"So, should you buy Star Ocean: First Departure? That's a tough question. I would have bought this game is a second, especially having played it. But I loved the original. It's kinda like playing with toys from your childhood. It's got some dints and dings, and your younger relatives don't really "get" it, but it still warms the corners of your (my) black, barely beating, jaded, gamer heart. If you can move past the semi-predictable kinda corny sci-fi medieval plot, yes, it is a good buy. My advice would be to rent it. If you make it to space and you keep playing, you're in it for the long haul."