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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. TotalGames.net
    79
    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: 32 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  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. DemonS.
    Oct 16, 2005
    10
    This is one of the best Rpg's out there, It has a deep story line that all rpg fans will love.
  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. KennyM
    Jan 26, 2009
    10
    An engaging storyline, a brilliant soundtrack, loveable characters and 80+ hours of epic gameplay are what Star Ocean 3 bring to the table.An engaging storyline, a brilliant soundtrack, loveable characters and 80+ hours of epic gameplay are what Star Ocean 3 bring to the table. I've always been a fan of Final Fantasy and Star Ocean, and I would have to put this title on a par with FFX.
    Negatives? The leveling up can become monotonous further on into the game. Especially after the story has finished if you choose to undertake the bonus dungeons. I put so much time into completing Sphere 211 that it could have been put onto its own disc.

    Bring on Star Ocean 4!
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  5. JimtheTwo
    Dec 1, 2007
    9
    After being on a streak of RPGs, including Final Fantasy X, X-2, XII, and IX (eww), and also Skies of Arcadia for DC, and being highly After being on a streak of RPGs, including Final Fantasy X, X-2, XII, and IX (eww), and also Skies of Arcadia for DC, and being highly disappointed by all of them, I was talked into Star Ocean 3. It was infinitely better than FFX which is saying a lot. Good job Tri-Ace. Expand
  6. Aug 23, 2021
    9
    I truly enjoyed SO: TTEOT. A JRPG that surprised on how good it was. It was the first Star Ocean I have ever played back when it was releasedI truly enjoyed SO: TTEOT. A JRPG that surprised on how good it was. It was the first Star Ocean I have ever played back when it was released on the PS2. 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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#25 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
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