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aka: Star Ocean First Departure

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Star Ocean is the first game in the Star Ocean series. It was originally released for the Super Famicom; that version was never ported to the West, though Fan Translations exist. Square Enix remade this game for the PlayStation Portable; this remake, subtitled First Departure, was released in North America and Europe in October 2008. An updated version of the remake is planned for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, with the subtitile First Departure R.

The game tells the tale of a young boy named Roddick Farrence from the planet Roak (most of whose inhabitants have tails and pointed ears, though there are other races) whose world is under threat from a horrible disease that makes those who catch it turn to stone. Seems like standard fantasy fare, until Captain Ronyx J. Kenny and his Number One Ilia Silvestri from the Terran Alliance beam down to the planet to investigate. The stone disease is much more than what it seems, not just for Roak but other planets as well....


This game provides examples of:

  • Abandoned Mine: An optional area hidden in Mt. Metox is an abandoned mine filled with super-tough enemies and high value loot.
  • Alien Blood: A major plot point in Star Ocean is that Fellpool blood is copper-based. You'd think this would make them have blueish skin, but all they show for it are their tails. How copper-based blood is supposed to make things invisible is anyone's guess.
    • Though Fellpool blood, like Vulcan copper-based blood, is actually green anyway.
  • Anachronic Order: This game started the series, but it's actually the second game in the series' internal chronology, happening a fair amount of time after The Last Hope.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Millie and Pericci try to invoke this on Ioshua, but he runs away before they can give him a makeover. They mention their disappointment, as they believe he would look gorgeous in women's clothing.
  • Bishōnen: Some of the male cast, but especially Ioshua, even ingame characters said he is pretty.
  • Black Magician Girl: Erys, even though she's The Red Mage.
  • Blind Without 'Em: T'nique.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Not just attacks, heals and special abilities are called too.
  • Cat Folk: Fellpool, Lesser Fellpool, and Highlanders; more so with the Lesser Fellpool with their cat ears and ability to shapeshift into a cat, while the former look like pointy-eared tailed humanoids. Highlanders are based on big cats (tigers in particular) rather than the usual housecats. (Note that in Star Ocean: The Second Story, regular Fellpool, at least the ones on Expel, are portrayed as cat people, with the party member Leon in that game being a cat boy in everything but name.)
    • The third game' encycopedia reveals Expel's amount of genes being mixed up results in occasional cases of Cat people.
  • Clothesline Stealing: Roddick is tasked with bringing clothes for Ilia so she can blend into Roakian civilization. One option is to steal them from an elderly woman's clothesline, but that is not recommended unless you want Ilia's affection towards Roddick to drop.
  • Crutch Character: Ashlay is a textbook Crutch Character. However, the updated remake gives you one utility over recruiting him instead of the much potential-filled Cyuss: He lets you recruit Erys and also lets Roddick gain some better abilities. In the remake, he is still quite viable endgame save for his inability to use shields.
  • Cute and Psycho: Erys, due to her past as a Brainwashed and Crazy child assassin making her a bit of a Nightmare Fetishist with excitement on making things burn or blow up. However, she doesn't like being one.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Dorne.
  • Depending on the Artist: The original game's art style depicted Roddick with a short ponytail. His hair has no accessories at all in the remake's art style, so no ponytail.
  • Dual Wielding: Phia only looks like she does this, as her battle sprite dual-wields daggers, but she can equip only one dagger at a time. In fact, she's the only character other than Roddick that can equip shields.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Mavelle is really Erys.
  • Genius Bruiser: Ilia Silvestri managed to become a maritial arts master while simultaneously getting her PHD by the age of 23.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Jie Revorse seems to come out of nowhere and have little to do with the previous plot in the original version, mainly because his existence is only vaguely alluded to once prior to his reveal late in the game. The remake does a better job of tying him in to the main plot.
  • Gonk: Madam Karner. The way she looks, her pose on the chaise, and how she buys and sells information makes her seem like a female Hutt.
  • Guide Dang It!: The average player may waltz right through the game and miss many characters simply because they choose to accept others. The real title goes to Erys however - an addition to the PSP remake, who requires three other characters recruited while two of them make sense (if you know what their stories are), the third is easily missable and has no connection to these two.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted when it comes to Ronyx and Ilia. Ilia is the martial artist, while Ronyx is both the archer and offensive mage.
