Following the launch of Star Ocean The Second Story R earlier this month, the title has seen much acclaim from critics, newcomers, and veteran fans alike. Now, this praise has become even more evident from the official Steam store page.
As of the time of this writing, Star Ocean The Second Story R has reached over 1,000 Steam reviews, which are labeled as “Overwhelmingly Positive.” In particular, 96% of the 1,073 user reviews are positive, which is quite impressive for a Star Ocean title. Aside from the PC ports of other Star Ocean games not being especially great, the general reception of the games themselves is more mixed.
So, it’s neat to finally see a Star Ocean entry receive a plethora of genuine acclaim. Here’s hoping the series is given more opportunity to shine in the future. In the meantime, I’ll be in my corner wishing for a remake of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, my personal favorite entry.
Thanks to the Star Ocean The Second Story R director Yuichiro Kaito sharing the news regarding the positive Steam reviews.
Star Ocean The Second Story R features fully voiced event scenes with the original voice cast, a newly arranged soundtrack by original composer Motoi Sakuraba with new songs, including some with a live band, as well as the new Break and Assault Action combat mechanics.
Players can anticipate two selectable protagonists, Claude and Rena, akin to the recently released Star Ocean The Divine Force. Claude is a Pangalactic Federation officer and son of the legendary Ronyx Kenny, causing him to have internal strife regarding his identity. During a mission, Claude’s ego gets the better of him as he’s transported to an underdeveloped planet and spotted by Rena, confusing him for the Hero of Light.
The Earth, Galaxy, and Universe difficulties are implemented. Further, the developer is Gemdrops, known for porting Star Ocean: The Second Evolution to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan. The original game was developed by tri-Ace.
Subtitled French, Italian, German, and Spanish language support will also be available via a launch day update.
- A Star Ocean The Second Story R soundtrack preview is available on streaming services.
- The first three discs of the game’s soundtracks have received dedicated previews.
- The opening theme is streaming with three variations.
- A free demo with save data carry-over is available.
- Check out our interview with the composer and producer.
- Check out the opening movie.
Star Ocean The Second Story R is now available worldwide on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
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