Can Square Enix Restore RPG Faith With New Star Ocean?
There was a time when Squaresoft was king.
Just about anything they touched turned to gold. Hell, even Einhander (a side-scrolling arcade shooter, if you're not familiar) was great.
They experimented with various forms of role-playing mechanics, ranging from the real-time/platforming style of Brave Fencher Musashi to the hybrid systems we found in the likes of Vagrant Story, Threads of Fate, and Parasite Eve. Anyone who thinks all they did was present the same turn-based format over and over is just plain clueless. Squaresoft were innovators and creators of extremely high-quality products.
But over the years, as part of their mania to "spread west," their role-playing prowess has fallen off dramatically. Square Enix has their name on plenty of great IPs now (including Deus Ex, Sleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider) but when it comes to big-budget RPGs for consoles...yeah, not much. Then we hear about Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness and one wonders: Is this the beginning of Square Enix's climb back to RPG glory?
Star Ocean: The 2nd Story is still one of my favorite games of all time, and while I think the series tailed off a little over the years, I welcome a new entry. It could be just what we need. I just hope they can present the gaming public with a worthy effort that appeals to both new and old role-playing aficionados...that's the key.
Related Game(s): Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness
4/15/2015 10:03:26 PM Ben Dutka