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 to popular games of the 16 bit era one of the many titles that comes to mind includes Phantasy Star IV: End of the Millennum which was released for the Sega Genesis in early 90’s. While Phantasy Star IV was originally released in Japan during 1993 the game was not available in America until 1995. This single player role playing game takes place about millennium following the events of Phantasy Star II and concludes the ongoing storyline invovling the Algor star system. In Phantasy Star IV players have the opportunity to progress throughout the game with multiple characters including the main protagonist Chaz, Rune , Raja, Wren and Rika. Along with having great visual design and nice cutscenes for the purposes of storytelling the soundtrack in Phantasy Star IV was awesome. The soundtrack for Phantasy Star IV: End of the Millennum was probably among the best of any role playing game during the 16 bit era. Usually, when it comes down to RPG titles many people think about Super Nintendo games such as the Final Fantasy series.
Having a high quality RPG title like Phantasy Star IV for the Sega Genesis was something that was very impressive considering the fact that the console itself was not mainly defined by games of that genre. Many people would argue the fact that Phantasy Star IV was probably among the best game within the series during the 16 bit era. Most people would also agree that Phantasy Star IV was way better than its prequel Phantasy Star III Generations of Doom which was arguable dull in comparison. Phantasy Star IV had so many cool features including the special abilities that some of the characters had. While some characters are healers others can teleport players out of dungeons and across different parts of the world. When it comes down to turn based RPG titles Phantasy Star IV: End of the Millennum was definitely one of the best games for the Sega Genesis which is seen as a gem by many people who grew up during the 16 bit era of gaming.
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.
As many of us know Phantasy Star Nova is one of the latest titles that was published by Sega and developed by Tri-Ace over two years ago for the PlayStation Vita. Phantasy Star Nova diverted from the Multiplayer Online Role Playing format used in some of its previous games. The Phantasy Star Online titles placed heavy emphasis on MMORPG where multiple players can interact and battle online. Fortunately, Phantasy Star Nova also includes multiplayer gameplay but in a slightly different format. The PlayStation Vita allows people to utilize ad-hoc Wifi to play under the same game. Another cool thing about Phantasy Star Nova includes fact that there are twelve new characters added including the main protagonist Lutina, Seil, Phildia, Izuna, Sharon and many more.
Similar to the Phantasy Star Online series the game includes different races and class types. The race types in this game consists of Humans, Newmans, and CAST’s while the classes are made up of Hunter, Ranger, Force and Buster. Each class in this game is considered to be unique because they have their respective characteristics which allows them to stand out. This game also features an in-depth customization option and fantastic level designs that would players busy for many hours. Along with those additions Phantasy Star Nova includes a newly added feature that allows players to capture creatures known as gigantes which can be used in battles in future battles.
There is also a vast amount of options in regards to weapons that characters can utilize from melee to mechanical. Some of the options included for weapon choice involves Double Sabers, Swords, Knuckles, etc. Despite, how fun Phantasy Star Nova is there was only a Japanese version of this game that was released in Asian markets. Over time people many people wondered whether or not this game will ever be released in English for countries such as America. Even though, this game is not as popular as Phantasy Star Online I & II it still has a lot of potential. Phantasy Star Nova looked like it would have a made decent game for a home based console such as the PlayStation 3 and maybe the PS4. Seeing that Phantasy Star Nova is one of the most recent games in the series time can only tell on how long it will be before Sega decides to release another title.
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.