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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.


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 the inventory screen.<br>Within the sub levels are options to combine items
Star Ocean: The Second Story PlayStation You get to pick which character you play as.
Star Ocean: The Second Story PlayStation The mayor asks us not to use our death ray gun and gives us a sword instead. It's automatically equipped and ready for action

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  • "Star Ocean 2" -- Informal title

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Critic Reviews May, 2009 9 out of 10 90
RPGFan Jun 09, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Video Games Apr, 2000 86 out of 100 86
Mega Fun Aug, 1999 86 out of 100 86
Super Play (Sweden) Apr, 2000 8 out of 10 80
RPG Kingdom Aug 25, 2004 15 out of 20 75
Game Revolution Jun, 1999 B 75
Gameplay RPG 2000 75 out of 100 75 Oct, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Game Critics Jul 05, 1999 3 out of 10 30


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