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Star Ocean: First Departure (PSP)

Star Ocean: First Departure (PSP)
alaScore 86

19 reviews

Jun, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 reviews of Star Ocean: First Departure (PSP). The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other PlayStation Portable Games (PSP) for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other PlayStation Portable Games (PSP) the Star Ocean: First Departure (PSP) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Star Ocean: First Departure


Perhaps you're familiar with the phrase "hasn't aged well." I'm sure I've dispensed those three words when reviewing retro titles more than a few times. I typically say this when a remake or enhanced port of a rather aged title exhibits certain flaws I...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by : Cyril Lachel (

Star Ocean: First Departure


For years I've heard great things about Enix's Star Ocean series. While I've always loved the traditional Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games, I'm always hearing from the small cult of Star Ocean fanatics that tell me that I'm missing out. They may be...

This original Star Ocean never came out in the U.S., and judging by this PSP remake I'm starting to understand why. With a weak story, repetitive gameplay and a little too much backtracking, it's easy to become indifferent to Square Enix's newest...

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : David Chapman (

Star Ocean: First Departure


The Japanese classic sails stateside in this PSP remake, but did it lose anything on the trip?

Excellent combat system; great updated presentation that retains old-school appeal

Grinding gets really repetitive; visuals sometimes feel small on the PSP screen

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Christopher Brown (

Star Ocean: First Departure


The initial entry in Square Enix's series of sci-fi RPGs officially comes to North America for the first time in Star Ocean: First Departure. The story follows a group of human space travelers as they land on the planet Roak and join forces with a group o

Expert review by : Dave McComb (

Star Ocean: First Departure (2008)


First released in Japan over a decade ago, this first instalment of the Star Ocean series has never appeared outside its homeland, the new PSP rehash finally giving Western fans of Square Enix’s blend of science-fiction and fantasy role-playing a...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Martin Murphy (

Star Ocean: First Departure


Until recently I used to refer to RPGs as Really Poor Games. The idea of selecting actions and then watching them play out was really not an appeal. Then, they shoved Mario in one and it started to become Rather Playable Games. Having been enlightened,...

Anime cut-scenes ; Planning and strategy in battles

Too much talking and backtracking ; Very few side quests ; Uninteresting story ; Very little to see and do ; Flawed battling

Consumer review (

GTA Vice City for PSP: Bring Back the 80's


Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto Series has been both controversial and successful, as it is had been targetted with ire and sought out with a lot of desire. The first GTA almost seems laughable today, as the graphics were pathetic, and the game ...

1980's era and music, Cheat Codes, Graphics

Storyline, Load Times, Game Controls

Feb, 2009

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A Good Re-Boot of A Classic Game.


'Star Ocean : First Departure' in brief, is a classic RPG that even today holds key elements that push it above many other J-RPG's of both it's time and even now. Plotwise, considering this was made more than a decade ago, you do sort of 'get what you...

Feb, 2009

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Excellent RPG


Have not rented it but own it already. I am a fan of these games having played star ocean till the end of time, bought a psp just for crisis core and star ocean games plus the kingdom hearts game that will be coming out in the near future. I never got...

Feb, 2009