|Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II (Nintendo GameCube, 2002)|
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Sheboygan, WI, USA
|Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II (Nintendo GameCube, 2002) (2002)|
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|Gamecube PHANTASY STAR ONLINE EPISODE I & II Case & Instructions Only - NO GAME|
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Normal, IL, USA
|PHANTASY STAR ONLINE EPISODE I & II NINTENDO GAMECUBE DISC ONLY TESTED AND WORKS|
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Scottsburg, IN, USA
|GameCube version of Sonic Team's award-winning online RPG, featuring two games in one. Episode I gives you all the hit content and gameplay from the original PSO and PSO ver.2. Episode II brings an all-new full-length adventure in which you'll face real-time combat with enemies that are more powerful than ever before. New levels, like the breath-taking mountain and beach stages, give you expanded areas of gameplay and deep, lush worlds to explore. You'll also be given all-new quests to complete, additional weapons to master, and lots more rare items to find. Choose your character from the original three classes, each with a fourth new being. For intense offline gameplay, team up or compete with up to three of your fellow Hunters on the same console for a split-screen battle.|
|Game||Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II|
|ESRB Descriptor||Blood, Violence|
|Control Elements||Gamepad, Gamepad/Joystick, Joystick|
|Number of Players||1-4|
|Game Special Features|
|Support Elements||480p, 480p Support, Console-to-Portable Connectivity, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby ProLogic II (PLII), Game Boy Advance Game Link Cable, Keyboard Support, Memory Card, Net Support, Online Gaming Support, With Memory Support|
|Also Available In This Platforms||Game Boy Advance, Nintendo, Xbox|
Average review score based on 59 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I came into the PSO realm after it's hayday. Specifically early this year. The official SEGA servers are shut down, but there is a server called "SCHTHACK server" which offers an equal to better experience.
I bought this game, a gamecube keyboard from codejunkies.com, and the gamecube broadband adapter. All in all totaling around 100 dollars. A bit steep... but the keyboard is far from necessary for this game, so I'd say more like 70 bucks.
Anyways, about the game. I have played PSO Blue Burst on PC, which is free. And enjoyed it quite a bit, so I decided to get the gamecube version. The GC version differs very little from blue burst, aside from the tons of added content on Blue Burst. The game is boasted as being cross platform multiplayer, between the Dreamcast, PCv2, XBOX, Gamecube, and Blue Burst versions of the game, which is cool but only half true. I am not sure if everything worked on the Original SEGA servers, but on schthack's servers this is how it goes. Every system's players can see everyone in the lobby, but only the old PC version can only play with dreamcast, and GC to a point. Blue Burst can only play with blue burst. And if a GC player wants to play with a dreamcast player, they have to have a PCv2 player start the team for them. So, what this boils down to, is unless you are determined, you will likely only play with people on your own console. Sadly for gamecube that number seems to top out around 30 players nowadays at any given point. So for me, as a new player, it has been lonely. That being said, the community for this game is very helpful and fun to be around, and many players have created new characters, just to help me level up.
Graphics: They are good for gamecube, but nothing special. The game came from a dreamcast game (and an early one at that) so dont expect much. However, the graphics do get better when playing in episode 2.
Music: I really like the music for this game. It gets stuck in my head all the time.
Offline play: The GC version of the game features an offline multiplayer mode. Probably because SEGA knew very few people had the broadband adapter, or would buy it (Dreamcast had an ethernet port built in). So they added this little feature. It is fun, but to be honest the greatness of this game comes in the online play, and specifically in the lobbies. Both of those are missing in the offline play (as expected), so something is missing.
Overall I give it a 8/10. If the original SEGA servers were up, and cross platform worked flawlessly, then I might raise that to 9/10.
Overall a great game. And best of all you can try it our for free from www.schtserv.com! Just download Blue Burst, which has always been free. If you like that, and don't mind the price (and want to own something completely arcane, the BBA, and Keyboard for gamecube) then get the GC version!
The game wasn't for me, it was for my little brother but, here's my take on the game (not my type of game, but..)
The game has alot of freedom, you can do whatever you want, make your own character weather it be human or not, custom your character any way you want, give it swords or guns etc.
It has everything from shops, a bank, portals, odd looking creatures, magic etc. You go on quests gather items like new weapons or stuff for magic or items that heal you, fight things like dragons.
Of course you can level up by getting experience, play with a friend cause its a mult-player game (Split Screen. Nice graphics.
