Reviews and Problems with Star Ocean: First Departure
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Required History for RPG Fans
22 September 2009
Excerpt: As I was playing First Departure, I felt like an archaeologist discovering a missing piece of a long-lost civilization. From a historical perspective, it's interesting to finally play the first game in this series, but the genre has evolved a lot since Tri-Ace first made the game during the 16-bit...
Excerpt: Star Ocean may not be a big name in gaming, but the series holds a special place for fans of Japanese role-playing games. Made by Square Enix, the minds behind the seminal Final Fantasy series, Star Ocean: First Departure is a remake of the original SNES game that started the series back in 1996.
Excerpt: Fans of classic gaming don't have any great need for slick graphics. In fact, we almost have the opposite reaction, thinking that slick graphics and surround sound receive far too much focus in place of story, character development, and gameplay depth.
Excerpt: Star Ocean: First Departure is the remake of the first Star Ocean for the Super Nintendo. First Departure is on the PSP. You begin in the town of Kratus on a planet called Roak. You are a young fellpool named Roddick.
Summary: This original Star Ocean never came out in the U.S., and judging by this PSP remake I'm starting to understand why. With a weak story, repetitive gameplay and a little too much backtracking, it's easy to become indifferent to Square Enix's newest portable role-playing game.
Summary: For years I've heard great things about Enix's Star Ocean series. While I've always loved the traditional Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games, I'm always hearing from the small cult of Star Ocean fanatics that tell me that I'm missing out.
Excerpt: Games have come a long way in the past decade, even within the RPG genre. As a result, the spectacular experiences of the 1990s aren't always going to please gamers of the new millennium, even if you dispense with tweaked visuals and improved balance.
Summary: If you’re a fan of Role Playing games or you desperately want your friend to start enjoying the genre, this game is definitely for you. It’s a pretty simplistic and easy-to-pick up JRPG. The combat doesn’t get too deep for those un-familiar with the genre and the story is pretty easy to comprehend.
Summary: Star Ocean: First Departure is not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination. However, it lies about the kind of story it tells and anyone that isn’t already a fan of old school role playing games will not find anything to change their mind here.