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Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution (GameCube)

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Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 4.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.3
Overall MobyScore (3 votes) 4.4


The Press Says

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90
Kombo.com
PSO fans still may not be believers of the C.A.R.D. system in Episode III. However, those of you who aren't need to try out the game first. I'll admit it - PSO III isn't a game for everyone to enjoy. It takes patience to get most out of the title's rewarding experience. I'll be honest that I wasn't impressed at all with Sonic Team's decision, but that was before playing the game to its full potential. Give this game a chance, especially if you're a PSO fan. The offline and online experience alter in experience, but they offer plenty of what Sonic Team was aiming for. A game of pure competition, this title isn't about blowing off your friends from questing with them in a dungeon as in I & II. PSO III is a smarter game, a testament of true game design. If you're as open-minded as I am to even trying the only online game on the GameCube, give C.A.R.D. Revolution a chance.
89
Shin Force
This is not an action/RPG, rather, it's a strategic card battle RPG. Compared to other strategy games, Sonic Team's card battle system works very well and has lots of possibilities. I think the drastic change in gameplay may be a good and complementary addition, since you can use your PSOe2 Hunter's License to play both episodes. I've had enough time on this game to say it's a worthy purchase, especially for PSO fans looking for something different.
86
N-Zone
Am Anfang erfasste mich der blanke Horror. "Das ist doch nicht mehr Phantasy Star und erst recht kein Rollenspiel mehr!", dachte ich. Aber nach einigen Stunden konnte ich nicht mehr die Finger von Phantasy Star Online Episode III lassen. Hat man erst mal den Dreh raus, vermag das Spiel für Stunden an den Bildschirm zu fesseln. Allerdings muss zunächst die harte Eingewöhnungszeit überwunden werden. Danach offenbart sich dem Spieler ein Kartenspiel mit enorm viel Tiefe und Freiraum für die unterschiedlichsten Taktiken. Online kann der Titel ebenfalls wieder überzeugen, auch wenn dem Spiel durch das veränderte Spiel-System ein wenig der Wind aus den Segeln genommen wurde. Löblich ist auch die wiederverwertbare Hunter-Lizenz aus dem Vorgänger.
85
Next Level Gaming
War still rages on the planet of Ragol. Phantasy Star Online Episode returns for what is to the the third and final of the PSO series. Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution is also surprisingly the second game that features online play for the Nintendo GameCube. The first title was Phantasy Star Online 1 & 2. I am very surprised by this because while i am a huge fan of Nintendo's, I find it extremely disappointing that they are not pushing the online capabilities of the Nintendo GameCube. They have the broadband adapters out there but they are not doing anything to promote the damn thing. I see very little in terms of articles from Nintendo themselves or anything in Nintendo Power, on their site, etc. That really angers me to no end. Sega has now released it's second online game for the GameCube and it still seems like Nintendo and the GameCube are nowhere to be found on the Online Gaming Map.
85
IGN
However, Phantasy Star Online Episode III is a real testament of game design. It's as open ended as a card game can be. Sonic Team incorporated many things fans wanted (story and a worthy offline mode). If you're a PSO fan, don't turn your back on Episode III simply because it's a card game -- you might be surprised (I was). If you love strategy or card games (and want another use of for your broadband adapter), I highly recommend giving PSO III a shot.
80
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA)
Phantasy Star Online épisode III est une nouvelle preuve que la Sonic Team possède un potentiel créatif sans limite. Oser transformer une formule pourtant si efficace en autre chose de radicalement différent, en l'occurrence un jeu de cartes, est sans conteste un choix surprenant. Surprenant tout d'abord par la profondeur du jeu dont a accouché l'équipe et surprenant également pour le joueur qui risque d'y perdre ses repères et de ne pas forcément aimer. Le jeu est définitivement orienté multi-joueurs, et même si l'offline s'avère être de qualité, il n'a clairement pas l'envergure nécessaire pour accrocher le joueur longtemps, la faute à une absence de paliers de difficultés supplémentaires. Il en reste tout de même un jeu accrocheur pour les fanatiques du bricolage et de la recherche de combos, en bref : un excellent jeu de cartes online.
80
UOL Jogos
O resultado da nova fórmula é que a opção offline para um jogador se tornou muito mais interessante (e tem uma trama muito mais elaborada), que serve não só como um treino mas também como maneira de adquirir um bom baralho para se preparar para o desafio online. A mudança radical na fórmula deve desagradar fãs de ação - e jogos com duelos que podem ultrapassar 30 minutos podem desencorajar muitos. Mas tendo em visto a popularidade dos jogos de cartas colecionáveis, a Sega fez um excelente trabalho em adaptar a fórmula de maneira competente.
80
1UP
