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  • Summary: A strangely powerful Photon-like substance found on Planet Ragol has spurred a raging battle between the Hunters and a rebel team called the Arkz. The prized matter known as "The Germ" has unique replicating powers and can be sealed in small playing-card-sized packets. Warriors carrying a deck of the sought-after cards can then bring unprecedented amounts of destructive weapons and creatures into battle. Fight with the Hero Hunters or on the rebels' Dark Side and stack your decks accordingly. You'll compose several powerful decks from nearly 500 cards featuring fighting moves, weapons, and PSO creatures. Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Somehow, developer Sonic Team managed to meld everything great about the previous PSOs (aesthetic beauty, and engaging online community, and the never-ending quest for better equipment) with a simple, addictive card game. [Apr 2004, p.128]
  2. A very good game, but I just am not too much into the card scene. I am sure all of you who loves this type of game will love it.
  3. 8 / 8 / 8 / 8 - 32 gold [Vol 781]
  4. 75
    Every element of it is solid but unexceptional. Card battling is done far better by PS2's "Culdcept"; story is done better by a host of other RPGs. In fact, the only area where I think it'd be truly difficult to compete with PSO III is music -- this soundtrack is almost too good for the game.
  5. 70
    Unfortunately, the focus on strategy has placed the RPG elements firmly in the back seat, and the story feels out of place and intrudes rudely on the pleasure of card battling. PSOEIII's attempt to infuse a decent card game with a rich plot only confuses matters.
  6. While PSO began as a genuine phenomenon, it ends with something more like a fizzled experiment.
  7. This is a craply-plotted sci-fi novel meets a game of chess meets Industrial Light & Magic meets Yu-Gi-Oh!. Fanboys: silence.

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Score distribution:
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  1. AndyE.
    Jul 4, 2005
    I liked it and it's more than challenging after the ARKZ attack the Piooner 2!
  2. [Anonymous]
    Feb 8, 2004
    Phantasy Star is an amazing RPG series. This new game should please all fans, young and old alike. PSO 3 is nothing short of a work of art.
  3. Para
    Mar 3, 2004
    Absolutely fun! It is easy to understand and with the addiction of obtaining stronger cards will keep you playing. Brings back memories of manga type cutscenes from the older PS series. Expand
  4. Dr.Ransom
    Mar 10, 2004
    Don't let the cards discourage you, it's a great new addition to the gameplay. Now you actually have to think to win instead of just mashing on the attack button. Plus, the animated cut scenes are beautiful and really give the characters depth. Expand
  5. ClelJ.
    May 19, 2004
    this game is one of the best, when I first got it I thought I'd wasted my money but after giving it a chance I play it more then the older series of PSO. Expand
  6. AnthonyM.
    Mar 8, 2004
    The reviews have certainly mixed, which is understandable. The contrast between EP I&II and EP III is great. Some of the reviews, though *cough*GamePro*cough* look too much at the lack of RPG like its predecessors. They should take the advice like what Games Domain and EGM suggest: players should not look at this as a spiritual sequel, but as a fresh new game. The card system itself is well done, and the strategy is easy to learn but still in-depth. People should really give this game a shot. Expand