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: 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.
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.
Excerpt: Name: Star Ocean: First Departure Genre: Action/RPG Platform: PSP It’s now been twelve years since the first Star Ocean was released in Japan for the Super Famicom, and in that time, role-playing games have come a long way. With several sequels, some of which have never been released in the U.S.
Excerpt: Genre: Role-Playing Publisher: Square Enix Developer: Tri-Ace Release Date: October 21, 2008 Square Enix's seminal Star Ocean title for the Super Famicon console was never released in the West. However, a sequel to the title made it over to the U.S.
Summary: Star Ocean: First Departure may be simplistic and not offer anything new by today's RPG-standards, but it's an entertaining game that some might have passed-by because they were unwilling to brave the language barrier.