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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 the inventory screen.<br>Within the sub levels are options to combine items
Star Ocean: The Second Story PlayStation It's early in the game and we're just equipped with the sword so there's no long range weapon we can use right now
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 In the village. Rena's embarrassed by her mum.<br>The game uses this sweat icon to show emotion, ...'s to show someone's thinking, a '!' to express surprise and a '?' when a question is coming

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  • "Star Ocean 2" -- Informal title

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Legendra 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Mega Fun Aug, 1999 86 out of 100 86
RPGFan Feb 14, 2000 83 out of 100 83
Power The PlayStation Mag / Playstation Power Apr, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Super Play (Sweden) Apr, 2000 8 out of 10 80
RPG Kingdom Aug 25, 2004 15 out of 20 75
Gameplay RPG 2000 75 out of 100 75
Game Revolution Jun, 1999 B 75
Svenska PlayStation Magasinet May, 2000 7 out of 10 70 Apr 17, 2000 12 out of 20 60


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