Going to play through the whole game on switch now it's fully translated! Their games were designed to be hard, so you have to think to overcome. It's still fun to be able freely move your characters around the battlefield to line up attacks but things pretty much always degenerate into spamming your special moves - of which you've got two assigned to the L and R buttons - and hacking away, pausing to heal, until all your enemies are dead. Roddick, along with his two friends Millie and Dorne, make their way to the neighboring town. Much more successful than the combat are the crafting, item creation and skill systems here which still feel surprisingly deep and satisfying and afford you plenty of opportunity to tailor your character skills and weapons to suit your playstyle, giving you an edge in the heat of some of the more difficult button-mashing battles against the handful of bosses that pop up over the course of your travels. I didn't when know this was out...? Star Ocean: First Departure R also features Private Actions - another commendably novel idea when the game first released - which are totally optional and allow you to stop to chat to your party members in order to affect relationships - there's a basic affinity system at work here that feeds in to the outcome of the narrative - and also learn some more of backstory to characters and events. Ooph. Violence. ". Star Ocean: First Departure R tells the story of Roddick, Millie and Dorne, self-appointed local village defence force and residents of the rather backwards planet of Roak which has found itself in the grip of a mysterious illness that's been turning its inhabitants to stone. For Star Ocean: First Departure R on the PlayStation 4, a GameFAQs message board topic titled "Enemy Spell Spam". The majority of people complained because the rerelease used the updated versions with less grinding and 16 bit style graphics, rather than the 8bit grindy NES Dragon Warrior games. Have been a member of several retro gaming communities for years. I just wish more games offered you a way to toggle original graphics/original sounds etc., or at least stick a ROM in the menu screen. @Tim_Vreeland they docked Alwa's Awakening for being retro as well(it's not actually old but the whole point was to be like a retro game). ". @Yorumi "Alwa's Awakening" still got a 7 as a "light recommendation" by NL. Might just be me but review reads higher than an 6, but either way I will be getting it at some point. Early scenes showing the young adventurers as fish out of water, being ushered around a space federation ship where they're bamboozled by automatically opening doors, wowed by elevators and confounded by computers are still entertaining and, in these early stages, there's hope for a satisfying and thrilling adventure that, unfortunately, never really comes to fruition. Because indie RPG game sucks even bigger and those gets most of the time an 8 all the time or higher. I played the modern Star Ocean the Last Hope expecting greatness but it had phallic imagery everywhere and the ultra girlboy wimpy characters were a big turn off for me. In terms of this new version of the game, what's here is well presented, the newly HD visuals giving the whole thing a fresh energy and those enhanced backdrops from the 2007 PSP update still look pretty good nowadays. You cannot get more grinding than that. I think you're probably right.. @Yorumi Riiiiight. Scoring PolicyReview copy provided by Square Enix. Star Ocean: First Departure R takes place in the 346th year of space. The things you are talking about may be more in line with modern indie gaming, which may cross over from time to time with retro gamers. This isn't a design flaw that should be docked points. This game is meant to be a grind fest for fans of grind fests. I think SO2 is way better, but this one is a get. Being around 20 hours long is good for me. There are plenty of modern rpgs, or indie rpgs, but many of us go back and play something like Destiny of an Emperor, just because we like those old grindy gems. Poll: What's The Best Switch Game Of 2020? There is a real dearth of side activities, quests and even dungeons over the course of your adventure here, towns and villages are compact and you're funnelled pretty quickly through proceedings with that running time beefed out for the most part by the backtracking and constant random encounters we've previously mentioned. Fahn primarily provided the voice for Dib'ssister Gaz. In the new HD remaster that I am reviewing today, Star Ocean: First Departure R, the game difficulty has been re-balanced, the world map movement speed has been increased, and you have the option to choose between the character portraits from the PSP version or from the designs based more off of the original Super Famicom version.You can also choose English or Japanese voice acting. For example when Metroid: Zero Mission came out, it came with the original Metroid as an unlockable, that's cause both games are