Phantasy Star Online 2

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Phantasy Star Online 2
Phantasy Star Online 2 logo.png
Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s)
Director(s) Yu Suganuma
Producer(s) Satoshi Sakai
Artist(s) Akikazu Mizuno
Composer(s) Hideaki Kobayashi
Kenichi Tokoi
Tadashi Kinukawa
Series Phantasy Star Online
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Vita, iOS, Android
Release date(s) Microsoft Windows
  • JP July 4, 2012[1]
    TW
  • April 25, 2014
    AS
    May 27, 2014
PlayStation Vita
  • JP February 28, 2013[2]
Android
  • JP April 7, 2014
iOS
Genre(s) Action role-playing game
Multiplayer online RPG
Mode(s) Multiplayer

Phantasy Star Online 2 (ファンタシースターオンライン2 Fantashī Suta Onrain Tsū?, lit. Fantasy Star Online 2) is a video game in the Phantasy Star series published by Sega. It was released for Microsoft Windows on July 4, 2012,[4][5] for PlayStation Vita on February 28, 2013, for Android on April 7, 2014 and for iOS on May 14, 2014. It is currently only available in Japan and Southeast Asia, with North American and European releases to be announced.[6]

Gameplay[edit]

At the start of the game, players can select one of several servers, nicknamed "ships," to play. Players create and customize their characters to be used in the game. The name, gender, race, character class, body features, and facial features are available for customization during the character creation process. There are various races available to the players in the game, which include Human, Newman (bio-engineered humanoid elves), CAST (manmade androids), and Dewman (species that contains recessive Darker genes in them). Players also pick one of four starting classes: Hunter, Ranger, Force, and Braver.[7][8] Classes are interchangeable after creation. When players are finished creating their avatar, they begin playing in the tutorial and the story's prologue stage.

PC Battle Interface of Phantasy Star Online 2. In the Ruins stage, the player battles Dark Falz Hunar, the main antagonist of the series.

Interface[edit]

The user interface and controls are similar between the PC and the PS Vita. By default, players can play the game using a mouse and a keyboard, but may also play the game using an Xbox 360 Controller. The player's Character ID, Health (HP) and Photon Points (PP) are displayed at the bottom left corner of the screen. At the bottom of the screen, the sub-palette may contain consumables, class active skills, Technics and Photon Blast. The mini-map is located at the top-right corner of the screen. When a target is acquired, the top-left corner of the screen displays the information and status of the target.

The chat interface contains many varieties of customization. The chat log displays chat messages left by players and NPCs. The player can also display Symbol Arts, images imported or designed for used in the game. Autowords can also be saved for quick use of chat messages. Chat commands can customize a chat in many ways for communication purposes. For example, a chat can be a thought bubble with blushes to display a feeling of embarrassment. Some words are censored in the chat log for moral reasons, though they can be bypassed by using a certain chat command.

Gameplay[edit]

Photon plays an important role in the game's battle system. During battle, the player can combine his normal attacks with Photon Arts (PA), special attacks using photon converted into energy, to perform a variety of attack combos. Additionally, the Force and Techer classes can use Technic, photon converted into magic-like spells through fictitious scientific means to assist themselves and their allies, or attack their enemies. Some types of Strike weapons, melee weapons can use Guard to reduce damage taken at the cost of some PP, or Just Guard to perform a counterattack at no cost.

In some Areas of the game, Photon can be generated by defeating enemies to fill up the Photon level in the environment. In return, Photon-sensitive effects (PSE) can provide bonuses to the players in that Area. When one of the effects reaches level 8 scaling, a PSE Burst can occur where enemies will rapidly appear for a limited time. This can be further extended by causing a different PSE Burst to form a Cross Burst.

Each player can have a Mag, a small floating droid that hovers around the owner. The Mag assists the player during battle through a variety of means, from support attacks to resupplying the player. Additionally, the Mag contains the Photon Blast of the player. The Player can unleash a Photon Blast when the Mag contained enough Photon in itself. A Photon Blast is a burst of energy consumed to summon an avatar to assist the player. This can range from a unicorn charging at the enemies to a fish leaving a PP regeneration field around the player. The player can generate Photon in his Mag by defeating enemies or taking damage.

