Monday, March 12, 2012

Phantasy Star Online 2 - Vita!

Phantasy Star Online was the Dreamcast game that changed the world of online gaming. It was the first game to really bring the MMORPG experience to a console, and it has been a fan favorite ever since. Over the past few years SEGA has released quite a few versions of their online Phantasy Star games, but up until now there has never been a true sequel to the game that fans came to know and love. Sure there was Phantasy Star Universe which featured quite a few major improvements to the gameplay, Phantasy Star Zero for the DS which was basically a mini version of the classic PSO, and there's also been Phantasy Star Portable 2 and 2 Infinity which basically mixed the gameplay. Each of these games were unique in their own way an they all featured the same basic gameplay, but none of them really replaced the classic PSO in many fans eyes.
Well here we are years later and SEGA has finally announced a sequel titled Phantasy Star Online 2. The game features the same old gameplay fans from all of the Phantasy Star MMORPGs have come to know and love, but with many improvements as well. Although the game returns to its Phantasy Star Onlinestyle, newer features introduced in Phantasy Star Universe make their return, along with new gameplay mechanics. In short, Phantasy Star Online 2 is the game that builds a bridge between the two styles of games in hopes of bringing both fans together.

Now all of that is old news, but SEGA has finally announced a console version! However it may not be the console you expect. While Phantasy Star Online was on the PC, Dreamcast, and Gamecube, and Phantasy Star Online was on the PC, PS3, PS2, and Xbox 360, Phantasy Star Online 2 will be on the PC and Playstation Vita. Yep that's right, the Vita!

Now it may seem a bit strange that this game is still not coming to the 360 or PS3, but there's actually a pretty good reason for that. The Playstation Vita version is actually NOT a stand alone game, but simply the PC version in Vita form. Basically it's the same game, with the same servers, and same "save file." In short this allows players to always be conneceted to the PSO2 world no mater where they go (something many MMORPG players dream of)! Simply log out from your PC and log into your Vita and continue playing while you're on the go. It's as simple as that!

Although this feature is sure to please PC players and Phantasy Star Portable 2/2i players, home console games are sadly still being left in the dark. Maybe there will be a release down the road, but from the looks of things SEGA might be better off just waiting for the PS4 and Xbox "720" before they go down that road.