posted by JennyRavendale (SCOTTSDALE, AZ) Mar 14, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
As soon as I started up the game, I knew that I was instantly in love. It reminded me almost perfectly, if not exactly, of the original Phantasy Star Online for the Dreamcast. The battle system was seamless besides a bit of trouble with lock-on and camera angles, but so long as you had the sound up, there were audio triggers for enemy attacks. The story was also quite intriguing, and the cast of characters was very diverse, all of them lovable in their own way. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that is looking for a good sit-down game that plays exactly like a MMO would, without the need of "pay-to-play" or online capabilities.
First off, I want to say that this Phantasy Star has a great story that follows right after PSP1. I don't want to mention much since there would be spoilers.
In terms of gameplay there are several elements kept from the regular PSP1. The changes made include the PSO feel. You're just in 1 town and don't have to worry about hopping to different planets to take on missions; instead you can take all your missions from Iron Clad 6 (Your Ship); just like PSO. Another change that was made that I wasn't too happy about, but brings good old PSO memories is the Disk Lvl system. They fused the idea of being able to reuse a Photon Art + the Disk Level all together. This means you CANNOT progress your Photon Arts through using them over and over; but instead you're stuck finding disks of different levels. I won't say when, but there are stages that relate to Forest & Cave stages from PSO. A great thing they brought back from PSO is the "1, 2, 3" timed hits. Hitting the button at the right time will engage critical damage , whereas if you're just mashing the button; it will only do default/regular damage. Online play has given this game a great edge on the market, and again; similar to PSO.
This is a great game I downloaded directly to my PSPGo and have enjoyed it for a great amount of time. I recommend anyone to try it at the least if you're a MMORPG player or enjoyed PSO.