  • Handicapped Badass: Crutch character he may be; Ashley is 50-60 years old and has lost his left arm but can still keep up with the rest of the party and go head to head with some of the nastiest monsters Roak has to offer.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: It seems odd before playing Star Ocean: The Last Hope that Ilia is surprisingly knowledgeable about the local beverages given that she's 300 years in the past on an undeveloped planet, but that game shows that people from Earth knew about Roak at least several years before Asmodeus's defeat and that Earth's humans (including the party in that game) have set foot on it, so she probably just paid an unusual amount of attention to the history of Roak's cuisine in school.
  • Healer Signs On Early: Subverted. Although Millie is in the party for the prologue, she is separated afterwards. The first character with healing spells (Ioshua) isn't available until the last dungeon on the second continent; both he and (at that point in the game) the dungeon are optional. Millie, the non-optional healer, doesn't rejoin until you get to the last continent on Roak.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Welch, who fights with handy sticks.
  • Interface Spoiler: Of the three characters you start with, two of them gain new spells/abilities as they level up, while the third doesn't. Guess which one of them spends the game Taken for Granite.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Mavelle is an odd example. Her special attacks are treated like the specials of the physical characters, but behave like spells.
  • Laser Blade: The Force Swords, a double shout out to Star Wars. The fourth game explains their origins.
  • Mordor: The planet Fargett, which is run by the previously mentioned Jie Revorse.
  • Ninja: Phia.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: Ashlay, not that he has any other option since he lost an arm.
  • Optional Party Member: Everyone else other than Roddick, Dorne, Millie, Ronyx, and Ilia.
  • Overrated and Underleveled: Ashlay is, in-universe, a skilled swordsman. However, he is actually no stronger than any of your party members and, compared to the other recruitable characters, becomes a little less powerful later on. This actually makes perfect sense in-universe though - For one, Ashlay is sixty years old, is missing an arm, and likely has some other injuries slowing him down. He's still a Handicapped Badass though.
  • Panthera Awesome: Highlanders are the evolutionary descendants of big cats, unlike their Felpool cousins who evolved from little cats. They are correspondingly larger and more robust.
  • Peninsula of Power Leveling: The Abandoned Mine in Mt. Metorx, but only for a short while. The first time you can access it any enemy will kill you in one hit. When you are able to handle the enemies there, though, it's only a short time until you move on to more lucrative ones in terms of experience.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: As seen in the image, Roddick has blue hair, while Millie's is pink.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Mavelle is, though in this case, it is just the body since she is actually Erys inside. Welch show up in several Star Ocean games, which are all years apart in the timeline, yet looks all the same anywhere.
  • Rock Beats Laser: The reason that Ronyx and Ilia recruited the Roakians for the final mission is because Jie Revorse has made himself immune to modern weaponry.
  • Secret Character: You probably need a guide in order to get Welch, T'nique, Pericci, and Erys. You might be able to run into Welch by yourself as she is the easiest of the characters to recruit.note 
  • Shipper on Deck: Everyone for Ronyx/Ilia. Even Millie, who makes a joke about the "this and that" Sexual Euphemism regarding her training of Ronyx in Symbology seemingly to irritate Ilia. She tries to persuade Ilia to reveal her feelings for Ronyx, but Ilia doesn't go through with it. Finally, though, when Ronyx does make his move, everyone's peeping in the jewelry shop until they scatter in a Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone moment. Talking to each of your party members shows how long they waited for the two of them to finally end up together.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Cave of The Seven Stars' background music is exactly the same as that in the Seraphic Gate of Valkyrie Profile.
    • A character named Marvel Frozen.
    • Tinek is more or less a meta-reference to Ranma ½.
    • Toward the end of the game, you get what is clearly a lightsaber, called the Force Sword.
  • Tsundere:
    • Millie from First Departure is a type-B example: usually sweet and bubbly, but has a short temper when it comes to Roddick and Dorne. Needless to say, she takes what happens to him about as well as a Force Sword to the face.
    • Ilia, sometimes. Check out her reaction when you meet up with Millie again, and she explains that the captain is "escorting" Marvel. And then blithely starts to explain how beautiful Marvel is.
    • Phia is one towards Cyuss.
  • Video Game Remake: First Departure.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Phia calls out Cyuss for abandoning his duties as their nations prince and running off to play mercenary.
  • Winged Humanoid: The Featherfolk race.
  • Witch Species: While all three varieties of Felpool require special tattoos to use symbology, Featherfolk have the necessary symbols etched into their very DNA, so most, if not all, are naturally capable of using symbology.

Alternative Title(s): Star Ocean First Departure, Star Ocean Fantastic Space Odyssey


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