Let’s face it, this is a wonderful week for all of us PSP fans, thanks in no small part to our buddies at Square Enix. First we got the news that a brand new Final Fantasy (for the PSP!) is in the pipeline, then they surprised all of us by announcing the remakes of the excellent Star Ocean and Star Ocean 2 as Star Ocean First Departure and Star Ocean Second Evolution respectively too!
Since nothing more can be said about Dissidia Final Fantasy until Square Enix releases more information, let’s take a trip back through time and revisit the Star Ocean titles in their original, wonderful glory.
The Beginning – Star Ocean (Star Ocean First Departure)
Released in 1996, Star Ocean was a SNes RPG by the (then) little-known Tri-Ace. Graphically, Star Ocean was ground-breaking stuff and really took the capability of the SNes to its extreme. But what separated the title from the rest was its innovative real-time battle system, as well as being one of the first RPGs to feature multiple endings which are directly dependent on the choices you make with a colorful cast of characters.
The story of Star Ocean takes place on Roak, a planet that is badly hit by a plague that is turning people into stones. The story starts off typically enough. The hero, Ratix Farrence, and his friends are guarding their village against hostile enemies when one of them gets infected with the deadly virus. In a desperate quest to save his friend, Ratix ventures into the unknown to seek for a cure, only to bump into two space travelers from another planet who also happen to be seeking the same cure. Together, they journey into space to seek the origin of the disease. Sure, it sounds far fetched and probably a little cheesy on paper, but I suspect many new gamers will be pleasantly surprised with the unique mixture of fantasy and sci-fi when they get their hands on this baby.
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