Phantasy Star Portable 2 PSP

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  • Summary: Explore the universe of SEGA's critically acclaimed and best selling RPG franchise in this second installment of the Phantasy Star portable series.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Oct 22, 2010
    84
    Basically, if you've enjoyed this type of RPG before and have the time to get into a new one, Phantasy Star Portable 2 is pretty much a must-buy.
  2. Games Master UK
    Dec 25, 2010
    78
    A refined experience, moving away from forgettable grind to a worthy adventure. [Issue#231, p.91]
  3. If you're going to play alone, you will have to deal with some noticeable camera issues and hours of grinding. If you're planning on playing with friends or strangers, you'll still have to deal with the same problems, the amount of content available may make up for it.
  4. 70
    A refreshing take on the RPG genre. Your preferences will decide how much enjoyment you gain from it, but as it stands, Phantasy Star Portable 2 is an accessible adventure for every PSP owner.
  5. Play UK
    68
    It's text heavy, combat can be clumsy and the premise for this RPG is hardly original, but JRPG fans are going to love Phantasy Star Portable 2 regardless. [Issue#197, p.98]
  6. Phantasy Star Portable 2 is a decent RPG, but one sorely in need of a genre update. Its online multiplayer is a welcome addition to last year's PSP predecessor, but suffers from the sparse functionality, community the portable is known for. Even Phantasy Star fans will find its story mode, camera angles lacking.
  7. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Oct 28, 2010
    50
    Fighting other players online might be new to the portable series, but too much of the game just feels old. [Dec 2010, p.79]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Sep 20, 2010
    10
    This is now one of my favorite games on PSP now. I cant put it down and my hands hurt from the constant play on the PSP. (I wish theseThis is now one of my favorite games on PSP now. I cant put it down and my hands hurt from the constant play on the PSP. (I wish these handhelds were a little more ergo.) It took me back to the Dreamcast days of playing PSO online but actually plays better. I never picked up the 1st PSO portable due to the lack of the online component and I was not too into the PSO Universe although I passed it and played a little online. This one is the best PSO since the Dremcast/Xbox days. Expand
  2. Aug 14, 2013
    10
    Probably the second best game I've ever played, amazingly good gameplay and muiti-player features. The only setback is the hackers thatProbably the second best game I've ever played, amazingly good gameplay and muiti-player features. The only setback is the hackers that infiltrated the servers and spread like disease. Expand
  3. Sep 18, 2010
    10
    Easily one of the best or the best action dungeon crawler made to date. Touting innovation after innovation, Sega nails it! From a previouslyEasily one of the best or the best action dungeon crawler made to date. Touting innovation after innovation, Sega nails it! From a previously well established character generators to well defined combat system that is deep but accessible to new players. The pace of the game is fluid with enemies keeping the player on their toes and deeply interested with such well implemented features like blocks, rolls and counters. The game is already doing what many of us have always wanted as kids and is delivering features that even colossal games like Diablo 3 will not have. Being able to go into first person and targeting enemy weak spots or doing a timed 5 hit combo with customized weapon to your liking are only things that will be seen in this dungeon crawler.

    The multi-player is great and offers new modes of game-play like "VS" mode. Sega has gone out of their way to make playing worth other members easy and with great thought out user preference system, it really takes teaming up or meeting with players to a whole new level.

    Design and sound wise it is AAA, with well designed areas and bosses the game sure shows a great level of polish and easily one of the must have portables of all time.

    Sega really listened to its fan-base and fixed all the old issues the previous version suffered from and is on its way to push the dungeon crawler once again.

    graphics and design-A+
    Sound and music-A
    Gameplay-A++
    Replay value-A+++
    Narrative-C
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  4. Jul 9, 2011
    9
    Probably one of the funniest games on the psp and after playing the first I was so surprised to have a really good upgrade and not just aProbably one of the funniest games on the psp and after playing the first I was so surprised to have a really good upgrade and not just a simple remodel of the first one (for the most part...). First of all: WoW, this game is massively huge (in both gameplay and content): there are lots stages and missions, a lot of weapons, a lot of customization for your character and 4 classes to choose (hunter, ranger, force and vanguard); you're gonna lose a lot of time on powering yourself up and switching classes. Second: the first one lacked multiplayer because it was only ad-hoc and since I hadn't peeps to play with i just playedby myself: the sequel has online too (yes!) and even though it's nothing great it's still good to play it and chat with other players. And third: some changes were made: the combat system is a lot flexible (you do more damage as the chain is higher), which is actually a good thing and helps on some hard fights; the 4 classes (less than the previous) are a lot more balanced and can be customized to the player's desires (higher hp, better attack, etc); depending on the race, you have a fixed amount of PP, which is basically your "magic points" (instead of having weapons with fixed amount of PP), the skills (or discs) don't upgrade now by using them repeatedly but by buying new ones. Few things though made me feel sad: there's basically no voice acting in most of the dialogues (except cutscenes); the story isn't bad but it's just there...to be there, since your character doesn't talk and it's not even seen in the cutscenes; game can be sometimes very hard and cheap (some bosses stun you then kill you right after: niiice...) and the controls, even though they are the same as the previous game, are still annoying to master. Bottom line, a great and funny game, lots of things to do, very fun battles and in general a bigger game than the original: get it and enjoy it! Expand
  5. Sep 4, 2011
    9
    An absolutely wonderful and in-depth RPG with enjoyable battles, loads of character customization, and a decent story. The games sportsAn absolutely wonderful and in-depth RPG with enjoyable battles, loads of character customization, and a decent story. The games sports reasonably good graphics for the PSP, and doesn't suffer from load issues, particularly with Install Data, or a Digital Copy of the game. The game does have two slight flaws though. the first is the voice acting, which, all in all, is pretty good, with one exception. This wouldn't be a problem, except for the fact that the voice in question belongs to the main heroine. The other flaw the game experiences is a veeeery steep level grind towards the later levels, and beating Hard Mode may be an inconceivable goal for those not devoted to the game and franchise. That said, the combat is enjoyable, with some fresh twists to the "Universe" series somewhat stale gameplay. There are many new outfits, mods, weapons, missions, enemies, and players of PSO will enjoy returning to some classic locales, such as the Forest and Mountain areas of PSO. Sega fans will not be left out either, with several items referencing popular works such as Sonic the Hedgehog, NiGHTS, and Valkyria Chronicles. All in all, a great buy for a PSP owner, and a must buy for fans of the PS series, and SEGA in general. Expand
  6. Jul 17, 2011
    9
    Erm.. a bit of a mixed bag but overall uses the hardware incredibly well with an outstanding story mode and online play almost rivalling thatErm.. a bit of a mixed bag but overall uses the hardware incredibly well with an outstanding story mode and online play almost rivalling that of Phantasy Star Universe. My only real criticism is the relative lack of development of the raw gameplay and levels in Phantasy Star titles since Online in 2001, as the structure of the levels remains largely the same (room to room, door to door, fair predictable). However, a spectacular achievement on only a portable console and a very worthy addition to the series! Expand
  7. Sep 28, 2010
    5
    I'll just put this is as simple as possible, if you played the PS2 version and the first in the portable series and you didn't like it...I'll just put this is as simple as possible, if you played the PS2 version and the first in the portable series and you didn't like it... don't even bother. At first the series felt refreshing but when they just starts to get lazy and using the same gameplay engine over and over again I just want to say either polish it or just stop it, the plot is... it's from Sega, they haven't been capable of producing anything nice in a really long time and I don't expect it too anytime soon. For fans that like it go ahead for those who's new and willing to try, I suggest something else. Expand

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#8 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2010
#26 Most Shared PSP Game of 2010