Star Ocean: The Second Story


Star Ocean: The Second Story スターオーシャン セカンドストーリー, Sutā Ōshan Sekando Sutōrī is an action role-playing video game developed by tri-Ace and published by Enix for the PlayStation It is the second game in the Star Ocean series and the first game in the series to be released outside Japan, arriving in North America in May 1999 and Europe in April 2000, courtesy of Sony Computer Entertainment Taking place in a science fantasy universe, the story centers around a young man named Claude Kenny, a cadet from a space-faring Earth organization who is stranded on an undeveloped, medieval-level planet There, he meets several companions and must stop a plot from an evil organization that spans multiple worlds before finding his way home The game was the basis of manga and anime adaptations

An enhanced port called Star Ocean: Second Evolution スターオーシャン2 セカンド エヴォリューション, Sutā Ōshan 2 Sekando Evoryūshon was developed by TOSE, later released for the PlayStation Portable in April 2008 in Japan, and 2009 in North America, Europe, and Australia It features newly animated cutscenes by Production IG, a re-recorded soundtrack, and additional story elements At the 2015 Tokyo Game Show, it was announced that the PlayStation Portable remake would be ported to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita4

Contents

  • 1 Gameplay
  • 2 Plot
  • 3 Characters
    • 31 Protagonists
  • 4 Second Evolution
  • 5 Reception
  • 6 Manga and anime adaptations
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Gameplayedit

The game gives the player the choice of playing as Claude or Rena, with the journey evolving and ending differently depending on the choices one makes The Second Story's gameplay is broadly similar to that of most RPGs The player goes from town to town and dungeon to dungeon, following the central story and occasionally branching off to perform side quests Characters gain Experience Points from battle and level up as a result, becoming gradually stronger as time passes and more battles are fought

A random encounter battle

However, the game is a member of the Star Ocean franchise, and as such features various deviations from the standard RPG format Battles are much more action-oriented: they take place in real time, during which the player has manual control over their character, as opposed to choosing options from a menu Battles take place on a broad battlefield, over which the player's character can move without limit, allowing them to trade blows face-to-face with the enemy or circle around for a flanking attack The other party members up to 3 others are controlled by the game's AI; the player may change an ally's Strategy to one of six different pre-determined options ranging from "Spread out and attack" to "Save your Magic Points" to "Stand Still and Don't Do Anything"

The game features a comprehensive Skill system Nine different batches of skills are sold in in-game shops; once unlocked this way, they must be learned by committing battle-earned "Skill Points" to them Some skills raise a character's statistics; some unlock Specialty abilities; and some provide bonuses in battle such as the ability to counter-attack Specialties allow the characters to create a wide variety of items, and include Herbal medicine, Cooking, Writing, Composing and Musicianship, Pickpocketing and Training Furthermore, the entire party can contribute to "Super Specialty" skills such as "Master Chef", Blacksmithing, Publishing and "Reverse Side", which allows the character to counterfeit valuable items at the risk of lowering their allies' opinion of them Every item created has some sort of tangible benefit—foods restore Hit Points and/or Magic Points, training increases the gain in Experience Points, and written novels can be submitted to a publisher, with royalties collectable later—but every attempt requires the expenditure of a consumable item, and may fail to produce anything useful

Finally, a mechanic called "Private Actions" allows the player to influence the relations between their characters During a "Private Action", the player's party temporarily breaks up during a visit to a town, with each character going their own way to shop, visit friends and family if applicable or otherwise relax The player's main character either Claude or Rena can then interact with their allies, often with the option of making one of those allies like another character more or less This "relationship point" mechanic can have a major effect in battle—if Character A's close friend is felled, Character A will get major combat bonuses for a short time—and also determines what ending the player will see, as each party member's scene plays out differently depending on who they did or didn't befriend There are 86 possible endings or 87, depending on how one wants to count them

