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Phantasy Star Online (Dreamcast)

Platform : Sega Dreamcast
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4.5 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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  • Massively multiplayer RPG action over a worldwide network. Play with people from America, Japan, and Europe!
  • Collaborate with other players to slay monsters and achieve goals in a real-time battle system.
  • Advanced chat feature allows conversation without language barriers.
  • Swatch's BEAT system unites the world with a single time zone.
  • Designed by Sonic Team.
  • A Visual Memory Unit (VMU) required to play Phantasy Star Online
  • Massively multiplayer RPG action over a worldwide network. Play with people from America, Japan, and Europe!
  • Collaborate with other players to slay monsters and achieve goals in a real-time battle system.
  • Advanced chat feature allows conversation without language barriers.
  • Swatch's BEAT system unites the world with a single time zone.
  • Designed by Sonic Team.
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  • Platform: Sega Dreamcast
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00004YZHU
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 12.4 x 2 cm ; 200 g
  • Release Date: 23 Feb. 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,299 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Phantasy Star Online continues in the tradition of the popular series and is the first world-wide, online role-playing game for a console. The story revolves around the "Pioneer Project", a plan conceived in response to the imminent destruction of the home worlds. Seven years prior, Pioneer 1 was sent to establish a colony on Planet Ragol, including the construction of the Central Dome. As Pioneer 2 is soon to arrive with the main wave of refugees, a gigantic explosion shakes the entire planet, cutting off all communication with the members of Pioneer 1. Players from around the world must now unite via SegaNet to unravel the mystery.

To form parties, the game's People Finder option allows players to locate each other on giant servers. Once inside the Virtual Lobby, players can choose up to three other team members. Language barriers between players are broken down by a communication system featuring universal icon system, pre-set phrases and keyword translations. Players can create their own character by modifying their physical appearance and personality traits. Real-time combat features many of the original weapons and enemies from previous Phantasy Star games. Gamers can play completely online, completely offline or a combination of the two.

Review

The arrival of one of the most anticipated titles of the past few years seems to be something akin to a gaming epiphany, so to speak. Amid rumor, bad news and confusion, Sega's strange week in the videogame industry spotlight reveals nothing except that this is one company that knows games and gamers, even if everything else is up in the air.

What game are we talking about? Phantasy Star Online, of course. With its ambitious goal of taking console gamers to places that only PC players had been previously (online), developer Sonic Team has gloriously succeeded in full 3D -- with vibrant, colorful textures to boot. Taking an obvious page from the premier dungeon-crawling, multiplayer antics of Blizzard's Diablo series, Phantasy Star Online, in fact, more refines a formula than redefines a genre.

While countless previews have hit the web and print magazines outlining its general mechanics and gameplay, for the uninitiated, PSO is a role-playing game that can either be played online or offline. At the outset, you'll choose one character from nine different choices, then customize their costumes, hair, etc. to suit your liking.

Class Wars: The different characters all hail from three different "classes:" Rangers, Forces and Hunters. Each class has its weaknesses and strengths that range from power to weaponry. Forces are magic users with a good ability to gain TP (the term for the usual Magic Points in most RPGs), but are slower to gain hit points with every successive level. Rangers, on the other hand, can be equipped with the heavy artillery and pack much more power than the spell casters. Hunters have a slightly balanced compromise between the other two classes, and can be used for hand-to-hand combat as well as magic.

The balance between the different classes gives players a good choice to suit their preferred fighting style. Though there's definitely room for complexity and variety in character selection that hasn't been fully explored in PSO, the bases are adequately covered. There's just enough disparity in gameplay and strategy between the types to keep you wondering what exactly it would be like to play as a Ranger if you've been using a Force all along.

Alien Resurrection: For those who've read every story about PSO since its announcement, the concern for fans has been whether or not the game remains true to its Phantasy StarAlgol System roots. The answer is mixed, to say the least. Because of its online functions, the chances for a strong, coherent storyline are strained. Because of the number of players and the non-linear structure that is the focus of online gaming, the difference between PSO and, say, Skies of Arcadia is a rather large gap filled with plenty of monster-killing and the odd offhand reference to PS series staples like Dark Falz and Monomates.

At the start, your character is chosen as a hunter to chase down the cause of a giant explosion on Ragol, a planet that your civilization is hoping to inhabit. An earlier crew that had previously been inhabiting the surface of Ragol has now strangely vanished, along with all communication from your ship to theirs. A cool premise, but the actual thread of story within the game is almost pushed off to the side in favor of actual gameplay.

Phantastic Voyage: Prepare for an overload the minute you plunge into an online room filled with PSO-obsessed folk speaking every language (including the long-lost international tongue of "smut") and eager to level up their characters just like you. Navigation and signing up for game is amazingly easy for first-timers, but you'll have to contend with some strangely delayed character rendering and the annoying habit of speech "bubbles" clogging up your screen if there are tons of people in the lobby.

