Someday I really want to play the perty PSP incarnations of FF1 and 2 for the PSP if for no other reason than to oogle at the gorgeously oversized sprites. I will of course play this full screen on a 40 inch samsung to make the "awseome" completely fill my field of view.
SO:FD for me was such a mixed bag. I enjoyed it well enough to finish it but couldn't shake the feeling of "this is like a demo for Star Ocean 2" the whole time I played. I said it before, but every time this is brought up it reminds me how much I still want to give the SF (super famicom) original a chance. The first SO on the SF was the 3rd ever import title I bought as a kid (Seiken 3, Romancing Saga 3 were the first 2) and I was so lost but still recall adoring how that game looked/sounded at the time.
I still really hope we eventually get the ps4 port of SO2 even though they stated "no plans to do so". I hold out hope its gonna come outta left field like Adventure of Mana did and just drop one week.
I never played Star Ocean 2 so I don't really know what I am missing out on. I intend to play both so it is probably a good thing I am playing the two in order. There is too much of a difference between First Departure and SO3 and onward for me to feel like something is missing.
Sounds like somebody didn't learn the magic of Matoya "Tceles B Husp".
Also, switching PS2s has made my Xenosaga 3 experience a little easier. The load times are noticeably faster (though still longer than they were at earlier parts of the game).
As for FF2, ditch your armor and go all in on weapon+shield, all the time.
Damn, I am an idiot. It works for FF2 as well which is great. At least I did not do what I did during my GBA playthrough and attack my own team mates for more HP. That did not help me for long.