own by Nintendo but when the Crash N.Sane trilogy got released, it can't include the original PS1 Crash trilogy as source code for some of those are either lost or are own by Universal or Sony or Naughty Dog, all which are beyond Activision or Toys For Bob control to get. It was first released for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) in 2007, and now, some 12 years later, is destined for a high-definition remaster on current-gen consoles. This version is a remaster of a classic representative of the jRPG genre. Or your could have just said all modern games should be a cinematic experience and any game that's not is archaic and should get points off. Crude Humor, The first game in the Star Ocean series, it was released only in Japan in July 1996, and was the first game developed by tri-Ace, consisting of staff that had previously left Wolf Team due to being unhappy with the development process for Tales of Phantasia with Namco in 1995. The retro community loves 8bit style games, and new games are still being programmed for 8 bit consoles. From Software have made several statements in the past, saying they won't put an easy mode in their games. I am currently playing Revaluations for GBC. Originally released exclusively in Japan on Super Famicom back in 1996 it was then extensively remade using the Star Ocean 2 engine for PSP in 2007, adding brand new prerendered backdrops, voice acting, 3D battlefields, a world map and beautiful CGI cutscenes courtesy of Production I.G. From a power yet undiscovered, a new generation will be born. Why do you guys keep mentioning age in rpg refresh’s like it’s a bad thing. Love star ocean but not buying something that doesn’t add anything extra to what the psp version already did. As we said, it's totally optional, but it's also more than worth taking the time to indulge in so you get the most of what little story there is here and it certainly adds some much needed depth to the game that you can influence the narrative in little ways through these instances alongside some basic dialogue options that pop up over the course of proceedings. Games are property of their respective owners. There's certainly still some fun to be had for sure, the mixing of fantasy and sci-fi on offer here is an endearing one, and it's noteworthy for the handful of novel features it introduced to the genre back in the day but - with a story and gameplay that were pretty average at the time of its release and haven't aged particularly well in the interim - it's definitely an experience recommended specifically for fans and those of us who wish to see the superlative second game in the series get the chance of a Switch re-release. © 1996, 2019 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved.Original version developed by tri-Ace Inc. © 2020 Nintendo. For Star Ocean: First Departure R on the Nintendo Switch, a GameFAQs message board topic titled "Are there new difficulty options? yes random encounters suck/but graphics is still way better than any 2D indie game. High encounter rate and backtracking makes things tedious fast, like breath of fire 2. Can't wait to play this again tomorrow. along with new character/enemy art people felt clashed with the lower resolution tilesets. Star Ocean: First Departure R (Switch) Review. Only thing disappointing to me is that there is no physical copy for Switch but I still got my PSP copy so that's great. They likewise correctly marked it off for archaic issues that don't belong in modern games, plus they went too far with the retro graphics. That's why so many of us go back and play retro rpgs that we missed when we were kids. But no, it's definitely a heinous bias against this legendary game. As such, retro-inspired games should have at least close to 16-bit style graphics and sound while including a fair (without excessive spikes) difficulty level and modern quality of life features. It's something familiar but something new as well. The original Star Ocean a was beautiful pixel art masterpiece. @Tim_Vreeland The difference is that this game is a remake, therefore expectations are higher. Don't dock it points for being what the players want it to be. A re-release of a PSP port from 2008, this remake was the first chance that US players got at experiencing the beginnings of the Star Ocean series. When they reach the summit, the party encounter Ronyx and Ilia, who appear before them in a pillar of light. @Agramonte Took me about 170 hours to finish ToCS 1 and 2 and I almost feel like I rushed through them (my low chapter grades would agree with that.) There were two Super Famicom games I had always wanted to play back in the 90s but weren't localized in the west-- Tales of Phantasia and Star Ocean. in the case of star ocean, First departure was based on elements from the psone star ocean 2 released prior, and a lot of the issues mentioned in the review for this game were handled better in that game, star ocean 2 had more dungeons, more side content and the