Star Ocean fans rejoice. Not only did we recently get Star Ocean 5, but now we will be getting a mobile game. Star Ocean: Anamnesis is currently in beta test over here in Japan. So we won't see an English version until sometime next year, probably. Square Enix recently announced that Star Ocean: Anamnesis will also be having multiplayer. Let's see what is in store for us.
The story of Star Ocean: Anamnesis is set after the story of Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness. You are the captain of the ship and you are alone along with your helper bot Coro. All other crew members have escaped a pirate attack while you activated the warp drive to escape. The warp drive fails and you end up on a strange planet. On the planet, you meet a girl with mysterious powers to summon warriors from different times named Ivlish.
Once in the world map, you will be able to engage in battle. In order to attack enemies, you have to get within range. To do that, you have to tap and hold, then move your finger in the direction you want. You will see a big clear circle representing your direction button when you tap and hold. Moving your finger in any direction will make a small clear circle appear in the larger one. This indicates the direction of your movement. Once you are within attacking distance, you can start attacking.
Once you are within range, by tapping anywhere on the screen, you can perform regular attacks. If you want to perform stronger attacks, you can use your character's skills by tapping the small circle icon on the lower right of the screen. Of course, this is given that you have enough AP. Each skill costs a certain amount of AP as shown by the number under the icon. You accumulate AP by attacking etc. Each character has their own set of skills, and you gain more skills by powering up.
Your party will consist of three of your own characters and one "rental" character. You probably will be able to follow that character by adding them to your friend list. Once in battle, you can use your new friend just as you would one of your characters. Switch between characters by tapping on their icon, and take control of their movements.
Unleash Your Ultimate Attack:
By chaining your skills and attacks, your "Rush" gauge will start to fill. When it is full, your enemy will wish it did not mess with you. Unleash your "Rush Combo" and deal massive damage to you enemies.
Each character has their own unique Rush Combo attack. Just like you can chain your regular skills, you can chain Rush Combos and watch that combo meter grow. The number next to the "Rush" icon signifies who's Rush Combo will come next. Will that be relevant in the future? Only time will tell.
And finally, it can't be a mobile game without the "Gacha" draws!
Each draw is worth 500 stones. order to get that 10 consecutive draws, you need 5000 stones. As of now, there seems to be only three type of rankings for every character. There is "Rare", three-star, "Super Rare", four-star and "Galaxy Rare", five-star characters.
Star Ocean: Anamnesis is set to release here in Japan this 2016, so that means it will be quite some time before the English version is released. The game is looking to be a great!. With the great graphics and real-time battles, this game is not to be missed. I can't wait to summon characters from previous Star Ocean games. Don't forget to check out my YouTube channel for all things Final Fantasy Record Keeper. Link is in my profile.