Gamefocus.ca writes "Square Enix has been on a remake role for the last while and it only benefits gamers. Now Square Enix has taken a game which premiered on the Super Nintendo (Super Famicom) and given it a huge touch up across the board in every way from graphics to audio. Tri-Ace was the original developer of the game and it was published by Enix back before they hooked up with Square and gave gamers one of the best but underrated games at the time.
Star Ocean: First Departure is a science fiction role playing game about a band of adventurers who are set to stop a galactic war any way they can. In a story which has been obviously influenced by Star Trek, emotional character interaction and a real time battle system this is one of the best remakes we have seen yet."