Star Ocean: Till the End of Time is the third installment of the Star Ocean main series. Developed by tri-Ace and published by Square Enix, this game was released in 2003 for PlayStation 2. Regarding the series’ timeline, this game takes place four hundred years after Star Ocean: The Second Story. The game introduces Fayt Leingod, the main protagonist who is on a mission to save his world from perish.
Aside from the main protagonist Fayt, there are his companions who will assist him in battle. If before we discussed about the male characters, this time we will talk about the female playable characters. Don’t misjudge them; those female characters are as unique and as reliable as the male characters. Here are the female playable Star Ocean: Till the End of Time characters in the game.
1. Sophia Esteed
Sophia is one of the main characters in Star Ocean: Till the End of Time and the first character that we will encounter beside Fayt. Sophia is an Earthling who was born on the orbital colony Moonbase and later moved to Earth. She became the childhood friend of Fayt and got caught up together with him when Hyda IV was attacked. They escaped together but they are soon split up by different escape pods.
Sophia is the game’s resident Symbologist who uses staves in battle. Sophia learns every symbol available to the party in the game and her Connection gene manifests in her most powerful skills as summoning symbols. Because of her pure emphasis on casting, Sophia’s role is as essential as Celine in Star Ocean: The Second Story. In exchange of low attack, defense, and HP, she has the major sets of healing, supportive and destructive Symbology.
2. Peppita Rossetti
Peppita is another playable character of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time who is a young Velbaysian performing on a group called the Rossetti Troupe. She was abandoned by her soldier father before she was born and orphaned by her mother at the age of 5. After that, she goes to live with her uncle Piccolotto who is also the manager of the troupe. Peppita meets Fayt firstly aboard the Hyda IV.
Some of Peppita’s skills are dances that affect allies/enemies within a ranged circle, having varying effects such as modifying their ability strength. In exchange of her poor speed and slow attack animations which easily interruptible, she has a good counterattack ability as compensation. The good thing about her counterattack is that she remains invincible throughout the animations.
3. Nel Zelpher
Nel is one of the main characters in the game who is a member of the Crimson Blades and the leader of Secret Legion that reports directly to the queen. Her team is also responsible for intelligence gathering in Airyglyph territory. She is known for her loyalty to the queen and the country and also known for her prowess as a skilled fighter using daggers and Runology.
Nel is a combination of a thief/ninja and Symbologist with daggers as her weapon. Her normal attack consists of slashes and some acrobatic movements. Initially, she learns damaging mid-range skills with some simple attack symbols. As she levels up, her attacks become more magical in nature and primarily focused on wind and lightining, along with a few symbologically echanced physical attacks.
4. Maria Traydor
Maria is an enigmatic young and beautiful human girl who is rumored to possess some very strange powers. Although she is an Earthling, her impeccable integrity led the anti-Federation organization Quark to make their leader. As its leader, she is using the group resources to discover the origin of her powers, leading her to the need to find Professor Robert Leingod and his family. She send her friend Cliff and Mirage out to find Fayt.
In battle, she fights from a distance with gun as her weapon. In short range, she will perform some kicking, as a result of training with Mirage and learned some of her martial arts techniques such as Triple Kick and Crescent Lotus. Additionally, her power of Alteration manifests as support Symbology that can improve other characters’ strength, defense, and general abilities.
5. Mirage Koas
Mirage is another playable character and also a friend of Cliff. As a long-time friend in Quark, both of them become a partner in the organization. Despite of her quiet and mild manner, she is an excellent fighter, as befits the daughter of a dojo-owner. Cliff learned to fight at the same dojo club and throughout their youth had many matches.
As a fighter from the same dojo, her moves and Cliff’s fighting styles are so similar that only a handful of moves differ between them. While Cliff’s moves involve mostly his fists, Mirage’s moves involve both her fists and feet. She has some of Maria’s moves such as Triple Kick and Crescent Lotus (later revealed that she was the one who taught them to Maria). Mirage has a naturally higher MP growth than Cliff as well as better defense.
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time is without a doubt one of the best Star Ocean games with great gameplay. It was re-released some time ago on PlayStation 4 as a proof of its quality. If I have to choose, I will choose Nel as my favorite character. Her style and combat skills is really exciting since it is close to ninja. My second choice would be Mirage, as I’m a fan of knuckles-user character in game.
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