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By Spencer . December 28, 2009 . 2:12pm
Star Ocean: The Last Hope and Star Ocean: The Last Hope International are pretty much the same game, but Square Enix is marketing the game differently on each platform.
In North America, Star Ocean: The Last Hope International uses anime art for the game’s cover. This is a change from the sci-fi-ish Xbox 360 box art which has a CG silhouette of Edge. For the West, a classic menu interface with anime portraits is one of the new features in the PS3 release.
An optional CG model menu interface is one of Star Ocean: The Last Hope International’s new features for Japan, but Square Enix Japan is still advertising the game with artwork instead of rendered characters.
The marketing transition appears to be lost in Europe where Star Ocean: The Last Hope uses the same shadowy character models for both versions. Europe’s International box art is actually a modified version of our Xbox 360 cover art with Reimi and a purple glow.