Excerpt: In the realm of science-fiction, a reoccurring theme that has been explored countless times is man's relationship with technology. The popular consensus seems to be that machines will either be utilized to elevate our existence, or they will eventually rob us of our humanity and lead to our downfall. Films like The Matrix , The Terminator and Star Wars seem to exemplify the bleak latter.
Excerpt: For starters, Phantasy Star Online seems more like a first step in establishing the framework for an online world, rather than a fully-fleshed game. It's a very bold first step forward, and it gets much respect for that. There's a seed with a lot of potential here, but the game in its current form isn't very much fun. While Chi seems to have enjoyed the various chat portions of the game far more than I did, that's all the game really is—a chat.
Excerpt: I have suffered for more than 15 years enjoying Role Playing Games. I have endured companies not releasing games in the United States based on "supposed" lack of interest (Final Fantasy II, III, and V). I have settled for renamed characters and poor translations (Phantasy Star IV). And I have put up with over priced RPGs (all Role Playing Games). So why do I do it? Why do I put up with it?
Excerpt: Faced with the imminent destruction of their home world, a large-scale evacuation plan known as the Pioneer Project was established to find a new home planet. Unmanned probes sent into deep space discovered a habitable planet they dubbed Ragol and the first interstellar transport ship Pioneer 1 was sent to establish a colony. After confirming Ragol was suitable, the initial colonists began preparing the planet starting with construction of the central dome.
Excerpt: Sega's flagship RPG series is the long-running and popular Phantasy Star series. First appearing on the Sega Master System, the original Phantasy Star is still considered one of the greatest games of all time, and the three follow-ups on Sega Genesis were, more or less, equally well received. With the Dreamcast needing a solid RPG, as well as a convincing online title, it wasn't much of a stretch to try to move the series into the online realm.
Excerpt: Phantasy Star Online is a science fiction style role-playing game that is actually two games in one. There is the online game. Here you create or join a team of up to four members. You can play through each level from the beginning, or you can join a game already in progress. Then there is the offline game mode where you play by yourself. Your character can be used in both offline and online modes.
Excerpt: Ok, it's no secret to anyone out there; I don't like RPGs! I do not see how anyone can sit there for hours on end watching FMV look-alike characters getting slaughtered by opponents who use the cheap all out attack (cough, Super Nova, cough, Final Fantasy series, cough) over and over again. Not to mention that I hate having to stay in one small area all day beating foes that cheaply pop out of nowhere in order to get a high enough level to beat a boss.
Excerpt: Be a star or just look like one. Good evening ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Game Revolution. Our top story tonight comes from a brand new planet in a universe known as Phantasy Star Online . Recently discovered by Sega, the universe marks a milestone in console video gaming. For late breaking coverage, we now go on scene to our field editor, Brian Gee. CLICK TO SEE A VIDEO OF GAMEPLAY Thanks, guys.
Pros: It's an online RPG...on a console!, Nicely done graphics, Lots to customize, Camera problems, Pathetic monsters, Extremely boring as single player