Phantasy Star Online 2 – Impressions After 40 Hours

I’m 20 hours deeper into PSO 2 since my last post and hoo boy have I learned a lot. My teacher was failure, which I recommend. If I could share one “if I would have known then what I do now,” it would be: do the sub class quest as soon as you get it (from Cofy). Other than that, just explore and have fun.

Which is pretty much what I’ve been doing. Yeah, there’s been a lot of conventional leveling: dailies, running urgent quests as many times as I can, etc. and it’s great. As I mentioned in my first impressions post, the aesthetic is there and the gameplay is solid.

But I’ve also been breaking up the grind by finally digging into the story. The amount of characters introduced is overwhelming at first, but their stories begin to weave an intricate tapestry of world building. Each character brings a unique perspective to the larger, still ambiguous, story. It’s oftentimes Very Anime, but in true PSO fashion, will occasionally surprise with a well-executed vignette.

Oh I also attended a “live” concert. When you have the opportunity, definitely go. It’s a cool, somewhat bizarre, J-Pop experience. And you get a buff, for when you’re ready to get back to the grind.

Not even close to burnout, I am ready to get back to that grind. See you in 20 hours.

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