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  • Summary: The first PlayStation 2 installment in the acclaimed science fiction RPG series, the Director's Cut version is considered to be the culmination of the developer?s true vision. STAR OCEAN was originally released with two versions in Japan. The development time was extended for the NorthThe first PlayStation 2 installment in the acclaimed science fiction RPG series, the Director's Cut version is considered to be the culmination of the developer?s true vision. STAR OCEAN was originally released with two versions in Japan. The development time was extended for the North American release in order to incorporate the extra features of the Director's Cut, the only stateside release of the title. STAR OCEAN builds on the first-rate concepts of earlier games in the series and leverages the technological capabilities of the PlayStation 2 to surpass them. In addition, the larger data capacity of the Director?s Cut allows for multiple added extras providing the most complete game package possible. Incorporating the new features with gorgeous, extended cinematic sequences and an unparalleled real-time battle system, including a new VS. mode, STAR OCEAN is sure to attract a new group of admirers and thrill the longtime fans of the series. STAR OCEAN's protagonist, Fayt Leingod brings his family and childhood friend, Sophia Esteed to the Federation-managed resort planet Hyda for a long-deserved vacation. Their dreamy holiday turns into a nightmare when Hyda is attacked by an unknown space military. In the heat of the attack, Fayt is separated from Sophia and his family and begins an emotional quest into the unknown to find his loved ones. [Square Enix] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 55
  2. Negative: 1 out of 55
  1. 94
    If the phenomenal storyline, eye-popping CG cinemas and soulful orchestration weren't enough, the plethora of gameplay nuances and player diversions are sure to make the most jaded gamer giggle like a school girl.
  2. The storyline does an amazing job of slowly expanding in scope (though it does bog down a bit in the middle of the game, most of the stuff it trudges through stays relevant well after the scope of the game has outgrown the smaller conflict), and the twists will absolutely knock you on your ass, while battles are fast, interesting and offer a nicely customizable way to trudge through the grind of leveling up all your characters.
  3. This game has one of the best battle engines I have seen in an RPG and it would be an absolute shame for you to miss it!
  4. 80
    If you like an RPG with an element of sci-fi and don't mind being smacked around a lot in battles, then Star Ocean is certainly an RPG for you.
  5. The battle system, the storyline, and even the aesthetics manage to impress, culminating in a game that’s quite highly thought of by Gamer Archive.
  6. Even though its flaws are few and petty for the most part, the length of the game accentuates them to a point of some frustration. Thankfully, though, the story and unique elements are enough to ensure extended play.
  7. Simply steeped too deeply in old role-playing game conventions and standbys. Games like "Star Wars: KOTOR" have changed the landscape, while more similar titles like "Final Fantasy X" and "Xenosaga" have a better battle system and a more epic feel, respectively.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Jun 28, 2011
    10
    Along with Rogue Galaxy this has to be one of the most severely underrated games (by the critics). It deserves much better! There is SO muchAlong with Rogue Galaxy this has to be one of the most severely underrated games (by the critics). It deserves much better! There is SO much to do in this game. The plot is great (though a bit cheesy at times) with plenty of surprises along the way. The gameplay is challenging and there are plenty of side quests and secrets to uncover/explore. The environments are so neat and original and the music is fun. Expand
  2. SteveW.
    Sep 17, 2005
    10
    Before i bought this game i knew 2 things about it 1) it was an rpg 2) it was co made by Enix this was enough to make me buy it and boy am i Before i bought this game i knew 2 things about it 1) it was an rpg 2) it was co made by Enix this was enough to make me buy it and boy am i glad i did this is quite possibly the best rpg game iv ever played since like the old days of Terrenigma the story is gripping the battles are flawless and well yeah this game is just great. if your an rpg fan and like to get wrapped up in a nice rpg for months on end this game is for you! Expand
  3. EnrivM.
    Sep 7, 2004
    10
    SO3 is one of my favourite RPGs published on the ps2, maybe even ever. However, I played the English version for two minutes before hitting SO3 is one of my favourite RPGs published on the ps2, maybe even ever. However, I played the English version for two minutes before hitting the power in disgust. The English voices are so bad I have trouble imagining why anybody would play it :( It is made all the worse when you have heard the superb quality Japanese voices. I realize the game barely fit on two dvds as it was. If only they would release games in english/japanese varieties the same way old anime VHS releases were :(. Expand
  4. Sep 4, 2014
    10
    Great, stunning and dynamic combat system, great overall game design, deep story, freedom of our actions, well made, but hard to learnGreat, stunning and dynamic combat system, great overall game design, deep story, freedom of our actions, well made, but hard to learn "how-to" crafting, solid gameplay, graphics, difficulty levels, Battle Trophies unlockables, once again great combat, very interesting playable characters and its development (awesome combat skills, plenty of stats), lot of equipment, great music (some tracks are really memorable, like Crossel boss theme, battle theme, bosses theme, and some more) and some optional dungeons after completing base game... Game is veeeery long, and its on 2 (!) Discs, and on 2nd Disc story gets 360' degree, really... Surely one of the best Action RPG ever on PS2, even one of the best CRPG ever overall. 10/10 note fully deserved. Plus it is well optimized on PCSX2 emulator. Expand
  5. OpalE.
    Sep 30, 2004
    9
    Absolutely amazing storyline details. Hey Fayt, there's something on the back of your shirt!!!
  6. Feb 23, 2013
    9
    First of all: The battle system, and everything that has somehow to do with it is great. After the storyline is complete there are optionalFirst of all: The battle system, and everything that has somehow to do with it is great. After the storyline is complete there are optional dungeons in which there are many mighty optional bosses that let you keep playing this game. The Soundtrack is also a good one, the graphics are average and the story is not the best out there. Still the game is exceptional if you are looking for a game with a deep battle system. Expand
  7. Ward
    May 16, 2005
    5
    This from the same people who brought us the fantastic Materia system (FF7), the beautiful floating gardens (FF8) and the mature heartwarming This from the same people who brought us the fantastic Materia system (FF7), the beautiful floating gardens (FF8) and the mature heartwarming love story of Tidus and Yuna (FF10)? Ultimately the only review that matters is one Expand

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#24 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#12 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004