- 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,...