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Star Ocean: Second Evolution (PSP)

Platform : Sony PSP
4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • A galaxy-spanning adventure featuring a cast of both fresh and familiar faces brought together by a gripping and immersive storyline!
  • Compelling real-time combat enhanced by devastating special attacks and spells!
  • The newly incorporated private action system allows players to influence the direction and outcome of the story via interactions with other characters
  • Awe-inspiring animated sequences created by world-famous anime studio Production I.G!
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  • Platform:   Sony PSP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B001O9C14O
  • Item Weight: 27 g
  • Release Date: 13 Feb. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,459 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Continuing the franchise for Star Ocean fans, Star Ocean: Second Evolution for the PSP is an enhanced remake of Star Ocean: The Second Story, and delivers the same epic storytelling and dazzling art style updated for today. Set 20 years after the events of its predecessor, Second Evolution receives special treatment in its PSP incarnation. Gamers can relive the adventure, with fully animated movies, all-new character designs, extra playable characters, fully voiced dialogues and more.



Second Evolution is an enhanced remake of Star Ocean: The Second Story, with special features for the PSP.


Fans of the series will recognize the cast of characters. View larger.


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The Story Unfolds
It is Space Date 366 and a young man finds himself transported by accident to an uncharted world during a survey of an underdeveloped planet. The son of a hero, with much to prove, he finds himself on the path to greatness. Meanwhile, a young girl watches disaster befalling her world and the arrival of a mysterious meteorite. She awaits the arrival of a legendary hero. A child with a good heart and the ability to use powerful magic, she awaits the savior of her world.

20 years after the events on planet Roak in the original Star Ocean, the son of the hero of the Terran Alliance is thrust back into the fray. He is known as the Hero of Light, and although the importance of his epic quest isn't to be denied, he ends up encountering a number of other characters critical to the plot, including his first partner in crime, Rena Lanford.

All New Look and Sound
Old-school fans will indeed recognize the cast of characters, although Claude, Rena, Dias, Precis, Opera, Ashton, and others are getting the benefit of revamped character designs. Animation studio Production I.G. created an all-new look for the characters in this new version of the game. Additionally, during in-game conversations, characters will now change their facial expressions depending upon their mood.

Just as in Star Ocean: First Departure, new high-quality animated cut scenes, now displayed in 16:9 wide-screen, are once again provided by animation studio Production I.G., helping bring the story to life. There are also new voice actors and extensive amounts of new, fully-voiced dialogue, as well as the opening song Start, performed by Scandal.

Exciting New Gameplay
Star Ocean: Second Evolution has been completely rebuilt for the PSP system, with a revised game engine, and an improved real-time battle system that will keep players immersed in the action. As always the private action system adds depth to the story, introducing riveting subplots between characters. In Second Evolution, more private actions have been added allowing characters to interact in new and exciting ways. Other characters degree of feelings for you will affect how they act towards you, how they assist you in battle, and could even alter the end of the game.



Second Story features extensive amounts of fully-voiced dialogue.


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`Star Ocean: The Second Evolution' stars two souls from the opposite ends of the universe. Claude is the son of Ronyx Kenny (a male lead from Star Ocean: The First Departure) who has lived his life in his father's shadow. One day, whilst exploring the deserted planet Calnus, Claude accidently activates a strange machine that teleports to the underdeveloped planet Expel. Meanwhile, a girl named Rena explores her favorite forest when she's suddenly attacked by a strange monster. Claude teleports in the nick of time to save her, and eventually discovers that sometime before, Expel was hit by a mysterious entity called `The Sorcery Globe' which cause animals & people to act demonical and cause major disasters around the world. Together, Claude and Rena set off on a quest to find out about the Sorcery Globe and hopefully safe Expel.

The game allows you, from the start, to choose between the two heroes and follow on from their side of the story. This adds massive reply value as each character has their own way of progressing the game; for example one character will see a battle whilst the other will actually participate. They also have different styles of combat; Claude is your typical sword wielding close-combat hero, Rena is a healing mage with a few handy offensive spells. So from the moment you boot up the game you already have a reason to play twice, and it doesn't stop there.

Star Ocean: The Second Evolution comes with 13 recruitable characters, one being a PSP exclusive. Only 8 members can be in a party at one time and some require certain criteria to become part of your team. All characters are unique and have their own quirky style they bring to the game.
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Pros:

+Visually Striking
+A Fairly Good Story Overall
+Likeable characters
+Good Music Score
+Lots of customization

Cons:

-There's a lot of exposition in some areas where it arguably doesn't need to explain so much; you're mileage with this will vary
-Story paces fairly slowly
-It's an easy game overall
-Battling can and often is reduced to button mashing
-Voice acting lacks emotion

In the fall of 2008, Square-Enix decided to bring the first Star Ocean to US shores for the first time. Now, at the start of 2009, Square-Enix has decided to bring the second Star Ocean to the PSP. It was originally released as Star Ocean: The Second Story ten years ago and became a cult classic on the original Playstation. Now, ten years later, those who did not get a chance to experience Star Ocean: The Second Story have the chance to do so in this enhanced remake.

Star Ocean: The Second Story centers on Claude C. Kenny and Rena Landlord. Claude is a federation officer who, under circumstances, finds himself transported to a world that is less technologically advanced than his where he meets Rena. Rena decides to help Claude find a way home as they investigate the mysteries of her world. While it gets off to a fairly slow start, the story of Second Evolution far exceeds the first game, and has a reasonably well liked cast of characters. The story is ultimately Claude's and Rena's and the game lets you choose between who will be the main character. Depending on who you choose makes a difference in how certain parts of the story are presented.

The story, like many Star Ocean outings can be pretty slow at times. This is mostly due in part to the vast amount of exposition found within the story.
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Star Ocean The Second Story is the first in the series which arrived in America and was shadowed by popular titles like Final Fantasy VII. It's remake Star Ocean Second Evolution brings back everything the original game had (even the original soundtrack) and added a few new things here and there, more endings are available and there's a bonus character plus other bonus content, don't bother getting this game if you already have the original for two reasons, 1. the bonus content isn't worth it and 2. this remake is really bad and you are going to be disappointed.

The plot is filled to the brim with diversions and the game seems to drift away from it a lot, it's pretty much your typical anime setting. There's a plot device and you must go to it but on the way you get distracted by other things and so on and so forth, this takes up the majority of the game and can be a real bore for some players but if that doesn't bother you then keep reading. The characters aren't fantastic, and the voice cast don't really drive them well, the two lead voice actors try way too hard but they completely lack emotion, the intro is done well but aside from that they are just bland. The other voices are nothing special really though some are ok.

The game play is simple yet somewhat flawed due to it's ai, well not necessarily the ai's behavior, you can set their behavior in the tactics section of the main menu but none of them are helpful in any way.
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