oxiarr's Star Ocean Review

The credits say "based on Star Ocean" I'm wondering what is meant by that because I cannot find info on a pre-existing book or manga. The graphics and voice ending are some of the most impressive on the Super Nintendo. The action is also fast and fun, until Ratix gets the good weapons and you start mashing A for the rest of the game. Any real strategy after that comes from power leveling your support team so that they wipe out enemies quicker and gain spells to buff you. Unfortunately the pacing of the story ramps up near the end, and it is a little disappointing that throughout the journey in a game that's supposed to feel like "Star Trek" you really only end up visiting like 1.5 planets. Might have been better in its day but I am looking forward to playing The Second Story sometime.

Reviewed on May 14, 2020

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