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Phantasy Star Online

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For the PC game of the same name, see Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2.
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Phantasy Star Online
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Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Dreamcast
Peripherals supported: Dreamcast VGA Box, Dreamcast Jump Pack, Dreamcast Keyboard, Visual Memory Unit
Genre: RPG































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Dreamcast
JP
¥6,800 HDR-0129
Sega Dreamcast
JP (Limited)
¥6,800 HDR-0142
Sega Dreamcast
US
$? 51100
Sega Dreamcast
EU
€39.99[1] ? MK-51100-50
Sega Dreamcast
BR
R$R? 197306



Phantasy Star Online (ファンタシースターオンライン) is an MMORPG developed by Sonic Team for the Sega Dreamcast. It was the first Phantasy Star game released in six years, following Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium, and makes extensive use of the Dreamcast's online features.

The game was re-released and improved on extensively. This article covers the original Dreamcast release. For the Dreamcast update, see Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2. There are four episodes in the series, however only the first exists in the Dreamcast game. This first episode was re-released for the GameCube and Xbox as Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II in 2002 with an additional secondary Episode added in and with new features such as local multiplayer. The third can be seen in Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution for the Nintendo GameCube and the fourth, Phantasy Star Online Episode IV: Blue Burst was released for Microsoft Windows.

The game itself is a typical RPG, where you slay monsters on the field, find items, upgrade your equipment, and of course, level up. Episodes I, II and IV differ from many previous games of this genre by offering a real-time, rather than turn-based approach to combat - and seamlessly integrating this with the exploration/plot development aspects of the game.

Story

Unlike the rest of the Phantasy Star series, PSO's prologue starts on the planet of Coral (possibly a splinter colony from the Algol star system). Coral was becoming unsuitable for life, so a pair of colony ships, Pioneer 1 and Pioneer 2, were sent to the planet Ragol, thought to be uninhabited by intelligent life, to colonize it. Pioneer 1 reached Ragol safely, and constructed a colony there. But when Pioneer 2 arrived seven years later, a sudden explosion engulfed the Pioneer 1 colony as they attempted to communicate. The Player (s) take the role of Hunters, mercenaries/bounty hunters/troubleshooters sent down to the source to determine the cause of the explosion, and find any survivors.

History

Release

To promote the game, Sega "bought" a star and named it "Ragol"[2].

Sonic Cameo

Lots of times, on the online servers, there would be cameos with Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Eggman. The game also contains a few cameo items, such as Opa Opa from Fantasy Zone, Maracas from Samba de Amigo, even a gun created by Dr. Eggman, aptly called the Egg Blaster.

Versions

  • Phantasy Star Online Network Trial Edition (Dreamcast) 2000 (Japan)
  • Phantasy Star Online (Dreamcast) 2000 (Japan) / 2001 (USA and Europe)
  • Phantasy Star Online Ver.2 (Dreamcast) 2001 (Japan and USA) / 2002 (Europe)
  • Phantasy Star Online Beta (Windows) 2001 (Japan)
  • Phantasy Star Online (Windows) 2001 (Japan) 2001 / 2002 (rest of South-East Asia)
  • Phantasy Star Online Demo (Windows) (Japan) 2001 / (UK) 2002
  • Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Trial Edition (GameCube) 2002 (Japan)
  • Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II (GameCube) 2002 (Japan and USA) / 2003 (Europe)
  • Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Version "1.1" (GameCube) 2002 (Japan)
  • Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II (Xbox) 2003 (worldwide)
  • Phantasy Star Online Episode III C.A.R.D. Revolution Trial Edition (GameCube) 2003 (Japan)
  • Phantasy Star Online Episode III C.A.R.D. Revolution (GameCube) 2003 (Japan) / 2004 (USA and Europe)
  • Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Plus (GameCube) 2003 (Japan) / 2004 (USA)
  • Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst Beta (Windows) 2003 (Japan) / 2004 (USA andEurope)
  • Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst (Windows) 2004 (Japan) / 2005 (USA and Europe)
  • Phantasy Star Online Episode IV Beta (Windows) 2004 (Japan) (Released along with Blue Burst in NA and EU)
  • Phantasy Star Online Episode IV (Windows) 2005 (Japan) (Released along with Blue Burst in NA and EU)

