Star Ocean originally released on the Super Famicom and was later updated and released on PSP. The team that made Star Ocean is mostly made up of ex-Namco employees that had worked on Tales of Fantasia. Star Ocean was the debut venture from Tri Ace. For the record, I played through the PSP version. Star Ocean’s schtick is a traditional JRPG with a player decided cast sprinkled with a little bit of time travel, fantasy, and sci fi. Star Ocean does a lot of neat things despite it age but also subscibes to a lot of old tropes that are incredibly hard to put up with.
Star Ocean follows the tale of Roddick, who is from a race of humans with tails known as Roakians. Basically his bud gets turned into stone and they have to go into the future for some Stone Cures–Oh wait my bad. See you find the Stone Cure item about halfway through the game but you need a blood sample from a certain “demon” to make a cure. Hi-jinks ensue. The most refreshing part about Star Ocean’s story is how chipper everyone is. Most of the party simply wants to join because they like Roddick, which is a refreshing pace from idealism, politics, and principles.
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