Square Enix and Gemdrops have released an exciting gameplay trailer for their upcoming action JRPG, Star Ocean The Second Story R. The trailer provides a detailed overview of the game’s battle and exploration mechanics, including symbol encounters, unique spots filled with items and experience, raid enemies, fishing, and more. The video also highlights the importance of Counters, Breaks, and the Bonus Gauge in combat.
The Bonus Gauge in Star Ocean The Second Story R offers bonuses when attacking enemies in Break states or defeating them. The gauge has three levels, with increased attack power and enhanced item effects as the rewards. However, the Bonus Gauge is reset to zero when your player character is in a Break state. The Battle Formation also affects the effects of the Bonus Gauge.
The trailer also showcases other features of the game, such as Item Creation, Private Actions, and Assault Actions. Players can look forward to completing missions, an improved user interface, and the convenience of fast travel.
Exciting news for fans, a demo of Star Ocean The Second Story R is now available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The demo allows players to select between Claude and Rena as the protagonist and experience the first few hours of gameplay, up to a level cap of 12. Note that achievements and trophies will only unlock when playing the full game.
Star Ocean The Second Story R will feature fully voiced event scenes with the original voice cast and a newly arranged soundtrack by composer Motoi Sakuraba, including new songs performed by a live band. The game will introduce the Break and Assault Action combat mechanics and offer two selectable protagonists, Claude and Rena.
Mark your calendars for the release of Star Ocean The Second Story R on November 2, 2023, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam.
– Square Enix