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Last Updated on August 15, 2003
|What is Phantasy Star?
|A very good
question! Phantasy Star, otherwise known as PS or Phanta, was Sega's
first attempt at making a role-playing game way back during the time of
the 8-bit Sega Master System. In doing so, it broke all the rules that
are usually followed in the genre. First off, the main character, Alis
(or Alisa Landeel being a more precise translation) is female, and
while pretty, was still something of a plain Jane. This is fairly
unusual in videogames since in almost all cases the female is treated
as an exploitable sex symbol. Also unusual was her motives. Unlike more
'noble' heroes, Alis swore revenge on the ruler, Lassic (La Shiec), who
was responsible for her brother's death at the hands of his robot
The land was fairly open ended and was not too particularly linear
which meant you could wander into zones that were more dangerous than
your party of four can handle. Also, the battles were animated and you
can watch your enemies attack you. And of course, there were the
first-person pseudo 3D mazes that were in the original alone. Set on
three planets in the Solar Sytem of Algol, the graphics still hold up
fairly well to these times. It can be enjoyed even today, for those who
have the patience. To learn more about the orignal series, click here.
|Well, then, what is Phantasy Star
|PSO is a
multiplayer online roleplaying game for the Sega Dreamcast that allows
people to meet up and play. Four people can then start a session and
work together in battling against a horde of monsters in an action RPG
environment. Several side activities include feeding your stat
enhancer, the MAG, or searching for rare weapons and items. Of course,
the real appeal of the game is the new people you meet and hang out
with over the internet. That's the real reason why players come back
for more even after all four bosses have been defeated several times in
every skill level.
As for it's storyline, The game is
set in another Solar System than where the original series was held,
but several hints and links tie it loosely to Phanta. It's kept as
brief as possible, up to a fault. On the other hand, the game's
graphics are the best found on the console albeit with the occasional
slowdown, and the soundtrack is worth having by itself.
|What is Phantasy Star Online
getting repetitive! ^_^
To answer, PSOv.2 is an update of the original PSO. It includes a new
skill level with new monster variants and a continuation of the story.
It seems in this new skill level, Ultimate Mode, the Pioneer 2 is orbit
in Ragol's atmosphere. At any rate, there are also new weapons, new
MAGs, and several new game modes, including a Player-versus-Player game
and Lobby Soccer which can hold up to 12 people. There are also two new
stages, but are meant only for the PVP Battle Mode. There also more
online quests to be done in the game as well.
The other major difference is that PSOv.2 is pay-for-play. The precise
cost is 1200 Yen for a 3 month license, which while variable to the
U.S. dollar, will never exceed $15 / 3 Months.
|Will Phantasy Star Online arrive on
versions of the game have been made for Gamecube and the X-Box. These
versions contain even more elements than Ver.2 including three new
character classes and a new main quest with original levels. They also
feature a 4-way splitscreen for local players. Oh, and those new
character classes are HUcaseal, RAmarl, and FOmar!
A version of the PC has been made, which is a clone of Ver. 2. The PC
version has translation support for Korean and Chinese added on along
witht the five others. The PC is far more popular in those regions,
especially Korea, than in Japan.
The title for the Gamecube and X-Box version is Phantasy Star
Online : Episode I & Episode II. They are virtually identical,
except that the X-Box will have voice support and requires X-Box Live.
Finally, a third standalone game of PSO will be coming out for the
Gamecube. It's titled Phantasy Star Online Episode III : C.A.R.D.
Revolution and will not contain the original gameplay despite
using the same save file. Instead, it will be a card game.... Oy.
Still, Sonic Team says that it will finish the main storyline of PSO
somehow. So, those who want to seek the answers to some of the various
theories in the game may want to check it out.
|Where does PSO take place?
|On the planet
of Ragol and the Hunter's Deck of Pioneer 2. Other major locations is
the ruined Central Dome and the gaming levels. And technically Pioneer
1 is another important area though the ship is stated as missing by the
NPCs ingame. Whether Pioneer 1 is destroyed, taken over, or took off
somewhere else is unknown.
|When does PSO take place?
*SPOILER NOTE* I now consider the
visible theory invalid. Highlight this box to reveal the more likely
The time is still
relatively unknown. However, the downloadable quests and the Ura Ending
for Episode 1 suggests two things.
1) The Pioneer crews are Algolian in origin, sometime after Phantasy
2) However, the
Ruins are unrecognizable at first to those uncertain to the Pioneer
Project's true agenda. That is because the Ruins originated from Earth.
In fact, it is the spacecraft Noah sealed by Lutz. The Dark Falz is the
resurrected one that Rolf Eusis battled, except now no one is armed
with pure unalloyed Laconia, the spiritual metal, to keep it dead for
long. Even worse, the real objective of the project is apparently to
retrieve the homicidal Mother Brain, perhaps in a desperate attempt to
restore the failing homeworld in the Algol system.
to ask that. The general belief I have found is that the citizens of
the Pioneer ships are from the Algol Solar System which would be in
sync with the original series. However, neither the Algol System nor
the planets there are ever specifically mentioned by name anywhere
ingame. There is a scene in the opening movie of a satellite orbiting a
dying planet and the survivors came from homeworlds but other than
that, the Algol system has been suspiciously toned down.
