“ Dreamcast Games / Manufacturer: Sega / Genre: Adventures & Role-playing „
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Phantasy Star online, Brilliant... Where do i start... At first you can choose a character and make the appearance of the character height, weight etc etc.. You start in the forest at level 1. The more monsters you kill the better your level goes up and the stronger you get and are more resistant to attacks. On the way you find boxes which can include anything good at any time or can include just Monomate for your health or Monofluid for magic. You pick up Magic attacks also and when you pick them up you have "learnt" that magic attack, but it doesnt stop there once you have picked them up, you can pick them up again and then the magic level goes to Lv2 which is stronger. You can play this online but i would not advise this on the Sega as you would have to use a dailup connection which can be costly. Pay for this on a PC and you just pay a months fee for as long as you wish! Highly recommended! Buy Today!
*A review of Phantasy Star Online Version 2 which only considers the offline aspect of the game!* I don't believe there are significant differences between this and the first version of the game to warrant going for one over the other. While the official servers are down there are means of playing this game (or any other PSO title) online. However, for those who do not know enough to get it set up (like me) is it worth it for the offline experience? Firstly, there are a handful of unique character types to choose from, and then it's off to the Hunter's Guild - undertaking quest missions here sums up offline in a nutshell. The story - whatever there is of it - is not a reason to play the game. The environments are pretty but perhaps not surprisingly, the maps you'll come to carry out the missions - for all their rearrangements - become tiresome. The same can be said about the music. Battles are in real time, such that characters can take evasive action, though movement is somewhat sluggish. Attacks can be chained via timing, and a pattern of attack, retreat, attack, retreat and so on arises in combat yet boss battles can come down to being a race of attrition. The range of enemies is disappointing, not only in the manner of palette swapping, but in their design - am not keen on having to wait for enemies to change into a form where only then are we able to deal damage to each other. While I don't like having to manage the limited inventory, developing the mysterious protector unit MAG by giving it items was nice. I gather characters level up quicker online than they do offline, which is reasonable, but there was not enough to keep me interested in the long term because of a lack of interactivity. Not bad, but the clue to its success has always been in its title.
The realm of Phantasy Star Online has increased. Phantasy Star Online Version 2 includes all of the original content from Phantasy Star Online and expands the world with more levels, more features and more evil to combat. Experience the Phantasy Star universe in several new ways, such as with the infinite Challenge Mode. Play with your existing character or create a new one as you strive to reach level 200. You'll need all the levels you can get if you want to master the Ultimate Difficulty setting. Players from around the globe can now compete in Battle Mode as they take each other on in deathmatch-style combat. Play Lobby Ball with up to 12 players while you chat and get a game going. Discover new and more powerful monsters, unearth rare items and experience the passing of time as day turns into night in this persistent online world. Phantasy Star Online Version 2 continues the evolution of the original revolutionary gaming experience.