The Star Ocean series can be hit or miss, and you never know if a game will be a stellar installment or, well, an Integrity and Faithlessness. Star Ocean The Second Story is among its best games in the series, and I believe the R release cements its role as the strongest entry.
Like many Star Ocean games, Star Ocean The Second Story R involves a technologically advanced person from future Earth finding themselves on a planet that’s more akin to a fantasy world, complete with magic. Here, we get to witness two sides of the stories. One is of Rena, a young woman who was found in a forest outside a small town as a baby and is a bit of a mystery due to her ability to use healing magic. The other star is Claude C. Kenny, son of Ronyx from the first entry, who ends up crash landing on the planet of Expel. Claude’s goal is to find a way home. Rena wants to find out who she is. Both get caught up in the investigation of a strange Sorcery Globe that descended to the planet and caused various disasters. Each character’s route offers different insights, as well as occasional opportunities to recruit certain allies or earn different endings.