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Star Ocean: The Second Story R - Preview

Discussion in 'Game/SP News & Comments' started by RPGWatch, Sep 5, 2023.

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    [​IMG]RPG Site checked out the remake Star Ocean: The Second Story R:


    Star Ocean The Second Story R PAX West 2023: symbology improvements in combat, super crisp 2D pixel art, and Weepy Ashton

    When Square Enix unveiled Star Ocean: The Second Story R several months ago, I'm sure I shared a similar reaction with fans of the original classic - very excited, a little scared, a bit anxious, and extremely curious to learn more. Many Star Ocean fans hold the second mainline installment in high regard and to many, it's still the best Star Ocean yet. When I heard that it'd be playable at PAX West 2023, I knew that it'd be one of the titles I had to check out. It'd be doing you RPG Site readers a disservice if I didn't.

    The brief hands-on demo with Star Ocean: The Second Story R started in the Lazgriz Mountains (previously localized as Lasgus Mountains) up to the boss fight with Zinae. Right away, the most significant change fans will notice is the overhauled visual style. Although it's not quite HD-2D, Star Ocean: The Second Story R's environments are all completely rendered in 3D; meanwhile, the character and enemy models themselves retain their 2D pixel art.

    I know many remain divided on this visual direction for Star Ocean 2's remake, but I warmed up to me the more I played. It's as if the character sprites are wandering through a 3D diorama rendition of the original game's environments. More importantly, the pixel art for characters and enemies are extremely crisp to the point that you can see each individual pixel that comprises their model when the in-game camera zooms in on them. There is no smearing that tries to blend the pixels together. I had a mental sigh of relief when I saw it in person.

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