Star Ocean: Second Evolution - PSP

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Star Ocean: Second Evolution (PSP)
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Media: Custom optical disc Arcade origin:No
Developer: Square Enix Soft. Co.: Square Enix
Publishers: Square Enix (GB)
Released: 13 Feb 2009 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Accessories: Memory Duo Stick


Fans of Japanese RPGs, rejoice. Square Enix has continued its strategy of revising and rebuilding its classics for handheld systems with Star Ocean: Second Evolution for Sony's PlayStation Portable.

Following on from the action of Star Ocean: First Departure, Second Evolution stars two main characters - Claude C. Kenny (son of Ronyx J. Kenny from the first game) and Rena Lanford. Like his father, Claude is a Federation Officer. Unfortunately, when a research project goes wrong Claude is transported to a technologically less advanced planet called Expel. While it might be a little unfortunate for Claude, it works out pretty well for the natives. It's assumed that he is the Hero of Light and finds himself joining the native Rena in investigating a strange meteorite dubbed the 'Sorcery Globe'. Needless to say, the day is in need of saving.

Like First Departure, Second Evolution is a traditional RPG that will see players exploring the map, journeying through dungeons, doing battle with monsters and rooting out information relating to the Sorcery Globe.

The supporting cast is a delightfully odd bunch, featuring a trigger happy three-eyed alien, a saucy pharmacist, a blowsy witch and a swordsman who's been possessed by a two-headed dragon. Not even kidding!

A major strength of the game is being able to play through as either of the main characters. Each comes with unique characters and scenarios, giving it plenty of replayability.

Also adding to the depth of Second Evolution is the private action system, which allows players to enter towns and engage in optional story elements, which in turn open up different endings.