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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.7
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.9
Overall User Score (45 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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There is so much I can tell about this game, but unfortunately, I can't, as I'm still looking myself. PSO is an experience worth enjoying while the Dreamcast still has some life left in it. Even Sega backing out of the Dreamcast doesn't prevent me from giving this game a 5 Gem rating. If anyone ever wants to locate me, just look for me as Jericho-Q3J. I'm usually located on the Oberon servers.
Gaming Target (May 15, 2001)
I’d buy this game just for the free Sonic Adventure 2 demo. Seriously though, every Dreamcast owner should buy this game, but with PSO version 2 around the corner, you may wanna wait. As PSO2 will contain all of the above, a versus mode, soccer in the lobbies, hundreds of new weapons, two new areas, and tons of other surprises. Can a game get any better? For now, I'll see you online with this version of PSO!
98 (Dec 13, 2001)
PSO es el comienzo de una nueva era en el entretenimiento casero, un ejemplo a seguir, y todo un símbolo para nuestra consola que una vez más demuestra estar varios pasos por delante de sus competidores.
Da Gameboyz (Jul 08, 2004)
Sega has again broken new ground by taking another of its superb franchises and adding new life to it by utilizing the online capabilities of the Dreamcast. As a single player game there is room for improvement but overall the stellar graphics, excellent sound and added touch of the online multiplayer ability make PSO a must have for any Dreamcast owner. The Joystick is way up for Phantasy Star Online and PSO earns Da Gameboyz' Player's Choice award. For those looking for some online play I go by the name Outcast or Outcast2000 and can be found most times in Titania - block 12 or 14.
AllRPG (Jul 13, 2002)
Playing on a regular modem actually isn't that bad, but playing with the broadband adapter is a dream! Besides a few camera issues, this game is great! No matter what, every dreamcast owner out there must play Phantasy Star Online (online)...and if your still reading this review. Do three things. Stop reading, buy game, play's that simple!
Planet Dreamcast (Feb 10, 2001)
As a single-player experience, Phantasy Star Online is fun, but it lacks life. Online play is the heart of the game, as the title suggests. Reviewing the single-player game, I'd probably give a score of seven or eight. However, playing online radically transforms the experience, and any of the small problems you might experience simply vanish as you become immersed in the gameplay. I'd be inclined to go with a ten if it weren't for those few little drawbacks mentioned above. The final score is based on a heavily-biased average of the two, but the bottom line is that you must have this game. Even though it has a light story, even though it doesn't have much to offer solo players, Phantasy Star Online is a brilliant game--and what's more, it's a promise of amazing things to come in the Dreamcast's final days and in Sega's new future. Thanks to Laz, BenT, "*wheat*," and Mr. Domino for various roles in my online experiences for this review.
Sega Collectors Guild (Apr 01, 2004)
Some fans of the classic Phantasy Star games might despise this game simply because other than the basic concepts and names, it's nothing like the classic Phantasy Star games. The story is almost non-existent. But I've never been more addicted to anything in my life. I've never logged in so many hours into one game. PSO is the perfect example of what the Dreamcast could be. It brought online gaming into a whole new era, and although the online servers have been officially shut down, I'll never forget the enjoyment I experienced playing it online with my friends.
Gamezilla (Feb 21, 2001)
Although slightly weak on story, Phantasy Star Online presents an incredibly immersive, detailed multiplayer experience, one worth playing over and over again. Seemingly mimicking the same gameplay ideals that made games like Diablo so popular for online play, PSO is going to carve its way into being one of the best Dreamcast games ever made. Although its ideas are a distilled version of many games that have come before, it does its job better than any other console game I've ever played.
94 (Dec 13, 2001)
Si tienes la posibilidad de jugar on line, estamos hablando de una compra obligada, ya que PSO marcará un antes y un después en la historia de los videojuegos. Si por el contrario no vas a poder jugar on line, no merece la pena su compra, ya que la verdadera magia de este juego reside en la posibilidad de jugar con otros usuarios.
IGN (Jan 31, 2001)
So, if you plan to buy Phantasy Star Online but you're not planning to go online, you're not playing the game. Whether it's just chatting online getting to know other Dreamcast players, helping out newbies on their first grand day out, or beating the final boss on very hard difficulty (gah), Dreamcast players must play Phantasy Star Online online... and that means everyone.
