What started it all…
Funny, we were just talking about the Sega’s Dreamcast earlier in the week and its greatness. One of its greatest games was Phantsy Star Online. PSO arrived in stores just as SEGA was announcing that it was ceasing production of the DC. That didn’t stop many of us from rushing out to play what was the first MMORPG (some might argue the first ‘M" but I will lwave it there anyways) available on a console. We were treated a fantastic online experience where you and three other friends were free to roam and explore and fight through four beautiful ‘dungeons’ and discover exciting and rare treasures. It was at the time the greatest game I had ever played. What seamed simple on the surface had a such layers of depth that allowed for continual game play, and continue we did!
All good things must come to an end. With the DC’s discontinuation, its spiritual succesor ‘The XBOX’ came into our homes. The Xbox allowed DC and SEGA fans to move on and continue to enjoy gaming without skipping a beat. Then more good news, it wasn’t long before we discovered that Phantasy Star Online would be making its way to the Xbox complete with a whole new episode! What even made this more special was that because of Xbox Live we could now use voice-chat. Once PSO: Episode I & II arrived I spent hundreds of hours back on Ragol, hunting, exploring, chatting, and having a blast. But again I had to move on as the Xbox was demanding with so many great games, I had to move on. From time to time I would return just to partake on one last journey…
And here we go again!
Yesterday I went to Torment’s blog and lo and behold what do I see, SEGA announces that Phantasy Star Universe will be coming out on the Xbox 360 this fall! I could not believe it! Here is the lowdown on your next addiction:
- Multiplayer: Create a squad of up to six players to explore the universe and conquer quests.
- Endless gameplay: In addition to over 40 hours of offline gameplay, gamers can spend endless hours online customizing characters, searching for rare items, leveling up, and joining friends for exhilarating new quests.
Wow! The only thing that scares me about this title is that there are SO MANY GREAT TITLES DUE THIS FALL. It is going to be insane, I hope I am up for the challange. I would like to here from you if you have had some PSO experiences, leave me a comment and tell me all about it, or just weigh in with your thought on this title. Either way you cut it, yesterdays news was very welcome and I will be counting the days. For more news on all things Phantasy Star, check out PSO-World.