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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: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  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. Ramzacloud
    Oct 2, 2005
    10
    One mistake people make about this game is thinking it will be like another Square-Enix RPG. Obviously it won't be because the actual One mistake people make about this game is thinking it will be like another Square-Enix RPG. Obviously it won't be because the actual creators of Star Ocean is Tri-Ace. Square-Enix had, in no way, any part in making this game. They just brought it out of Japan. The battle system is very worthwhile, it gives a sense of individuality towards battles. It can challenge those who are good and challenge those who aren't. The way you move around and attack, making every battle a little different, instead of mashing the X button like in turn-based games. The story is a bland at first, but gets very interesting. Although character development isn't it's strong point, the story telling is superb. We could also mention how neat the graphics are. The music some of the best you'll hear. Motoi Sakuraba has a good nack at making music for this game. The Divine Spirit of Language is a good example. Lastly, I'd like to comment on the voice acting. I think all the voices fit the characters as well. But what I really must say is that I fell in love with Farleen and her voice. =^_^= Expand
  3. Shwam
    Sep 11, 2004
    10
    This is the best game since Chrono Trigger fo reals.
  4. Aug 8, 2016
    10
    It is 2016 and I still play this game's soundtrack.
    One of the deepest stories in an RPG, one of the best combat systems, and one of the best
    It is 2016 and I still play this game's soundtrack.
    One of the deepest stories in an RPG, one of the best combat systems, and one of the best Original Sound Tracks....

    One of my top 5 favorite RPGs of all time.
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  5. Protomark
    Jan 25, 2005
    9
    Probably the only thing i can fault this game for is it's absolutely abhorrent cutscene pacing. every now and then in the middle of Probably the only thing i can fault this game for is it's absolutely abhorrent cutscene pacing. every now and then in the middle of conversation, everyone will stop and just kinda hang out for a little, as if someone just said something very awkward. but if you're bothered by it, you can just turn the voices off. Otherwise, this game is blessed with an involving story, likable characters, and a deceptively deep real-time combat system. just don't let anybody gang up on you. Expand
  6. Mar 23, 2013
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is a great game no doubt about that. It's more for someone who's new to JRPGs in general but it's still a great game regardless. People will nitpick about how other RPGs are better but that distracts the point of playing a game if you're going to compare it to another game. It has a good battle system and a pretty good story (although midway through the game, it threw me a nasty curveball). For what it's worth, this is a must have for any PS2 owner. hopefully, it gets a port for Ps3 alongside the first two Star Ocean games 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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#21 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
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#8 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004