STAR OCEAN: THE LAST HOPE!!! "Humanity's second chance may be it's last" - except that this is a prequel to the other games, so we know that's not true.
In all seriousness, though, the game's a lot more fun once it actually gets started. I mean, it's still ugly and cliched, but the battle system is entertaining, and I'm a sucker for item creation. Still, there are things that bother me, like...
Androgynous Elf/Alien: Hey, you want a ride back to your spaceship in my handy-dandy flying machine?
Me: YES PLZ.
Shonen Hero: No, I think I'd rather walk back through the giant maze-like forest and the cave so I can fight a million bug monsters.
Me: Wait, what?
Androgynous Elf/Alien: :D?
Shonen Hero: :D
Everyone's acting pretty nonchalant about seeing aliens for the first time, too. They're just kind of, "So, you're an elf, huh? That's cool. I think I'm just gonna awkwardly avoid asking about your magic powers. Hey, I'll talk to you later, I've gotta go tell my captain that an entire spaceship's crew is dead."
Why do the aliens have to be elves, anyway? This is a sci-fi game. Couldn't someone come up with something more creative? No, of course not. For a second there, I forgot that the sci-fi RPG thing is all about making superficial changes to the genre, like "In this game they fly in spaceships, not airships!" while making sure not to try anything potentially innovative or risky. That's why we've still got elves, swords, bows, giant spider monsters, slimes, and forests, never mind that they're alien elves, space-age-looking swords and bows, alien giant spider monsters and slimes, and forests on an alien planet.
And while I'm complaining, would the camera please stop giving me close-ups of moe girl's ass? I know she inexplicably decides to keep her bow there, but that doesn't mean you need to zoom in there after every battle.
...You can keep doing the elf boy closeups, though.*
As long as you don't make me look at his crazy MC Hammer-esque pants.
* HE'S THE LEAST UGLY THING IN THE GAME SHUT UP.