Characters[edit]

Zeno (ゼノ Zeno?)
Voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura
Echo (エコー Ekō?)
Voiced by: Youko Hikasa
Afin (アフィン Afin?)
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono
Matoi (マトイ Matoi?)
Voiced by: Satomi Satō
Shion (シオン Shion?)
Voiced by: Megumi Ogata
Quna (クーナ Kūna?)
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura

Development[edit]

On February 5, 2011, at the Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity Nationwide Fan Thanks Festival 2011 in Japan, game developer Sonic Team announced that the alpha test for Phantasy Star Online 2 would begin in the summer. They stated, "Entry into the test will not be open; instead, all participants will be selected by lottery. And your first chance at putting your name into the drawing will be by purchasing Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity."[9] On February 7, Sega listed on the PSO2 website alternate ways for users to enter into the lottery.[10] On March 9, 2012, Sony announced that Phantasy Star Online 2 would also be released on the PS Vita. Later that month on March 26, it was announced that the game would also appear on iOS and Android.[11]

Open beta began on June 21, 2012 as free-to-play. Open beta ended on July 2, 2012, in preparation for release on July 4, 2012. Characters created by players during open beta were carried over to the live servers.

Release[edit]

Promotion at TGS 2012

The game was launched in Japan on July 3, 2012. The game was free to download and free-to-play, with an optional real money to in-game currency feature known as the "Arks Cash" system. Sega also has released a retail version of the game on September 13, 2012 along with an installation disc that includes bonus features.

Southeast Asia release[edit]

It has been reported that Asiasoft, an MMORPG publisher, will be releasing Phantasy Star Online 2 in Southeast Asia. The closed beta for the English Asian server began on April 10, 2014.[12]

Early access began on May 27, 2014, and official launch of the Southeast Asia was released on May 29, 2014.[13]

Reception[edit]

Registered users for the game exceeded 2.5 million in March 2013.[14] The game won the Rookie of the Year 2012 WebMoney Award.[citation needed] Famitsu gave the game a score of 33 points out of 40 points possible.

Legacy[edit]

Sega will be releasing Phantasy Star Nova in 2014. The game share similar elements to Phantasy Star Online 2 and is also part of the Online series. However, unlike Phantasy Star Online 2, Photon is not present in the game.[15]

Phantasy Star Online 2 Side Story will begin novelization on June 15, 2014.[16] It will focus on the NPCs of PSO2.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ryna (July 2, 2012). "Phantasy Star Online 2 to Officially Launch in Japan on July 4th". Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ Evangelho, Jason (March 9, 2012). "'Phantasy Star Online 2' hits Vita in 2013, supports cross-platform play". VideoGameWriters. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/jp/app/id847216485 Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  4. ^ "Phantasy Star Online 2". DotMMO. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ Fletcher, JC (September 15, 2010). "Phantasy Star Online 2 spotted on Sega TGS video stream". Joystiq. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ "SEA Phantasy Star Online 2 To Launch in Early 2014". TM Group. MMOSite. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "PSO2 Race". Phantasy Star Online 2 (in Japanese). Sega. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "PSO2 Class". Phantasy Star Online 2 (in Japanese). Sega. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  9. ^ EspioKaos (February 5, 2011). "Phantasy Star Online 2 Alpha Test This Summer! - PSO-World.com". Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ http://pso2.jp/alpha/
  11. ^ Lada, Jenni. "Phantasy Star Online 2 will appear on iOS and Android". Technologytell. www.technologytell.com. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  12. ^ 2014-04-01, Phantasy Star Online 2 Closed Beta Coming Next Week From Asiasoft, Siliconera
  13. ^ http://news.playpark.com/en/21537
  14. ^ Purchese, Robert (10 May 2013). "Aliens: Colonial Marines managed 1.31 million sales". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Phantasy Star Nova Borrows Elements from Phantasy Star Online". Siliconera. Sato. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "PSO2 Novelization's First Appearance". Twitter. Sega_pso2. Retrieved 3 June 2014. (Japanese)

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