• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Jan 29, 2001
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8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

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  • Summary: Pioneer 2 finally completed it's long voyage to the new home world. But as the ship entered orbit, an enormous explosion shook the entire planet, and all contact with the thousands of people already there was lost. Now, in the first worldwide online console RPG, players from around thePioneer 2 finally completed it's long voyage to the new home world. But as the ship entered orbit, an enormous explosion shook the entire planet, and all contact with the thousands of people already there was lost. Now, in the first worldwide online console RPG, players from around the globe must unite to discover what has happened. Phantasy Star Online continues in the tradition of one of the most popular series of all time, and becomes a revolutionary and truly global gaming experience in an online, persistent world. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Total Video Games
    100
    Explaining the genius and scarily addictive quality of Phantasy Star Online is tricky indeed, it is something that needs to be played and experienced.
  2. Daily Radar
    100
    The Bottom Line: Brilliant.
  3. Da Gameboyz
    96
    As a single player game there is room for improvement but overall the stellar graphics, excellent sound and added touch of the online multiplayer ability make PSO a must have for any Dreamcast owner. The Joystick is way up.
  4. Like the original "Diablo," the game offers an insidiously addictive style that you'll be hard pressed to pull yourself away from.
  5. Spank!
    90
    One billion points for single handily dragging online RPGs out of a mire of orcs, beards and dreadful graphics. It's repetitive and shallow (kind of) but it's also amazingly beautiful, addictive and - believe it or not - socially rewarding and instructive!
  6. 85
    The graphics in Phantasy Star Online are excellent in all respects. Not only is the lighting superb, but the general design of the environments is also both visually appealing and extremely efficient.
  7. 70
    It's straightforward, hack-n-slash combat online or off. But you must jump online, however, to get the full experience of what the Dreamcast is capable of doing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. BobD.
    Jul 3, 2001
    10
    This wonderfully thought out game brings to life the true aspects of how an online RPG really should be. One of the best I've played in This wonderfully thought out game brings to life the true aspects of how an online RPG really should be. One of the best I've played in a long time. Expand
  2. BrianW.
    Jun 27, 2001
    10
    This is the best RPG I have ever played. Making new characters and improving them. You can customize your character to all most every race on This is the best RPG I have ever played. Making new characters and improving them. You can customize your character to all most every race on Earth. Even if you want him to look like a total idiot you can. Expand
  3. Sep 16, 2019
    10
    This is such an amazing online game! Expansive maps, a variety of character classes, beautiful yet decent graphics, and a great community (atThis is such an amazing online game! Expansive maps, a variety of character classes, beautiful yet decent graphics, and a great community (at least for Ephinea). This is worth your time. Expand
  4. JeremyT.
    Jul 5, 2001
    10
    Brilliant.
  5. Dec 2, 2015
    10
    The dreamcast in collaboration with this game were so far ahead of their times it's incredible to think just how iconic of a gem this gameThe dreamcast in collaboration with this game were so far ahead of their times it's incredible to think just how iconic of a gem this game really is. First online console and such a huge diverse MMO this was. They just don't make 'em like this anymore. Absolute classic. Expand
  6. Jul 25, 2016
    10
    One of the best combat games and one of the best Dreamcast games. This game has great gameplay and great combat mechanics. Great music, greatOne of the best combat games and one of the best Dreamcast games. This game has great gameplay and great combat mechanics. Great music, great graphics, what more could you ask for? Expand
  7. JubeiT.
    Jan 23, 2002
    9
    I LOVE THIS GAME! So you ask then why did I give it a 9? because its got a terrible story just like every other action/adventure (since this I LOVE THIS GAME! So you ask then why did I give it a 9? because its got a terrible story just like every other action/adventure (since this no RPG it just RPG elements like most games do) but 3 words sum it all up: BUY THIS GAME! Expand

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#6 Most Discussed Dreamcast Game of 2001