Production credits

Game Design Section
Program Section
Graphic Design Section
Sound Section
Tokyo Recording Unit
  • Orchestra Recording Producer: Kotaro Kamada (Band Power)
  • Orchestra Arranger: Daisuke Okamoto, Toshiaki Hda
  • Conductor: Yaufumi Tokito
  • Main Orchestra Play: Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra
  • Orchestra Chief Manager: Hiroyuki Tominaga
  • Musician Co-Ordinator: Ayako Sato (Witchcraft)
  • Recording Engineer: Hirokazu Akashi, Yoshitada Miya, Hirofumi Sako
  • Assistant Engineer: Sawako Sogabe, Kazunori Yoshida (Sound City), Saroshi Nakazawa (Sound City)
  • Recorded At: Wave Master Recording Studio (June-Oct. 2000), Sound City Studio (Sep. 2000)
London Recording Unit
  • Vocal: Loren
  • Recording Co-Ordinator: Shiro Sahisu (Ro-Jam)
  • Recording Director: Kan Hashimoto (Jail House)
  • Recording Engineer: Phlip Bagenal
  • Recorded At: Eastcote Studios London UK (Oct. 2000)
  • Sound Coordinator: Yukifumi Makino
  • Sound Created By: Wave Master Inc.
Sega Corporation
  • Executive Management: Hideki Sato, Tetsu Kayama
  • System R&D Dept: Kenichi Iwanaga, Jiro Terakawa, Masahito Nishimatsu, Yuki Yamanka, Takuji Konuma, Masahiro Sato, Akihiro Etori
  • Product Management Dept.: Masanao Maeda, Seijiro Sannabe, Yasushi Yamashita
  • Management Team Manager: Yoshihiro Sakuta
  • Management Team Designer: Youichi Takahashi
  • Management Team Editor: Chieko Nakamura
  • International Business/Product Delvelopment: Hiroyuki Miyazaki, Shinobu Shindo, Hitoshi Okuno
  • Consumer Product Dept. Manager: Akira Nishikawa
  • Consumer Product Dept.: Hideki Yokaichiya, Yoshimitsu Wakai
  • Sales Promotion: Takayoshi Ohuchi, Nako Ohoka, Kazuhiro Asami
  • Licensing Dept. Director: Masahiro Nakagawa, Toshiki Izawa
Isao Corporation
  • Network Contents Division General Manager: Hiroshi Nakanishi
  • Game Business Dept. Manager: Keiichiro Suzuki
  • Game Business Dept. Producer: Akihiro Itoh, Takeshi Hotta, Rikiya Katagai
  • Communication Server Development: Akito Osame
  • Technical Support General Manager: Kunihiko Hayashi
Sega of America Dreamcast Inc.
  • President & COO: Peter Morre
  • Executive Vice President: Shinobu Toyoda
  • Localization Producer: Jason Kuo
  • Localization Manager: Osamu Shibamuya
  • VP Of Localization: Jin Shimazaki
  • Soad Test Lead Tester: Gabrielle Brown
  • Soad Test Assistant Leads: Tom Fong, Shaheed Khan
  • Soad Marketing Product Manager: Rich Briggs
  • Soad Marketing Associate Product Manager: Noah Musler
  • Soad Marketing Director Of Product Marketing: John Golden
  • Soad Marketing Creatives Services: Bob Schonfisch, Angela Santos
  • Soad Marketing Public Relations: Gwen Marker
Sega.Com
  • CTO: Muwaffa Lahham
  • Network Producer: Ryan Hurth
  • Marketing Project Manager: Bee Yinn Low
  • Lead Marketing Analyst: Jason Nolen
Sega Europe, Ltd.
  • Chief Operating Officer: Kazutoshi Miyake
  • Director Of Product Delvelopment: Naohiko Hoshino
  • Assistant Director Of Product Delvelopment: Kats Sato
  • Localization Producer: Kuniyo Matsumoto
  • Test Manager: Jason Cumberbatch
  • Lead Tester: Nick Bennett
  • Language Coordinator: Caroline Ruiz
  • European Product Marketing Manager: Jim Pride
  • European Product Marketing Executive: Mark Fisher
  • Public Relations Executive: Stuart Turner
  • Manual/Packaging/Serior Designer: Ross Mcleish
  • Network Manager: Ryusuke Ito
  • Network Engineer: Stephen Tan
  • Network QC: Teruo Yabumoto
  • Special Thanks: Sonic Team USA, Tadashi Takezaki, Toshimasa Kubo, Tsuyoshi Sawada, Ayako Hino, Ikuo Ishizaka, Takayuki Ohta, Masahiro Wakayama, Yasuko Mariyama, Cord Smith
  • Cooperation With: MPEG Sofdec, ADX
  • Created By: Sonic Team
  • Presented By: Sega