A great game for any RPG (Role Playing Game) fan. Total freedom, customize your character any way you want pretty much & do whatever you want basically.
My brother loves this game, I on the other hand am not an RPG fan so to me its just an ok game that costs too much. Then again, it is a rare game, from what I've seen, this game ranges on average anywhere from $35-$165 depending on where you look & what condition the game is in, plus the original case & manual. I paid $40 including shipping for just the game, no original case/manual. I probably could of gotten one with case/manual for that price but my brother wanted it so bad & it was currently the one ending soonest. But anyways, like I said certainly a great buy for any RPG fan. I played the game a little myself because he asked me to.
Including game play, graphics, range of freedom/customization etc. I'd give this game 8/10. (from a non bias point of veiw)
Hope this helpes any readers thinking about buying the game or not.
An amazing game, especially with friends.
Creating your character and watching him progress throughout the game is great, especially since you get to control the way he develops with the use of your MAG (a robotic companion that you feed unneeded items too) and materials (semi-rare items that automatically boosts stats in one specific area).The many diffrent character classes and various skills to focus on give this game lots of replayability as you will likely want more then one type of character.
Where this game really shines is the multiplayer. Up to 4 players can play cooperatively in a splitscreen mode. Getting four friends to work together to defeat the enemies is great fun as you all level up your characters and search for rare weapons.
Although online servers are shut down, their is still a way to play online through fan-made servers. Just google phantasy star online servers, shouldn't be too tough to find.Unfortunately I have no network adaptor, so I haven't been able to test out the online. Network adaptors are pricey however, so if you are only in this for the online mode I would suggest Blue Burst instead.
All in all this is a great game, made even better with friends to play with.
I bought Phantasy Star online about a month ago and its wonderful for any RPG/MMORPG fan. From the start, you can choose 3 races and classes. Humans, who are the most well rounded. Casts, who are physically powerful andriods who are immune to most status conditions but cannot use magic at all, and there are Newman. Who are physically weak characters who excel in using magic. The classes are Hunters, excel in using short ranged weapons like swords and Partisans, Rangers, who use guns, and Forces, that use magic. The balance between all these classes and races is great.
To progress through the game, you do a number of quests. They range from helping a scientist find data on animals, to killing a number of monsters within a limit. The quests are short, and can be done in bit size pieces although some of them later in the game can last wayyyy too long. Although like I mentioned earlier, die hard RPG fans shall find no annoyance in this.
Something else to appeal to RPG fans is the number of items found in this game. Ranging from Minor items like Shields and Handguns, to Magically enhanced barriers, rifles, and staffs. its simply astounding. Like most RPG's, to find the rarer and more powerful items you must delve into deeper territory and even raise up the difficulty.
Another source of addiction is the online mode. Yes. There is online for the gamecube! Although the servers are down officialy, there is hacked servers that you can go on for free. This is a big advantage because 1. You don't need to pay a pricey 8.00 a month just to play, 2. Segas servers are closed down anyways and so its impossible to go online anyways. Although the numbers are low (maybe around 20 people on during peak points of the day) its still fun teaming up with people around the world to hunt down those last rare items.
Although this game may look simple to some, it is extremely complicated and deep. In this review, I've barely scratched the surface of this game. I would reccomend this game to die hard RPG fans who can't find a good RPG in this casual market. Although this game must be Taboo for users who have never played an RPG. Well, the only thing I can warn you about is how addicted you're going to be once you buy it. But if you don't mind, this game is a must have for any gamecube (or wii) owner.
This game is one of the best games out there. Yes, it is considered a MMORPG, but it has an offline mode and the only Massive multi-player part is the lobby online. Once in game online there are only three other players other then yourself.
While offline you can either go through the story in one player mode or you can multiplayer with your friends using split screen play.
There are four levels of difficulty. These are, in order, normal, hard, very hard and Ultimate mode. The creatures you fight are the same in each level, but they get stronger with every level. Except for when you get to Ultimate mode, it is, for a lack of a better term, an Ultimate challenge. The creatures change in appearance and the strength jump is higher then the other levels.
Along with the four difficulty levels there are four "stages" to go through during the story. They are, in order, Forrest, Caves, Mines, and ruins. That's just episode one. Episode two has four "stages" as well. They include VR Temple, VR Spaceship, Control Center, and Seabed.
The last bit to be noted is there are also quests you can do besides the main story. These quest bring forth new challenges that the man story line do not. Some quests are only available online but others are available both offline and online.