Alright, while normally the Thursday article would be filled with gaming knowledge to be bestowed upon you in the form of reviews and other fancy articles, I decided that this week would be dedicated to Phantasy Star Online II. I’m making this very special exception in light of the fact that the original Phantasy Star Online Episodes 1 and 2 were my most played and favorite games of all time. I’ll just take the time to put up a preview from what I’ve been able to play using an English codex on the Japanese version. I will not give links just in case that stuff isn’t allowed and I break some of the rules…but rest assured the wait will be worth it.
For those of you console players, I’m sorry to announce that as of right now there are no plans to port the pc game over to either the 360 or the PS3. While that would make me endlessly happy and giddy, it doesn’t appear to be a plan. That doesn’t discount the fact that we may see a port of it later on in the year, however. For now you’ll have to be content with playing it FREE on the computer with absolutely no costs. PSO2 has adopted a free to play/free to download mentality with something along the lines of Nexon’s Cash Shop, which sells various goods in exchange for real currency.
From what I think is spoiler content coming out of the US website, the new game will feature absolutely nothing concerning the previous two games. Ragol is apparently a thing of the past and we’re now aboard a new fleet with new people. The same old familiar classes will make an appearance, however, as the humans, elf-things, and casts show up with brand new appearance options and a slew of new weapons, many of which seem to be taken from the other games in the series with a few new additions. I hope you’ll accept my apology of making this usually long article rather short this week, but classes have started for me and I’m finding myself in a predicament where my network router isn’t being very hospitable. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the article as much as I enjoyed trying to get it out to you guys. It took a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and performing a lot of hard resets on my modems to achieve this much.