92 (Jan 25, 2001)
Der Spaßfaktor liegt eindeutig im Online-Game: Unbeschwertes Quatschen, Abenteuer erleben, Teamplay, sich an frühere Abenteuer erinnern und die Geschichte von Ragol immer weiter erforschen. Gerade weil keine Monate für den Aufbau der eigenen Figur nötig sind, wird PSO bei Einsteigern und Powerhuntern für den gleichen Spaß-Effekt sorgen. Sie werden sich einfach nur in unterschiedlichen Gruppen zusammenfinden. Phantasy Star Online ist als Multi-Player Online-Rollenspiel ein Novum in der Konsolen-Geschichte und definitiv ein Meilenstein für Sega und Dreamcast. Es hat sich seinen Multiplayer-Award bei 4Players redlich verdient.
Gaming Age (Feb 08, 2001)
It's doubtful that you'll notice the flaws, though. Like the original Diablo, the game offers an insidiously addictive style that you'll be hard pressed to pull yourself away from. It's by no means a perfect game, nor is it outstanding in any one real aspect (save player communication). However, like so many things in life, PSO is far greater than the sum of its parts. It's a superb, well-produced game that really shows off how much fun it is to work on a team, and you won't complain about it not having a single hero-in fact, in the end, you'll be thanking it for not having just one person to save the world.
Edge (Feb 26, 2001)
It’s genuinely rare that a game both excels and innovates to this extent while remaining effortlessly simple. Some will curse that simplicity, declare the game as too straightforward or the storyline overly linear. They’re missing the point. Atmospherically, Phantasy Star Online is absolutely without rival, and that’s what it makes it unmissable. Those who prayed for safe passage for Naka-san’s vision can rest easy, because this is a bewitching world fired with stunning creativity. More simply, it’s a dream.
While the AI may not be the brightest kid on the block, Phantasy Star Online excels in so many other areas that it represents an astounding achievement in game design. Obviously up to the myriad challenges facing them in their efforts to introduce cooperative online role playing to the console world, Sonic Team has put together an amazing experience that will absorb even the most jaded RPG player with its simple mechanics and complex interactions. The offline mode is fun and interesting, if slightly distracted by a few too many side-quests, but the game’s called Phantasy Star Online for a reason. Once connected to the servers, it’s a simple matter to meet new people, trade “cards” that let you communicate and eventually lead a team onto the surface of a mysterious planet in search for a lost colony. The teamwork dynamics are nearly perfect, and the surprising level of character customization should give every player a chance to live out their Phantasies however they see fit.
Gamestyle (Sep 13, 2008)
The control system could have been much worse but as the chat supports the keyboard I do find it odd that you cannot make use of the keys to select items and suchlike whilst playing the game. Overall these are minor issues and have not stopped me from returning to the game consistent basis. The sheer thrill of the online mode and being part of something worldwide is very special and whether you're onboard Pioneer 2 or down on the planet you feel it. It is really two games in one and I have not covered some aspects that you will enjoy, such is the multitude of options and depth on offer. It remains to be seen how long you can actually play the game online with the future of the machine now in doubt but I suggest that you pick up this game immediately and experience it for yourself before its too late. Superb.
Phantasy Star Online innebär återkomsten för en av de mest klassiska spelserierna någonsin. Samtidigt är det det första rollspelet som går att spela online. Det känns onekligen stort. Och när titelskärmen har tonat ut och ersatts med en meny där man väljer om man vill spela med eller utan Internet-uppkoppling är det bar att inse att TV-spelsindustrin just nu befinner sig i ett väldigt spännande skede.
If you’ve never experienced online gaming, prepare to have your world rocked and your social life stripped away. Phantasy Star Online is dangerous, addictive, and the most engrossing RPG the Dreamcast has to offer.
Power Unlimited (Mar, 2001)
Phantasy Star Online zorgt met z'n schitterende sfeer en mooie graphics voor een setting waarin de hele Dreamcast gemeenschap naar hartelust online met elkaar kan spelen.
GamersMark (Dec 19, 2001)
PSO is the killer-app for your Dreamcast’s modem, and this game will keep you playing for 100 hours easily. Though boring as hell offline, it gives you one of the most interesting gaming expiriences you will ever have online.
Game Vortex (Dec 08, 2002)
While Phantasy Star Online has its issues, and ties in very little with the Phantasy Star mythos, it is nonetheless a massive time-waster. Chances are good that you'll eschew the single-player campaign as much as possible, opting to jump into multiplayer action. And that is where PSO really shines. Problems aside, Sega and Sonic Team once again show that they can do it better than pretty much everyone else -- not to mention before the rest as well. If you've ever been interested in online RPGs, you should pick up PSO.