Plotedit

Star Ocean: The Second Story takes place in SD 366 AD 2452, twenty years after the original game, Star Ocean The game tells the stories of Claude C Kenny, son of Ronyx J Kenny, and Rena Lanford, a young girl living on the planet Expel Claude, having recently been commissioned as an Ensign in the Earth Federation, is given his first mission under the supervision of his father This first mission is to survey the planet Milocinia, where a mysterious energy field appears Finding a mysterious device on Milocinia renamed Milokeenia in the PSP port, Claude begins to examine it close-up, despite orders to keep away from it As he approaches, the machine activates, teleporting him to Expel Once on Expel, Claude meets Rena who mistakes him for the "Hero of Light," spoken of in legends on Expel because he wields a "Sword of Light" actually the standard-issue Phase Gun all Federation officers carry and is dressed in "alien raiments" She takes him back to her village, Arlia, for corroboration

In Arlia, it is explained to Claude that a meteorite crashed into Expel Almost immediately afterwards, monsters began appearing, and natural disasters occurred with increasing frequency and intensity Believing that these events were related, the people of Expel called the meteorite the "Sorcery Globe" Though he explains that he is not the Hero of Light, Claude offers to investigate the Sorcery Globe, in the hopes that it might help lead him home Rena assists him as his native guide and hopes to find knowledge about her origin, being an orphan

Though their journey takes them the long way around, Claude and Rena and whichever characters the player decides to recruit manage to travel across Expel and finally reach the Sorcery Globe and encounter the Ten Wise Men The Sorcery Globe, which the Ten Wise Men call the "Quadratic Sphere", is a device they planted on Expel in order to steer it into a massive energy formation called Energy Nede, from which the Ten Wise Men were exiled thousands of years ago It is their hope to return to Energy Nede using Expel as a vessel They succeed and the entire planet of Expel is destroyed by its collision with Energy Nede

Through unspecified means, Claude and Rena survive the impact and wake up on Energy Nede They are met by Mayor Narl who explains who the Ten Wise Men are, why they were exiled, and that, now that they are back, they hope to destroy the entire universe using advanced Heraldry magic Narl furthermore announces that Energy Nede has the ability to restore Expel by using powerful Heraldry to turn back time, but this is only possible if the Ten Wise Men are defeated Claude and Rena agree to help in the resistance, and embark on various voyages to strengthen themselves, obtain information and learn about the enemy

Eventually Claude and Rena along with their friends assault the Ten Wise Men's stronghold at Fienal, where they put an end to the enemy once and for all The ending is composed of scenes describing the fates of the party's characters, and changes slightly depending on if you discovered the Ten Wise Men's true identity and " raison d'être " through the means of Private Actions

Charactersedit

Protagonistsedit

Star Ocean: The Second Story has two main characters, the human Claude voiced by Yuji Ueda Japanese original, Jimmy Freeman English original, Daisuke Namikawa Japanese PSP Port and Spike Spencer English PSP Port and the Nedian member of a pointy-eared humanoid race Rena voiced by Aya Hisakawa Japanese original, Donna Mae Wong English original, Nana Mizuki Japanese PSP Port and Claudia Lenz English PSP Port, and upon starting a new game the player is asked to choose between one of them The choice has an impact upon the game's plot and story, though the vast majority of content is identical in both lines There are ten other playable characters in the game, though the player can only recruit six of them to fill out their eight-member party, and some recruitment choices will make other characters no longer available

Second Evolutionedit

Star Ocean: Second Evolution is an enhanced port of Star Ocean: The Second Story for the PSP, ported by TOSE567 It serves as a sequel to Star Ocean: First Departure The first details of the game were revealed at the "Star Ocean Special Stage" during the Square Enix Party 2007 Yoshinori Yamagishi, producer of the series, stated that he wants the remakes to feel as though they are completely new games8 The game has seen a release in Japan on April 2, 2008, in North America on January 19, 2009,1 in Australia on February 12, 2009 and in Europe on February 13, 20092

Second Evolution features new content many skills were completely remade, as well the combat system being slightly refined, including new playable character 13 new endings for a total number of 99–100 endings Production IG provided new artwork and animated cutscenes for the game There are new voice actors and extensive amounts of new, fully voiced dialogue- The opening song is "START", performed by SCANDAL9

Hori, the Japanese game peripheral manufacturer, have unveiled a Second Evolution-branded PSP accessory set to be released alongside the game on April 2, 2008 The kit includes the following: a limited, gray PSP case with the Star Ocean logo, matching headphones, a cell phone strap, and finally, 2 UMD cases to hold both First Departure and Second Evolution games1011 The kit's release seems to coincide with First Departure Eternal Edition package

