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
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS 20488 (disc 1) SLUS 20489 (disc 2)
Release date: August 31 2004
CRCs: 23A97857
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-82028 (disc 1) SLES-82029 (disc 2)
Release date: October 1, 2004
CRCs: E04EA200
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J:
Release date: February 27, 2003
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): tri-Ace
Genre: RPG
Wikipedia: Link

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
? ?
  • Intel Core i7 2600K 3.4Ghz
1.3.0-20140610102852 GSDX 20140610102852
  • SPU2-X 20140505093935
  • LilyPad 20140505093935
The orginal 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. 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. To fix the abnormal high GPU usage manually add 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.

NTSC-U Windows 7 Ultimate X64 (SP1)
  • Intel Core i5-4670k @ 3.4 GHz
  • Radeon HD 7850
  • 6GB DDR3-1333
1.3.0 r5932
  • GDSX r5932
  • Mode: HW DX11
  • SPU2-X r5893
  • LilyPad r5822
Runs great, even at 2560x1440 resolution. (Constant 60 FPS)

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.


Linlogo.png Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
? ?
  • ?
  • ?
untested untested untested speed hacks may break the game's cutscenes ?

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 [email protected] 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.

Additional comments

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.

Additional comments 16.04.2012

I have played this game (the undubbed version) for several days and finished it. I used Pcsx2 0.9.9 r5127 and latest plugins. 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! I also used the memcard once in a while. I used a lot of cheats that I put inside the pnach file and the game worked fine.