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A young boy named Ratix lives in the town Clatos on a planet with medieval culture, together with his best friends Dorn and Milly. They belong to respectable families of warriors and healers, and excel in battles kills. One day, a letter from a neighbor town arrives. A strange disease has plagued the town and its inhabitants plead the healers of Clatos to help them. Milly's father decides to go, but he himself catches the disease. The young adventurers must save Milly's father and other people at all costs. But in the beginning of their journey, they discover a crashed space ship with people who belong to a much more advanced civilization. People from two different worlds must work together to solve the grand mystery.

Star Ocean is a Japanese-style role-playing game that contains some stand-out features, such as Approval Rating: people like or dislike each other and their behavior towards Ratix and within the party might change depending on their feelings to him and your own actions. The combat is fast-paced, real-time: the player controls Ratix, while other party members are AI-controlled. It is possible to customize combat tactics by assigning roles to the protagonist's companions, and pause the combat at any time to make strategic decisions.


Star Ocean SNES Choosing a name for Ratix
Star Ocean SNES Ratix in his house
Star Ocean SNES Battles are really fast-paced
Star Ocean SNES Nice quiet evening...

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Alternate Titles

  • "スターオーシャン" -- Japanese Spelling

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User Reviews

This could have been a great game but its bad battle system and complex labyrinths are annoying Bregalad (969) 3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars
A futuristic plot for a classic J-RPG NeoJ (455) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Star Ocean TheNightWalker (16) unrated

Critic Reviews

Total! (Germany) Oct, 1997 1.25 out of 6 95
SUPER-NES.COM 2008 9.5 out of 10 95
Nintendo Life Apr 09, 2009 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
HOMEMADEMECH Jul 04, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Legendra 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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Using the S-DD1 compression chip it was possible to put 13 MB of graphics into the game. That in fact makes "Star Ocean" the biggest game ever released for the SNES.

Related Web Sites

  • SNES English fan translation (The SNES version was never released in English. However, in 1997 the group DeJap Translations managed to complete a fan translation of the game.)
  • Star Ocean Shrine (Most probably the biggest source of information on Star Ocean. Features all you want to know about this great game.)
Unicorn Lynx (181446) added Star Ocean (SNES) on Nov 06, 2003
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