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Writer: Sq. Enix
Developer: Sq. Enix
Whereas Star Ocean isn’t Sq. Enix’s most well-known RPG sequence by far, it’s definitely considered one of their most original properties that always doesn’t appear to get the adore it deserves. Fortunately, when you’ve been curious in regards to the sequence and weren’t positive the place to start out, the latest launch of Star Ocean First Departure R is a fairly good place to start.
Star Ocean First Departure R is successfully a remaster of a remake of the unique Star Ocean. This specific model of the sport initially got here out on the PSP fairly some time in the past and has now been spruced up for this PS4/Change launch. Whereas there aren’t any loopy modifications made right here, there are some attention-grabbing additions, like a brand new voiceover utilizing the Japanese voice forged of the unique Star Ocean, re-done character portraits, elevated strolling velocity, and a few fight rebalancing.
Exterior of that, this model of the sport feels just about according to the PSP model. Nevertheless it makes the transition from handheld to big-screen fairly nicely, and the visuals truly look higher than I might have thought getting into. Character sprites are giant and detailed, and the backgrounds look respectable sufficient. It’s not essentially going to wow you from a visible perspective, however Star Ocean First Departure R nonetheless holds up nicely.
When you’re not acquainted with the sequence, Star Ocean has at all times been a fantasy RPG with sci-fi trappings, and I at all times felt that later video games within the sequence turned increasingly centered on the sci-fi aspect of issues. Star Ocean First Departure R does have a variety of sci-fi happening, however nonetheless has a variety of grounded fantasy components that had been a bit extra according to old-school RPG’s of the time. It’s a neat mix of the 2 genres that works fairly nicely, with apparent nods and winks to Star Trek all through. It additionally contains a fairly strong crafting system, numerous gear choices, distinctive abilities, and a good variety of optionally available celebration members. There’s rather a lot to uncover in Star Ocean First Departure R, however it’s additionally not an RPG that tends to overstay its welcome. As a substitute, it lends itself extra in direction of a number of playthroughs, particularly when you’re curious to see how completely different celebration member storylines play out.
When you’ve already performed by means of the unique PSP launch, there won’t be sufficient right here to essentially draw you in once more. Nevertheless, there’s been a good span of time between that launch and this one, and simply sufficient new stuff added that I feel it warrants one other look. When you haven’t performed this recreation earlier than, or any recreation within the Star Ocean sequence for that matter, then relaxation assured that Star Ocean First Departure R is an ideal place to start out.
Notice: Sq. Enix offered us with a Star Ocean: First Departure R PS4 code for evaluation functions.