world map was much better laid out making backtracking less of an issue. The former I was able to play on GBA iirc, and now I'll get to play the latter finally. PixelJunk Eden 2 - More Than Simply An 'Audiovisual Experience', Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure Pack - A Fine Western Debut For This Drumming Duo, Monster Sanctuary - A Pokémon / Metroidvania Mashup For Number Lovers, DOOM Eternal - This 'Impossible' Port Is Nothing Short Of A Miracle, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light - We've Come A Long Way In 30 Years, Storyline is a fun mix of fantasy and sci-fi, Updated PSP backdrops and 3D battlefields are still impressive to behold, Crafting and skill systems still pretty deep, Gameplay, particularly combat, is repetitive and simplistic by today's standards, Very little in the way of side quests or dungeons to explore, Constant random encounters against identikit enemies quickly become wearisome, Story gets a little lost due to bad pacing. @BulbasaurusRex who says that's how retro styled games are required to be made? Meanwhile, from the sound of this review, this game is comparable to being an HD remaster of Kemco's various mediocre RPGs, which have likewise mostly scored 6/10 here. Fans of Star Ocean will know what to expect here. Such a great time to be a nintendo console owner! Description Star Ocean: First Departure R is a Role-Playing game, developed and published by Square Enix, which was released in 2019. Mild Language, The story begins in an underdeveloped planet, Roak. You're essentially saying games should lose points just because you don't like to play that type of game. @retro_player_22 I have a suspicion that we might see a (possibly limited) run of physical copies of both remastered games in the future, not unlike the FF7/8 twin pack. And yet the 2009 release has a 74 on Metacritic, and the 2019 PS4 release has a 68. It would of been a 8 if it was pixel graphics if on top that it was a n Nintendo exclusive it would be a 10. And it's proven by how well the games sell and are beloved. Square Enix has announced an HD Remaster version of the PSP game "Star Ocean First Departure" witch exclusive new features, high definition graphics, new artworks and Japanese voice over. But I couldn't ever play it because I don't read Japanese. Why? No, it's an excellent game for what it is meant to be. You'd think an update would have some means of warping, but it honestly sounds lazy. While it succeeds in being an … It stands out in a few ways from its contemporaries, mostly in its Tales-esque battle system and character recruitment and affection minutiae. Keep communication channels open for further updates. This game deserves at least an 8, and rating below a 7 is just wrong. However, new characters, and consequentially, new Private Actions and endings were added. Upon reaching the summit, however, the group is startled by … Who says they're required to have 16-bit style graphics? A lot of opinion does go into reviews, but there is a point where you are objectively wrong, and going by the comments, this review hit that point. Actually i did achieve platinum in … Nothing worse than seeing an article like this and thinking it's Golden Sun-related for a moment before realising it's not. @Tim_Vreeland they have points though. "Should have at least close to 16bit"... No, no way. It should've been at least a 7. This very first game in the Star Ocean series - a series which eventually grew to include eight titles of varying quality - has been through a handful of iterations over the years. Not that this game is terrible, but it's the same concept. However, it's also very much a product of its time, nowhere near as complex or gripping as the second game in the series, and it tends to waste a lot of time with endless backtracking and random enemy encounters that make the whole thing a little bit of a chore to grind your way through. Players these days enjoy them mainly for the things they did right that have aged well while putting up with the bad things as a necessary evil in order to enjoy the rest of the game. Kratus, where the main character Roddick resides, is situated on the southernmost tip of the continent of Muah. Go look at the comment sections of articles announcing the release. Home Guides Star Ocean: First Departure R Thank you for printing this page from www.SuperCheats.com. Am I the only one that gets disappointed when remakes/remasters of games come out without their original versions to accompany them? Hosted by 44 Bytes. I would triple dip if that happens as I'm not sure how long my PSP copy would last as it's only in disc form. You can choose between the old PSP character avatars or newly drawn ones by Katsumi Enami which are based on artwork from the original 1996 game. Star Ocean: First Departure R is the PlayStation Portable game in high definition, with other improvements. Am curious about this one. Unfortunate because I love star ocean 2 and I wish they would