Your guys distaste for this title has left it sitting on my shelf for over a year now-LoL.... Everytime I finish a game and am selecting another, the general attitude of this forum quickly ushers me past Star Ocean 4.... I am however currently nickle and diming a playthrough of First Departure and enjoying it...
Most of us don't mind SO1 and SO2 nearly as much as we do So3 and So4. I think that's somewhere around 80 points!
Duuude... SO1 was crap. The PSP one anyways. It was CLEARLY half assed, and the Millie sprite was obviously a redraw of Rena's from SO2. It did nothing different, and I'd argue the SNES title did more for gaming. Mt Metox was actually a really pretty and flowery mountain... the PSP version made it a big brown rock. Could you ask for more generic artstyle too? I said earlier that the Item Creation system was a direct import from SO2, just changing some items around. The game's extra's are easily beaten too.... oh, I forgot, this board doesn't like a challenge and just wants a good story. >=/
Hey look, Ranma Saotome made a cameo!! Good grief. I was annoyed with SO1...
There was nothing about SO1 that impressed me beyond the realm of "it's like SO2"...sometimes too alike.
Oh my god, I loved Ranma 1/2.
...Oh, wait, that's not the point.
I only played SO3, and the only thing that annoyed me was Fayt's screams and his little yet Heroic BSoD moments. "They're looking for ME!"