Looking back at the SNES' domestic library, it's a shame to think the first Star Ocean never saw a North American release. What could be argued to be the other game to innovate battle systems in RPGs (Tales of Phantasia being the first), Star Ocean was a game ahead of its time. Never would anyone have seen a game like Star Ocean in the early years of JRPGs; and while the game's overall presentation was average at best, its combat system is what most people remember. With this new remake to grace a new age of gamers as well as fans from the past comes something more than just a remake.
The remake of this SNES classic, conveniently titled Star Ocean: The First Departure, not only takes the core concepts of the original but also brings about a new cosmetic make over with very good anime cutscenes and character portraits done by anime studio powerhouse Production I.G. and a battle system that was adopted and tweaked from Star Ocean: The Second Story. Rolando from Siliconera was fortunate enough to spend an entire week with the game and did so to really get some time with the game. To his surprise, he liked it as much as the SNES version. Perhaps even more.