Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
Buy On
  1. GMR Magazine
    70
    For newbies, this is still a great game, but for veterans of previous iterations, there's no reason to switch. [July 2003, p.75]
  2. The ability to communicate vocally is hand over fist an improvement over the keyboard and icon based communication in the other versions of the game.
  3. While Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 & 2 is a fantastic game in its own right, the fact that its takes such little advantage of the hardware it’s running on prevents us from being truly ecstatic.
  4. As with all console versions of PSO, serious design flaws significantly detract from the game, namely poor enemy AI and sensory awareness, horrible targeting, and a thin plot.

Awards & Rankings

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#34 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jun 20, 2015
    10
    My favorite game ever made, period. Seemingly endless amounts of content, with hundreds upon hundreds of weapons to find, ranging from RPGMy favorite game ever made, period. Seemingly endless amounts of content, with hundreds upon hundreds of weapons to find, ranging from RPG staples like broadswords, katanas, and bows, to sci-fi lightsaber goodness. Want to wield a sword similar to a Star Wars lightsaber? It's in here. Want a giant two-handed monstrosity like Guts from Berserk? It's in here, too. Want a sniper rifle? Yep. Dual-lightsaber like Darth Maul? Got it. You'll never stop playing. Full Review »
  2. SheltonA.
    Jan 24, 2007
    10
    I love this game can't get any better thanks Sega and Microsoft for their hard work send me any facts about more PSO's coming out.
  3. RobertB.
    Aug 17, 2005
    10
    This is one of the best games i have ever played! i played it for the gamecube first with my friends and got addicted, i was over there 24/7, This is one of the best games i have ever played! i played it for the gamecube first with my friends and got addicted, i was over there 24/7, then i got it for xbox and played online.....i didn't eat for days.....no sleep...almost died...but who cares! it was all worth it, even with the hacks and mods people do it is still probally the best game ever. Awesome weapons and character creation, the battle system is really cool and the graphics are pretty good, i suggest you buy this game...in fact, by 3 of them in case a cd breaks or something :) Full Review »