Star Ocean: Till the End of Time

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Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
StarOcean till the end of timefrontbox.jpg
Star Ocean Till the End of Time NTSC Cover Art
Emulation properties:
Widescreen supported natively
Progressive scan for NTSC supported
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20488 (Disc 1)
SLUS-20891 (Disc 2)
SLUS-20488GH (Greatest Hits, Disc 1)
SLUS-20891GH (Greatest Hits, Disc 2)
Release date: August 31, 2004
2005 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: 23A97857
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status:  ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-82028 (Disc 1)
SLES-82029 (Disc 2)
Release date: September 30, 2004
October 1, 2004
CRCs: E04EA200
Windows Status:  ?
Linux Status:  ?
Mac Status:  ?
Region NTSC-J:
Serial numbers: SLPM-65209 (Limited Edition)
SLPM-65438 (Director's Cut)
SLPM-66478 (Ultimate Hits)
SLPM-66479 (Director's Cut, Ultimate Hits)
SCAJ-20070 (Director's Cut)
SLPM-65439 (Director's Cut)
Release date: February 27, 2003
January 22, 2004 (Director's Cut)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status:  ?
Mac Status:  ?

Developer(s): Tri-Ace
Publisher(s): Ubisoft, Square Enix, Enix Corporation (J)
Genre: RPG
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: IGN
Game review score: 9.0/10
Game description: The third game in the Star Ocean series, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time is set 400 years after the events of Star Ocean: The Second Story. Fayt Leingod, an ordinary college student, is vacationing on a resort planet which suddenly gets attacked by aliens. A few escapes later, his escape pod crash lands on an undeveloped planet, he gets rescued by a member of a resistance group named Quark, they crash on another undeveloped planet, and they get caught up in local politics. The repercussions of the alien attack, and the reasons for it, are going to catch up with Fayt again...

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U(?) ?
  • Intel Core i7-2600K @ 3.40 GHz
0.9.9 r5127 GSdx r5125
  • SPU2-X r5112
  • LilyPad r5112
I have used savestates everywhere, in battles outside of battles in menus and during animation scenes and cg. The game did not get stuck once or crash! and it worked in full FPS and above! Dhillel
NTSC-U Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (SP1)
  • Intel Core i5-4670k @ 3.4 GHz
  • AMD Radeon HD 7850
1.3.0 SVN r5932
  • GSdx r5932
  • Mode: HW D3D11
  • SPU2-X r5893
  • LilyPad r5822
Runs great, even at 2560x1440 resolution. (Constant 60FPS)

I've had no issues playing this game. The only problematic area was only due to a controller issue, which is the Barr Mountains area where you had to play the Dragon Flute. This was already a horrendous area even on the actual PS2. But using the workaround I was able to pass this area just fine.



  • Japanese name: スターオーシャン Till the End of Time (SLPM-65209), スターオーシャン Till the End of Time ディレクターズカット (SLPM-65438)
  • Also known as Star Ocean 3: Till the End of Time (Japan), Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Director's Cut (JP)
  • The original NTSC-J version has an ingame bug that could cause the game freeze. NTSC-U version is same as Star Ocean 3 director's cut which has the bug fixed and some additional in game stuff.
  • An "undub" patch was released by fans which applies to the US-NTSC version (Star Ocean 3: Till the End of Time). Basically it replaces all of the dubbed voices with the original Japanese voices. The latest version of the undub patch fixes nearly all spoken game text, compared to an earlier version which still contained portions of the English dub. Please be careful when setting the game cutscene setting to Automatic with this patch. There are significant differences in the length between the Japanese and English scripts leading to lines that drag out either shorter or longer than it takes to read the text in English. Also, you're on your own when it comes to dialogues in CGI cutscenes.
  • This game has a unique save file for Battle Trophy Data. When you want to back up your BT data, you will have to copy the entire Memory Card file (Labeled Mcd001.ps2) by default. There is some sort of checksum inside the Save File/Game itself that corresponds with the actual Memory Card. This makes it impossible to back up just the BT file itself. Every time you try to copy it to a new Memory Card it will result in a corruption message when you try to continue from that particular BT file. You can load it up to unlock costumes for example, but you won't be able to get any NEW trophies on that file. If you want to continue getting trophies, you will either have to use your original Memory Card file that came with the BT file, or you will have to start a brand new BT data file on the new card.

Known Issues

Wrong bloom effect on upscaled resolution

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: A bloom effect misplacement issue similar to Tales of the Abyss occurs when running the game at higher than native resolution. It's difficult to spot since the game doesn't have many locations that use bloom effect. A place to observe this is Arkives (Disc 2, late game).
  • Workaround: No known solution

Dragon Flute button press problem

  • Type: Note (not an issue)
  • Description: There is a section in the dungeons of Barr Mountains that requires you to "play tunes" by pressing the circle button to activate a tune. The game has 4 tunes mapped to the button, differentiated by tap/hold and light/hard pressure. However, the gamepad plugin is programmed to send a fixed pressure setting, therefore if you attempt playing tunes normally you will always get the hard tap/hold tunes.
  • Workaround: To get around this an additional button needs to be mapped to circle as well but configured to deliver "light" pressure. This is done by opening the gamepad plugin configuration and choosing a rarely used key - for example the lower shoulder button L2 - and remapping it to the circle button, and setting the sensitivity to 0.500 or thereabouts. In the game, merely use the remapped L2@circle button to deliver "light" tap/hold tunes while the regular circle button can be used normally to deliver "hard" tap/hold tunes.

After you are done with this dungeon you can restore the normal setting for L2/whichever key you remapped.

Abnormal high GPU usage in older versions of GSdx

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: Older version of GSdx for the director's cut may have speed issue due to the CRC is not captured. The PAL version also have speed issue because the CRC isn't yet included in GSdx.
  • Workaround: To fix the abnormal high GPU usage manually add allowhacks=1 to your GSdx.ini (found inside the "ini" folder of PCSX2 directory), then open GSdx Configuration Window and set the new option "Skipdraw" to 1. This fix works only in newer revisions of GSdx.

Public compatibility forum links