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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.2
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed
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Overall User Score (42 votes) 3.8


Critic Reviews

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100
Video Games (Jul, 1999)
(US version)
Die Story ist gut durchdacht, bietet einige unerwartete Wendungen und zahlreiche Nebenmissionen, Durch die verschiedenen Outros sollte auch für genügend Langzeitmotivation gesorgt sein. Star Ocean ist ein klarer Kandidat für die Gattung “Daumen nach oben“ - unbedingt zugreifen!
100
Video Games (Dec, 1998)
Nur mal so zur Info: In Japan gibt es neben Final Fantasy VII auch viele andere coole Rollenspiele für die PlayStation. Doch leider werden sie so gut wie nie für den europäischen Markt lokalisiert. Star Ocean - The Second Story gehört ebenfalls zu dieser Sorte von Spielen, die zudem inhaltlich und bezüglich des Spieldesigns zu den Top-Klasse-Kandidaten gezählt werden können.
100
My final thoughts are quite simple. If you really truly call youself an rpg fan then you definetly want to pick this game up. I have yet to see someone say that they didn't enjoy playing this game at all. It's one of the best and most cutting edge game out there that will give you an enjoyment that even the FF games can't give you.
96
Just RPG (Jun 09, 1999)
This is easily one of the best games of the original Playstation. I worked hard to find my copy of this game and, trust me, it was no easy task. In the end, I had to have one of my friends in Michigan send it to me because she never played it anymore. So good luck to all of you who decide to try it out. You might be able to find it somewhere on ebay (but I'm not sure what kind of price tag it carries). For those of you lucky people who happen to find it or already have it, you have a great game in your hands that will have replay value for months if not years to come.
90
Legendra (2001)
Star Ocean: the Second Story est un incontournable de la Playstation. S'il déroutera certains joueurs par ses combats dynamiques et parfois brouillons, son univers, sa bande son et sa richesse le placent parmi les meilleurs Tri-Ace.
90
Pixel-Heroes.de (May, 2009)
Alle erwähnten Spielkomponenten zusammen machen "Star Ocean - The Second Story" bzw. "Star Ocean - Second Evolution" zu einem unvergesslichen Spielerlebnis. Auch wenn das Spiel an einigen kleinen Ecken und Kanten, unter anderem auch bei dem recht unfairen letzten Kampf, etwas Feinschliff vertragen könnte, zähle ich es zu meinen besten Rollenspielerfahrungen. Wenn man sich für eine der beiden Fassungen nun entscheiden müsste, dann würde ich zu der neueren raten, da sie mit den Zwischensequenzen und neuer Synchronisation aller wichtigen Ereignisse etwas lebhafter rüberkommt.
90
It's almost frightening how many exceptional RPGs have finally made it to the U.S., and Star Ocean is without question one of the most outstanding. Take just about everything you've ever wanted in a console RPG-and then add a whole lot more-and you get an idea of the caliber of this adventure.
90
RPGFan (Jun 09, 1999)
The bottom line is that Star Ocean: Second Story is a worthy game that you will not regret buying. With interesting combat, fun extra gameplay elements, good graphics and AMAZING music, SO2 is a must-play for any RPG fan. The game would get an even higher score if not for the somewhat lame dialogue.
88
IGN (Jun 17, 1999)
In the end, Star Ocean is a one-of-a-kind game. It's so full of optimization that's it's bound to be one of the classics for PlayStation. It stands out from the rest in several areas, the integral Item Creation, group spells, Custom Combinations, Individual Skills, and the many characters that can be played throughout. If you like old-school looking RPGs but want something new, Star Ocean is a quirky blend of both, with a great story to tell.
86
Video Games (Apr, 2000)
(PAL version)
Das Kampf-System mit der Echtzeit bedingten Hektik mag zwar für ATB-Fans anfangs noch etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig sein, ist aber nach einigen Kämpfen soweit verinnerlicht, dass man auch damit sehr gut leben bzw. sogar recht tolle Strategien entwickeln kann. Das geniale Skill-System ist sowieso über jeden Zweifel erhaben. Wer sich diesen Monat nur ein RPG zulegen will, wird zwar an Grandia nicht vorbeikommen, doch eigentlich darf auch Star Ocean: 2nd Story in keiner gut sortieren RPG-Sammlung fehlen – die Wertung sagt ja wohl alles.
86
Mega Fun (Aug, 1999)
Ich muss neidlos anerkennen, dass mit der Second Story von Star Ocean ein sehr würdiger Nachfolger des Klassikers gelungen ist. Mit gut und gerne 40 Stunden Spielspaß und hohem Anspruch sorgt der Titel für andauernde Motivation. Auf technischem Niveau macht es, abgesehen von den Sprite-Figuren. sogar FFVII Konkurrenz. Für RPG-Freaks wird Star Ocean wohl das Highlight des diesjährigen Sommerlochs werden. Top!
