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  • Summary: Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus is the expansion pack for Phantasy Star Universe, bringing a more personalized and interactive universe to the series. In addition to new enemies, weapons, levels and cities there are more options available for gamers to further individualizePhantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus is the expansion pack for Phantasy Star Universe, bringing a more personalized and interactive universe to the series. In addition to new enemies, weapons, levels and cities there are more options available for gamers to further individualize and customize the look of their avatars. Ambition of the Illuminus continues the PSU story online as the player's personal online avatar is now the central character, investigating and working to restore peace in the chaotic Gurhal System. The player investigates through a series of single-player missions, meeting familiar characters like Ethan Waber from Episode 1, along with other new ones, including a GUARDIAN instructor, Laia Martinez. In addition, the online multiplayer world, with its fast-paced, engaging battle experience for up to six players, has been expanded with new missions, new cities and new enemies. Expanded character customization. Players get many more options to customize facial features, hair styles, body types, color palette, and clothing options. Enriched player-to-player interaction. New lobbies, including the Casino Voloyal which features games like roulette and slots, provide more social experiences for players. New weapons, combat abilities and classes heighten the intensity of real-time battles. With additional weapons types and new special fighting abilities, such as SUV-weapons, Photon Arts, and all new classes, players will have more ways to expand or specialize the character's role within the Universe. New levels, enemies and bosses. With new areas to explore, such as the ruins of Old Rozenom City and the Granigs Mine, and new enemy types including new bosses, players face brand new challenges in all-new environments. The user's personal avatar is the star. In Phantasy Star Universe, players experienced the Universe through the eyes of Ethan Waber. Now they navigate the missions using their own customized avatar, working to restore peace in the Gurhal System. [Sega] Expand
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  1. PC Gamer UK
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    Offline tedium, online repetition. [Apr 2008, p.82]
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  1. JahvelM.
    Jan 1, 2008
    10
    The only thing that's wrong with this game is its graphics,but everything else is great. When i first got the game i was like The only thing that's wrong with this game is its graphics,but everything else is great. When i first got the game i was like WTF?,because i thought it was basically the same game but with a different title, but its not. Just buy the game its great! Expand
  2. DragwindOust
    Apr 19, 2008
    9
    Phantasy Star Universe is a great MMORPG focusing in on dungeon slashing elements. It's a great alternative to the heavy grind MMO'sPhantasy Star Universe is a great MMORPG focusing in on dungeon slashing elements. It's a great alternative to the heavy grind MMO's out there, but also has those objectives for those who wish to do so. A great game that's a lot of fun, and the battle system won't baffle or slow you down. Expand
  3. Karen
    Apr 20, 2008
    9
    AotI has greatly improved the overall gameplay that was present in the original PSU. As a die hard fan of PSO, I found that making theAotI has greatly improved the overall gameplay that was present in the original PSU. As a die hard fan of PSO, I found that making the transition to Phantasy Star Universe was quite difficult initially; however, since the release of AotI, I've really been enjoying myself.

    My advice; if you have been hesitant to give PSU a try --or if you have tried it in the past and were disappointed-- this is a great time to pick up another copy of the game (or resubscribe). Most of the gameplay elements have been vastly improved, and even the original PSO levels will be included/remade as stages in PSU shortly.
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