Phantasy Star fans have weathered a tumultuous relationship with their RPG franchise of choice over the past 22 years. From the heartbreak of Phantasy Star III to the triumph of Phantasy Star Online, the series has definitely seen its ups and downs, but with the tepid reception of Phantasy Star Universe, and industry-wide apathy towards its expansion, Ambition of the Illuminus, it seemed that Phantasy Star was finally on the ropes. Last year, Ambition of the Illuminus was retooled and released for the PlayStation Portable as Phantasy Star Portable. Despite balance issues and a lack of online multiplayer, it garnered much greater reception than its console counterpart. Now a sequel to the handheld port is just beyond the horizon, and it promises to close out the decade on a high note.