Phantasy Star Online, Episode I & II Plus
- For the GameCube
- Platform: GameCube
- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
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Phantasy Star Online, Episode I & II Plus [GameCube] For the GameCube
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In this version of Sonic Team's award-winning PSO series, you get two games in one. Episode I contains all the hit content from the original PSO and PSO ver.2, while, Episode II brings a brand new full-length adventure. With real-time combat and enemies that are more powerful than ever before, you'll venture deep into lush worlds filled with mystery and intrigue.
For offline gameplay, Episode I & II Plus brings intense split-screen battles for up to four players on the same console. Additionally, you play quests and mini-games from PSO I & II that were previously only available online. Plus also includes three Episode II quests: Seat of the Heart, The East Tower, and The West Tower; five multiplayer Challenge Mode stages; and two downloadable mini-games: NiGHTS - Score Attack and Puyo Pop.
- Test your endurance with Challenge Mode, or reign as the supreme champion of player vs. player combat in Battle Mode.
- Explore new dungeons, uncover new rare items and download new quests!
- Real-time combat against new, more powerful monsters.
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We'll start with the storyline. If you don't pay attention to the rambally of the principal at the beginning of the game you won't know why the heck your fighting until the 3rd or 4th level. It turns out you're in a spaceship with a ton of people looking for a new home planet -Your misson: Fight through the alien monsters and see if it's safe. There are no cutscenes which is a definite time saver but you end up forgetting about the story in general through out the game. The end of the game kinda leaves you hanging too...
Next, the gameplay. The game could definitly use a tutorial i got killed like 5 times before i got the rythem of the game. Other than that though it's great. You go around different areas such as forests, caves, mines, runes, temples, spaceships and some others and kill monsters. What's great about the maps of this game is that it has the "maze element" but not so much to the point where you get frusterated and turn the gamecube off. Occansionally you'll turn around and retrace your steps but you always find your way through. You attack in a combo up to 3 hits at a time. You can choose a fast, but weak attack, and slow but strong attack or a very slow but special attack (such as lightning, freezing, steal money, steal health etc.) in a rythmic pattern. As you progress though the game you can find and buy different weapons, powerups and armor. Nintendo pros will even spend much time on this game due to multiple things. #1 you can choose from 3 different classes: hunter (melee) ranger (gun-ranger) or a mage type (range-magic). #2 each class has different attributes such as robot, human male, human female, girl robot etc. #3 There are different difficulty levels, once you beat normal you can try hard, then very hard, then ultimate. And best yet you can play online! (requires and gamecube internet adapter though...)
Lastly, the graphics. If you're looking for a game with realistic, beautiful, colorful backgrounds, i can't say i'd recommend this game. The graphics are nice... but a little cartoony for my taste; the monsters don't have much detail (for instance it took me 3 months to relizes the evil sharks had dark green scails) and although the backgrounds are colorful, not realistic, for example most caves (or at least the ones i've seen) don't have lava waterfalls with a metal bridge going over them...
Anyway over all it's definitly worth buying and playing. (I'm still trying to beat very hard mode with a ranger...)
This game is highly repetitive after the first few times through.
But there are a multitude of "side quests" accomplished by taking Missions through the Hunter's Guild in a very specific order. [...]
The main draw of this game is being able to play with all your friends, as the online mode or simply the "all together in one physical room" mode of multiplayer with all four people allowed at once is really quite spectacular. The difficulty increases the more people are in the party. However, the highest difficulty level you can go to in multiplayer is limited by how high everyone in the party has gone. Meaning if one player hasn't passed Hard, but everyone else has, you can only select Hard or below if they are playing too.
Otherwise, the only point to the game is collecting dropped items. Or playing Online, in which even more quests, special event items or special item-grinding can be done.
The second revison has different cover art, and fixes the infamous shop-duplication bug.
If you enjoy playing a RPG, where you are not limited to a set story and can lose yourself in the mindless hunting of enemies, then this is the game for you. PSO is the epitome of the "grinder's game", where you will be killing the same enemies over and over and over again.
What makes it fun? A wide assortment of items and a difficulty setting that throws you a huge curve ball. The game teaches you to stay on your toes, especially if you're forced to hunt on your own. The story mode is note-worthy, but a bit contrived, while multiplayer allows for a fun experience, if you can find enough players to join you.
All in all, give it a try. I never regretted it.