Hmm, probably liked Ashton the best, I think because I liked the dragons. So, to be honest, I barely remember Opera since you can't have both!
But I always say I'm going to make new playthrough to get her and Ernest.
I played The Last Hope (what is that, star ocean 5? 6?) and it was actually better than I thought it would be. It's cinematics are silly tedious sometimes (we really don't need it explained in a 45 minute scene why the main guy uses a sword instead of a gun, this is standard RPG, we'll understand), but the gameplay was good. Haven't finished it, since I don't have the time, but I hear from other people that it's the one star ocean they liked after 2. Not as good as 2, but yeah. You get nostalgic just listening to the GUI sounds. =P Too much fanservice for my tastes, though.
This thread took a wrong turn at Albuquerque, huh?