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Review- STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R by CompletionistMaster
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Review- STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R by CompletionistMaster
CompletionistMaster
November 05, 2023
2 min
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A Journey Through Time and Space: STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R
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A Beautiful Blast from the Past
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Pick Your Path and Uncover a Rich Narrative
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Engaging Battle Mechanics and Character Growth
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A Revamped and Rich Audio Experience
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Essential Quality of Life Improvements
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Replay Value: Experience it All
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In Conclusion

A Journey Through Time and Space: STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R

A Beautiful Blast from the Past

Returning to the beloved world of STAR OCEAN is an absolute treat with the release of STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R. The unique 2.5D visual style is a perfect marriage of modern 3D graphics and nostalgic 2D pixel art, making for a gaming experience that is as visually impressive as it is heartwarming for long-time fans.

Pick Your Path and Uncover a Rich Narrative

One of the standout features of this game is the choice between two protagonists: Claude, the son of a famous space captain, and Rena, a young girl with mysterious magical powers. Who you choose as your main character will impact the story, your available party members, and even the endings you can unlock! As a completionist, I must admit I had to play it more than once to truly experience all the game has to offer.

Engaging Battle Mechanics and Character Growth

STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R offers a unique and engaging battle system that combines action and strategy. It forces you to think on your feet as you navigate enemy encounters in both closed areas and large, open maps. The progression system also ties in well with the overall gameplay, allowing you to customize each character’s skills and talents to suit your playstyle. And of course, as a completionist, I loved tracking down and mastering every skill and piece of equipment.

A Revamped and Rich Audio Experience

This remake shines not only in its visuals but also in its audio design. Players can now choose between full English and Japanese voice overs (a much-welcomed quality of life improvement), and the music has been both re-arranged and supplemented with original tracks. This truly feels like a new and improved gaming experience while still maintaining the spirit of the original.

Essential Quality of Life Improvements

Another crucial aspect that caught my attention was the inclusion of quality of life improvements, such as markers for Private Actions. These markers make it significantly easier to avoid missing key story and character moments. Additionally, the fast-travel system streamlines the gameplay experience, allowing players to spend more time exploring and engaging in the rich narrative, rather than being bogged down by tedious travel.

Replay Value: Experience it All

For completionists like myself, the allure of multiple endings, unique storylines, and various party combinations means there’s always a reason to come back to STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R. I find the game to have a high replay value and, with each playthrough, I uncover new character interactions, story events, and more that keeps me coming back for more.

In Conclusion

STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R is a masterful reimagining of a beloved classic, offering a fresh yet nostalgic experience. The game is perfect for both newcomers and long-time fans alike. With quality of life improvements, engaging gameplay mechanics, and a vast story to explore, it’s a must-play for any JRPG fan. As a completionist, I am amazed and delighted by the attention to detail and the sheer amount of content to explore.

Rating: 5 Stars

CompletionistMaster

CompletionistMaster

CompletionistMaster

Devotes meticulous attention to detail by fully completing games, including side quests, collectibles, and achievements. Offers comprehensive game guides and completionist playthroughs, ensuring no aspect of the game is left unexplored.

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