Star Ocean (スターオーシャン Sutā Ōshan?) is a franchise of console role-playing video games developed by tri-Ace and published by Square Enix (originally Enix). A console role-playing game is a video game genre that has its origin rooted in Video game consoles and includes game mechanics and frequently settings derived A video game is a Game that involves interaction with a User interface to generate visual feedback on a video device. is a Japanese Video game development company formed in 1995 by former Telenet Japan employees Yoshiharu Gotanda (programmer current tri-Ace is a Japanese video game and publishing company best known for its Console role-playing game franchises which include the Final Fantasy series the Dragon The was a company that produced Japanese Video games and Manga.
As fans of science fiction and space travel, the developers of tri-Ace created the Star Ocean series with a sci-fi setting in mind, and have cited Star Trek as one of their main influence for the visuals of the games. Spaceflight is the use of Space technology to fly a Spacecraft into and through Outer space. is a Japanese Video game development company formed in 1995 by former Telenet Japan employees Yoshiharu Gotanda (programmer current tri-Ace While the first Star Ocean game included more fantasy elements to appeal to a broad audience, subsequent installments naturally moved towards a more sci-fi oriented feel, with Star Ocean: Till the End of Time described by its producer Yoshinori Yamagishi as tri-Ace's "ultimate vision" of the "whole Star Ocean world". is the first of the Star Ocean Video game series developed by Tri-Ace and published by Enix, made for the Super Famicom. is the third main game in the Star Ocean Video game series The game was developed by Tri-Ace and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation The large gap of time between Star Ocean: The Second Story and Till the End of Time, in terms of in-universe chronology, can be explained by the series' choice to emphasize the setting of its fictional world rather than focus on its characters. is the second game in the Star Ocean series It takes place twenty years after the original game Star Ocean Fantastic Space Odyssey, which has never 
Of the four games in the series, two have been released outside Japan. Star Ocean: The Second Story was the first game to be published in the USA, by Sony Computer Entertainment America. ( SCEI) is a Japanese Video game company specializing in a variety of areas in the video game industry mostly in Video game consoles and is a full However, the localization (translation) for Star Ocean: The Second Story was translated rather literally, without correcting for cultural differences, which made some people complain that it detracted from the game's experience. The game is also frequently cited, along with Resident Evil, as a shining example of the power of bad voice acting.
With the most recent installment -- Star Ocean: Till the End of Time -- Square Enix hoped to attract more gamers, especially in the United States, where the franchise has not been very popular. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The Director's Cut 2 Disc version of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time has been released in North America, with more playable characters, more games and additional storyline tangents. As of July 2005, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time is a part of Sony's Greatest Hits line, indicating that the game had done reasonably well in North America. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. For the PAL region and Japanese equivalents see Platinum Range and The Best range, respectively
Star Ocean games are known for their real-time battle engines. Battles take place on a separate screen, but all characters (rather than waiting in one spot and taking damage) are fully mobile in three dimensions, can dodge and chase foes, and must cast their spells and deploy attacks despite enemy harassment. In the earlier games, magicians had spells, whereas fighters had special physical attacks called "Killer Moves"; both are learned after passing certain level requirements (or through specific items and sidequests) and cost HP or MP to use. A quest in Role playing games, including Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs is a Task that a player-controlled character In Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, all the characters are able to use spells and battle skills (i. e. killer moves).
Star Ocean games also take an all-encompassing approach to items. Party members can create new objects or improve existing ones through crafts like metalworking, alchemy, writing, painting and cooking. Metalworking is craft and practice of working with Metals to create individual parts assemblies or large scale structures Alchemy a part of the Occult Tradition is both a philosophy and a practice with an ultimately unknown aim involving the improvement of the alchemist as well as the making of Painting (pān'tīng in Art, is the practice of applying Color to a Surface (support base such as e Cooking is the process of preparing Food by applying Heat, selecting measuring and combining of ingredients in an ordered procedure for producing safe and edible The strongest items and equipment are only available via Item Creation, and many others can be sold for a profit or provide strong benefits (books can be used to transfer skills and abilities; cooked foods can be used to circumvent the 20-of-each-item inventory limit), placing great importance on Item Creation.
The characters of the series were designed to be "action figure like". A feature consisting in changing the characters' appearance when changing their equipment was considered in the series but was scrapped because of the large amount of characters to design.  However, in the later installment of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time the appearance of the characters did in fact change to reflect the type of weapon they were using.
Finally, both the second and third games were somewhat notorious for the renaming of characters whose names contained religious references, which some fans found unusual given the recent association with Square and other RPGs (most famously Xenosaga) who do not omit such references. --> TC --> is primarily a series of Science fiction
Star Ocean gameplay is often compared to the Tales series of video games by Namco, which is not a coincidence: after the release of Tales of Phantasia, practically its entire design department left to found tri-Ace. is an amusement company based in Japan, best known overseas for Video games development is a Super Famicom game in the RPG genre published by Namco and released in Japan in 1995 As a result, many regard the original Star Ocean as a 'spiritual sequel' of Tales of Phantasia; a comment that may be traditionally found at fan-sites describing the first title in the series. A spiritual successor, sometimes called a spiritual sequel or a companion piece, is a successor to a work of fiction that instead of being a standard Sequel
The musical scores of the series were composed by Motoi Sakuraba. Motoi Sakuraba (桜庭 統 Sakuraba Motoi, born August 5, 1965) has composed music for various Japanese Video games Anime
The music featured in Star Ocean 3: Till the End of Time can be heard in the game once 165 battle trophies have been obtained.
