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Review: Star Ocean: Second Evolution for PlayStation Portable

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298w ago - Although Star Ocean: First Departure just came out this past October, Square-Enix has already cranked out a port of its sequel with Star Ocean: Second Evolution.

Gameplay-wise, the two are absolutely identical, so if you just recently played through First Departure, unless you absolutely loved it to death, we recommend giving yourself a little buffer time so you don't get tired of the formula.

Unlike the first Star Ocean though, at the start you get to choose between two distinct characters: Claude, the Earthling from a technologically advanced space-traveling federation, or Rena, the magically-powered country bumpkin from a small town on an undeveloped planet.

While the parts of the story where their paths converge will be pretty much the same regardless of whom you choose (they're both in your party for a good chunk of the game), there are portions that are completely different depending on the character you pick.

For example, Claude and Rena split up at one point to rescue a bunch of children from bandits, and depending on who your main character is, you'll have a different perspective and fight completely different boss battles.

The real-time battles are on the button-mashy side, with auto- or semi-auto targeting only, and attacks mapped to the X button,...
 

Star Ocean: Second Evolution to Hit Europe in February 2009

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298w ago - Following the exploits of humankind's journey across the stars, the STAR OCEAN saga continues with the completely remastered STAR OCEAN: Second Evolution.

Featuring a revised game engine, an improved battle system and fully-voiced, all-new animated scenes displayed in 16:9 widescreen.

Press Release: Star Ocean: SECOND EVOLUTION AVAILABLE ACROSS EUROPE IN FEBRUARY

London (13th January 2009) - Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces that STAR OCEAN®: Second Evolutionâ„¢ will be released across Europe and all PAL territories on 13th February 2009, exclusively on the PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) system.

With a newly added layer of character interaction, players can enjoy their journey into the rich STAR OCEAN universe like never before.

John Yamamoto, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix Ltd. comments, "2009 is set to be a landmark year for the STAR OCEAN series, I'm delighted that new fans can continue to experience this classic series with the release of STAR OCEAN: Second Evolution for PSP and I hope players are excitedly looking forward to the forthcoming release of STAR OCEAN: The Last Hope."
 

Video: Evolution of a Franchise - Resistance 1 & 2 Comparison

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309w ago - Today IGN made available a comparison video of Resistance 2 against the original Resistance 1, primarily for those interested in seeing the difference in graphics.

The video is dubbed: "Evolution of a Franchise: Resistance 1 & 2"

Check it out below..

Enjoy!



 

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 Box Art Revealed!

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315w ago - Fans will be happy to see the official PES 2009 box art has finally been revealed!

The cover star, as previously announced, is Argentinian forward Lionel "Leo" Messi.

As expected, Konami has also hyped up the official UEFA champions league license that they have scored for Pro Evolution Soccer 2009.

Finally, the game has an American release date of 11/11/08.
 

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 Release Details

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321w ago - Slated for a fall 2008 release Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 combines the attention to detail that has been the series' hallmark with extensive new additions that are certain to cement the franchise's reputation as the world's definitive soccer title for any format.

Known by millions of fans for its superior gameplay and incredible realism, PES 2009 will further bridge the gap between PES and the real thing.

The game has undergone a stunning graphical update to ensure its players look more like their real-life counterparts.

Similarly, all-new options allow users to tailor the game to their own tastes, while new stylish moves, innovative control schemes and key online elements further the realism.
 
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