• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 3, 2009
Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 38
  2. Negative: 5 out of 38
  1. 91
    Any port that makes me consider giving the source material another spin is worth the price of admission any day.
  2. 82
    If you've got a PSP, this is a quality game, something the system hasn't seen much of lately.
  3. Phantasy Star Portable could so easily have been the triple-A title that the PSP so sorely needs at the moment, but without online play it just misses the mark.
  4. This one doesn't break new ground, but Sega did nice work bringing its addictive RPG to the portable arena.
  5. In conclusion, this game does add another level to the franchise that has been successfully transferred to the PSP with strong gameplay, decent graphics, although sometimes a little dated and an impressive soundtrack.
  6. Phantasy Star Portable is a very interesting entry to the PSP RPG library due to the heavier focus on action. In this regard, it's more like the Monster Hunter series, since the emphasis is on raiding and multiplayer.
  7. Phantasy Star Portable is a great MMORPG for the PSP. While it's just a port, it delivers everything we could ever ask for in any game of the genre, and in handheld fashion. Interesting visuals, great gameplay and offline and online game modes, this game is just a step behind the Monster Hunter series on Sony's handheld.
  8. Despite its graphics, which could have been better, Phantasy Star Portable is a noteworthy action and RPG game, and it won't disappoint hardcore series followers.
  9. The story presentation isn't so hot, and the gameplay can get repetitive, but hunting for items, weapons, and gaining experience is addictive.
  10. A really enjoyable game to play, despite it's flaws.
  11. One for longtime fans or those for whom hard work is its own reward. [June 2009, p.78]
  12. It's destined to remain a niche product in Europe, even if, for those who do fall for it, its depths as a handheld multiplayer RPG ensure it may never be forgotten.
  13. While some Phantasy Star fans will lament the stripped down nature of the game - from SEGA's point of view, this was unavoidable - overall it's complete fan service. The lack of online play (something that may be rectified by the PSP's linking with the PS3) is a disappointment, as is the overall sense that it's not quite as triple-A a product as it could have been, but as a PSP game it's certainly up there with the best of 2009.
  14. Phantasy Star Portable teeters on the edge of being too complicated but its innovative controls ensures the action RPG always stays playable.
  15. Above-average Rogue-like space RPG action. More-ish. [June 2009, p.71]
  16. 70
    Despite its problems, including a terribly lackluster story, poor AI and imperfect lock-ons, Phantasy Star Portable is really satisfying, especially if you enjoy collecting loot and seeing your deliciously fashionable robo-wizard level up.
  17. You could do a lot worse. [June 2009, p.76]
  18. In the end Phantasy Star Portable will only appeal to people who can play it with friends. As a single player game is feels rather mediocre as you traverse through the dreary story.
  19. Phantasy Star Portable takes the better things of the two previous PS Universe games to offer a handheld experience with huge possibilities, especially in its multiplayer mode. The visuals look so good and the combat mechanics are rights but sadly the game contains a poor AI and an empty story. A good classic role-playing game, now on PSP.
  20. Despite some notable flaws, Phantasy Star Portable is an addictive hack 'n slash.
  21. 68
    Those who've always wanted a portable slice of Phantasy Star will find hours of content to enjoy, especially if they have a like minded friend or two. The rest of the world however may find it more of an acquired taste.
  22. Overall, weak production values hurt a game that had a lot of potential. Hardcore RPG fans will find something to enjoy but won’t get overly excited about it, while the average gamer will find this game to be interesting at first and then the tedium will set in. Clearly, if you like RPGs this is worth a try but otherwise I would pass on this one.
  23. Whoever fell in love with Phantasy Star Universe will certainly like this porting, for better or for worse. The franchise however needs nowadays a severe update to be more attractive: combat is definitely out-of-date and gameplay becomes repetitive soon despite of the multiplayer mode. Nevertheless, fans of the genre or the series will like this portable installment of their favourite dungeon-crawling.
  24. Phantasy Star Portable’s arenas offer loads of loot if you’re in need of satisfying a role-playing craving. The problem is that it’s designed for extended sessions rather than portable play, and you’ll spend as much time talking about a rabbit-eared robot’s feelings as you will slaughtering legions of monsters.
  25. Ask yourself: how much do you care about fictional weaponry? [June 2009, p.95]
  26. The entire mechanism can become tedious in a short term, but if you have the chance to play with three or four friends, then all this becomes a much better experience.
  27. The Phantasy Star Online legacy still goes unfulfilled, as the portable version treads water.
  28. Overall Phantasy Star Portable will only appeal to fans of the franchise. There’s simply not enough to entice most to play, mainly to its repetitive nature and the depth it requires to get the most out of the title.
  29. If discovering, collecting, and equipping oddly designed loot is your passion, then Phantasy Star Portable is your type of game. [June 2009, p.81]
  30. We'll be waiting for Phantasy Star Zero to see if that instead can re-awaken the RPG magic the series once held above all others. [June 2009, p.116]
  31. Same situation, same mistakes all over again – Phantasy Star will bore you with stereotypical missions during the first hour of gameplay... and will not stop until you give up. [May 2009]
  32. For all its many graces, Phantasy Star Portable is the latest in a series that’s still trying to ride on its claim of being the first online console RPG, clumsily forgetting the last nine years ever happened.
  33. The Phantasy Star series is one that has incredible potential on any handheld if done right. Unfortunately, Sega’s second attempt at a Phantasy Star game on the PSP comes up well short of anybody’s expectations.
  34. On the one hand, the game impresses with a very detailed constructor for characters and the multiplayer-mode, but on the other hand the game has many weaknesses, such as, for example, graphics, but that is probably because of the low storage capacity of the UMD-Discs.
  35. Unless you possess a particular zeal for collecting and upgrading slightly different weapons, the familiarity of slicing through yet another batch of spawning creatures soon grinds way at the thin gameplay. [June 2009, p.97]
  36. I found Phantasy Star Portable to be nothing other than a disappointment, it has redeeming features but too many flaws to make it enjoyable.
  37. 30
    If you can track down three friends to play with and enjoy this style of gameplay, Phantasy Star Portable might be an enjoyable experience. However, it remains an excessively repetitive grindfest with little lasting appeal, regardless of multiplayer capabilities.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Aug 16, 2012
    7
    This game is good for mindless entertainment. The story is cliched and relatively boring. The characters are horribly voiced and lack depth. Your choices sort of matter but the game is only really good for the dungeons. However, you better be ready to see the same dungeons over and over again. I was entertained only because of the nice music, loads of weapons and excellent graphics (for the psp). Lastly, this game has a fantastic customization system for a portable game. Full Review »