Excerpt: Few role playing game franchises have fallen farther from grace than the Phantasy Star series. Ultima may have dropped off a cliff thanks to UO, and Phantasy Star followed it off the same cliff. Phantasy Star Portable tries to do the 3D action adventure role playing online experience on the Playstation Portable (PSP). Which means few other players, and technology not able to run the game properly.
Excerpt: Phantasy Star Portable is very much like a pocket-sized version of recent games in SEGA‘s RPG series; the only real major thing missing is the online mode. Sure, the game does have multiplayer of the offline variety, although each player needs a PSP and a copy of the game, which just isn’t very Convenient, SEGA.
Excerpt: Phantasy Star is, I imagine, a video game brand many are aware of but haven't actually played. While there are surely many fans of the series floating about the Internet, the ten-year-old Dreamcast iteration, with its "from the future" online play, never clawed its way into the video game mainstream.
Conclusion: With so many options for weapons, equipment, abilities, items, clothing, and other things to purchase and uncover, delving into Phantasy Star Portable missions will quickly become addiction forming for players with a love for the grind (both level and loot varieties). Though the game's other aspects fall short in some regards, its strength and focus as a dungeon-hack RPG are hard to ignore.
Conclusion: But more often than not it feels stunted; starved for options that were never developed. For all its many graces, Phantasy Star Portable is the latest in a series that’s still trying to ride on its claim of being the first online console RPG, clumsily forgetting the last nine years ever happened. It’s not going to pluck many people away from World of Warcraft, let’s be honest.
Conclusion: All around I think Phantasy Star Portable is a great buy for any PSP owner. You can notice a few problems here and there but with gameplay like this, especially on-the-go, you can’t go wrong. Make sure you pick this game up right away. Rating Breakdown Gameplay: 9 out of 10 + A great game with minimal problems. - Minor camera issues can cause some ruckus. Graphics: 9 out of 10 + Looks great even with the PSP’s limitations. - Town and shops look out of place.