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Phantasy Star Ø (Nintendo DS)

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Description

Phantasy Star Ø (pronounced Zero) is a Japanese-style RPG that borrows elements from Phantasy Star Online and Phantasy Star Universe. Core mechanics are typical for RPGs: destroying monsters gains experience and different levels unlocks higher level gear and powers.

Character creation is similar to Phantasy Star Online, the player chooses a race (each with their own strengths), gender and archetype.

The different races include the versatile Humans, powerful, hulking androids called CASTs and nimble but fragile genetically-engineered Newmans. Archetypes are Hunter, Ranger and Forces.

Different races affect the story and in which order the first three zones are tackled. Ultimately all three end identically.

The game features a central hub where the player can shop, store items and find quests in a safe environment.

The game features an off-line mode in which the player can advance through the story, backed up by AI controlled allies. It's also possible to play on-line with friends, random matchmaking or alone. Communication is done through an in-game PictoChat, where players ca draw what they want to communicate. When playing with strangers, there's no free communication and only predefined sentences can be used.

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The Press Says

Worth Playing Jan 01, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
N-Europe May 28, 2010 8 out of 10 80
GameZone Nov 24, 2009 7.8 out of 10 78
Nintendojo 2009 7.8 out of 10 78
3D Juegos Feb 15, 2010 7.6 out of 10 76
Jeuxvideo.com Feb 12, 2010 15 out of 20 75
Meristation Feb 04, 2010 7.5 out of 10 75
1UP Nov 24, 2009 B- 67
VicioJuegos.com Mar 31, 2010 65 out of 100 65
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Feb 19, 2010 5 out of 10 50

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Niroth Keo (6) added Phantasy Star Ø (Nintendo DS) on May 24, 2011