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Claude Kenni is a young man who recently joined the Earth Federation, following the steps of his father. A strange energy has been spotted somewhere on a distant planet, and Claude and his father go there to investigate the matter. However, Claude gets sucked into a portal and ends up on a mysterious planet, in the middle of jungle. There, he sees a young girl threatened by a ferocious beast. That young girl is Rena Lanford, an inhabitant of the planet and the second protagonist of the game. The dangerous encounter makes the paths of the two heroes cross, and they continue their journey together.

Like its predecessor, Star Ocean: The Second Story is a Japanese-style role-playing game with action-based battles. Combat takes place in an arena that allows player-controlled characters to chase down or run away from enemies, as well as unleash special moves that damage any enemies in a large area of effect. Characters can learn various skills during the game, and become an expert alchemist, blacksmith, scientist, etc. They can also produce their own items (like for example making armor from iron ore if the character has the appropriate skill).

Another stand-out feature of the game, carried over from the previous installment, are the so-called "Private Actions". The protagonist can talk to other party members and raise or lower their sympathies, influencing their performance in battle and ultimately branching the plot and affecting the ending. The games has eighty slightly different endings that depend on the player's choices during character conversations throughout the game.

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Star Ocean: The Second Story PlayStation This is a scene from the introduction, before the character gets sucked through the portal. It is used to familiarise the player with some of the basics of the game
Star Ocean: The Second Story PlayStation This is from the cut scene where the portal opens. Shortly after this there's a flash of light and after that there's a big hole in the ground
Star Ocean: The Second Story PlayStation After the character has been selected and named there are a couple of game configuration screens.<br>This one sets the difficulty level
Star Ocean: The Second Story PlayStation Silly boy!<br>Now write out one hundred lines "I must remember to save my game frequently"<br>Seriously this is Game Over with a capital 'G' if progress hasn't been saved

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  • "Star Ocean 2" -- Informal title

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RPGDreamers 1999 10 out of 10 100
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RPGFan Jun 09, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Legendra 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
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GameCola.net Oct, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Power Unlimited Jun, 2000 6.5 out of 10 65

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S M (5) added Star Ocean: The Second Story (PlayStation) on Apr 16, 2001