Square Enix’s Star Ocean: The Second Story R, a 2.5D remake of the 1998 classic RPG, is now available on PS4, PS5, PC and Nintendo Switch. It features revamped visuals, high-quality portraits for characters, a rearranged soundtrack, quality-of-life features and some new content.
The story sees Federation officer Claude stuck on a backwater planet and meeting Rena. As they journey together, they’ll recruit different allies and fulfill a mysterious prophecy. You can choose either character to start, each with a unique perspective and party members joining. There are multiple endings to unlock, depending on who you bond with.
Star Ocean: The Second Story R features Japanese and English text and voices and new Assault Actions, which allow for summoning heroes from other Star Ocean titles (though you need to find and defeat them). There’s also New Game Plus with friendship levels, items, character stats and more carrying over into a new playthrough. Check out the opening cinematic and learn more about the free demo here.