STAR OCEAN First Departure R for Nintendo Switch

STAR OCEAN First Departure R

Dec 5, 2019
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About this game

Developer: tri-Ace
Content Rating: Teen


From a power yet undiscovered, a new generation will be born. Our tale begins on the primitive planet of Roak where Roddick lives in the peaceful and uneventful town of Kratus. As a member of the village’s local “Defence Force” tasked with the protection of Kratus, Roddick learns of a mysterious disease that has broken out in the neighboring town. Those infected turn to stone, but continue to live on in a petrified state. Roddick, along with his two friends Millie and Dorne, make their way to the neighboring town. Informed of a cure for the sickness, they head to Mt. Metorx where a healing herb is rumored to grow. When they reach the summit, the party encounter Ronyx and Ilia, who appear before them in a pillar of light. Thus, the story of STAR OCEAN begins...

Gamer Reviews

79 Reviews
1 review
Dec 25, 2019

Nostalgia-inducing port to relive the feels with a few additions to the remake. Still a great game! Thumbs up!

Although, I did expect more to be added or "remastered" when I heard they were going to bring it on to the N. Switch. They could've at least edited the sprites to match the FDR artwork.


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Critic Reviews

11 Reviews
Adam BeckDec 04, 2019
Star Ocean First Departure R is the best Star Ocean game in a long time. It features a diverse cast of characters that will make you want to play this twenty-to-thirty hour romp a couple times over, and gameplay that, while at times can feel dated, is still highly engaging. The addition of being able to run faster is one of the best new features, although it feels like a half measure to avoid some unnecessarily lengthy treks and battles.
Cullen BlackDec 19, 2019
Its wide variety of options to customize the presentation to your own preferences is one I wish more remasters would take note of, and I had fun despite a cliché story and simplistic combat. At this game’s core, it’s a very average game that set the framework for a very great sequel. I think if Square Enix gets an opportunity to do this again with Star Ocean: Second Evolution, I can easily see them knocking it out of the park.
Neal RonaghanDec 04, 2019
Regardless, Star Ocean: First Departure R is an overall port of a good game. It stands out in a few ways from its contemporaries, mostly in its Tales-esque battle system and character recruitment and affection minutiae. My best recommendation for First Departure R might be that it’s a story-heavy RPG that spins a yarn compelling enough to keep you engaged while also delivering a battle system that is breezy and not as technical. Star Ocean has a lot of complexities underneath the hood, but taking it at face value can leave you with an approachable and enjoyable adventure.

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