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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Oct 22, 2010
    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. Dec 25, 2010
    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. Although Sega really hasn't gone to great extents to attract casual players with Phantasy Star Portable 2, long-time fans will no doubt enjoy the gameplay tweaks and online features – not to mention leveling up to around 200. If that's your thing, have at it.
  5. Phantasy Star Portable 2 improves the gameplay of the previous game, but the visuals are still a little far of other similar games like Monster Hunter on PSP. Sega offers a better IA, a more solid world, and a nice multiplayer online mode, what will attracts the fans of the franchise. But we still think the franchise can offers better experience and to take more advantage of the hardware.
  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. 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 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Sep 20, 2010
    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 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
    Probably 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
    Easily 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
    Replay value-A+++
  4. Jul 17, 2011
    Erm.. 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
  5. Sep 20, 2010
    An extremely robust game for the handheld. Even if you didn't like the first one, there is still hope for you liking the second. The mechanics have been adjusted, story more thoroughly fleshed out, and bells and whistles a plenty in this engrossing handheld game that has about as much content as an MMORPG. It's dungeon crawler loot based gameplay with a side of armor customization and anime style storyline. It's a great game that will keep you occupied for hours with all of it's nuances and deep content. Expand
  6. Sep 4, 2011
    An 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
  7. Sep 28, 2010
    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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