Star Ocean: The Last Hope is the fourth installment of the Star Ocean main series. Developed by tri-Ace and published by Square Enix, this game was released in 2009 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, then later also for PlayStation 4 in 2018. The game features more of a sci-fi emphasis than past titles and includes the ability to control your own ship.
This installment returns to having a four players fighting party, unlike before in Star Ocean: Till the End of Time where we can fight with only three characters. Before, we have discussed about the male protagonist which all of them are physical attackers. But don’t forget the female protagonist also, as they are as useful as the males. Here is the introduction of the female playable characters of Star Ocean: The Last Hope.
1. Reimi Saionji
Reimi is the first female protagonist of Star Ocean: The Last Hope who is an inaugural member of the Space Reconnaissance Force. Aside from being the main female protagonist she is also Edge’s second-in-command, as the First Mate of SRF-003 Calnus. She befriends with Edge since her childhood and grew up with him like a sister, though she has deeper feeling toward Edge.
Using bows, Reimi serves as the long-range physical fighter and only has two close range battle skills. She is a great ranged fighter due to her high critical rate along with multiple numbers of attacks that she can deliver. But just like the other long-range fighters, she lacks in defense. She compensates that weakness with her ability to shoot while dodging attacks, aside from Bacchus.
2. Lymle Lemuri Phi
Lymle is another main character of Star Ocean: The Last Hope who is a Lemurisian child from Triom in planet Lemuris. Living in the village of Triom, she lost her parents at a young age, making the village elder raised her as a grandfather. She was naturally born with the ability to use Symbology, and treats Cerberus she summoned through Symbology as her friend.
Despite of her appearance, Lymle is the most offensive spellcaster compared with the other two. She has only the most basic healing spells with no spells to revive or cure status effects. She specializes in fire elemental Symbology, but also proficient in lightning and wind Symbols. In battle, she can summon Cerberus to unleash fire-based battle skills towards the enemies.
3. Meracle Chamlotte
Meracle is a playable character of Star Ocean: The Last Hope and also a Lesser Fellpool who originates from planet Roak. Being a Fellpool means she can be compared to Pericci of Star Ocean: The First Departure who shares a similar appearance with her. The party find her on alternate Earth while being held captive.
As you can see yourself, Meracle is a close-range fighter who uses claws instead of knuckles. With her high strength, high critical rate, and powerful multi-hit moves, she is a formidable front line attacker. However, it takes relatively more skills to effectively link Meracle’s skills together.
4. Myuria Tionysus
Myuria is another playable character of Star Ocean: The Last Hope who is a Morphus researcher from En II. Myuria is a part of an investigation team that went into underdeveloped planets to take geological and material readings from the surface. She reveals that she joined Edge because she knew that he will lead her to Crowe, whom she believes is the killer of her husband, Lucien on a spaceship accident.
Myuria is the most balanced among the three spellcaster in the party. She is better at healing than Lymle and the only character beside Sarah who can cast Restoration. Her offensive spells are slightly weaker than Lymle’s and she is proficient in water, thunder, and darkness Symbology.
5. Sarah Jerand
Sarah is the last playable character on the list and a Featherfolk from planet Roak. Unlike the other Featherfolk who can fly for a short period of time, Sarah is unable to do the same. On planet Roak, she is eventually kidnapped by Asmodeus but the party manages to save her. She then accompanies the party for the rest of the game as a supporting character rather than taking the spotlight from the main protagonists.
Like Millie Chliette, Erys Jerand (Star Ocean: The First Departure), Rena Lanford (Star Ocean: The Second Story), Sophia Esteed (Star Ocean: Till the End of Time), and Miki Sauvester (Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness), Sarah is the game’s most effective healer. She posseses the most powerful healing Symbols and has access to attacking light, wind, and lightning elemental Symbology.
Aside from the dependable male characters, those female characters are a supporting unit which is very important for the team. While most of them are spellcaster, there are Reimi and Meracle as close-range fighters. Although Reimi is pretty cool with her bows, my favorite goes to the one and only Meracle Chamlotte, who uses the oldest prehistoric weapon of all time: claws.
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