|Billed by Sega as a true successor to the groundbreaking Phantasy Star Online, Phantasy Star � transports gamers to an alternate Earth approximately 200 years after a massive war decimated the planet. The survivors managed to pick up the tattered pieces of once great civilizations and build thriving, albeit isolated, cities. And while the apocalyptic nature of the "Great Blank" led to a more peaceful society, a select group of adventurous citizens choose to explore the expansive wilderness areas in order to hunt monsters that threaten the safety of city life. Gamers take on the role of one of these explorers, choosing from the blade-wielding Hunter race, the gun-toting Ranger race, or the spell-casting Forces, and then selecting from 14 different class variations.|
Players can also create unique robot "Mags" to provide stat boosts, heal injuries, or serve as an extra attacker, and feeding each Mag surplus items helps them level up in four key areas. There are more than 350 unique weapons available, and combat is handled in a three-beat system, whereby gamers can unleash as many as three normal or heavy attacks consecutively. Phantasy Star � includes three online modes: "Free" mode, in which players join a randomly assigned party; "Friend" mode, where two friends can set up a private adventure; and "Single" mode, in which solo gamers partake in online combat to increase their stats. A new "Visual Chat" option lets gamers use the stylus to create and store 20 different visual or written shortcuts in order to more quickly communicate with fellow players during online action.
|Game||Phantasy Star �|
|UPC||010086670318, 5055277002085, 5055277002092|
|ESRB Descriptor||Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes|
|Number of Players||1-4|
|Game Special Features|
Average review score based on 5 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I had been wanting to play this game since mid-2009, back when I heard of its upcoming US release. I was a little wary of playing a Phantasy Star Online/Universe-type game on the Nintendo DS, given what little the system could really handle, considering its graphics and content capacity, but I was surprised by how much I ended up enjoying the game. This game is a lot of fun.
If you want a "bare essentials" version of Phantasy Star Online without Internet drama (I hear there's still cheating done, but probably not nearly as much as back in the PSO days), a strong need to need rare items to keep up with the Joneses (PSO Blue Burst and PS Universe in a nutshell), a half-arsed story mode that's overly easy yet becomes tedious and almost unreasonably hard online (PSU), and bosses that are actually unique and reasonably difficult rather than reskinned dragons with tediously high HP that one can barely beat in solo battles (PSU, again), and with a cute picto-chat feature and a protective drop system to prevent item theft, and MAGS (!!!), this game is for you.
The only real problem with this game, and it's mainly a community issue, is that many Phantasy Star players prefer Phantasy Star Portable 2, so the remaining community for PS0 is a bit scarce. Also, the game is somewhat short compared to both the original PSO and PSU and its Playstation Portable spinoffs, but given its DS target audience, that should be reasonably expected. So far this is the best third-party game I own on the DS that's not a Square Enix remake, so if you have happy memories of PSO without wanting to play on pirate servers, and even if you do, you could hardly do worse than to try this game out. I suggest you buy this game new, though, for a good price: you will get the full experience of this game owning it brand new. Why? There are Titles, which work like Xbox 360 Achievements or Playstation Network Trophies, that you can obtain for certain achievements in-game and which you get awards for, and you are deprived of that if you bought this game from someone who has maxed everything out. I bought this game used, and luckily, the only progress made on the game was by a lv. 10 HUcast (hunter android). Buy the game brand-new, if you can. Perhaps the only other issue to be had with this game is that most anyone who would buy this game are people who are fans of the original PSO, and PSO fans are increasingly older people with little patience for small kid-oriented games, while younger gamers might find the game either too hard, too obtuse, or too boring. It is all up to you, though.
Try the game out. It can hardly be a big loss to you. :)
If you're used to playing Phantasy Star online for dreamcast or gamecube, you'll most likely get the hang of playing this game quickly. If you're used to more fast paced battle like PSU for PC/PS2 X-box, you'll might not have the patient to play this game.
Attacking is slow paced just like PSO. Story is animated and have interesting storyline. Each stages or quests can be beaten within 30 min depending on the level.
Character creation is too narrow and don't have much choices. Can transfer your items and meseta to your other characters saved on the game. Can create upto 4 saves.
Overall, its not a bad game, but it can get boring after a while. Able to play multiplayer is a plus. I rate this game 7 out of 10.
The graphics were very exceptional for a 3d game on such a small screen. Great story, Great gameplay- Thought the controls were difficult to get used to. The attacks are not as fast as you would imagine which makes combat difficult at first. But over-all a great game with Excellent features.
It's a great game. I have so much fun playing it. I just wish there were more people playing online. Graphics are good for a ds game and it is a fairly long game. The bosses are a bit harder than they should be but that's why you go back and level up and try again.
I love this game. I love the characters and the graphics are very very nice. I love it. I would recommend it.