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Star Ocean: First Departure R |OT| Star Ocean for the First Time for the Third Time

yuhr33

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Does this game have a traditional leveling up system? Do characters auto-learn spells/abilities or is there some kind of skill tree?
 
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SolVanderlyn

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Oct 28, 2017
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And I'm out... that's the second time today I'm interested in a jrpg and they pull this shit (well, "shit" for me), the other being that new SaGa game. I just want to start and finish my jrpgs and move on, there are WAY too many games these days to be replaying games I'm sorry. Good for those that like that tho.
For what it’s worth, you can easily get a full experience on your first run. The private actions are optional and more like side stories. I myself only played the game once and enjoyed who I got the first time around.

For example, if you look at the character portraits above, there’s a teal haired laughing guy in the top row and an old man with a beard on the bottom. You can only get one of those two in your party. I chose the old man last time and enjoyed the game. If you want to go through and try it again with different characters then the option is there, but it doesn’t feel like an incomplete experience if you don’t.

I love the private action system but most of them are vignettes that add extra character backstory.
 

adz2ka

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Nov 1, 2017
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Mentioned this in another thread, whilst the game is decent, I'm mainly buying it to support and help port over SO2 which is easily one of the best jRPGs from that era
 

Viale

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Oct 25, 2017
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I think i'll bite. Have always been interested in the first two start ocean games, so this seems as good a time as any. We have any word on switch performance yet?
 

KaiPow

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Oct 25, 2017
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Any tips for the cave of seven stars? I'm rocking Roddick, Welch, Millie, and Catface but can't take more than a hit or two before dying.

I've gone through customizing to get the best non-elemental weapons I can get, smithing for anti-petrify gear, rings of might and berserk on all the melee, etc. Still, something feels missing.
 

The_Flash

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Nov 30, 2017
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When does this come out? Does the switch version come out the same day as well as ps4?
nvm seen the stuff above my bad lol.
 
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CielTynave

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Oct 25, 2017
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So going by this stream from TGS the game has a new theme song, any one know the title or artist? Sounds kind of like Tackey & Tsubasa, but I'm not sure. Not as good as Heart, although I guess the band that did it must not have been too popular since I've never been able to find anything else by them lol.

Lawd, I remember laughing my ass off when I saw the credits because he was listed as Dick Smallberries Jr in the PSP version.
 

Nokagi

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Oct 25, 2017
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Conflicted about this. I don't really like First Departure but I love Second Story so part of me wants to get this just to support the possibility of Second Story being released but I dunno if I wanna spend 20 dollars just to do that haha.
 

mazi

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BlueManifest

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Oct 25, 2017
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Conflicted about this. I don't really like First Departure but I love Second Story so part of me wants to get this just to support the possibility of Second Story being released but I dunno if I wanna spend 20 dollars just to do that haha.
What’s so bad about it that you don’t like it without giving spoilers? I’ve never played it and wondering if I should get it
 

Nokagi

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Oct 25, 2017
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What’s so bad about it that you don’t like it without giving spoilers? I’ve never played it and wondering if I should get it
I just didn't like the story or characters. Gameplay wise it's fine although a bit on the short side (which i understand could be a positive for some people but I prefer longer rpgs).
 
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KaiPow

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Oct 25, 2017
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Does this game have a traditional leveling up system? Do characters auto-learn spells/abilities or is there some kind of skill tree?
Sorry, I forgot to reply to this yesterday.

You do level up in the traditional sense and characters learn most of their spells/techniques after certain levels. There are SFT skill tomes throughout the world that unlock more powerful variants of these techniques. Also, the more you use a technique, the stronger it gets.

When you level, you also gain skill points to use on innate attributes such as using a knife or artistic talent. These can be turned into specialties and crafting skills once they're leveled up. You can a small number of skill points per level but some specialties like Train can help you gain more per level. You'll easily have enough skillpoints to max every single skill by the time you finish the post game dungeon.
 

KaiPow

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Oct 25, 2017
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Could someone who has played the game before look at the trophy list and give an opinion on the difficulty of achieving the platinum trophy?

Trophy List
Three playthroughs (have to beat the game with each of the nine optional characters and can only recruit 4 per game), a couple of missable sidequests/private actions for The Adventure Continues trophy. The most challenging trophies will be the Cave of the Seven Stars and Gabriella fights. After that, you'll just have two easier playthroughs. No New Game Plus to speed things up though.
 

angelgrievous

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Nov 8, 2017
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Three playthroughs (have to beat the game with each of the nine optional characters and can only recruit 4 per game), a couple of missable sidequests/private actions for The Adventure Continues trophy. The most challenging trophies will be the Cave of the Seven Stars and Gabriella fights. After that, you'll just have two easier playthroughs. No New Game Plus to speed things up though.
Cool, thank you so much.
 

KaiPow

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Oct 25, 2017
1,136
Cool, thank you so much.
No problem! I may be wrong, but you may need to get all of the SFT books on a single playthrough. One of them is tied to recruiting a specific character that I didn't get in my first playthrough. When I get back to it, I'll try recruiting them and see if the trophy pops.

Minor spoiler for one book:
don't recruit Phia the first chance you get. When she tries to join your party the second time, you'll get one of the skill books.
 

angelgrievous

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Nov 8, 2017
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Ohio
No problem! I may be wrong, but you may need to get all of the SFT books on a single playthrough. One of them is tied to recruiting a specific character that I didn't get in my first playthrough. When I get back to it, I'll try recruiting them and see if the trophy pops.

Minor spoiler for one book:
don't recruit Phia the first chance you get. When she tries to join your party the second time, you'll get one of the skill books.
Is it possible to get all the sft books without consulting a guide? I'm guessing not based on your tip.

Thanks for all the info.
 

Rhaknar

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Oct 26, 2017
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For what it’s worth, you can easily get a full experience on your first run. The private actions are optional and more like side stories. I myself only played the game once and enjoyed who I got the first time around.

For example, if you look at the character portraits above, there’s a teal haired laughing guy in the top row and an old man with a beard on the bottom. You can only get one of those two in your party. I chose the old man last time and enjoyed the game. If you want to go through and try it again with different characters then the option is there, but it doesn’t feel like an incomplete experience if you don’t.

I love the private action system but most of them are vignettes that add extra character backstory.
and I'm back in