

Once you are completed with these, you will have to run around city and quell the remainder of the invasion. If you have got hassle discovering them, you would possibly see harm numbers pop up from some locations. There can be one encounter on the area the place you sparred along with your good friend earlier than, then another a little bit to the south of the identical area. When you’ve got completed off all the enemies, you will reappear again within the mayor’s place, then be setting off to the capital. Feel free to fill up on any facilities earlier than leaving the city, which can be executed by way of the northeast a part of the map, with Miki rejoining you earlier than departing.

Note: Before leaving, be sure you try Fidel’s home for a chest that incorporates a Signet Card: Healing, in addition to the Mayor’s home for a Signet Card: Raise Dead. There is a chest within the coaching corridor, however, it’s locked.