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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: 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.
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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.
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.
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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. There's a stand and heal option, a hit them with all you've got option and then there's a conserve mp option that's about it, if you want to have an easy time it's best to let the ai control the damage dealers and take control of the healer because the healer's ai is far too slow, it's better to wait for a character to die and revive them than heal them because your characters die so fast that the cast time bar barely has a chance to fill up so you end up healing ko'ed characters which does nothing.
But using a healer is no fun is it and you will want to make use of all the special moves available. Star Ocean Second Evolution is a pausable real time battle system so expect some fast paced action. Battles often tend to be chaotic and have either your team getting owned or the enemy getting owned, the difficulty curve is insane, it starts off way too easy and gets extremely hard near the end you won't know what hit you later on in the game, enemies have low hit points so battles won't last long but they deal lots of damage and can ko you easily. boss battles tend to be a button mash and nothing more, you can often kill a boss by simply mashing the special attack buttons constantly till you run out of mp making this a spam fest and there's not really much strategy in it but if you just want to hear your characters scream attacks like in the tales games and don't care an ounce about strategy then this is the game for you.
The soundtrack is excellent, Motoi Sakuraba's music is never bad, some of the songs can get on your nerves after a while especially when you've been exploring a dungeon for hours getting lost and getting koed by enemies. There's a mixture of dynamic tunes and calming melodies, i tend to prefer the dynamic tunes personally.
The character management system is excellent, in fact I've had more fun with this games character management than with any game, it's very easy to just experiment with everything right from the get go and get some really powerful items which can break the game and can be really useful on harder difficulties. Item creation allows you to turn raw materials into a new item, you will have many different outcomes based on the materials you choose. There's also the ability to allocate skill points to buff your item creation up even more and make battles easier, most skills tend to come with both allowing you to build your character's stats as well as building their profession at the same time so you can experiment without worry, by the end of the game you will have likely maxed all the skills out anyways so don't worry if you wasted them. There is a wide variety of equipment with different effects and switching them round can change the tide of battles, character management is very important in this game due to the lack of strategy of the battle system, this is the game right here!
I think I've covered all the important points for now so I'll end the review saying that Star Ocean Second Evolution is a great opportunity to try out Star Ocean The Second Story at a far more reasonable price, if you're new to the Star Ocean series this is a great game to start off with because it shows off how awesome the character management of the Star Ocean games is. Alternatively you could try Star Ocean First Departure, the remake of the first Star Ocean which was released only in Japan but personally i would import if you can read Japanese because the remake isn't as good. As for this game this remake is better than first departure's as it keeps the original soundtrack but it still doesn't live up to the original and may be off putting but if you want to risk it, give it a go it's not like you're going to find a cheap copy of Star Ocean The Second Story any time soon.
Re-playability: 9.7 (had to put this here because it's the best part)
Overall score: 7.6
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This updated version brings in what I would say is a big difference in battle that is Claude's ability to perform a three hit combo as opposed to his original single slash...early on this helps a lot and negates the need for spamming of battle skills.....also they changed his best moves name and what he shouts from mirror slice to mirror blade....big disappointment for me...but if you haven't played it you won't notice...anyway this game is better than most games you can pick up today...it's on par with star ocean till the end of time, final fantasy 7,9 & 10...and if you say they aren't good games...then you really don't know what you are talking about do you....find a large building and go to the top...I'm not saying jump...I'm just saying do the world a favour and make the right choice.
10/10 buy it.
The port also has cutscenes included into it, which are of amazing quality and good to watch. Unfortunately there is only few and also they replace some key parts of the story and so you will find yourself missing out on input from every other character as the only characters featured in the animations are Rena and Claude. Which I found to be a slight disappointment.
In terms of everything else to do with the game it is pretty sound and sticks to the original. I'd say overall this is a must get for RPG fans, particularly if you like the Star Ocean series - although it does not compare to the original PS1 version if you have never played the PS1 version it is worth the play. But if you have played or own to the PS1 version I'd still suggest adding this to your collection as it's worth the replaying the game and seeing the animations and reading the updated localization.
Most recent customer reviews
+A Fairly Good Story Overall
+Good Music Score
+Lots of customization