The hardest thing for a diehard Phantasy Star Online fan to wrap his or her head around while playing this game is that it's not really very much like PSO as you know it. Apart from the art resources and setting, they really could have plugged in just about any property, licensed or original. Once you accept that, though, this is a compelling game that eventually proves itself worthy of the PSO name.
78
Gamesmania
Auf den Punkt gebracht ist C.A.R.D. Revolution ein solides Sammelkarten-Spiel mit dem PSO-Universum als Hintergrund. Davon werden zwar viele alte Fans der Serie ganz und gar nicht begeistert sein. Trotzdem hat das Spiel genug Potential, um eventuell neue Spieler anzuziehen. Schließlich sind Sammelkarten kein weltfremdes Thema mehr. Zusätzlich bietet PSO III genügend Spieltiefe, um auch für Freunde anderer strategischer und rundenbasierter Spiele interessant zu erscheinen. Allerdings könnte der relativ hohe Preis für die Hunter-Lizenz genau diese potentiellen Neukunden abschrecken. Ich hatte als alter Magic-Veterane trotz allem meinen Spaß. Und wenn ihr erst einmal voll eingestiegen seid, können die (vor allem Online) Duelle sehr fesselnd sein.
75
Jeuxvideo.com
Tout inconditionnel de Phantasy Star Online se sera déjà plus ou moins fait une idée sur le potentiel de ce troisième épisode. Dans un registre totalement différent de ses prédécesseurs, le soft passionnera les amateurs de duels stratégiques au tour par tour, d'autant que le système de jeu et les deux approches différentes (Hunters ou Arkz) s'avèrent très prenants les premières heures. Il faudra en revanche se contenter de la collecte de cartes et des tournois online pour y trouver son compte sur le long terme.
72
GameSpot
When Sonic Team first launched Phantasy Star Online on the Dreamcast in early 2001 in the US, it was a landmark title. PC gamers had already been enjoying widespread online gaming for a while, but PSO was the game that shepherded online console gaming into the mainstream. The game endeared itself to thousands of players across the globe with its accessible action RPG gameplay, its extensive item system, and the community that grew from it. A sequel came out later that same year, and both episodes of PSO have made their way to the GameCube and Xbox, but it's been years since we've seen an original title bearing the Phantasy Star Online name. Enter Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D.
71
4Players.de
Auch wenn einige Veteranen von Episode III anfangs enttäuscht sein dürften, bieten die Phantasy Star Online-Kartenschlachten doch eine völlig neue Spielerfahrung im vertrauten Universum. Vor allem die ebenso originellen wie süchtig machenden Team- & Turnierkämpfe haben bei mir immer wieder für durchzockte Nächte gesorgt. Wer bereits Gefallen an Titeln wie Lost Kingdoms, Magic the Gathering oder Yu-Gi-Oh! gefunden hat, wird trotz der belanglosen Story bestens bedient. Zwar spielt auch das Glück eine große Rolle, aber dadurch gewinnen die Kämpfe sogar noch an Nervenkitzel. Allerdings wird es allein irgendwann öde - daran können auch die zwei unterschiedlichen Offline-Kampagnen, die facettenreichen Missionsstruktur und die über 500 freispielbaren Karten nichts ändern. Im Team mit Gleichgesinnten erreicht die Motivationskurve jedoch schnell ein Dauerhoch mit viel taktischer Abwechslung: Es gibt ständig stärker werdende Gegner und neue Teamkollegen.
70
JeuxActu
Phantasy Star Online – Episode III C.A.R.D. Revolution ne nous fera certes pas oublier les deux premiers épisodes de la saga mais possède malgré tout un charme particulier. Pour preuve, c’est la première fois qu’un jeu de cartes m’a réellement captivé… un moment. Répétitif mais complet, il intéressera à la fois les fans de jeux de cartes qui se délectent à l’idée de constituer un deck mais également sans doute les acharnés de PSO prêts à tout pour se replonger ne serait-ce qu’un instant dans son incroyable univers.
70
GamePro (US)
For almost two decades, the name Phantasy Star has been stamped onto some pretty decent RPGs; however, Sega's latest episode in the PS saga has very little in common with its ancient predecessors. While remaining faithful to the style of its older online brethren, Phantasy Star Online Episode III strays from the pack in one key area: it's a card game.
65
NintendoWorldReport
PSO III is an interesting take on the traditional card game. Though most collectible card games (CCGs) are played in person, PSO III allows CCG fanatics to take their obsession online. While the rules and cards have been well thought out, the horrible problems that plague PSO III will make it a trying time for those trying to get into the title. These issues should have been resolved long before release, and unfortunately, Sonic Team allowed them to slide. If they had been fixed, PSO III would have been a stellar title. As it is, PSO III has many good points, but unfortunately, the title is dragged down to mediocrity by its faults.
60
GameSpy
Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution is a tangent for the series that I don't expect to see followed up. Every element of it is solid but unexceptional. Card battling is done far better by PS2's Culdcept; story is done better by a host of other RPGs. In fact, the only area where I think it'd be truly difficult to compete with PSO III is music -- this soundtrack is almost too good for the game. Still, something doesn't have to be the absolute top of its genre to be worth playing. If you've already got that $8.95 a month Hunters' license going and it sounds like your kind of thing, you're encouraged to give PSO III a shot.