• 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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. I found Phantasy Star Portable to be nothing other than a disappointment, it has redeeming features but too many flaws to make it enjoyable.
  5. 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 »