expand on some of these adventures. @BoilerBroJoe That would be nice if all games does that but you also had to remember that with some games, the dev or publisher who does the remake had nothing to do with the original too so sometimes it doesn't work out. Dec 4, 2019 80 Star Ocean: First Departure R is an overall port of a good game. The 2007 remake had better reviews. All this release is supposed to be is a visual update. Feature: 10 Years Later, We Return To Our Abandoned Anima... Join 1,071,197 people following Nintendo Life: © 2020 Nlife Media, partner of Gamer Network. Star Ocean: First Departure R tells the story of Roddick, Millie and Dorne, self-appointed local village defence force and residents of the rather backwards planet of Roak which has found itself … Plot. That's the way reviews work around here now. @Yorumi Alwa's Awakening was an excellent game. But who am I ....just a lowly customer. This game is quality. Star Ocean First Departure R is a port of Star Ocean First Departure from PlayStation Portable that was first localized and released in 2008. Forgot this was on the way. @Tim_Vreeland i saw more complaints from people who wanted the 16 bit versions of the games than the "8 bit grindy" ones. Games that do it well like "Shovel Knight" generally get the high scores they deserve both on Nintendo Life and elsewhere. That's crap. So much for that. So basically it got docked points for being a.classic jrpg? Meanwhile, any reviews of "Cuphead" or "Dark Souls" definitely should be marked down for being too difficult, as the majority of gamers find that level of difficulty just extremely frustrating rather than a fun challenge. @BulbasaurusRex You are definitely out of touch with the majority of retro gamers. Hold on there, you need to login to post a comment... 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You could say it's just a pet peeve, but most movie studios would never release heavily edited special editions without the original being available (George Lucas excluded, of course). take DQIII for example, the SFC release had animated enemy graphics, and a board game based minigame among other minor graphical updates, while the re releases lacked the animated enemy sprites, the minigame, had missing backgrounds in the tower dungeons among other things. 208 Square Enix has announced Star Ocean: First Departure Rwill be releasedon the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in the near future. Square Enix has announced Star Ocean: First Departure R, an HD remaster of the Star Ocean remake Star Ocean: First Departure, which originally released on PSP in … In search of anything that may cure their homeland from this malady, Roddick and friends head off into the mountains in search of a herb that is rumored to cure the affliction. ... because I had one of those "you can only play for an hour" rules as a kid, too! Would you rate Super Mario Bros. 4 stars because it's absurdly short? During these skirmishes you control one of your party of three and can freely switch control to whomever you prefer whilst issuing various strategic commands such as spreading out to attack or getting stuck in as hard and fast as possible. @nessisonett This is not a remake. The plot remains mostly unchanged from Star Ocean. I'm not kidding when above I said it got docked for not being a Nintendo game. The Nintendo bias is spreading like a plague! Indeed, the combat here, though certainly something new and impressive back in the day, is a simplistic and often tedious affair compared to more modern RPGs, with real time battles more often than not devolving very quickly into button mashing. Besides, "Dark Souls" was designed first and foremost around its more unique combat mechanics, not on being a hardcore challenge, and that's the primary reason most players (who can put up with its high difficulty level) play it, not as a difficulty challenge like something like "Super Meat Boy.". After a chance meeting with Ilia and Ronyx, futuristic space adventurers who have travelled from a much more technologically advanced version of Earth, the gang joins forces and travels through time, harnessing advanced technology in order to get to the bottom of Roak's problems, learn the truth about their planet's war-torn past and find a vaccine to help save the population, including Dorne who is struck down and turned to stone early in the game's storyline. Quite excited to give this a shot. Suggestive Themes, Kinda bummed it got a 6 but I'm still gonna pick it up once I'm done with DQXI. Also really want to buy Romancing Saga 3. Star Ocean: First Departure R is another remaster of a game released in 1996, after the PSP version, created by Square Enix studio. A Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) is required for Save Data Cloud backup. In most remakes, QOL updates are made to ensure that the game remains fresh or to streamline the process for returning players. 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