Netjak (Jun 18, 2002)
I can only really recommend this title to PSO freaks or people who collect Phantasy Star games. If your just a casual player then your much better off going with the original PSO as you most likely won't see or notice many of the new additions anyway. This was a tough one to rate as on 1 hand they perfected the original, but on the other it was practically marketing the same game twice with the exception of now paying to play. Still I've decided to give the game 5 stars. PSO nuts will love this game and all the new additions. Great job Sega.
90 (Feb 05, 2001)
PSO laisse augurer du meilleur en ce qui concerne l'avenir du jeu online sur console. Sans atteindre la perfection, ce titre vous procurera des heures de pur bonheur, aussi bien en solo qu'en multijoueur. Une expérience à ne pas rater si vous êtes prêt à lui sacrifier quelques nuits blanches.
I think I can safely say that I’ve surpassed my previous personal “most addictive game of all time”. If you’ve been reading DP for awhile you may recall that a few years ago I was killing myself over hitting 80+ hours in Final Fantasy Tactics. Well I passed 80+ hours on Phantasy Star Online long ago, with my first character, who had 200+ hours. I’ve had three more characters since that time. I lost count, and it’s a good thing because my brain automatically tries to convert these hours into days, which are then converted into “days when I should have been doing something meaningful”, which is then converted into raw depression.
Defunct Games (Aug 14, 2004)
It's the arcade aspect of this game that makes it work for me. Sure it's the same levels over and over and over ... but when you are with people you know, it doesn't matter. My friends and I have played Ryu vs. Ken so many times I can't even spell that high ... and for all the same reasons we keep playing that, we keep playing this. A masterpiece that comes close to being perfect ... but also leaves a lot of room for improvement!
90 (UK) (Mar 20, 2001)
Ultimately, PSO is a masterpiece. There's just so much to it. I haven't even had a chance to get stuck into the game's sprawling locations, control system and all the fun you can get up to with fellow players. Needless to say, it's all just pretty much perfect. Get some mates involved and you will need no fixative to help keep you glued to the seat. Growing MAGs and building up your character becomes religion, and although you can play offline, you really won't want to.
Gamer's Pulse (May 22, 2001)
In stark contrast to most PC online RPG's, Phantasy Star Online is a lush, vibrant, and fluently textured work of art. Sonic Team is one of the few developers out there that really knows how to squeeze every last drop of polygon-pushing power out of the Dreamcast, and the results are astonishing. Everything, from the futuristic skyscrapers and neon signs of the Pioneer spaceship, to the trees, lava pools and corridors of the planet Ragol are smooth, detailed and bursting with color, with not an errant pixel or polygon to be seen. Upon close inspection, the characters themselves display an incredible amount of detail, right down to the On/Off switch on the Hunter's light saber. Best of all, however, are the ingeniously designed bosses; the final one (which should seam VERY familiar to Phantasy Star freaks) has to be seen to be believed.
RPGFan (Feb 10, 2001)
Offline, the game will get repetitive, which is a shame. But this is predominately an online game, and it's wonderful at that. Highly recommended.
Game Critics (Mar 16, 2001)
It's very easy to look at PSO and complain that it's nothing more than a boring and repetitive take on Diablo, but I think those who do so aren't really taking advantage of the possibilities that PSO offers. To fully enjoy PSO, you need to soak in the visuals to appreciate it's glory. You need to become one with your alter ego. And most importantly, you have to embrace the social elements and make becoming a member of the global community a part of the experience. For the first time in Internet history, the international community is truly united in a meaningful way where time, space, and language have no boundaries. PSO is a shining example of technology bettering mankind, and we should enjoy it while it lasts because who knows when these machines will decide to turn on us.
RPGFan (Jan 21, 2001)
Don't let my words seem too intimidating though. Phantasy Star Online was a load of fun for me, and I'm sure many of you will like it too. But know what you're buying, and note that this game is meant to be played online with others. Alone, you will eventually be bored out of your mind.
Game Revolution (Feb 01, 2001)
My time spent on Ragol was enjoyable, though I've had even better assignments in the past. Still, I may just hang out here for a while longer before I head back to GR. The natives are restless and there are plenty of new friends to meet. Brian Gee, signing off.
GameSpot (Jan 30, 2001)
Phantasy Star Online is an extremely ambitious game, and while it may not be tied closely enough to the rest of the series to please its longtime fans right out of the box, the sheer fun of forming a party and playing online more than makes up for this, as well as most of the game's other deficiencies.
