Conclusion: With its only weak points being Story and Graphics, Phantasy Star Online: Episode I & II blows away all the competition. With great multiplayer capabilities, including online play, PSO is also one of the most revolutionary games currently available for the Nintendo Gamecube.
Excerpt: For the uninitiated, PSO is a departure from Phantasy Star’s roots. The first four installments of the PS series were traditional turn-based RPG fare, with some wicked dungeons and excellent storytelling. PSO replaces the turn-based system with action-based gameplay that can be defined as “hack’n’slash.” Exploring the levels is done in full 3D, as players assume the role of a Hunter who has been dispatched from to planet Ragol to investigate an explosion involving...
Excerpt: Noted existentialist philosopher Jean Paul Sartre once observed: "Hell is other people". What's amazing about this is that he arrived at this accurate conclusion without once ever having played Sonic Team's Phantasy Star Online (PSO). Had Sartre spent any amount of time wandering the servers of consoledom's most popular online action Role-Playing Game (RPG), he might have concluded that hell is online gaming.
Excerpt: Surprisingly addictive. Phantasy Star Online is one of the most addictive games I have ever played. Not only is PSO well planned and thought out, but it offers more modes of play than the original Dreamcast release.
Excerpt: Note : This review was written by a moron that was too cheap to go online (that and the fact all the &*%$#*@ adapters were sold out) and play it. So he had to opt out and go for the less-than-perfect split screen option with his smelly, fat, and hairy, best friend. Despite my first reaction to the title name sounding like a porn star simulator, Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II is a great game.