Phantasy Star Online 2 has been out since the summer of 2012. However, since its release Phantasy Star Online 2 has remained exclusive to Japan along with being included for game consoles such as the PS4 and the PlayStation Vita. As legendary as the Phantasy Star series is is not quite as popular as it was during the 90’s. Having Phantasy Star Online 2 on the PS4 almost guarantees that the game will be overlooked by countless ROG and shooter titles of the 10’s.
Since the Nintendo is more family with games like Mario, Zelda, Fire Emblem, Sonic and others it would make more sense to have the Phantasy Star series to Nintendo based consoles. As of right now Splatoon 2 is one of the main games that people can enjoy with the Nintendo Switch online app. Bringing a household Sega name like Phantasy Star Online 2 would definitely turn the heads of people who are long time fans of the series in general.
When it comes down the multiplayer online role playing game genre we generally think about popular titles such as World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XI and Star Wars: Old Republic. Many people would argue that the MMORPG genre is best suited for the PC as opposed to game consoles such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. When it comes down to game consoles there is a greater preference for Role Playing Games opposed to MMORPG titles. Many RPG games such as Final Fantasy XV, Elder Scroll V: Skyrim, League of Legends and the Mass Effect series are popular on today’s home consoles. Not only do most RPG titles have great stories but the cinematic sequences makes them more appealing to the average gamer.
While there are also some MMORPG titles that have good stories they are quite as popular as the RPG genre. When Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was released as a MMORPG title a few years ago the game received a more negative review then the last title Square Enix released in for that genre FFXI. As many of us know the Final Fantasy series started of as an RPG title during the 80’s while a majority of the games within the franchise has remained within that genre. However, games like the Final Fantasy series have always been more popular on home consoles then they were for Microsoft Windows.
While there have been Star Wars titles that have been featured on multiple game consoles from Super Nintendo to the Xbox One they all had different genres. The only thing about Star Wars was that the movies were popular long before it there were any games based off any of them. It’s seems much easier to develop a brand new game that is an MMORPG than it would be to take one that has been popular as RPG and trying to convert it. Also, the MMORPG genre relies heavily on the use of online gaming. It may be true that PlayStation Network and the Xbox One allows people around the world to play with one another.
However, some might argue that playing MMORPG titles like Phantasy Star Online 2 using the PlayStation Network or would most likely be more expensive. When it comes down to online gaming players would have to purchase many items such as: Season Passes, DLC Packs, Expansion Packs and Membership Cards like PlayStation Plus or Xbox Gold. Also, when it comes down to MMORPG titles their value drops once a sequel is released and a new game comes out a few years later. Making more MMORPG titles would be a great way for gaming companies to increase their revenue in theory. But in practice many people will realize the true extent of how much they would be spending on order to play MMORPG titles on home consoles. The cool thing about RPG titles is that game basically revolves around the story itself. Also, RPG titles are generally one player games that are playable offline and great replay values. While everyone would have their own opinion on MMORPG titles some gamers will probably agree that this particular genre is best suited for PC as to game consoles such as Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
If there was ever an MMORPG title that deserved an American release its Phantasy Star Online 2. The Phantasy Star series is considered to be legendary by many people who grew during a time period when it first started back in the late 80’s for the Sega Genesis. Since the late 80’we witnessed the evolution of the series as a whole and the development of the original Phantasy Star Online game for the Sega Dreamcast back in the early 00’s. Ever since the original Phantasy Star Online game was released many were impressed by the visual aspects of the game. When Phantasy Star Online 2 was released exclusively in Japan over four years ago it looked like a game that many people can easily get into. Even though, the Phantasy Star series had started off as a turn based RPG back in 80’s and remained that way through most of the 90’s the MMORPG games have remained to be highly impressive during the 00’s and the early 10’s. When the original Phantasy Star Online game was released back in the early 00’s it was eventually released in America shortly after it arrived in Japanese gaming markets.
Why Sega has decided not to release Phantasy Star Online 2 in America still remains to be a mystery but many people that it would be great if it did happen. Seeing a game like Phantasy Star Online 2 on the PlayStation 4 or even the Xbox One would be amazing because the series itself is one of the coolest next to Final Fantasy which has also been around since the 80’s. Even though, Square Enix has developed more games for the Final Fantasy series since its inception Phantasy Star is just as exciting to most people. The only thing about the Phantasy Star series is that many people probably wished that Sega had made more games in the past along with the possibility of making title in the future. Whether or not Sega decides to develop a new Phantasy Star Online game in the future remains to be seen. The main question that is on the minds of many is whether or not Phantasy Star Online 2 will ever be released in America.
There have been many great Sega titles that have been developed for over the past two decades. The Phantasy Star series is arguably one of the best that Sega as produced along with the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Both the Phantasy Star and Sonic series in some ways revolutionized their respective genres with innovative graphics and gameplay as time progressed. Both the Phantasy and Sonic series also made great transitions from 2D to 3D gaming from the early 90’s towards the end of the decade. When Phantasy Star Online was originally released for Sega Dreamcast in 2000 the changes made from its 2D predecessors were very surprising to many people who were fans of the series. The diversion from the traditional turn based RPG into the Massive Multiplayer Online RPG was astounding.
Even though the genre was slightly different from its 2D predecessors it was a unique change that spiced up the Phantasy series which was appealing to many when PS Online 1 was released in 2000. Since the release of Phantasy Star Online the creators wanted to develop a sequel that improved the quality of the game itself while keeping some of the same elements that this game had. Over a decade later, Sega had released Phantasy Star Online 2 in Japan during the year 2012. While Sega had retained the MMORPG aspect of the original Phantasy Star Online title PS Online 2 was also a third person shooter game rather than hack and slash. Similar to the original Phantasy Star Online 2 includes awesome 3D worlds & landscapes that players can navigate through as they progress in the game.
One of the key features of this game that stands out is the customization feature since it determines the main attributes that a particular character possesses. An example, would be race customization in which the player as the option of choosing one out of three. The first race includes Humans who are well rounded and learning new skills and executing them as means for survival. The second race includes Newmans who are good at handling photon energy. The third race includes CAST’s a group of androids that posses brute strength and high levels of durability. Despite, how cool this game is Phantasy Star Online 2 was only released in Japan. So if fans of the Phantasy series wanted to play PS Online 2 they would need to have it imported from Japan.
Speaking of Japan, as many of us know earlier this year in January 2016 Phantasy Star Online 2 came out with its own anime series. Options among viewers may vary but many people believe that Phantasy Star having its own anime series was years in the making. As of right now there have only been twelve episodes released in Japanese. The anime is currently licensed by Sentai Filmworks and looks promising in terms of continuation regarding a possible season two. Overall, the Phantasy Series has come a very long since its debut in 1987. Looking at where the Phantasy series is over twenty years later after its debut would be considered astounding and makes gamers around the world realize why it was one of the best that Sega had to offer.