Once you enter a game with as many as three other characters, the fun really begins. The structure of the game is this: Clear a dungeon and gain access to the next one. The more characters you have in your party, the more monsters will inhabit each room of every dungeon. Therefore, the more people in your party, the better chance you have of scoring large amounts of experience points in order to level up your character (which is the basis of any good online RPG). Having more players in your party can also be a brilliant way to swap items and take down big, bad bosses more easily. There's always someone to revive you if you die, as well.

But there's a downside to every group experience, virtual or physical. The distribution of items gained from killing monsters, boss fights or treasure chests are always a source of tension in a low-level group of explorers. Grabbing items to sell or equip sometimes boils down to who gets to them the fastest, but this is also part of the strategy in PSO.

So, what does the offline game mean in any of this? Answer: a few different things. Your offline game is played alone, with you going solo against the exact same monsters in the exact same dungeons as online. But, once you clear a dungeon in the offline game (you'll start the offline game on Normal difficulty), you'll be able to bypass it in an online game of the same difficulty level if you are the leader. Therefore, if you clear the Forest on Normal offline, when you sign on and start a Normal online game, you'll automatically be given access to the next dungeon, the Caves. Also, besides the fun hijinks of online, the real point of PSO is to beef up your character enough to take on all three difficulty levels of the offline quests (Normal, Hard and Very Hard) to receive the game's "real" ending. Not an easy feat by any stretch of the imagination.

But the camaraderie of the online quests is plenty good enough to keep gamers enthralled for the long run, if simply for the "Diablo factor" of wanting to get your character to the next level or to find that ridiculously rare item. Plus, you get to dish dirt with all your friends online in different ways.

Chat Boom: Sonic Team has done a commendable job giving gamers all sorts of ways to communicate with one another, be it simple mail, guild cards or universal "translators." While the universal bit doesn't work as smoothly as we'd hoped (it makes gamers scroll through a clumsy network of preset phrases), the effort is definitely there and makes asking someone who doesn't speak English "Where are you from?" easier than breaking out a foreign-language dictionary.

Players are also able to swap Guild Cards, which work like ICQ numbers or business cards. Once you have someone's Guild Card, you can seek them out online, no matter which server they're gaming on. As creepy as it might sound, if you use discretion in who you hand your card to, the feature is a blessing if the server is crowded and you can't seem to find your friend no matter how hard you look.

There's also the inclusion of "simple mail," which allows you to send limited email to a friend online, granted you have their Guild Card on you. The entire chat and communication system in PSO is geared to make each player's online life much, much easier, and even enhances the entire experience. Kudos to Sonic Team.

The Minus Points: Though Sega has pulled off the unthinkable feat of placing a high-quality online RPG on Dreamcast, the project doesn't come off without a few hitches. Yes, PSO does have a lot of slowdown that occurs during big brawls in rooms with loads of beasties and players running around. Yes, there is lag that will really confuse players who see their friends appearing and reappearing at odd locations on the screen. Yes, there are instances of hard crashes and soft crashes that will boot you off the server so you'll have reconnect. Yes, broadband compatibility is officially "unsupported" by Sega. Yes, the game could use more diversity in its dungeon designs and more brain-work in its overly simplistic "step on this switch and have a friend step on the other" puzzles. And finally, yes, this is a dungeon crawler with the emphasis on killing things rather than exploring themes of love, death and loyalty alongside a salty lead character who has more angst and anguish than a typical Final Fantasyhero.

BUT (and it's a big "but") this is a game that's so expertly constructed in its pick up 'n' play controls, mechanics, simple but well-plotted systems and painfully gorgeous graphics (Sonic Team clearly gets something out of the DC that loads of other third parties can't seem to figure out) that it's best to keep your opinions to yourself until you've kicked much alien butt online. Then, make up your mind whether you want to trash the game (probably not) or keep playing so you can test out that Dragon Slayer sword and get your character to level 62. For most gamers, the answer is the latter. With a high addiction factor and groundbreaking console design, this isn't a game that any DC owner should pass up. And it stands as a testament, flaws and all, that Sega, no matter what it decides to do in the future or how it's gonna do it, is delivering the content that will dictate what most gamers will see on other systems for years to come. The Bottom Line: Brilliant. --DailyRadar.com -- DailyRadar.com


