PSO2 Impressions: The Win10 Version is Getting Better

I recently hit the 100 hour mark in PSO2, but when I did, I wasn’t on Xbox, but PC. The issues with the PC version of the game have been extensive and well-documented, so I won’t go into too much detail. But basically, I couldn’t get the game to run on my (relatively decent andContinue reading “PSO2 Impressions: The Win10 Version is Getting Better”

Phantasy Star Online 2 Fashion Catalog 2017 – 2018

This 418-page monster is a very distinctly Japanese item. It’s a visual guide to fashion in PSO2. Specifically, customization options made available in 2017-2018. The book covers original outfits and accessories in great detail, including photographs from multiple angles for each. This is really fun to flip through to see so many outfits I’ve neverContinue reading “Phantasy Star Online 2 Fashion Catalog 2017 – 2018”

Phantasy Star Online 2 – Impressions After 80 Hours

Previous impressions: 20 hours, 40 hours, 60 hours. Wow I sure have played this game a lot. A few significant things happened in my last 20 or so hours of playing. One, I started an alliance (PSO2’s version of guilds). It’s called Esaka (it’s an Osaka / SNK thing) and as of right now, I’m the onlyContinue reading “Phantasy Star Online 2 – Impressions After 80 Hours”

Oracle Memories (book)

There’s a PSO 2 trading card game (in Japan)! Wild, right? What’s even wilder (OK it’s not actually that surprising) is that there is a book collecting art from the cards. It’s full of large, textless illustrations featuring supporting characters from the game. There are also images of the cards themselves. While it’s unlikely we’llContinue reading “Oracle Memories (book)”

Phantasy Star Online 2 – Impressions After 60 Hours

Previous impressions: 20 hours, 40 hours. 60 hours in, it’s pretty safe that, despite some quirks, I love this game. I finished up Episode I in the story. Though told strangely (seemingly random cutscenes selected from a menu), there ended up being some surprising (and tragic) moments. I’m definitely much more invested in the worldContinue reading “Phantasy Star Online 2 – Impressions After 60 Hours”

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 itContinue reading “Phantasy Star Online 2 – Impressions After 40 Hours”

25th Anniversary Phantasy Star Visual Chronicles

I picked this book up on my honeymoon in Japan in 2014, so it’s weirdly special in that sense. The book was originally released in 2013, and covers every game in the series, with a focus on the (then recent) PSO 2. There is art and information about each pre-PSO 2 game. A few interviewsContinue reading “25th Anniversary Phantasy Star Visual Chronicles”

Phantasy Star Online 2 – Impressions After 20 Hours

Phantasy Star Online 2 has finally received a proper English release, and it has been a long time coming. I’ve been playing on Xbox One (X) since the closed beta and have A LOT OF THOUGHTS, so I’m going to collect them in chunks over the next few weeks (months? years?). It’s gonna be aContinue reading “Phantasy Star Online 2 – Impressions After 20 Hours”