Magazine articles

Main article: Phantasy Star Online/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

ODM UK 18.pdfODM UK 18.pdf

Print advert in














Official Dreamcast Magazine (UK) #18: "April 2001" (2001-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №109, p74-77[3]Media:ConsolesPlus FR 109.pdf
100 №232, p78-81[1]Media:CVG UK 232.pdf
100 №20
100 №2000-41ex, p22Media:DCM_JP_20001229_2000-41ex.pdf[4]Media:DCM_JP_20001229_2000-41ex.pdf
94 №2002-18, p32Media:Dorimaga_20021011_JP.pdf[5]Media:Dorimaga_20021011_JP.pdf
90 №95, p70/71[6]Media:Edge UK 095.pdf
83 06/07/2003
93 №628, p34
99 №6, p56-61[7]Media:GameplayRPG FR 06.pdf
95 2002-09-21
75 2001-01-23
96 2001-03-05
92 11/03/2003
100
92 №3, p36-38[8]Media:Playbox FR 03.pdf
Sega Dreamcast
93
Based on
15 reviews

Dreamcast, US
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Dreamcast, EU
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Dreamcast, JP
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Dreamcast, JP (Limited Edition)
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Dreamcast, BR
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Cover
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Disc
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Disc 2
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Manual
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Inlay
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Inside

Technical information

VMU Features

Phantasy Star Online Save Data
Name File Name Comment File Size Icon
PSO/MAIN_DATA PSO______SYS PSO/MAIN_DATA 15 blocks Pso MainFile.png
PSO/GUILD_CARD PSO______GCD PSO/GUILD_CARD 30 blocks Pso Guild.png
PSO/SCREEN_IMAGE PSO______IMG PSO/SCREEN_IMAGE 195 blocks Pso Screenshot.png

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:CVG UK 232.pdf, page 78
  2. File:ODM UK 18.pdf, page 21
  3. File:ConsolesPlus FR 109.pdf, page 74
  4. File:DCM_JP_20001229_2000-41ex.pdf, page 22
  5. File:Dorimaga_20021011_JP.pdf, page 32
  6. File:Edge UK 095.pdf, page 70
  7. File:GameplayRPG FR 06.pdf, page 56
  8. File:Playbox FR 03.pdf, page 36