83
RPGFan (Feb 14, 2000)
Overall, SO2 is a fun game to play. Yeah, the plot's lacking, the voice acting is horrible, and there are a variety of other small flaws that detract from the game. Still, the battles are great fun (how often do you say that about most RPGs?), the item creation system lends a lot of depth, and the overall product is hard not to like. Besides, any game with Barney the Bunny, a huge rabbit with (apparently) a glandular disorder can't be that bad, right?
83
GameSpot (Sep 17, 1998)
Star Ocean: Second Story is an engaging RPG that ranks up there with the likes of Xenogears and Suikoden, with the storyline leading you on an incredible journey that's not as flashy as some, but certainly more substantial than others. With at least 50 hours of gaming in each character's scenario, Star Ocean might not be compelling enough to play through twice, but the first time is as engaging as any RPG you're likely to play. Highly recommended in any case.
80
Gamers who really enjoy an RPG with a great story and solid gameplay, and don't mind the Japanese text will find themselves enjoying the game that is Enix's Star Ocean: The Second Story.
80
It might not be the most original game you've ever seen, but with beautifully rendered locations and cute characters, Star Ocean: The Second Story is a big, slick, charming chunk of RPG grooviness.
80
Star Ocean: The Second Story är ett spel som borde finnas hos varje seriös rollspelare. Det har intriger, action och framför allt en drivade handling oh underskön grafik som skoningslöst tvingar en vidare. De klassiska musikarrangemangen är lite stela på sina håll men kan ibland sticka ut i det rätta ögonblicket.
75
RPG Kingdom (Aug 25, 2004)
Pour finir, je dirai que Star Ocean m'a réellement surpris. Techniquement, le jeu est vraiment bien fait, il n'a pas de défaut particulier qui donnerait envie d'arrêter d'y jouer. L'intrigue avance lentement mais sûrement, et les combats ne sont pas lassants. La seule chose qui m'inquiète est la durée de vie que j'estime aux alentours de 27 heures de jeu. Ce qui fait un peu court pour un jeu. Mais il y a un donjon optionnel qui est très long à finir, non non, encore plus ;)
75
Alors, n'est-t-il pas dangereux de nous ressortir cette antiquité ? Non, il saura intéresser les plus jeunes d'entre vous ou ceux qui voudront s'initier à ce style bien particulier.
75
Game Revolution (Jun, 1999)
Star Ocean looks to be the best of the summer RPGs (among Lunar and Shadow Madness). While it doesn't provide the graphical flash of Final Fantasy 8, it delivers a different graphical beauty that feels warmer than the all too familiar polygonal experience. It's got a good story that sadly weakens at the end; though there's just enough steam left to get you through. However, whether you'd want to replay 30-35 hours of it again just for a slightly different ending scene is doubtful. While not the perfect RPG I've been waiting for, it's not a bad choice.
70
Star Ocean är ett underligt men ganska skojigt RPG som vi utan tvivel kunde ha rekommenderat om det inte vore för den usla dialogen. Hur ofta säger ni "!" och "..." när ni snackar med kompisarna?
70
GameCola.net (Oct, 2004)
All around, even if you aren’t a huge fan of RPGs, Star Ocean the second story is such a good one that you might find you enjoy it anyway (Oh yea, RPG fans should hunt for this game like there’s no tomorrow. The end.)
65
Power Unlimited (Jun, 2000)
Als je van RPG's houdt, zul je wel wat fun belven aan Star Ocean. Mocht je nog niet bekend zijn met dit genre, dan raad ik Final Fantasy VIII aan.
60
Jeuxvideo.com (Apr 17, 2000)
Star Ocean : The Second Story, un jeu de rôle - aventure de plus, avec son style de décor en images de synthèse assez personnel, son vaste univers riche en surprises et en action… et ses personnages de type manga. Quelques belles heures de jeu vous y attendent.
30
Game Critics (Jul 05, 1999)
In the end, Star Ocean shows that you can't go back to the past. The industry, for better or worse, is moving towards full-motion video and elaborate pre-rendered backgrounds as a minimum in cutting-edge RPGs. Star Ocean delivers in that department but then it leaves out the most crucial element: a compelling story. The story is predictable and unimaginative and little is done to move the story forward any faster than at a snail's pace. The game is subpar with a few good points, but none of which are really strong enough to warrant a look. This game could have been so much more but it simply isn't.