- Release Date: Available Now
- Platform: PSP
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Developer: TOSE
- Genre: Action RPG
- Players: One
- MSRP: $39.99
Square Enix’s Star Ocean: Second Evolution for Sony’s PSP is a remake of Star Ocean: The Second Story from the bygone era of the PS1. Despite being nearly 10 years old, Second Evolution has remained incredibly engrossing to this day as a solid fantasy/sci-fi RPG with likeable main characters and decent replayability. If you’re familiar with Star Ocean: First Departure, Second Evolution will be second nature considering not much has changed in terms of its overall game play mechanics and visual elements. Whether this is good or bad is subjective, but fans of First Departure should be able to jump right in and even notice the various tweaks and improves made in Second Evolution.
What’s unique about Second Evolution is its action-RPG hybrid mechanics and the ability to switch early on between Claude or Rena. Your gaming experience will differ depending on who you choose to play and lends tremendously to its replay value. The action-RPG mechanics is similar to previous Star Ocean games, a mix of button mashing and strategy. You take control of a single character in your team of four, while the others act as AI controlled NPC. Of course, you can always switch characters with a click of a button if you decide to mid battle. In your battle, you can move around a nice 3D plane and execute basic attacks and combos (a.k.a. button mash), or cast spells and Special Arts which can be assigned to the shoulder triggers.
Overall, Second Evolution is a solid RPG, despite having some shortcomings particularly with its more
Below is the opening for Second Evolution in all its all new animated glory.
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This Month’s Question: What voice actor provided the voice for Claude C. Kenny in the American version of Star Ocean: Second Evolution? (Hint: Don’t know? Wikipedia is your friend)
Contest is open to anyone 18+, One entry per person. Winner will be selected randomly from all correct contest entries. Contest ends March 15, 2009