Plus, the discovery of Dark Falz is treated as a total surprise despite
being in every other game. Of course, that could be explained as the
relative inexperience with the dark force. After all, it strikes so
rarely, if consistantly, in Algol's history.
||This has led to rumors
such as that the Pioneer crews are refugees from Phantasy Star III's
worlds or are totally unrelated to the original series completely. My
personal theory is
that the Pioneer ships are actually the ancestors of another set of
refugees found at the end of Phantasy Star II before their encounter
with Dark Falz. However, if this is the case, for it to work in
continuity PSO would be before any contact with the Algolian races,
which would also mean that this is also Phantasy Star Zero!
The ruins are referred as a crash
site from an unknown civilization. Plus, the columns and the sealed
door to the ruins (found in the offline quest) feature three symbols
which may represent Motabia (Red), Dezoris (Blue), and Palma (Green).
behind these symbols is yet another set of symbols that are identical
to each other. A picture of one from the sealed door is enhanced to the
left. This symbol is very similar to ones found in the Algol system.
Notable examples are worn as accessories by the wizard, Thray Walsh,
and the Esper, Shiess Tierney. This means that these symbols and thus
the columns, sealed door, and the ruins are likely Algolian in origin.
||Also, if the
crew of the Pioneer 1 contains a scientific crew as reported, this
means that if they were Algolian as well, this symbol would particulary
have been recognized and found in historical records. Since the only
known facts obtained by Pioneer 2 are from the tenuous source of
messages from Red Ring Rico and her discovery of the military
excavation, then stating the Pioneer Project was headed by Algolians or
not is too inconclusive to confirm either way if based on just that.
However, an ending from PSIII
refers to a contact with the PSII refugee's world. That would explain
the appearance of Algolian items such as Meseta, Naula Cakes, and the
Laconia Alloy. It might also explain why Naula Cakes are banned as they
may be unsuitable to the diet for the Pioneer 2 crew. Also, most of the
Algolian technology in PSII came from the subtle manipulations of these
refugees. That would also explain why Newmans and Androids could exist
before Nei and Shiren did.
Most important of all, the backstory of the PSII refugees is extremely
similar to the Pioneer crews. They left their
ruined home on a last-ditch attempt for survival and discovered Dark
Falz, a being so dark that they could not resist its evil influence. Oh,
did I forget to mention that the PSII refugees are evil? Don't forget
what happened to Kireek and the other Hunters in the final offline
At any rate, let's hope updated versions of PSO answers these questions
once and for all!
|How do I create my character?
|First off, you
will choose "New Game" at the startup menu. Then you choose a VMU to
place your character in. Keep in mind you are only allowed one
character for each VMU you use despite only taking up 15 blocks of
memory. Then you can watch the intro movie, or skip it by pressing
Now you will choose your class and that class' physical
characteristics. For androids, you can only adjust your head, body
color, and proportion, but living beings can adjust a few more
features. Simply choose which item number for each feature you like
best. The hair color is composed of three RGB (Red, Green, Blue)
sliders, and Proportion is handled by a grid that determines heigth and
girth. Finally, type in your name and select OK. Your section ID will
be assigned according to what you typed.
Now choose Offline or Online mode to begin playing. Online Mode will
ask you to enter your registration keys when you first starting playing
with that fellow. Just check your PSO CD case, type it in, and forget
about it. Your character is simple to use, but can be confusing at
first with so many options readily available. The most important thing
is that you customize your interface, so you can perfrom six tasks of
your liking instantly. There are also options to make Symbols to
communicate quickly, and Macros (shortcuts) that can be assigned to
your controller and your keyboard. But most importantly of all, read
your manual. It will save you some trouble.
|What is that wormy thing floating
to the side of me?
|Ah, that would
be your MAG. It is essentially your virtual pet that you can take care
of throughout the game. Every five minutes or so, they become hungry
and you can feed it three of your hard earned supplies. Doing so will
increase its levels up to a maximum of 200. Most importantly, a well
fed MAG will enhance your character's base stats. MAGs evolve into two
specific forms depending whether you are a Hunter, Ranger, or Force.
During those times, a new photon burst will be added to your MAG. The
photon burst is like Final Fantasy VII's Limit Break. Basically, you
take or cause enough damage where your gauge maxes out and you can
preform a quick summoned attack.
After all three photon bursts are available, the evolution is further
effected by your Section ID and the order in which the POW, DEX, and
MIND stats are in from greatest to least. However, by this point, you
have to be fairly choosey what to feed your MAG. Items will both raise
and lower your MAG's potential, though you will never lose a level in
the process. MAGs come in all colors, even in evolved forms. And rare
MAGs can be created under certain conditions by using a Mag Cell though
they are extremely hard to find.
|What is this Section ID assigned
|The Section ID
is assigned to you according to what you type into your name. The
characters including the spaces are all assigned a numer and then
totalled together. Then the far right number determines your ID. The
different IDs are Yellowboze, Whitill, Viridia, Greenill, Skyly,
Bluefull, Purplenium, Pinkal, Redria, and Oran. The IDs are each
assigned a different techer who will identify your items differently.
Also, your ID is considered to be part of Group A or B which can affect
your MAG's evolution chain in two distinct ways.
|What is that wierd text found
know, I haven't seen an RPG use an alternative text since runes were
used in the Ultima series on the computer. It's actually English but
the alphabet is so distorted into a techno form that it is difficult to
understand fully. The Book of Hunters settei provides an accurate
comparison for the numbers and alphabet used in PSO.
Also, since it is almost
impossible to see ingame, the Book also provides the text found in the
summoning circles for Photon Blasts. Even though it is in broken
|Who is that cyan android that pops
up around here?
|That's Isis Mk. X
who is something of our mascot and tends to pop up a lot. She's a
little hard to understand, but she could probably explain herself
better in her Journal.