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Phantasy Star Universe
Developer(s) Sonic Team
Publisher(s) Sega
Release date(s) PS2, PC:
Flag of Japan August 31, 2006
Flag of the United States Flag of Canada October 24, 2006
Flag of Europe November 24, 2006
Flag of Australia November 30, 2006

Xbox 360:
Flag of the United States Flag of Canada October 24, 2006
Flag of Europe November 24, 2006
Flag of Japan December 12, 2006
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Genre(s) single-player RPG Game
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Rating(s) CERO: B (Ages 12 and up)
ESRB: T
PEGI: 12+
Platform(s) PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360
Media DVD-ROM
System requirements Minimum: 1.6 GHz P4, 256 MB RAM, 9.0 GB HDD, 64 MB video card, DirectX 9.0c
Recommended: 2.8 GHz P4, 512 MB RAM, 128 MB Video Card

Phantasy Star Universe (ファンタシースターユニバース Fantashī Sutā Yunibāsu?) (PSU) is a video game by Sega's Sonic Team for the PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360. In Japan, it was released for the PC and PlayStation 2 on August 31, 2006, with the Xbox 360 version releasing on December 12, 2006. Its North American release was on October 24, 2006, available in all formats. The European release date was November 24. While Phantasy Star Universe is a hack and slash role-playing game similar to the Phantasy Star Online (PSO) games, it takes place in a (presumably) different fictional universe and has many new features. Like most of the PSO titles, PSU is playable in both a persistent (massive multiplayer) online network mode and a full featured single-player story mode. Video games are categorized into genres based on their gameplay. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... An Action-RPG, or action role-playing game is a type of computer and console role-playing game which requires quick action or reflexes from the player. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... A multiplayer game is a video game in which more than one person can play the same game at the same time. ... Computer Entertainment Rating Organization (CERO) is the organization that rates video game and computer software in Japan with levels of rating that informs the customer of the nature of the product and what age group it is suitable for. ... The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles for computer and video games in the United States. ... PEGIs logo Pan European Game Information, or more commonly PEGI, is a European system for rating the content of computer and video games, and other entertainment software. ... The Columbia MPC was one of the many IBM PC compatibles offered on the US market. ... “PS2” redirects here. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... DVD is an optical disc storage media format that is used for playback of movies with high video and sound quality and for storing data. ... Look up RAM, Ram, ram in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on Microsoft platforms. ... Look up RAM, Ram, ram in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... “Computer and video games” redirects here. ... This article is about the video game company. ... Sonic Team (ソニックチーム Sonikku ChÄ«mu) is a Japanese computer and video game developer established in 1988 originally known as Sega AM8. ... The Columbia MPC was one of the many IBM PC compatibles offered on the US market. ... “PS2” redirects here. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 328th day of the year (329th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... HACK/slash is the name of a graphic novel from Devils Due Publishing. ... This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ... Phantasy Star Online (PSO) was an online title for Sega Dreamcast released in 2000. ...

Contents

Features

PSU has the following features, some of which are improvements over previous Phantasy Star Online games: Phantasy Star Online (PSO) was an online title for Sega Dreamcast released in 2000. ...

  • Strafing - characters may strafe, in addition to the movement options available in PSO
  • Dual-wielding - characters may wield weapons akimbo, or even carry a different weapon in each hand
  • Player-controlled vehicles (Sega has stated that these will be customizable in some way; currently not available online).
  • Partner Machinery (pm) that evolve both in appearance and abilities when fed items.
  • 20+ dungeons which the player may explore
  • 15+ bosses to battle
  • Four character races: Humans, CASTs (Androids), Newmans, and Beasts (the latter two of which are races of genetically modified humans).
  • Three different classes to specialize in (similar to PSO) but with the ability to change classes at any given time and back again, while any bonuses gained are retained for later if you do change class.
  • An additional seven advanced classes which can either be specialists of the three main classes, or different hybrid versions.
  • A 40-hour offline RPG component with characters and events to complement the separate online game. Both use the same engine, although your customizable character can only be used online.
  • Extra Mode: A new offline mode that functions similar to online mode, with character customization.
  • Character Customization: In addition, PSU features a character creation system with many more options that that of PSO, allowing players to customize the style and colour of their characters' clothes, hair and facial features, height and body proportion as well as their voice.

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Story

The stage is the Gurhal Star System, which consists of three planets. Each planet has its own unique culture that is formed by its inhabitant races.


The history of the Gurhal Star System is filled with conflicts amongst the different races. However, after the Final Conflict 100 years ago, a union was formed amongst the three planets. The led to the birth to the Allied Army, and ultimately to peace for the Gurhal Star System.


At the start of the game, Ethan, the main character, and his little sister Lumia, were at the celebration of the 100th year anniversary of the Alliance Space Fleet on the GUARDIANS Space station. The celebration is ended when a mysterious meteor shower almost destroys the entire fleet. During evacuation, Ethan and Lumia split off of the main evacuation route, and a pile of rubble separates Lumia from Ethan. Ethan then meets up with a GUARDIAN named Leo, but they are attacked by some sort of creature. The creature paralyzes Leo, and Ethan takes his handgun and kills the creature. Leo then tells Ethan to find his sister, and that a rescue team is on the way.


After killing multiple creatures and saving people, Ethan Finds Lumia, and they both leave the station, but after a conversation between Leo and Ethan, revealing that he dislikes GUARDIANS because his father died when on a mission. He then convinces Ethan to join the GUARDIANS.


After Ethan's training, he joins up with his training partners, and performs various missions, such as rescue, purification, and escort missions.


