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Star Ocean: The Second Story (PlayStation)

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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 Standard Dialog
Star Ocean: The Second Story PlayStation A Surprise in the Forest
Star Ocean: The Second Story PlayStation You get to pick which character you play as.
Star Ocean: The Second Story PlayStation Walking on the Bridge

Alternate Titles

  • "Star Ocean 2" -- Informal title

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The Press Says

RPGDreamers 1999 10 out of 10 100
Just RPG Jun 09, 1999 96 out of 100 96
Legendra 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
IGN Jun 17, 1999 8.8 out of 10 88
RPGFan Feb 14, 2000 83 out of 100 83
Super Play Apr, 2000 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameCola.net Oct, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Svenska PlayStation Magasinet May, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com Apr 17, 2000 12 out of 20 60

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