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Well, this game is trully excellent, and very challenging as well. Sure its not too difficult to complete on a normal difficulty, but after that, it gets tougher.
This game isnt really designed for offline play in all truth, not in the obvious sense anyway, the only incentive for offline play really is to build up your character and unlock areas for play online, this game really shines online. having said that though its a pretty good game offline as well, but it wont have the lasting appeal that you would find when playing online.
Many people belive that this game is now offline, well they are wrong, IT IS STILL ONLINE and it is free to play, unlike XBOX and Gamecube who charge you. Also, this game is compatible with the Dreamcast broadband adapter (you can import this from america or Japan) so even the broadband people have no excuse for this game.
All in all a wonderful game....come on join in the fun, get that wonderful white box out and start playing....I guarantee you wont regret it
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By A Customer on 18 Dec. 2000
Where to star with this game? Well as you can guess this game is primarily an online title, but don't let that put you off, because there are also many single player challenges that can be played offline. However, this game comes into it's own when you play it online with people who can be either just round the corner, or thousands of miles away, because you can play this game with anyone from around the world due o the ingenious game sytem which translates what you say into one of many different languages, so that someone in Japan can understand you speaking English and you can understand Japanese. Basically you go online, find four people who want to do the same quest as you and then through co-operation and teamwork you fight your way through the quest. But it isn't just all hacking and slashing, you must utilize everyone or you will not be able to complete your quest as this games relies heavily on teamwork. All in All this is the best game I have ever played.
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I have been such a massive PSO fan for too many years now, I recently decided I had to get it in it's vanilla state.
I only wish they'd have polished some of the features that got taken from the versions which came after this release.

A healthy combination of this version and what it became in Blue Burst would be such an amazing sight.
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Well. To be blunt this is essential. Though i would not recomend it for the casual gamer. It can get quite messy online. But hardcore lap it up. Though u dont need me to tell you...... to be blunt sonic team did a bang up job. Though it does run up a hefty phone bill!
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Phantasy Star Online, developed by the legendary Sonic Team (generally acknowledged to be one of the best game developers in the world), is a fantastic experience that every gamer should taste at least once in his or her life. A basic RPG at heart, you're first required to create a character and then unleash it upon the online world. Gameplay is centred around exploring the alien planet of Ragol, solving puzzles and defeating enemies, all the while learning new skills, acquiring new items and weaponry, and developing your character's abilities. Online, you're able to meet up with other players from around the world, chat with them through a built-in language translator, and go adventuring with them. This is a superb premise for a game and it works incredibly well. But if you intend to play online a lot, you'll be wanting a keyboard in order to minimise the effort involved in chatting.
Snap it up, people.
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This game is simply amazeing. I don't know where to start. This is just one of those games that everyone should have the chance to play. If you've never heard of it, think: Zelda in the future with laser guns and light sabers. The Characters are great and you can modify virtually all their physical features. The most compelling part of this game is it's online mode. You team up with people from around the world, fight through Guild Quests, and get kinda attached to everyone (hehe...). There's an overwhelming sense that you are actually there fighting alongside your internet compadres. The internet feature adds unlimited replay value (I have several buds on my teams from all over). The Zelda 64-style fighting and RPG level ups are a great combo. The narrative is great, the graphics are TOP NOTCH and it even comes packed with a Sonic 2 Demo! A MUST-HAVE from the guys who brought us Sonic and Nights.
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This game is unbelievable, you will be playing it for hours on end leveling up your character whether you are online or offline but to be honest if you are able to play this game online thats all your gonna do, this game will take over your life so if your going to buy it don't make any plans for the next say MONTH or so :-) If you have a dreamcast then it is a crime not to have this game. Must dash just found a new weapon.
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By Maxrom on 14 Mar. 2001
I heard some pretty mixed reviews for this when I was looking to buy it, ranging from the best on earth to the worst ever. Taking into account that the majority of reviews were positive, I took the plunge and got it, along with a keyboard (an essential for this game).
To begin with, I thought it'd all been a huge mistake. The maps were short, my character died often, and the camera work has to be the most appalling set up I've ever seen. I spent more time looking at my character than at the enemy I was attacking.
So why have I given it four stars?
Well, although to start with, it is frustating when you're trying to hit an enemy with a weapon no more effective than a bunch of flowers, and the camera keeps on messing it up for you, if you keep at it, you'll soon be rewarded. You'll soon learn to live with the camera issues, build up your character (quite quickly to start) and get some decent firepower going. Only at this point will you appreciate how enjoyable this game is. It's a shame you can't start with a level 10 character, because below this, it is annoying.
I've had fun both online and offline with this title. The network play is really where it shines, and through a very easy to use interface (which looks like it was stolen straight from Who Wants to be a Millionaire - anyone else noticed that?), all the options at your disposal are easy to get to in the heat of the battle. Working as a team is great, and being able to meet up with others you've worked with in the past through the Guild card system is a neat touch. Online lag is rare, but slowdown is very apparant in some places - not enough to ruin it, but enough for it to be an issue.
The maps are indeed quite small, but when you're working with others online, this isn't really a big issue.
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