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Phantasy Star in general:

 51 lalalei 2001, Tue, 21st Dec '10 11:32:21 AM from At my computer. Relationship Status: I <3 love!
What's everyone's PSO character like? I'm a Whitil FOmarl with lightish blue hair. :)

edited 21st Dec '10 11:32:42 AM by lalalei2001

The Protomen enhanced my life.
Pink-haired Huney. :P
 
Getting the urge to play PSO again. If anyone still plays, or is interested in playing on SCHTHACK, I'd love to have someone to play with. I can do both the Gamecube and PC versions.

Also, beat Phantasy Star Portable 2. Also looking for someone to play with there.
 
One of these days I plugged the notebook on the television to play PSIV with a joystick and the awesomeness made me shit bricks, felt like the old times
 
probably drunk again
I'll add my voice to the chorus of fans who would like to see Sega return to its roots with this series and make an old school, turn based, classic JRPG with modern graphics. I'd like to see a new game, not a reboot or remake. Just call it simply "Phantasy Star V".

And I don't want any bizarre combat systems, overly long cut scenes, or gimmicky high concept stories (all of which have plagued JRP Gs over the past decade). Just a classic JRPG please. I don't know why that's apparently so hard for Sega to do.

And this isn't just a dig at Sega and Phantasy Star. The general state of modern JRP Gs is very sad. The last JRPG I played that I thought was any good was Skies of Arcadia for the Dreamcast that came out over 10 goddamn years ago!.

Transitioning from Phantasy Star Portable 2 to PSO Blue Burst is...

It's pretty awkward. I will say that.
 
They're very different games. PSP 2 has a faster and more complex combat system, and a greater focus on single player, whereas PSO has a slower, timing-based combat system, but has more complex enemy behavior, a much better soundtrack, and is designed so that the vast majority of the content, story included, can be done in multiplayer.
 
I figure I'll get used to it with a little practice.
 
By the way, pausing disables the slow-down effect you get when you're near enemies. Just in case you need to run away.

It also helps for avoiding mines.
 
 61 J.C.Lately, Wed, 18th May '11 9:42:54 AM from The Top of The Dark Tower
Unapologetic Yuri Fanboy
So I have a copy of Sonic's ultimate Genesis collection and with it all 4 Phantasy Stars. I plan on giving the series a go this summer; it will be my first time playing.

I'm kinda confused on the chronology though. Does IV come after II but before III? Should I play them in that order or in release order? I mean it has a running storyline for all 4 games right?

edited 18th May '11 9:44:09 AM by J.C.Lately

Harem anime are like soccer. They go on for hours, nobody scores, and a million fans will insist that you just don't understand.
Best pretend 3 didn't happen. It's generally accepted as 1 -> 2 -> 4, with 3 taking place in another system(but still being related to 2).

Personally speaking, I'd actually say to start with Phantasy Star 4 first, since it's the most accessible to gamers these days. PS1 is pretty outdated by today's standards(although it was still fine for its time) meaning you might get bored of it more easily and PS2 while good, is EXTREMELY difficult and both games are probably near impossible these days without a guide of some sort to help, since it can be really hard to tell where you need to go. PS2's battle system is also a little harder to adjust to compared to the other two games, which are more typical of turn-based JRP Gs. It's still really good but PS 4 you'll more likely have an enjoyable experience with and it'll probably get you into the series more easily.

Phantasy Star 3 don't even bother with unless you REALLY want to play it.

edited 18th May '11 10:02:14 AM by Vertigo_High

 63 J.C.Lately, Wed, 18th May '11 10:17:47 AM from The Top of The Dark Tower
Unapologetic Yuri Fanboy
Oh, I'm well aware how archaic the early games are to play, and I've accepted that I'll have to play with one eye on gamefaqs. And that the grinding will be legendary, particularly in the second one. I'll just throw on some podcasts while doing it or something. I'm more concerned with getting the complete story and what would be the best way to absorb it.

edited 18th May '11 2:18:01 PM by J.C.Lately

Harem anime are like soccer. They go on for hours, nobody scores, and a million fans will insist that you just don't understand.
Then go in order if that's the case, or you can just look up the stories online.

It' not just the grinding that's the killer in PS2, it's the way the stats work(to where you can say level up 3 levels yet the enemies still seemingly do the same amount of damage), the long and confusing dungeon layouts, and how some normal enemies are just flat out cruel(there's only like, 3 or 4 bosses in the actual game itself). I think it got more manageable for me as it went on though.

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You need to Get Known to get one of those.
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