16, 2003 (Japan)
15, 2003 (USA)
> After months of being delayed Sega finally saw fit to release its masterpiece
of a MMORPG to the Microsoft Xbox. Phantasy
Star Online saw instant success in 2000
it debuted on the Sega Dreamcast and since then has seen 4 different versions
across multiple platforms. This one is just as great as the original.
> There have been some minor updates from its Gamecube
counterpart but nothing major. You actually have shadows falling you around
instead of circles. The character models look smoother than before also.
The animation has been done a little better this time around with cleaner
look spells and battles. If your a graphic junkie I wouldn't recommend
this game considering its a 3 year old port and the graphics haven't changed
much if any at all.
> As we all know the Xbox pad isn't the easiest to maneuver on, but Sonic
Team made it work. The control hasn't changed much from the previous version
except for button placement. You still have customizable chat buttons and
spell and attack buttons. The game itself is very easy on control and if
your new to the game you should have no problem at all.
> The built in Dolby Digital 5.1 really is amazing with this game. The
sound effects are brilliant and especially the music if your listening
to this on a good 5.1 capable receiver. If not it still sounds just as
good on a regular TV or enough Dolby Pro Logic. Other than that the sound
has remained the same from previous versions.
> This game is very addicting and fun. If your a fan of the originals or
the Gamecube game and you have a Xbox Live account and $8.95 to spare then
this game is for you. Off line you can either play by yourself or with
4 friends. Online you can interact with thousands of different players
from across the country. In game you can play with up to 4 different players
in regular team play, Challenge Mode, or Battle Mode. The ultimate quest
to reach level 200 and searching for your next rare item will keep you
coming back to this game for months or in some cases years to come.
> This is a fun and addicting game. If your a fan of the originals you
should defiantly pick this one up or even if your a action/RPG fan or just
looking for a great Xbox Live game go get this one.
9.5 | Graphics: 8.7 | Control: 9.5 | Sound: 10.0 | Fun: 9.8