Receptionedit

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Famitsu Game Informer GameSpot IGN RPGFan ^ a b "SQUARE ENIX NEWS – January 2009" Umansquare-enix-europecom Retrieved 2012-06-27 
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  • ^ Ricardo Torres May 10, 2007 "Square Enix unwraps Last Remnant, Star Ocean 4" GameSpot Archived from the original on October 21, 2012 Retrieved June 23, 2012 
  • ^ Cole Jones January 20, 2009 "Star Ocean: Second Evolution Review" GameSharkcom Archived from the original on January 24, 2009 Retrieved June 23, 2012 
  • ^ Gameodactyl October 22, 2009 "Reviewing A Game in Its Sequel's Clothing: "Star Ocean: First Departure"" Gameosauruscom Archived from the original on May 24, 2013 Retrieved June 23, 2012 
  • ^ "Voice actors surf PSP Star Oceans – PSP News at GameSpot" Gamespotcom October 21, 2008 Archived from the original on May 25, 2011 Retrieved 2012-06-27 
  • ^ Rolando May 21, 2008 "The evolution in Star Ocean: Second Evolution" Siliconera Retrieved September 17, 2015 
  • ^ "Star Ocean: Second Evolution special PSP bundle, trailer revealed" RPGLand March 19, 2008 Retrieved 2012-06-27 
  • ^ "Buy Star Ocean Second Evolution Accessories Set Sony PSP & Sony PSP Slim & Lite – Order Now!" Play-asiacom April 2, 2008 Retrieved 2012-06-27 
  • ^ "Star Ocean: The Second Story for PlayStation" GameRankings May 31, 1999 Retrieved 2012-06-27 
  • ^ "Star Ocean: Second Evolution for PSP" GameRankings January 19, 2009 Retrieved 2012-06-27 
  • ^ "Star Ocean: The Second Story for PlayStation Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More" Metacritic May 31, 1999 Retrieved 2012-06-27 
  • ^ BasilZero January 19, 2009 "Star Ocean: Second Evolution for PSP Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More" Metacritic Retrieved 2012-06-27 
  • ^ "スターオーシャン セカンドストーリー PS" in Japanese Famitsu Retrieved September 4, 2015 
  • ^ "Star Ocean: The Second Story" Game Informer June 1, 1999 Archived from the original on June 4, 2000 Retrieved 2012-09-26 
  • ^ Juba, Joe September 22, 2009 "Star Ocean: Second Evolution" Game Informer Retrieved September 4, 2015 
  • ^ "Star Ocean: The Second Story Review" GameSpotcom May 31, 1999 Retrieved 2012-06-27 
  • ^ "Star Ocean: Second Evolution Review" GameSpotcom January 19, 2009 Archived from the original on September 7, 2011 Retrieved 2012-06-27 
  • ^ "Star Ocean: The Second Story – PlayStation Review at IGN" Psxigncom Retrieved 2012-06-27 
  • ^ "Star Ocean: Second Evolution Review – PlayStation Portable Review at IGN" Pspigncom Retrieved 2012-06-27 
  • ^ "RPGFan Reviews – Star Ocean: The Second Story" Rpgfancom Retrieved 2012-06-27 
  • ^ "RPGFan Reviews – Star Ocean: Second Evolution" Rpgfancom Retrieved 2012-06-27 
  • ^ "Sales Record – tri-Ace Corporation" tri-Acecom Retrieved 2008-12-29 
  • ^ "Sony PS1 Japanese Ranking" Japan-GameChartscom Archived from the original on December 30, 2008 Retrieved 2008-12-29 
  • ^ "The Magic Box – 1998 Top 30 Best Selling Japanese Console Games" The-MagicBoxcom Retrieved 2008-12-29 
  • ^ "Sony PSP Japanese Ranking" Japan-GameChartscom Archived from the original on September 12, 2008 Retrieved 2009-01-04 
  • ^ "2008 top 100" Kyotozaqnejp Retrieved 2009-01-21 
  • External linksedit

    • Official website PSP Japanese
    • Official website PSP English North America
    • Official website PSP English Europe


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