Star Ocean: The Second Story R is a fantastic remaster of a game from the golden era of JRPGs. The newly arranged music is great and the voice acting is good as well, and the improvements to the battle system from the original to this one is leaps and bounds better. The graphical choices made in this remaster is spot on with a nod to the original sprite graphics mixed in with more modern environments. Anyone looking for a classic-style JRPG to play should pick this one up.
Star Ocean: Second Story R takes what made the original so
great and, instead of reworking it, went out and built a better
experience around it. The excellent art design, the fantastic action
combat, and the striking visuals come to life in what is easily one of
the best RPGs of 2023 and a blueprint on how to make a great remake
while keeping the spirit of the original alive.
Jrpg at its finest, no cringy depressed winy 14 yo mc, no QTE boss battles. Just a amazing adventure with tons of characters with endings based on choice. And sidequests that add to the story instead of bunch of fetchquest to pad the game..
The game is very incredible, but technically it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of visuals, the game is excellent, but the characters are the same as the classic Playstation 1 version and there is a little strangeness in this case, but the game is excellent but the original version of the game remains the best in my humble opinion. Furthermore, the A.I., which is the artificial intelligence of the characters, was harmed, the Playstation 1 and PSP versions are better, oddly enough and I think it could change that and then be able to launch an expansion or a correction with an update to update correct because you can change the difficulty level whenever you want, very easy and you can retry, when I will try again, try the game again at the end of the game. And there is no more difficulty level, nothing has been added, there are no new enemies, there are no new scenarios, there are no new characters, everything is the same, the entire game is the same as it was before, they haven't added anything and that leaves a lot to be desired. The original really remains the best, that's my humble opinion. Congratulations to Tri-ace, who is the original developer of the game, because creating a game from scratch is one thing and taking an already made game with character history and everything and just updating it to the current graphics, so to speak, is very easy! The game is very good but technically it has a lot to be desired, they turned an incredible and great game into a small or tiny game.
This remake is clearly a labor of love made by developers who were influenced by the classic game. Gemdrops managed to enhance everything great about Star Ocean 2 while still retaining the aesthetic and feel that was so essential to the original experience. The main narrative still feels a bit slow and underdeveloped at times, but so much has been improved that it hardly matters. Star Ocean The Second Story R truly sets a high new benchmark for how to remake classic RPGs.
Star Ocean The Second Story R is a true treat for both series veterans and newcomers alike, going far beyond the scope of traditional remakes and bringing The Second Story to a brand-new, and completely wonderful, level.
Star Ocean: The Second Story R is a master class in how to update an old game while retaining its original feeling. It has a ton of adjustments, changes, fixes and features that completely change how the game plays, while managing to retain the same feeling of playing the game when it originally came out. It looks better, sounds better, plays better, and in general, it's the absolute optimal way to experience Star Ocean: The Second Story.
The new edition of the JRPG is convincing to the end thanks to a technical overhaul, an unusual combat system and a dramatic story. The combat system seems refreshing, but some elements of world exploration are outdated. Numerous characters and endings ensure a high replay value.
Star Ocean The Second Story R is exactly what it needs to be: a faithful remake of a classic PS1 RPG that greatly enhances the experience for both new and returning players. A wonderful visual overhaul combined with numerous quality of life improvements and expanded battle mechanics make this a borderline must-play for anyone who's looking for an old-school adventure. Although the underlying PS1-era design does still have some rough edges — particularly in the storytelling and combat balance — it's hard to knock such a well crafted revival.
This game is a perfect template to remake classic JRPG and especially A-RPG the best way to have the old feeling with this HD 2D but with 3D HD background. A perfect mix thanks to first Octopath Traveler entry for the HD 2D part. All 2023 features you want to find to make the game play the best way is here. Very good job Square Enix, we need more games using this template on Nintendo Switch especially. I really want Bandai/Namco take a look to give us the first Tales Of entries like that! A must have for all JRPG fan, a great mix of Space Opera and Medevial World is waiting for you Heroe Of Light
Lovingly crafted beautiful 2.5D visuals with a good story. Where this game truly shines is in the systems in place in the game. You can write books, compose music, craft, compound, pickpocket, fish, do alchemy, smithing, and sculpting among others. There is soo much to do and all of it is fun to do . This remake stays faithful to one the best games made in the golden era of jrpgs, Square Enix have something special on their hands with this one.
Bloated, cramped and overloaded. It will be suitable for those who appreciate the sandbox component with the ability to create music, writing, and derive their own chemical/physical laws instead of actually, you know, saving the world, but that’s all - absolutely not what I play jRPG for. The amount of saves scumming the game encourages somehow surpasses even the third Baldurs Gate.
SummaryTWO WORLDS, ONE FATEFUL ENCOUNTER.
The highly acclaimed second instalment in the STAR OCEAN series, returns as STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R.
Brought to life with a unique 2.5D aesthetic, which fuses 2D pixel characters and 3D environments, this remake includes everything that made the original release so great while adding new el...