81 (Dec 13, 2001)
Pero desde luego, el modo offline no contiene ni tan siquiera la mitad de diversión que esconde en su interior el modo online, y eso es algo que desde luego notareis.
Legendra (Jun 26, 2001)
Bon là, je vous donne mon avis personnel sur le sujet : moi je trouve que ce jeu se termine trop vite. C'est vrai qu'il y a plusieurs modes de difficulté mais bon, le plus dur des modes pour moi c'est le normal car vous avez un perso niveau 1 et des armes pas terrible du tout. Si en plus vous jouez avec un Force (magicien) alors c'est carrément l'enfer. Et puis aussi 4 lieux différents c'est peu et en plus le second niveau, la Cave en l'occurrence, est vraiment chiant et sans aucune originalité : c'est le niveau le moins réussi du jeu. Bon c'est vrai maintenant j'ai 500 heures de jeu dessus donc je commence à me lasser. Tout n'est pas négatif, il vous faudra quand même au moins 30 heures pour le finir normalement dans tous les niveaux de difficultés, mais il restera encore beaucoup de choses à faire puisque SEGA a inclut des quêtes à effectuer et des armes rares à découvrir. De plus, les quêtes étant toujours les mêmes, ça devient lassant à la fin.
HappyPuppy (Feb 14, 2001)
Despite the few shortcomings, PSO behooves Dreamcast users all over the world to unite. The game is solid in most of its facets, and is downright engrossing. You can spend long periods of time in the various lobbies (the network is divided up into various "ships," subdivided up into "blocks," and further subdivided into lobbies) to chat it up with people walking around in character, or long periods of times crushing deadly beasts with them.
Remember, play it online. If you buy it expecting the same single-player experience as found in previous titles in the series, you aren't playing the game the way it was intended. Those who take the plunge and support this title online will be getting the experience as it truly should be: a great time that you will find yourself coming back to again and again.
Gamekult (Mar 12, 2001)
Phantasy Star Online entame, avec brio, le baroud d'honneur de la Dreamcast. A moins que vous ne soyez vraiment réfractaire au genre "Hack'n Slash", ou que vous n'ayez vraiment aucun moyen d'y jouer en vous connectant à Internet, foncez l'acheter. Sinon, vous risquez de rater ce qui, en plus d'être le premier jeu à vraiment justifier l'utilisation du modem de la Dreamcast en Europe, est une expérience ludique complètement unique.
GamesFirst! (Feb 27, 2001)
One note to SEGA: don’t wait so long next time to develop another Phantasy Star, oh, and while you’re at it, now that you’re strictly a software development company, why don’t you release a Shining Force sequel(rumored to be in production)? If SEGA continues with the Phantasy Star series, hopefully returning more to its roots, then it could very well become the Final Fantasy killer. Buy this game and let’s wait to see how the next generation of RPGs plays out.
RPGamer (Nov 10, 2004)
Simply put, Phantasy Star Online is a fun, addictive multiplayer game, emphasizing challenge over story. Players looking for this should enjoy the game immensely. Those looking for an RPG by the makers of Phantasy Star featuring a strong story and well developed characters should pass on this and pick up a copy of Skies of Arcadia.
Speaking as a gamer, this game is very good. Speaking as a concerned Christian gamer, this game is still good, but is not without its faults. The violence, magic and addictiveness make this game questionable, so know what you?re getting into. If you can handle the game, you won?t regret the purchase, especially now that EBGames is selling it at a very good price.
GamePro (US) (Jan 23, 2001)
While its unique multiplayer gameplay raises the bar for the Dreamcast?s online capabilities, Phantasy Star Online is nothing more than a watered-down role-playing game that will disappoint both RPG enthusiasts and fans of the Phantasy Star series
RPGFan (Aug 16, 2001)
Overall, Phantasy Star Online was a disappointment. Gamers who did not get a chance to check games like Diablo II out won't be as disappointed, but it was too hard for me to see past the repetitious gameplay and such poor variety. The game is terribly short for an online game and suffers from too few areas to visit. Maybe Version 2 will fix all this, who knows. But as it stands, Phantasy Star Online combines the power of mediocrity and melds it to the powerful Phantasy Star name. What you get is a game not worthy of the title it bears.
HonestGamers (Mar 14, 2007)
Even finding a newer version on a newer console may not remedy what was once so good. Phantasy Star Online was a pioneer for online console gaming, and now it is but a mere memory – a bright memory marred by a sad, sad reminder: online games, while fun, eventually become useless. This is the perfect example of then and now.