Ethan and his classmate Hyuga are trained by a female Gaurdian named Karen who leads them against the SEED which came from the meteors. After being hired to accompany a scientist to a Relic site of the long dead civilizations from the Genesis era Phantasy Star games they find out the Seed were attracted by an power source (A-photons) the aincents used and the solar system had just began using again.


His instructor finds out she is the sister of the Divine Maiden (the prophet of the holy light) and takes over that position when her sister dies at the hands of her estranged father who intended to kill Karen to increase the original Maiden (Mirie)'s power.


After befriending rogues, gaurdians, and casts alike, Ethan angers Magashi, a CAST who heads the Endrum collective and has been kidnapping scientists who know about the aincent power source. After Ethan and a rogue kill Magashi, Ethan helps activate an ancient weapon the prior civilization used to survive the SEED before they were almost completely wiped out.


Ethan then gathers allies against Gaurdian orders, to attack the last SEED outpost standing where two of his friends, and the scientists are being held. In the outpost Magashi claims to be brought back to life by the Seed, where as in reality he is a CAST incarnation of Dark Force who controls the SEED and itself and controls whatever they infect.


Production

During the production of this game, Sega has had multiple showings of the game. The initial unveiling of the game was at E3 2004. The next time it was seen at E3 2005, and then again at TGS 2005. A closed beta stress test for the servers took place from April 20 - May 10 of 2006. The game also had its own podcast created for users of the SEGA LINK system which is how online payment has been confirmed for Japanese and importing players to be handled. More and more information has been revealed about the game on a weekly basis at the game's official website located below. is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Downtime

Shortly after the Japanese launch, the online mode servers were immensely overloaded and shut down, echoing the launch of World of Warcraft. The ability to make new accounts was restricted. Accompanying this, servers were taken down until September 6 and all current users were permitted to play online mode free of charge until October 1, the expected date for the required maintenance to be finished. World of Warcraft (commonly abbreviated as WoW) is a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Blizzard Entertainment and is the fourth game in the Warcraft series, excluding expansion packs and the cancelled Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans. ... is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Monthly pricing

  • $9.99 U.S. dollars for PC/PS2 players through PlaySega [[1]] or $49.99 U.S. dollars for six months.
  • $9.99 U.S. dollars for Xbox 360 players through the Xbox Live Marketplace. Xbox Live Gold is not needed to play.
  • In Canada, $14.99 CAD before tax for Xbox 360 players through the Xbox Live Marketplace.
  • In the U.K., £6.99.
  • For the E.U., €9.99 (recurring) or €20 for 60 days (one-time through PlaySega).
  • In Australia, $17.99 for 40 days.

Open beta

An open beta was held for Xbox 360 users a few weeks before it was released in North America. The software was available on the marketplace for Xbox Live Gold subscribers for download for two days starting on October 13, 2006. The trial originally ran until October 18 but was eventually extended to October 21. As of January 15, 2007 it has now been put back onto the marketplace, and the server is up and running, for players who have Xbox Live Gold to download and try. At the end of each month they will purge all characters to allow for newer people to join. [2] It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Expansion

Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus is the expansion pack for Phantasy Star Universe. In addition to new enemies, weapons, levels, and cities, there will be more options available to individualize and customize further the look of player avatars. Ambition of the Illuminus continues the Phantasy Star Universe story online as the player's personal online avatar. Now the central character, he or she will investigate and work to restore peace in the chaotic Gurhal System. The player investigates through a series of single-player missions, meeting familiar characters like Ethan Waber from Episode 1, along with new ones, including a GUARDIANS instructor, Laia Martinez. In addition, the online multiplayer world, with its fast-paced, engaging battle experience for up to six players, will be greatly expanded, with new missions, cities, and enemies. The first trailer, japanese language, its available on the internet.


According to Sega's press release, Ambition of the Illuminus will contain the following new features:

  • Expanded character customization. Players get many more options to customize facial features, hair styles, body types, color palette, and clothing options.
  • Enriched player-to-player interaction. New lobbies, including the Casino Voloyal which features games like roulette and slots, provide more social experiences for players.
  • New weapons, combat abilities, and classes heighten the intensity of real-time battles. With additional weapons types and new special fighting abilities—including new SUV-weapons, photon arts, and all-new classes—players will have more ways to expand or specialize the character's role within the game.
  • New levels, enemies and bosses. With new areas to explore, such as the ruins of Old Rozenom City and the Granigs Mine, and new enemy types including new bosses, players face brand new challenges in all-new environments.
  • The user's personal avatar is the main character. In Phantasy Star Universe, players experienced the story through the eyes of Ethan Waber. In Ambition of the Illuminus, they will complete missions using their own customized avatar, working to restore peace in the Gurhal System.
  • Playable levels from the original Phantasy Star Online, including Forest, Cave, and Mine, at least.

See also

Phantasy Star Online (PSO) was an online title for Sega Dreamcast released in 2000. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
PSO-World.com - Phantasy Star Online & Phantasy Star Universe (920 words)
Phantasy Star Universe, also referred to as 'PSU', is a new, full length adventure in the Phantasy Star series.
PSU is said to provide a full-featured offline RPG experience, with an estimated 40+ hours of gameplay.
Phantasy Star Universe delivers a rich, ever evolving world and will provide hours of entertainment to both online and offline RPG enthusiasts.
Phantasy Star Universe - Xbox 360 News - QJ.NET (2918 words)
Phantasy Star Universe - Xbox 360 News - QJ.NET
The release of Sega's Phantasy Star Universe is only a few weeks away now and the team over at Achieve360Points have posted the achievement list for the game.
With the 360 Phantasy Star Universe, users won't be able to play with gamers on other consoles BUT, it will feature Voice Chat, which is something that the other titles from the PSO series didn't have, and will also don bumped-up high-definition visuals and support for 5.1 dolby surround sound.
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