The remake of the first one was a huge HUGE improvement but it quickly lost that 'exploration' feel to me and Roddick quickly became the obvious strong character next to Iria and her multiple hit spam. That bugged me a lot since in Star Ocean 1 you could have more variety with characters that seemed to meld better in battle than the new ones.
I haven't quite played SO4 yet and SO3 was.. interesting. I've heard a lot of positive things on SO4 and I have no clue where the story goes for it. I just know it's a prequel to one. There's a lot of openings in the Star Ocean universe, and if it is another game, I hope they take advantage of 'exploration' a bit more.
Yeah that remake was awesome, but the text font was tiny, though, and they should have kept the original JP voices (well, and translate it into something else other than english...).
Regarding losing the exploration feel that's true but the original still didn't have too much useful to explore anyway. And sometimes it feeled like an extreme maze.
And SO4 (or SO Zero, as it's a prequel to the entire series) was criticized for having a boring story and silly characters but I disagree:
It was a great game, it's story kept me interested all the time and characters were fun and sometimes sad or dark.
It had great gameplay too and awesome music (with iconic themes from SO 1 and 2, too). Some dungeons were really cool.
The only thing I didn't like is how hard it is to get every character's good ending and the vast grinding (and luck) it takes to get all battle-trophies and achievements/trophies.
JRPGs don't get rebooted, every game is its own thing anyway. If this is what that announcement will be, it's just Star Ocean 5, if they'll name it Star Ocean 5 or otherwise.
I hope no one involved in SO4 would be involved in this, because that game was absolutely disgusting.
I meant the entire series reboot.
As far as someone spoiled me from SO3:
If that's true (SO3 is the only I haven't played) and remembering they chose SO4 as a prequel to the series that would mean they probably
ran out of ideas for the series and there could be a reboot or something. If the spoiler is wrong then it will be just a new SO game.
SO4 was good, maybe you just expected them making a high profile story? It's probably at the level of SO1 at that. SO2 was better, though.
Clearly its moon dragon quest... Actually that would be fucking awesome, a sci fi dragon quest with all the dragon quest style.
That's one of the craziest and most interesting ideas I've heard. I agree with that. I want it now.