Revisiting Phantasy Star II Part 2: Darum

Revisiting Phantasy Star II: Part I There are three moments that, to me, define the story of Phantasy Star II. The first of which is Darum. When you first begin PSII, residents of the starting town, Paseo, present an idyllic view of the state of the world. Protected by a supercomputer known as Mother BrainContinue reading “Revisiting Phantasy Star II Part 2: Darum”

Revisiting Phantasy Star II Part 1: Overview and My Favorite Way to Play

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Phantasy Star II’s initial English release. The game was released in March 1989 in Japan, March 1990 in North America (two months before the first Final Fantasy hit the NES), and November 1990 in Europe. I wanted to replay the game to celebrate, especially after finishing the originalContinue reading “Revisiting Phantasy Star II Part 1: Overview and My Favorite Way to Play”

James Mielke Talks to Yuji Naka About Phantasy Star Online’s 20th Anniversary

Over at Polygon, James Mielke talks to Yuji Naka about the development and legacy of PSO. The interview is a must-read, and the best part? It’s the first of six restrospective articles about the game! If you’re not familiar with James, he was of the biggest advocates of PSO in the Western gaming press whenContinue reading “James Mielke Talks to Yuji Naka About Phantasy Star Online’s 20th Anniversary”

To the Player Who Posted a Transphobic Meme on Ship 01 Last Night

Hey. I don’t know you, and you don’t know me. What I do know is that we were running an Urgent Quest last night and you posted some pretty hurtful stuff. I’ll admit, when I first saw you, I noticed your character name was a reference to the current president of the United States. IContinue reading “To the Player Who Posted a Transphobic Meme on Ship 01 Last Night”

Oh so *that’s* what PSO2 New Genesis is

When New Genesis was revealed yesterday, PSO2 players had *a lot* of questions. Today, SEGA provided a lot of answers. First, watch the video. It’s about three minutes long and sums up PSO2NGS pretty well. Here’s the text: We want to express our heartfelt appreciation for every single player who has taken up arms withContinue reading “Oh so *that’s* what PSO2 New Genesis is”

Anamana Breaks Down the PSO2 New Genesis trailer

As I’ve mentioned before, if you play (or want to play) PSO 2, you should check out Anamana’s videos. Here he breaks down some of the systems and mechanics of today’s wild and mysterious surprise. Looking forward to more from him on PSO2NGS in the weeks and months to come!

Everything We Know About Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis (so far)

Update 1: more info from Takuro Yoshihara over at the official Xbox news site, Xbox Wire. Update 2: even more info and clarity from the official site. Well this was a surprise! Announced during today’s Microsoft Xbox Game Showcase, New Genesis is what’s next for the PSO series. But the reveal trailer (and title), maybeContinue reading “Everything We Know About Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis (so far)”