Easy and Fun History
Star Ocean: Anamnesis – The Star Ocean game has been released since 1998, the series developed by Enix and Tri-Ace is a unique RPG action game because players will fight in 3D arenas with a fairly unique system. The Star Ocean series continues with Till End of Time on Playstation (PS) 2, The Last Hope on PS3 and Faithlessness on PS4. With its popularity for a long time, Star Ocean has until now become a game with a fairly large number of fans.
Celebrating 20 years since the game was released, Square Enix and Tri-Ace also released a gacha game from the Star Ocean series with the title Star Ocean: Anamnesis. Presents stunning graphics a la Star Ocean: Integrity & Faithlessness but wrapped in a mobile game. How does this game run on the mobile version? How is it after a year of release? Here’s the review!
Star Ocean’s Premise: Interesting History
In this mobile game released in 2022, you will play the role of the captain of the starship GFSS-3214F. However, in the middle of the journey your ship is ambushed and causes the hyperspace drive system of your ship to malfunction and you are bounced off to the end of space. Then, with the help of a mysterious girl who can summon the help of heroes from different dimensions of space and time. Your goal is to find your way back to your planet.
The premise seems interesting, but unfortunately the execution of the Star Ocean story series has an ordinary storyline which is also commonly found in similar cross-over gacha games. There are only two characters who really have a role in this game. You could say these characters only exist to fill the void in this game.
Simple Game Mechanism
Even though the storyline is mediocre, the strength of Star Ocean: Anamnesis is its simple game mechanics. The experience when playing this game is simplified because it uses a vertical display. Of course, this is different from similar RPG action games which are usually horizontal. Utilizing a vertical display, character designs can be seen in clearer detail. Characters from classic games re-appear in games with current-gen graphic quality, so character nostalgia is also an added value.
Meanwhile, the gameplay still uses an attack range system like in the Star Ocean game, the type of attack you issue will change according to the distance between the character and the enemy. The character can also be moved with a flick and attack the enemy directly with one tap. Each character has 3 skills and one Rush skill that has been used after the Rush bar is met.
Star Ocean: Anamnesis with Easy Gacha System
Gacha in Star Ocean: Anamnesis is divided into two types, namely character gacha and weapon gacha. Star Ocean: Anamnesis makes it easy to get gems for free so players can easily do gacha. You don’t have to worry that it will bother you. When the KotGa crew tried to play Star Ocean: Anamnesis, the KotGa crew could easily collect around 20,000 Gems in just a few days of playing this game. Apart from that, another interesting feature that you will find is that you can withdraw gacha once a day for free. This is certainly a fairly fresh feature when compared to other gacha games.
Star Ocean: Global version of Anamnesis ‘Out of Business’
Although the Star Ocean franchise itself has been popular for a long time, unfortunately, its popularity cannot reach its peak again. Actually this game was successful again in Japan. Especially with the various interesting collaboration events with other JRPG franchises such as NieR: Automata to Sakura Wars, which makes player interest continue to increase from time to time.
However, although it is well known again in Japan, its popularity has turned 360 degrees on a global scale. Because the player base is decreasing and people’s interest in playing this game continues to decrease. In the end, the developer decided to turn off the global version of Star Ocean: Anamnesis. The announcement was made via the game’s official twitter where they will officially go out of business on November 5-6 2022. Don’t worry, for those of you who want to try this game, you can still use the gems that you have previously.
Seeing the comments of gamers on the Google Play Store Android comment page, most of them are certainly disappointed with this decision. However some loyal fans of this game have spent money and intense effort to get the desired content. Fortunately, this closure only applies to the global version, so for those of you who are interested in playing Star Ocean: Anamnesis, you can still download the Japanese version of this game.