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Star Ocean: The Second Story R Review - RPGamer

Sam Wachter: "As soon as Star Ocean: The Second Story R released, I was glued to my recliner and I didn’t want to stop playing. Not only is this a favourite gem from my childhood, but this edition is definitely the definitive one. Everything Gemdrops has produced in Star Ocean: Second Story R shows a lot of love and respect towards the original game while making it much more accessible and fresh to newcomers. While I will always cherish my memories of the cheesiness that is PSX edition, the joy I felt replaying a favourite game was strong throughout. Star Ocean: The Second Story R is the best Star Ocean game hands down, and every RPGamer owes themself a chance to enjoy this amazing remake. You won’t be disappointed."

jznrpg88d ago

Great game. After I finish the buggy mess but really good game Jedi Survivor I’ll go back to work on the platinum.

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Persona, Star Ocean, And Final Fantasy Developers Discuss The Trend Of Remaking Classic RPGs

Game Informer: "We talk to various developers to dig into why this trend is so prevalent and how different teams approach this concept in different ways."

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The Best RPGs Of 2023

Kotaku: "It was another great year for making the numbers go up and romancing our favorite NPCs."

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PS5 Best-Selling Console in the US in November as Sales Drop, Call of Duty Debuts in 1st

The PlayStation 5 was the best-selling console in the US in November 2023 in terms of units sold and dollar sales, according to figures from Circana (formerly The NPD Group). Circana includes the dates for the four week period of October 29 to November 25.

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eagle2177d ago

Spider-Man 2 is still selling well at No. 2. :)

raWfodog77d ago

Not bad for a console exclusive. Also impressive that Hogwarts Legacy was back in 3rd place after been in 10th last month.

Hofstaderman77d ago

Its only going to increase. The ideal Christmas gift for kids and young adults.

andy8577d ago

Certainly older adults too. I think all my friends have played it. People who grew up with the books are 40 now

repsahj77d ago

I'm glad that Spider-man 2 is still selling well.

Plague-Doctor2777d ago

>20% drop in all 3 consoles YoY

Comparing to last year with ~20% drop estimates are:
PS5 ~1 million
XSX/S ~584k
Switch ~584k (less than Xbox)

Definite sign that these systems need a price cut. The discounts ($350 XSX etc) didnt seem to go into effect until after this tracking period. PS5 didnt have any real discount and was just bundling games.

Playstation may have a hard time hitting 25M sold unless December is huge.

This might easily be Xbox's worst November since the original Xbox

Switch can at least say its a 7 year old system and last November they launched Pokemon scarlet/violet

Overall this was a much worse month than anyone expected

JEECE77d ago

Whew this isn't good. I wonder how much of this stems from COD not being the console mover it usually is. Yes, of course it is still selling and charting well, but even the weaker COD games do that, so that alone doesn't mean it isn't having an off year. The sentiment about it is generally negative so it may not be pushing new console sales in the way it normally would.

PS5 as well is pretty surprising. This was supposed to be the year it jumped because everyone who wanted one could finally get one (although in fairness by this time in 2022 it wasn't too hard). It's not a terrible month, but not what you wanted this November.

PS5 did well in the UK in November, so if that indicates a trend for Europe generally that month, it may make up some of the slack there.

Plague-Doctor2777d ago

Part of the reason is in 2022 Sony prioritized the US market so there was good stock in the US last year. This was the first year stock was really available in UK/EU which is why youre seeing an explosion in YoY sales numbers in other markets

neutralgamer199277d ago

Plauge

How much of the decline in total units sold and money generated has to do with Xbox not selling well even after a huge discount? And switch is getting up there in age so it’s also slowing down. PS5 is holding steady/growing while others are slowing down or being stagnant

Plague-Doctor2777d ago (Edited 77d ago )

No idea. They just mentioned each console is >20% down YoY in units sold.

Revenue may not be too significant of a drop from sales as the November data only includes Black Friday and Saturday where there would be any sales. Doesnt even include cyber Monday etc.

Hofstaderman77d ago (Edited 77d ago )

The guys at MS must be scratching their heads, they just paid tens of billions for Activision, highly publicized the purchase and yet they still getting their collective asses handed to them. What could they be doing wrong? I mean gamepass, check. Buying up the industry, check. Discounted the Series consoles, check (they have been discounted at various retailers for a long time before the MS discount). Third party publisher here we come. Bookmark this post; I told you so.

thesoftware73077d ago

Huh?

They own the best selling game on that list lol...that is what they bought.

So to summarize, they bought A/B, including CoD, so all the money from the number one selling game goes to MS, even the ones from the number one selling console.

Hofstaderman77d ago (Edited 77d ago )

Kind of pointless as they already spent big money and still cant fix XBOX. Whats more money going to do? They need a cultural shift and the only way to do that is to clean house starting from the top. My question is why havent they done so already? A simple inference, its already decided that the console business is done for them And they gearing towards gamepass on all screens and third party publishing with a very heavy emphasis on mobile. That why they bought ABK, not for the sake of XBOX but to try and trailblaze mobile gaming. XBOX consoles are winding down because you guys wouldnt call them out and swallowed and defended the gamepass model.

Gamingsince198177d ago

Actually all the money doesn't go to MS Sony gets a decent chunk for each sale of COD too lol so MS is paying Sony now 🤣

Ironmike76d ago

Exactly and that said game has created more revenue than all of ps5 exclusives its win fir both ps5 gets cod xbox gets the money

DeusFever76d ago

Phil already told you that even if Starfield was an 11 out of 10, it wouldn’t change Xbox’s marketshare. (Starfield was a 7.) I’m sure Micfosoft is a little surprised by how fast they are losing marketshare. I think they overvalue their brand versus PlayStation.

PhillyDonJawn76d ago

You clearly don't know how the gaming business work lol

Knightofelemia77d ago

Well it is the system with exclusives to draw the gamer in and also being backwards compatible with the PS4 there is also a library of PS4 exclusives as well.

badz14976d ago

The fact that Spider-man 2 is now selling more units than freakin Madden in NA is not talked about enough.

Another rarity is SM Wonders selling less than Dead Island 2 ytd. Maybe with digital numbers, it's closer to top 10, but for it to barely be in the top 15 is a little shocking to me.

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