Star Ocean, the first game in the series. is the first of the Star Ocean Video game series developed by Tri-Ace and published by Enix, made for the Super Famicom. It was released in 1996 for the Super Famicom and never released outside of Japan, but was unofficially translated into English through emulation by DeJap Translations. Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) The Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Super NES (also called SNES and Super Nintendo) is a 16-bit Video game console that was Fan translation refers to the unofficial Translation of various forms of media by fans, usually into a language in which an official translated version is not available A console emulator is a program that allows a computer or modern console (cross-console emulation to emulate a Video game console. It established the series' staples, including the futuristic setting, real-time battle system, item creation, and private actions. It takes place in 346 SD, and follows the adventures of Ratix Farrence as he searches for a cure for a sickness on his planet with the help of two Earthlings. is the first of the Star Ocean Video game series developed by Tri-Ace and published by Enix, made for the Super Famicom.
Star Ocean: The Second Story, released for the PlayStation in Japan in 1998 and North America in 1999. is the second game in the Star Ocean series It takes place twenty years after the original game Star Ocean Fantastic Space Odyssey, which has never The PlayStation (abbreviated PS, PSone, PS1, or informally as PSX) is a 32-bit fifth generation Video game console Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) It retains the features of its predecessor while introducing prerendered backgrounds, full motion videos, and 3D battle fields. Full motion video based games, usually abbreviated as FMV-based games, are Video games that rely upon pre-recorded TV -quality movie or Taking place in 366 SD, it features a new cast of characters, including Claude Kenni, the son of Ronixis from the original Star Ocean, and Rena Lanford, who both investigate the Sorcery Globe, which has landed on Planet Expel and has been causing disasters ever since. is the second game in the Star Ocean series It takes place twenty years after the original game Star Ocean Fantastic Space Odyssey, which has never
Star Ocean: Blue Sphere is a direct sequel to The Second Story, released for the Game Boy Color in 2001 in Japan (a North American version was planned but cancelled). is a 2001 Game Boy Color Video game that is the direct Sequel to Star Ocean The Second Story. The is Nintendo 's successor to the Game Boy and was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan and in November 19, 1998 Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. Blue Sphere adapts the Star Ocean series to handhelds altering several aspects in the process, including interactive item creation, auto private actions, 2D side scrolling battles, Field Actions, and the removal of random battles. It takes place in 368 SD, two years after The Second Story, and features the return of all twelve main characters as they attempt to solve the mystery of the Planet Edifice and its destructive nature that eradicates the planet's civilizations every 200 years.
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time was released for the PlayStation 2 in Japan in 2003. is the third main game in the Star Ocean Video game series The game was developed by Tri-Ace and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. A director's cut of the game with bonus dungeons, new playable characters, a versus mode, and tweaked gameplay was released in 2004, and that version was brought to North America and Europe the same year. A director's cut is a specially edited version of a Film, and less often TV series, Music video, commercials or Video games "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Till the End of Time is the first fully 3D game in the series and features fully voiced dialogue. It retains most aspects of the previous games with new features, such as the fury and bonus battle gauge, as well as the ability to patent items created during item creation and recruiting inventors to create items for the player. The game takes place nearly 400 years after the last Blue Sphere, in 772 SD. Fayt Leingod is the main character, and after finding himself separated from his family during an alien attack on a resort planet, is pursued by the same Vendeeni forces across space for reasons beyond his imagination.
Star Ocean: The First Departure is an enhanced remake of the original Star Ocean that was released for the PlayStation Portable on December 27, 2007. A video game remake is an updated and re-released version of a previous Video game. is the first of the Star Ocean Video game series developed by Tri-Ace and published by Enix, made for the Super Famicom. The PlayStation Portable (officially abbreviated PSP) is a Handheld game console manufactured and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment. The game was remade using Star Ocean 2's engine, adopting prerendered backgrounds and 3D battle fields, as well as new character art and animated cutscenes provided by Production I.G, and fully voiced dialogue. ( is a Japanese Anime studio and production enterprise which was founded on December 15, 1987 by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa. There are also new playable characters. 
Star Ocean: The Second Evolution is an enhanced remake of Star Ocean: The Second Story that was released for the PlayStation Portable on April 3, 2008. A video game remake is an updated and re-released version of a previous Video game. is the second game in the Star Ocean series It takes place twenty years after the original game Star Ocean Fantastic Space Odyssey, which has never The PlayStation Portable (officially abbreviated PSP) is a Handheld game console manufactured and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was announced alongside First Departure, and features similar enhancements, including fully voiced dialogue, new playable characters, and new character artwork and animated cutscenes provided by Production I.G
Star Ocean: The Last Hope has been announced for Xbox 360 with release slated during 2009. ( is a Japanese Anime studio and production enterprise which was founded on December 15, 1987 by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa. The next installment in the Star Ocean series for the Xbox 360.
There was an unfinished manga by Mayumi Azuma, and later a similarly unfinished anime series, Star Ocean EX, which were both based on Star Ocean: The Second Story. An unfinished work is a Creative work that has not been finished born April 24, 1975, is a Japanese Mangaka who is the creator of the ongoing manga Elemental Gelade, which was adapted into a 26-episode is a seven volume Manga series written and illustrated by Mayumi Azuma. The manga was never released in the US, but can be found via peer-to-peer networks in a fan-translated version. For other uses of the term see Peer-to-peer (disambiguation For peer-to-peer networks used for file sharing see File sharing Fan translation refers to the unofficial Translation of various forms of media by fans, usually into a language in which an official translated version is not available The anime is currently licensed by Geneon Entertainment USA and is being released on DVD. The anime covered the events in the first disc of the Playstation game and the planned second season was cancelled. However, Star Ocean EX was continued and finished on Drama CDs. In all, a total of 26 episodes were shown on Japanese television.