MMOCrunch remembers Phantasy Star Online "there is no denying how much of an impact it caused, particularly to console gamers, as it was the first time many had experienced an online game."
I played a bit on Dreamcast at a friends house years ago, great game.
you really needed a keyboard though since headphones were that popular back then.
Yeah, I bought the keyboard, and it helped a lot at certain times when playing online. I don't really remember what the name of the class was, but my main was the caster guy. Remember maxing him out, which I think was level 200...but it's been a really long time, may have been 100. Incredibly easy after a certain level range, even solo, but the game remained fun, especially since console online games were almost non-existent when the game was out, at least to the extent of PSO. Actually bought Phantasy Star Portable not too long ago for my PSP. The controls for it are nowhere near as good as the Dreamcast controller, but overall it's a very similar game. I don't get the same feeling I got when I played PSO for the Dreamcast, but that's to be expected.
God bless you, Phantasy Star Online. My first experience with online gaming. (Hoping for a stateside release of Phantasy Star Portable 2 for PSP!)
PSO is a great game. About 500 ppl still play the game on a few private servers. If you guys want more info check out www.schtserv.com They have Dreamcast Gamecube and PC support.
Sega needs to just give us Phantasy Star 5
its a shame i have phantasy star online 1 and 2, and not the plus version for gamecube. games worth a lot of cash!
An amazing game, I still play EP 1&2 every now and then. One of the best games ever for me.
I will never forget PSO on the Dreamcast my first Online MMO. Trying to balance the keyboard on my lap whilst trying to play was an experience on its own. Put the gameplay aside there was something special about typing to your frineds which can never be replicated with headphones.
This game, unlike today's mmorpgs, was actually FUN, the only thing that trully matters in a videogame. After playing many mmorpgs, to this day, PSO stands as the only mmorpg that wasn't a waste of time, nor did it felt like one, because you were constantly having fun. You were playing because the game was great, not because it felt like an addiction or responsability like WoW. WoW and other mmorpgs feel more like a second life, than games that are supposed to make the user have FUN.
One of the greatest games I have ever played, and I still hope that someday the magic can be recreated... But at the same time its a lot harder in these days since now i'm old and the whole online experience that it brought is no longer new. Not only was it a great game in itself the fact that it was the first of its kind for console gamers really made it Icon status in my mind. Along with Q3, PSO pretty much dominated a few years of my life - and I can remember being so excited to get a PS2 and outside of TM:Black I never played it because, I just wanted to be online playing with humans; which pretty much made me buy a PC once the DC support started dying. And I'm still in a clan that was made for a tiny little game called Armada for DC - it wasnt even online, but its sequel was supposed to be.
First off, Dav 10 stand up! I can't even begin to explain how much of an experience PSO ep 1&2 was, and if I tried to, I would fall short in the end on how great the game really was. I remember back then coming home from school and I would turn on some music from Samurai Champloo and just play for hours in such a laid back state that I would lose myself. I have yet to have that experience with any other game out there, (well maybe PSU...kinda). I personally wouldn't mind seeing a new Phantasy Star game, that is actually next gen and made for the HD console, be released. But I know they have yet to really finish PSU, (content wise). Even if it were to happen though, I'm looking wayyy more forward to FFXIV then any other MMO/Online RPG coming out soon. Of course, that doesn't mean I wouldn't be interested...
PSO is alive and well at: http://www.schtserv.com/ i use this private server and play PSO all the time, its still a very fun game, even by todays standards. PSO IS BADASS!!
I was so hooked on this game when it intially came out for the Dreamcast years ago. For a game that didnt have a lot of a lot of content, I spent hundreds of hours playing this game. Anybody remember the spread needle? People would get so pissed if you used that weapon while doing quests with others.
*Sigh* Farewell, Dreamcast. You were so great and ahead of your time. Phantasy Star Online is such a fun game though. I was -just- thinking about it the other day before this article came up!
Spread needle was one of my fave weps very handy with missions like endless nightmare. Remmeber VMU killers? they would drop a item in lobby and if you pick it up it would curupt your vmu or erase your chr.
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