Phantasy Star Universe PC

User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
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  1. DanielG.
    Oct 29, 2006
    9
    I've been a fan of the series since the first Phantasy Star on the master system. This one borrows a lot from Phantasy Star Online, but brings a lot of surprises from the older four games, like the planet hopping where the camera positions itself behind the spaceship just like in PS4. The story mode is also good, albeit a bit corny though at times. Compared to PSO, it is much faster I've been a fan of the series since the first Phantasy Star on the master system. This one borrows a lot from Phantasy Star Online, but brings a lot of surprises from the older four games, like the planet hopping where the camera positions itself behind the spaceship just like in PS4. The story mode is also good, albeit a bit corny though at times. Compared to PSO, it is much faster paced and the system is just awesome. As usual though, it seems like Final Fantasy is stealing the show from a clearly superior, underrated "ph"ranchise. Expand
  2. JamesL.
    Nov 12, 2006
    10
    By far one of the best games and mmo's to hit the market. Though with a few issues with content release, there is enough currently available plus much room for expansion. The game is streamline and cleaned up from it's predecessor Phantasy Star Online. Anyone who enjoy PSO or wants to pick up a quicker paced style of MMO, this is your chance.
  3. BobGnikrul
    Nov 22, 2006
    9
    Does PSU have a complex stat system for you to spend hours carefully maximising? Nope. Does PSU have grandiose worlds for you to spend days exploring and still never see it all? No way. Does PSU have an engrossing backstory or offer rich roleplaying oppourtunities? Still nope. Almost everything that makes an MMO good is missing from PSU. So what DOES it have? The same thing PSO had. AnDoes PSU have a complex stat system for you to spend hours carefully maximising? Nope. Does PSU have grandiose worlds for you to spend days exploring and still never see it all? No way. Does PSU have an engrossing backstory or offer rich roleplaying oppourtunities? Still nope. Almost everything that makes an MMO good is missing from PSU. So what DOES it have? The same thing PSO had. An immersive, entertaining, flexible combat system thats almost as fun to watch as it is to use and which has no learning curve whatsoever. You can focus entirely on getting the most out of every hit one moment and lazily coast along, still fufilling your job in a party but holding a conversation or two at the same time the next moment. The game should not be looked at as an MMO, for by MMO standards its terrible, but as a fun, relaxing, and attractive background activity to play with a few friends while socializing it excels, just as it's predeccesor did. Expand
  4. AdamD.
    Dec 18, 2006
    9
    This is the best Phantasy star I have played, and tops ep's 1, 2, 3, and 4, and the combat system has some fun new features, it could use some better graphics, but it is overall a fun and entertaining game.
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. Just more of the same thing: simple dungeon crawling. It's fun online; it's not fun offline. This is a hard one to rate, as it's pretty convoluted.
  2. Universe is a strong and worthy sequel to the 2000 Dreamcast classic, but key absences – specifically the offline multiplayer – make a very good case for waiting.
  3. 55
    Not enough was done to the Phantasy Star Online formula for this newest title in the series to feel fresh. Simply adding new weapons and techniques, changing the environments and adding a few extras such as the bedroom isn't enough when the online RPG has become a fully blown phenomenon.