Many great series started in the late 80’s and one of those series was Phantasy Star. Phantasy Star is a role-playing game that has been developed and published by Sega in 1987. As for the series, it has debuted in 1987 on Sega Master System and during the years, it has got many sequels and spin-off on all sorts of different consoles. One of the major spin-offs is the Phantasy Star Universe that takes the game to space and distant future. As for the universe series, we already got three games from it, and now, we’re getting a fourth one. Phatasy Star Universe has been available on several consoles and PlayStation Portable soon got games from Phantasy Star Universe franchise as well. We already got one Phantasy Star game on PSP called Phantasy Star Portable that was released in 2008. Phantasy Star Portable introduced co-op multiplayer for four players and it was well accepted among the audience. In fact, Phantasy Star Portable was the 14th best-selling game in Japan in 2008. After the success of Phantasy Star Portable, a sequel was announced exclusively for the PSP, and that way we got Phantasy Star Portable 2.
Phantasy Star Portable 2 is developed by Alfa System, the same developer that made previous Phantasy Star game for PSP, and it is being published by Sega. Plot takes place three years after the events of Phantasy Star Universe. All four races have united and they have defeated the SEED, but now there’s another threat in the universe. It seems that resources in Gurhal are diminishing and therefore Gurhalians are migrating to outer space. In Phantasy Star Portable 2, you play as a member of private military group that is known as the “Little Wing” on and you start on Clad 6. At the beginning of the game, you need to create your character. Just like in many other games, you create your character by choosing facial features, gender, body type, and of course voice. After you’ve created your character, you need to choose your class. The class you choose in singleplayer will be available in multiplayer so you won’t have to worry about that. In addition, you can transfer your character from Phantasy Star Portable into Phantasy Star Portable 2 without any problems. We should mention that you won’t be able to transfer all the data from your old character. Instead, you can only transfer character’s name and physical appearance. You will probably be disappointed by the fact that you won’t be able to transfer your level nor your items, but if you choose to transfer your character, you’ll get a photon saber that is named “Exam”, and one of the four armor types depending on your class. In addition, if you transfer you character from Phantasy Star Portable, some NPCs will mention that your character was a former GUARDIAN, and that is a nice detail to the storyline. Besides you, you’ll meet other characters such as 16-year-old human girl Emilia Percival. Emilia Percival is your partner and she doesn’t talk too much about her past. Besides Emilia, there’s Kraz Müller, 34-year-old Beastman, and he’s the leader of Little Wing and Emilia’s guardian. There’s Yuto Yun Yunkath, a 15-year-old Newman, and he’s a close friend of Emilia. There are some characters from previous games, and one of them is Lumia Waber, 17-year-old girl. She is a younger sister of famed GUARDIAN and hero, Ethan Waber, and she has appeared in Phantasy Star Portable as a 13-year-old. You’ll get a chance to meet Ursula Rollan, 32-year-old Newman female, and interesting thing about her is that she has known Kraz and Emilia from before. Besides that, she is special because her favorite weapon is the whip. There’s Chelsea, a cheerful receptionist, and she is also a close friend of Emilia. Besides that, Chelsea used to be a soldier before she became a receptionist. There are some spooky characters as well, and one of those characters is Mika. She is invisible, and only people that can see her are you, Emilia, Yuto and Shizuru. As for Shizuru, he’s a mysterious 20-year-old man, and it seems that he was possessed by Sun God. Shizuru Shu manages to reject the Sun God, and joins Mika in order to defeat him.
As for the gameplay, you’ll spend most of your time fighting through dungeons and collecting new equipment. There are several types of weapons available in Phantasy Star Portable 2 such as sabers, whips, sniper rifles, and you’ll have a lot of fun while trying to find them all. We should mention that action pallet from first game is present and thanks to it, you’ll easily switch between items during the combat. Players can perform basic attacks with the Square button and photon attacks with the Triangle button and deal more damage that way, but if you want to cause some serious damage, you should try to time several basic attacks into a combo. Of course, you can combine basic combo attacks with photon special attacks in order to get some devastating combos. As for the camera, it works pretty well in this game, since you can lock onto your target with a shoulder button. However, camera can give you some problems if you’re fighting against fast enemies because you’ll need to adjust it constantly. On the other hand, combat is fast and intense with a lot of detail, and it’s generally interesting. We should also mention that AI of your teammates works well, but you probably shouldn’t rely on them too much, because they can make mistakes from time to time. Anyway, you’ll get the best experience from Phantasy Star Portable 2 if you play it online with your friends, since AI of your teammates isn’t always working that well. As for the graphics, Phantasy Star Portable 2 looks decent, but it’s not the best looking game on the PSP. Some textures have low detail and some of them might look outdated, but overall, graphics is okay.
So what can we say about Phantasy Star Portable 2? If you’re into online action RPGs, Phantasy Star Portable 2 might be the right game for you. Tons of weapons, attractive special moves and intense combat combined with online multiplayer is always a good solution.