Star Ocean, First Departure R (Game): Tipstor® Pick
Summary: Space Date: 346. From a power yet undiscovered, a new generation will be born. Our tale begins on the primitive planet of Roak where Roddick lives in the peaceful and uneventful town of Kratus. As a member of the village’s local “Defence Force” tasked with the protection of Kratus, Roddick learns of a mysterious disease that has broken out in the neighboring town. Those infected turn to stone, but continue to live on in a petrified state. Roddick, along with his two friends Millie and Dorne, make their way to the neighboring town. Informed of a cure for the sickness, they head to Mt. Metorx where a healing herb is rumored to grow. When they reach the summit, the party encounter Ronyx and Ilia, who appear before them in a pillar of light. Thus, the story of STAR OCEAN begins.
Game: Star Ocean, First Departure R
Developer: Square Enix, Tri-Ace
Genre(s): Role-Playing, Action RPG
Star Ocean: First Departure R has improved a lot since the PSP remake. The graphics are better and they made some QoL changes for the talent system, such as allowing all characters to now get all talents, or so it appears so far. The combat still uses the vastly improved SO2 style battle system, rather than the clunky system from the original SNES release. It’s definitely worth playing if you’re curious about Star Ocean’s origins or if you’re itching for a portable classic RPG.