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.
Conclusion: The main flaw can be found in the game’s overly simplistic battle system, which can support few strategies more advanced than rushing in, mashing the attack button or—in the case of bosses—mashing a special-attack button.
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.
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.
Conclusion: Star Ocean: The First Departure is an excellent remake and it should be added to your PSP collection if you are an RPG fan. If you are looking to play all of the old games before the fourth game comes out next year then you better get started, the second game in the series will come out early next...
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.
Summary: Featuring a revised game engine, improved battle system and fully voiced, all-new animated scenes displayed in 16:9 widescreen, players can now follow the exploits of humankind's journey across the stars in an adventure that has never before been released to the North American audience.