• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Jan 29, 2001

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. A graphical and technological marvel that offers slick graphics, smooth online play, and groundbreaking communication features. You owe it to yourself to experience it.
  2. Explaining the genius and scarily addictive quality of Phantasy Star Online is tricky indeed, it is something that needs to be played and experienced.
  3. As a single player game there is room for improvement but overall the stellar graphics, excellent sound and added touch of the online multiplayer ability make PSO a must have for any Dreamcast owner. The Joystick is way up.
  4. The lastability of this game is endless. Because this game is so much fun, plus is online, you can be playing this for years to come.
  5. The bottom line is that you must have this game. Even though it has a light story, even though it doesn't have much to offer solo players, PSO is a brilliant game--and what's more, it's a promise of amazing things to come in the Dreamcast's final days and in Sega's new future.
  6. Insanely fun, strategic combat, a host of interesting missions, more customization than you can shake a photon sword at and top-notch graphics that don't depend on flash to satisfy make this one a no-brainer.
  7. 93
    This is among the best games, visually, across all platforms. There's really nothing that compares to the visual quality of PSO.
  8. PSO isn't about the offline experience. It's about taking the game online, which is incredibly fun. The online and offline modes are as different as night and day.
  9. 90
    One billion points for single handily dragging online RPGs out of a mire of orcs, beards and dreadful graphics. It's repetitive and shallow (kind of) but it's also amazingly beautiful, addictive and - believe it or not - socially rewarding and instructive!
  10. 85
    The graphics in Phantasy Star Online are excellent in all respects. Not only is the lighting superb, but the general design of the environments is also both visually appealing and extremely efficient.
  11. Even with its shallow storyline and camera issues, Phantasy Star Online simply manages to be a whole lot of fun.
  12. Tremendously fun gameplay with an addictive online component.
  13. The best console RPG since Squaresoft's "FFVII" on the PlayStation. Get ready for a monster phone bill.
  14. The Bottom Line: Brilliant.
  15. 100
    The best online game on the Dreamcast and will likely keep you awake for days straight.
  16. Gorgeous graphics and that hard-to-explain fun factor that emerges from repeated exposure to its better features (which cannot be easily explained unless you've played PSO online yourself).
  17. Teams of up to four can then venture to visually stunning alien worlds, solving puzzles and wasting anything that moves.
  18. 70
    It's straightforward, hack-n-slash combat online or off. But you must jump online, however, to get the full experience of what the Dreamcast is capable of doing.
  19. Like the original "Diablo," the game offers an insidiously addictive style that you'll be hard pressed to pull yourself away from.
  20. Nice graphics and pleasant music enhance a fairly addictive multiplayer experience-just don't expect much in the way of a traditional single player RPG.
  21. The story wasn't much of a story at all. So for all you readers out there that are hoping for a whopper of a tale, I hope you can be satisfied with a mere kid's meal.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 18, 2014
    This game is truly mind blowing. I mean this game came out in 2001, graphics are good, first online console MMO, story amazing, atmosphere. I remember playing with my friend it was an adventure. It's repayable. The only bad thing is probably its sound quality. Maybe thats just for me. Full Review »
  2. Oct 11, 2013
    This game is incredible. I remember when I first booted it up on my Dreamcast, with my special all-new broadband adapter, and then getting onto the server. I was amazed by it all. Incredible graphics, sound gameplay, and holy crap, the weapons were so cool! Full Review »
  3. JubeiT.
    Jan 23, 2002
    I LOVE THIS GAME! So you ask then why did I give it a 9? because its got a terrible story just like every other action/adventure (since this no RPG it just RPG elements like most games do) but 3 words sum it all up: BUY THIS GAME! Full Review »