Having never played a Phantasy Star Portable title before, and only played Phantasy Star Universe I was a little skeptical on what I could expect.
However I'm pleasantly surprised, this version of the franchise offers so much content in the way of story, missions, weapons and armor and much more. For anyone who has played the online version of Phantasy Star Universe its a lot like that, rather that PSU's limited offline mode.
The story is played out simply, you play chapter by chapter until you reach the end, unlocking more "free" content as you go along and by free I mean stuff you can do in your own time. The story also presents you with dialog choices every now and then, choosing enough of the correct ones unlocks the better ending.
The 4 normal races return, Humans, Casts, Beasts and Newmans all play out largely the same, Humans being the middle ground, Casts being the the most accurate and favoring guns, Beasts being physically the most powerful and favoring melee weapons and Newmans being the masters of magic. But being an RPG you by no means need to adhere to their said specializations and play like that.
The game also features an AD-HOC multiplayer mode, meaning you can play online with other people across the globe, or at home with friends on another PSP system.
If your a fan of action RPG's, you should love this game, plenty to do plenty to kill and plenty of ways to do it.