Phantasy Star series
Phantasy Star (1987) | Phantasy Star II (1989) | Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom (1990) | Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (1993)
Phantasy Star Online (Ver. 2 | Ep. I & II | Ep. III | Ep. IV) (2000-2005) | Phantasy Star Universe (Ambition of the Illuminus) (2006-2007) | Phantasy Star Online 2 (es) (2012-2014)
Handheld games
Phantasy Star Adventure (1992) | Phantasy Star Gaiden (1992) | Phantasy Star 0 (Mini) (2008-2009) | Phantasy Star Portable (2008) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 (Infinity) (2009-2011) | Phantasy Star Nova (2014)
Compilations
Sega Ages Phantasy Star Collection (1998) | Phantasy Star Collection (2003) | Phantasy Star Complete Collection (2008) | Phantasy Star Defender's Pack! (2011)
Phantasy Star II Text Adventures
Amia | Anne | Huey | Kinds | Nei | Rudger | Shilka | Yushis/Eusis
Others
Phantasy Star Generation: 1 (2003) | Phantasy Star Generation: 2 (2005) | Phantasy Star: Eternal Planets (2011) | Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation (2016)
Albums
Phantasy Star Collection: Sound Collection I (1993) | Phantasy Star Collection: Sound Collection II (1993) | Phantasy Star Online Original Sound Track (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Songs of Ragol Odyssey: Soundtrack Episode 1 & 2 (2002) | Let The Winds Blow: Phantasy Star Online Episode III Special Edition (2003) | Let The Winds Blow: Phantasy Star Online Episode III C.A.R.D. Revolution Original Sound Track (2003) | Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Premium Arrange (2004) | Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst Episode IV Sound Track (2005) | Phantasy Star Universe Game Soundtrack (2006) | Phantasy Star Universe Tsutaya Original Sound Track (2006) | Save This World: Phantasy Star Universe Original Score (2006) | For Brighter Day Phantasy Star Universe Original Soundtrack (2006) | Phantasy Star 1st Series Complete Album (2008) | Phantasy Star Universe: Illuminus no Yabou Original Soundtrack (2008) | Phantasy Star 0 Original Sound Track (2009) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Special Single CD (2009) | Phantasy Star Soundtrack: Theme Song Collection (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Original Soundtrack: Wings of Universe (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity Special CD (2011) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity Original Soundtrack (2012) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Sound Collection (2012) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Mini Sound Track (2013) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Concert Sympathy 2013 Live Memorial Album (2013) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 1 (2013) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 2 (2013) | Phantasy Star Music Collection 2000-2007 (2013) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 3 (2014) | Phantasy Star Nova Original Soundtrack (2015) | Phantasy Star Online Series 15th Anniversary Concert: Sympathy 2015 Live Memorial Album (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 4 (2016)
Audiobooks
Memorial Drama CD & Fanbook "Phantasy Star: Fuujirareshi Kioku" (1995) | Phantasy Star Online 2: Project Dream Arcs! (2013)
Books
Phantasy Star II Hint Book (1989) | Phantasy Star III: Toki no Keishousha Koushiki Guide Book (1990) | Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Hint Book (1991) | Phantasy Star: Sennenki no Owari ni Game Guide Book (1994) | Phantasy Star Koushiki Settei Shiryoushuu (1995) | Phantasy Star IV Official Players Guide (1995) | Phantasy Star Online Navigation Guide (2000) | Phantasy Star Online Official Perfect Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Kanzen Kouryaku Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Perfect Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Tettei Kouryaku Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 Perfect Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Fan Book (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Official Perfect Guide (2002) | Phantasy Star Online Ultimate (2002) | Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 & 2 Settei Shiryoushuu (2003) | Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution Complete Guide (2003) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution (2004) | Phantasy Star Universe Signature Series Guide (2006) | Phantasy Star Universe Perfect Bible (2006) | Phantasy Star Universe Visual Book (200x) | Phantasy Star Universe Settei Shiryoushuu (2007) | Phantasy Star Universe: Illuminus no Yabou Perfect Guide (2007) | Phantasy Star Portable Fan Book: Guardians Maniacs (2008) | Phantasy Star Portable Perfect Bible (2008) | Phantasy Star 0 Photon Master Guide (2008) | Phantasy Star 0 Complete Guide (2009) | Phantasy Star 0 Official Strategy Guide (2009) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Star Frontier Guide (2009) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Perfect Bible (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Settei Shiryoushuu (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity: Infinity Battle Guide (2011) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Start Guide Book (2012) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Master Guide Book (2012) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Expert Guide (2013) | 25th Anniversary Phantasy Star Visual Chronicles (2013) | Phantasy Star Nova Guide Book (2014) | Phantasy Star Nova Side Stories (2015) | Phantasy Star Nova Perfect Bible (2015)