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Star Ocean: The Second Story

Star Ocean: The Second Story’s Private Action System Was Fantastic

I’m a sucker for deep character work in video games — things like side quests where you learn things about a person’s back story, dialogue that reveals a party member’s quirks, or game mechanics that simply let you get to know characters a little bit better in your down time. This is why I absolutely adore the Private Action system from Star Ocean: The Second Story. The Private Action system was an optional feature that allowed your party to split up whenever you got to a town, causing individual party characters to appear as NPCs that you could converse with. Each might have a line or two about the local shopping, or about wanting to find some food, or about the weather.…
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