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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 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
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: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Jun 28, 2011
    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 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. LukeM.
    Dec 16, 2004
    This game is one of the best rpgs out ok so its graphics aint the same as the Final Fantasy Series but the storyline and battle system make up for this. All in all this game is absolutely amazing.(albed is the best) Expand
  3. FranJ.
    Jul 27, 2004
    This game kicks ass especially the free time battle.
  4. DemonS.
    Oct 16, 2005
    This is one of the best Rpg's out there, It has a deep story line that all rpg fans will love.
  5. ShardStriker
    Sep 7, 2004
    Only complaint is the terrible graphics, I mean, hair doesn't even move in the wind or explosion blasts, not even in FMV's. but the aquaelie seen was pretty sweet. Expand
  6. Jul 6, 2012
    As my score would indicate, I believe this is an amazing game. Sure the argument could be made that some of Square-enix's other PS2 titles or even PS1 titles such a chrono cross, FF9 or xeonsaga were better than this one, but i think people have to remember that this game came out when square was well known for producing top notch, lovingly crafted and inspired RPG's, not **** like FFX-2 and FF13.

    The main standouts for me in this game are the music and the story. The soundtrack is made up of a mix of high energy synth rock songs that kick ass and mood tracks that do a great job bringing environments to life. The soundtrack in this game pumps you up at the right times and other times it helps you resonate with how characters in the story might be feeling about events taking place. In other words, it does everything an RPG soundtrack should do exceptionally well.

    The second standout aspect of this game for me is the story. I have never played an RPG with so many WTF?! moments and I really wish i could explain in depth what i mean when i say that but I can't without giving up too many plot spoilers. Saying that the story has sufficient plot twists, interesting settings and likeable characters will have to suffice, not to mention that it is extremely satisfying to complete.

    One major thing that makes this a great old style RPG is the freedom you enjoy throughout the game aswell as the sidequests you can complete. There are tons of sidequests and several secret dungeons to complete. This is something Square has strayed from recently and i don't know why. Hallway Fantasy 13 doesnt even have an overworld let alone sidequests (at least no sidequests that i saw considering i was bored after 6 hours of gameplay in a linear direction.) This game includes the largest and most in depth "secret" dungeon of any RPG ive ever played. SPHERE COMPANY, 200 floors of difficulty curve madness with tons of bosses exponentially harder than the last boss in the main story just waiting to be conquered by the completionist inside all of us. This dungeon is insane. If it was the only sidequest in the whole game, it would probably suffice. You're looking at 10's if not 100+ potential hours to beat it and if that isnt a reason to fork over 40 bucks or whatever this game will cost you, i dont know what is.

    Anyways, for me those are the best reasons to buy this game, good old style RPG fun (the battle system is pretty fun too, forgot to mention that). This game really caters to hardcore rpg fans IMO and gives them exactly what the want. It really succeeds in all of the areas that caused RPG's to become popular in the first place.
  7. Ward
    May 16, 2005
    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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