Video Game History: Phantasy Star Online

Phantasy Star Online Sega Dreamcast boxart

While Sonic Team might be constantly criticized for never really getting Sonic right when 3D came along, their magnum opus during the Dreamcast era was Phantasy Star Online. Which revived the classic Phantasy Star series after a 7 year break.

Laser sword Phantasy Star Online Sega Dreamcast

While the old series was more or a less a compeitior to Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy, PSO was in a class of it’s own. The only thing like it were MMOs like Everquest on PC. It was to be played online as players can choose different classes and join other players to conquer levels and defeat bosses.

Phantasy Star Online Sega Dreamcast

The game later came out with different editions like a 2nd version with new content on Dreamcast. After the “death” of the Dreamcast, Sega ported an enhanced version on Nintendo Gamecube. There was also an Xbox version later on, but oddly it’s unplayable now since it had no offline mode and the online service for the original Xbox is gone.

Dragon boss Phantasy Star Online Sega Dreamcast

This was one of the games I was always meaning to get, but never did. I never had broadband (until 2005) or got the internet adapter for Gamecube which was a big reason for it.

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

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