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Phantasy Star 0 Impressions

Another Phantasy Star Online-like action-RPG is coming from Sega, this time for the DS.

I believe this translates to "YO YOU GOTTA FEED YOUR MAG."
Once Sega's Phantasy Star Online became a hit back on the Dreamcast, the company never looked back. It's as if the original, more traditional RPG series that came before it never existed. You might think that a title like "Phantasy Star 0" might be taking things back to the way they were, to a world before MAGs that needed to be fed and spread needles and all that good stuff. But you'd be wrong. PS0 seems to following in the footsteps of the modern Phantasy Star games and brings the four-player co-operative concept to the Nintendo DS.

The top screen is devoted entirely to the action, so you'll see your character and his or her surroundings up there. Down below you'll see things like your map, remaining hit points, available techniques, and so on. You'll also get a significant portion of screen devoted to what might as well be PictoChat. You can draw in the box and send it to the players you're playing with. This might make more sense when playing online. If you're playing locally, it's probably more efficient to just speak up and say "hey, could you heal me?" Aside from tapping out techniques or writing messages, the game is mostly played with the standard D pad and buttons.

At Tokyo Game Show 2008, Sega showed off the game in a four-player configuration and let players run around, beating up regular enemies and making their way to a boss fight against a big dragon that looks and acts pretty similarly to the first boss in the first Phantasy Star Online. While most of the music and audio seemed to be decent in the demo, the dragon's sound effects sound like they're coming out of a broken speaker hooked up to an Atari 2600. The wing flapping and spinning just sound like bad, growling white noise.

Phantasy Stay 0 is scheduled to be released on December 25 in Japan. Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff
I believe this translates to "YO YOU GOTTA FEED YOUR MAG."
Once Sega's Phantasy Star Online became a hit back on the Dreamcast, the company never looked back. It's as if the original, more traditional RPG series that came before it never existed. You might think that a title like "Phantasy Star 0" might be taking things back to the way they were, to a world before MAGs that needed to be fed and spread needles and all that good stuff. But you'd be wrong. PS0 seems to following in the footsteps of the modern Phantasy Star games and brings the four-player co-operative concept to the Nintendo DS.

The top screen is devoted entirely to the action, so you'll see your character and his or her surroundings up there. Down below you'll see things like your map, remaining hit points, available techniques, and so on. You'll also get a significant portion of screen devoted to what might as well be PictoChat. You can draw in the box and send it to the players you're playing with. This might make more sense when playing online. If you're playing locally, it's probably more efficient to just speak up and say "hey, could you heal me?" Aside from tapping out techniques or writing messages, the game is mostly played with the standard D pad and buttons.

At Tokyo Game Show 2008, Sega showed off the game in a four-player configuration and let players run around, beating up regular enemies and making their way to a boss fight against a big dragon that looks and acts pretty similarly to the first boss in the first Phantasy Star Online. While most of the music and audio seemed to be decent in the demo, the dragon's sound effects sound like they're coming out of a broken speaker hooked up to an Atari 2600. The wing flapping and spinning just sound like bad, growling white noise.

Phantasy Stay 0 is scheduled to be released on December 25 in Japan.
Posted by MasterSplinter

I don't know much about Phantasy Star, but I suppose the 4 player cooperative play is nice.

Posted by Jinto

Thanks for going out of your way to check this game out guys. Was a long time fan of PSO back in the day and I palyed PSU for about a year and a half up until I realized how bad it was. Looking forward to this game.

Posted by luffylol

wait I thought the game had online wireless play?:(

dammit... phantasy star portable does not either, and thats what makes it useless IMO...


Then... Is Monster Hunter 2nd G for PSP the only online action RPG on the way?

Posted by McPlated

Konnichiwa does indeed mean its time to feed your mag.

Posted by Pepsiman

As a Japanese major, the caption made me laugh. Sure wish the textbooks taught us the language that way.

Posted by Al3xand3r

Is it confirmed that there will be no online mode? I find it hard to believe they would waste time implementing the chatting interface if it wasn't meant to be an online title... Very counter intuitive thinking. Unless it was meant to be online and they ditched that halfway through the development for technical reasons... Still sad.

