Star Ocean: Second Evolution out in Japan, should see a release in the West


In Japan, Square Enix has released Star Ocean: Second Evolution on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita for 2,268 yen ($18). Second Evolution is an enhanced port of the 2009 PlayStation Portable which was already an enhanced port of Star Ocean: The Second Story for the PlayStation 1. It featured improved graphics and audio, a new opening theme song sung by twin duo Rina Eri, and my least favorite option paid DLC support to help you get through the game faster by purchasing items to level you up.

The first two Star Ocean games are both on my list of RPGs you should play. The first Star Ocean game was released on the Super Famicom and was never ported until the PSP version in 2008, while Star Ocean: The Second Story was released in 1999 on the PS1, and 2009 for the PSP. The biggest problem is that neither game is available via the PlayStation Network which means that you need to own the original PlayStation 1 discs or either of the PSP versions, along with a PSP to play them right now. So it should only make sense from Square Enix to release in the West for fans of the series since Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is set between Star Ocean: Second Evolution and Star Ocean: Till the End of Time.

Hopefully the game will eventually see a release in the West in the near future especially since Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness (Star Ocean 5) is already planned for a released worldwide in 2016.

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