Star Ocean: The First Departure is a great take on a first Star Ocean entry to the series. While it retains its old-school classic look and feel, it doesn't do much to compel newcomers to the franchise. Star Ocean fans will find themselves swimming in the ocean of stars and loving what the title does offer. Ultimately, the fate of the series doesn't rest on the PSP, but the upcoming 360 title. In the end, this is a solid PSP RPG and is worth checking out for gamers looking for an old-school fix on the RPG genre.
Lasting Appeal: 5.0