its a good game by todays standard
Which game do you mean? SO5 is likely still a good game, even if it doesn't score high. FF13 however I don't agree with. I don't think it's a good game in any standard...
You mean a great game with a kicking ass soundtrack, memorable sequences and, albeit easy, fun gameplay system? Sure seems worth of 39/40.
I will say, it does have a good soundtrack, haha. The other ones... well, the part about the different codes of colors was memorable. I'm surprised they had codes for so many different breaches. xD Code blue, green, red, purple, and white. I'm probably missing some. That was pretty funny. The combat is easy, but fun? I don't agree there.
Go read the synopsis on the metacritic reviews. Some of them directly contradict what the other reviewers are saying, so I don't think this game is being scored accurately for what it offers. Over on NeoGAF there were users who imported the Japanese version ahead of time, and what I was seeing is that this game is undoubtedly better than 4, and its main flaw was that it tried to live beyond its budget.
Some things I saw that were nice? Customization, I read that the characters are actually like able (I guess the ones in 4 weren't?), that the campaign time is around 25 hours which works for, and against it, gameplay is fun and it's overall a good investment for fans of the series.
im coming into this never having played a star ocean game in my life, but will be picking up SO5 this afternoon and from just what we've seen, I think the games gonna be great. Do your own due diligence on why this game could be good or bad.
I haven't looked at the reviews carefully for SO5. I was just surprised it started scoring so low. I figured it'd be a fine game. It looks good and seems potentially fun. I would look up more if I was going to buy it.
I've also heard SO4 isn't very good, aside from the combat system, which I heard is good. I dunno. Too many mixed opinions on it kept me away.
Anyways, I would pick it up if the PS3 version of SO5 was also released from Japan, but it only released for the PS4 here, and since I don't have that, well, I just gotta pass it then.