Phantasy Star Online was my first MMORPG. I remember getting it for the original Xbox and being hooked immediately. When the Xbox 360 came out, I played Phantasy Star Universe, which was universally disliked by many, but I enjoyed it. Maybe it’s because I was younger, but I just liked playing the Phantasy Star Games
When Phantasy Star Online 2 was announced, I was excited, but then they decided not to release the game out West for some reason, and I never bothered to try to deal with an English patch of the game. I kept hoping (after almost a decade) that Phantasy Star Online 2 would eventually come to the West and I could step back into their world.
Phantasy Star Online 2 hit Steam in August of 2020, and I was excited to get into it, but I almost never had the time. Now, I have a little more free time to pursue my backlog of video games, and PSO2 is one of them.
Of course, as soon as I booted up the game for the first time, I had to go through some patching before I hit the character creator.
I started working on a character I knew I’d enjoy looking at for months (or even years to come). Who doesn’t like a girl with glasses, a microphone, and a ridiculous hat?
I mean, just look at her. If she isn’t the epitome of “Phantasy Star,” then I don’t know what is.
The tutorial mission sent me through a forest that brought back memories of the forest area from the first Phantasy Star Online game. It really made me feel nostalgic.
Even during the tutorial, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. They were trying to explain things to me via their tutorial narration, but I’m sitting there like, “Okay? I have no idea what these abilities are, but I’ll push buttons until I get the hang of it.”
I play with a controller, so it was a little difficult for me to see what I was targeting. It seems like Phantasy Star Online 2 utilizes a system where players have to target weak spots and time attacks between their attacks. Of course, I did none of that during the first or second boss fight because I had no idea what buttons I was pressing, so it was more of a “push buttons until it dies” strategy for me.
Fortunately, me and my ridiculous hat made it through the entire tutorial, where I learned absolutely nothing about the game.
All I know now is I’m ready to embark on my story as a new ARK recruit, ready to save the universe? I think?
I guess I’ll utilize the strategy I employed through the first Phantasy Star Online game: Fake it until I make it.