Phantasy Star Zero DS

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Nov 10, 2009
Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
Buy On
  1. Easy online access, fulfilling single-player experience. Fun action with RPG elements makes the hunt for gear in an interesting world a real treat. If you own a DS and you care about quality entertainment, then you need this game.
  2. Aside from that, Phantasy Star Zero is a fantastic RPG on the DS and one of the first that's really nailed a lag-free online experience for four players.
  3. Phantasy Star Zero will not disappoint those Phantasy Star Online fans who aren't still tired of its immutable concept, but how many of them are out there? Moreover, this is probably the worst among all episodes, mainly due to a chaotic combat system and poor AI. Still, it's not so bad and will guarantee your daily dose of grinding and looting.
  4. Games Master UK
    81
    Impeccable online role-playing. Great for fans of the original, simple enough for newbies. [Apr 2010, p.67]
  5. Nintendo Power
    80
    It's a shame that the developers squandered the chance to really build upon Phantasy Star Online, but there's no denying that when you have a few friends at your side, Phantasy Star 0 is just as much fun as its grandpa used to be. [Dec 2009, p.82]
  6. Longtime fans of the series will appreciate how much loving care has been put into this product and, if you can find the friends, will provide countless hours of an addicting multiplayer adventure to take with you wherever you go.
  7. Intriguing and deep, this Action RPG is a perfect tribute to the original Phantasy Star. Visual Chat and multiplayer options make it a damn good online game.
  8. 80
    It is worth it to give Phantasy Star 0 a shot, and it is just hard to recommend across the board.
  9. 80
    It's not a game for everyone, but those who are fans of "grindfest" games like Diablo will have a blast with this game, especially considering you can play it while waiting in the line at the DMV.
  10. Nintendo Gamer
    80
    Succeeds in delivering Phantasy Star Online to DS, but niggling flaws and missed opportunities tarnish an otherwise great online RPG. [Mar 2010, p.62]
  11. While fans will no doubt rejoice at having a new PSO game to play making it their new 'habit' others may nofind it quite as 'compelling' but make no mistake, if you have the time to put into it this is a game that will keep on giving for a long time.
  12. Fans of the original Phantasy Star Zero will enjoy the RPG remake. After all these years, the gameplay and complexity of PSZ still rock. Unfortunately the bad camera hasn't changed as well.
  13. Phantasy Star Zero is one of those games that some will fall completely in love with while others just won't get it.
  14. Phantasy Star 0 does have plenty of problems, with the troublesome camera and uninteresting and repetitive single player scenario standing out as the most damning. However, thanks to one of DS's more solid online offerings and the very addictive nature of seeking newer and better loot, Phantasy Star 0 ultimately emerges as more than merely mediocre.
  15. Phantasy Star Zero is just as much fun as its original version used to be. Longtime fans of the series will appreciate this job.
  16. Phantasy Star Zero is a good MMORPG for the Nintendo DS. There are some flaws like the camera or the slower combat system, but the game knows its limits, and it fares rather well on the handheld.

Awards & Rankings

#16 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
#17 Most Shared DS Game of 2009
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Jun 1, 2013
    10
    What can i say, i bought Phantasy Star Zero with the idea of getting a mini version of Phantasy Star: Online. What did i get was far more thenWhat can i say, i bought Phantasy Star Zero with the idea of getting a mini version of Phantasy Star: Online. What did i get was far more then i was expecting, Phantasy Star Zero is in many ways far more advanced then PSO. Classes are far more balanced and the action is more fluid then ever. The graphics and the music is just mindblowingly good for Nintendo DS, it looks equally good as PSO. Also there are new weapon types, classes, features and very good story mode. To keep this short i just say this...BUY THIS GAME if you are a fan of Phantasy Star games. Also this game is great way to introduce yourself to Phantasy Star serie. Full Review »
  2. GatchamanE.
    Jan 30, 2010
    9
    This is a great game! Sure the story isn't all that grabbing and the customization could be a little better. But the gameplay and the This is a great game! Sure the story isn't all that grabbing and the customization could be a little better. But the gameplay and the multiplayer makes this a very rewarding experience. If u have a DS, this is a must-own! Full Review »
  3. JesúsM.M.G.
    Jan 5, 2010
    4
    Some character customization, a good amount of races and classes, quite decent garphics, an a less than average history, all thos combined Some character customization, a good amount of races and classes, quite decent garphics, an a less than average history, all thos combined with a repetitive gameplay, limited advancement of the classes and a linear gameplay makes his game a BIG delusion for the gamers, I like PSOnline, and tought PSZero was a good choice for my portable console, but in less than 2 hours I had saw it all at the 4 hours I was soooo bored, with the frustrating and linear game, I finished it up in less than a week, between work and free time, and discovered it had sooo litle replayability value a BIG failura in the PStar series, mine is in @bay but I can't blame 'ny one if I cant sell it. Worth just a look in the mall, or a weekend rent if You are a PStar fan. Full Review »