Posted by Krelle

lmao @ Spread Needle. I want that weapon. In every game!

Posted by motang

Interesting this should be a fun game.

Posted by Destroyeron

Played it on the GC and it was fun, but got really repetitive.

Posted by ratzombie

No online play? Uh... alright.

Posted by luffylol

look: http://phantasystar.sega.jp/pszero/#/product/outline

it is labeled with wi-fi connectivity... does that not mean that it is online?

Posted by Cerza

I just hope this isn't another PSU...

Posted by Seram

Phantasy Star Online was the last really good Phantasy Star game.

Posted by nima

That message in the picture actually reads "konnichiwa" which means hello in Japanese.

Posted by LordelX

No online mode? What the...

Posted by CapnCloudchaser

I loved Phantasy Star Universe, I had over 700 hours on that game, but the community got pretty annoying after a while. It introduced a lot of gameplay elements that were greatly improved from PSO, whilst retaining PSO characteristics, such as timed 'just attack' and 'just counter' fighting styles, introducing a wide variety of weapons and special attacks, etc. Plus I loved being a Beast that could transform. I think the only reason people didn't like PSU as much was because there were no MAGS! :P

I read somewhere that PS Zero is a prequel to PSO in terms of the story, which is really interesting.

Posted by Stevokenevo

Im really looking forward to hearing more about this game.  If there is no wiFi that would suck.  I only have one other friend that would consider this game and he doesnt even have a ds yet  :(  so the local multiplayer would be almost useless for me.

WiFi would also mean worldwide pictochat phalus drawing competitions!  Why would they not want to do that?!

Posted by GonzoGuy

Even though PSO was one of my favorite Dreamcast games, I'd have to say Phantasy Star 4 might be my all time favorite RPG.

I'm definitely looking forward to this. And just so you know, I don't think anyone ever expects good sound out of their DS games.

Posted by Blazer74

Ok here is lesson in reality. When PSO was first released online gaming was new consoles therefore games like PSO that were only average at best seemed great because they were new, different and excting especially to those who didn't have a PC that could play the games out on it a the time or those cvcompletely ignorant to the fact that in comparision to what was being done elsewhere on it was far and away better than this.

I played PSO when it came out, I still have it actually and it was fun but I fell into the catagory that I did not have a PC though I did know what was going on but because I didn;t have access to it PSO was good enough. In hindsght PSO is pretty much a weaker version of DIablo.

I got to give props to Sega it was a great idea at the time but this is 2008 and people have a much better idea of what is capable though console owners still do not have a great sense of what MMO's are like short if you played FF online which while ok is not the cream of the crop. IThe problem I see is Sega probably thinls that they can just release the same old concept again and it will sell and as it has not worked with the last few tries it won;'t if they ty it again.

Maybe that is just a Sega thing though. They are after all clearly lost on the conept of making good games these days and remind me more of Midway who churns out bad game after bad game rather than the Sega of old.

Maybe this one will be good. I mean it would be be nice but I wouldn't hold your breath.

Posted by CesarMartins

Nice one!
But the translation of that picture is "GOOD AFTERNOON".

Can't wait for.

Posted by rootofevil

Yes! there is free wi-fi online capabilities for this game! Look it up anywhere, seriously it's online.  That's part of why everyone is so excited about it. Story line it is a prequel to the old phantasy star rpg's gameplay, it is exactly like PSO only with dodging, charge attacks, and 14 classes instead of 12.  BE EXCITED!!! DO IT!!!

Posted by RavenShade83

This is all well and good for what I consider "new PS fans", but there are others, like myself, that have been foaming at the mouth hoping that a new traditional phantasy star game would be made. The Phantasy Star series was better than the Final Fantasy series for a long time. Saying that PSO is the game in the franchise that deserves more expanding is like saying Final Fantasy XI was the best game in that respective franchise. I guess I could just give up on seeing another great game come out of my once favorite RPG series.