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Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution
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System(s): GameCube
Publisher:
Developer:
Peripherals supported:
Nintendo GameCube
GBA Cable, Modem, Keyboard
Genre: Strategy RPG






























Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Nintendo GameCube
JP
¥6,980 (7,329)[2] DOL-P-GPSJ
DOL-GPSJ-JPN
Free
Nintendo GameCube
US
$49.99[1] DOL-P-GPSE
DOL-GPSE-USA
Teen
Nintendo GameCube
DE
DOL-P-GPSP
DOL-GPSP-NOE
0
Nintendo GameCube
FR
DOL-P-GPSP
DOL-GPSP-FRA
12+
Nintendo GameCube
UK
DOL-P-GPSP
DOL-GPSP-UKV
12+
Nintendo GameCube
AU
DOL-P-GPSP
G8

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Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution (ファンタシースターオンライン エピソード3 カードレボリューション) is the third episode in the Phantasy Star Online series. Unlike previous expansions Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution is not an updated release of Phantasy Star Online but a standalone game with cross functionality with Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II released exclusively on the Nintendo GameCube. The game was also a large departure from the gameplay style seen in the Phantasy Star Online series as the game takes the form of a turn based strategy game with trading card game elements.

Story

In 3090, twenty-one years after Episode I and II, Principal Tyrell was supplanted by Dol Grisen because Tyrell had been unable to explain the destruction of Pioneer 1. Under Grisen's dictatorial rule, Pioneer 2 declared its independence from Coral. Grisen, in his lust for more power, allocated the majority of the ship's resources to the military -- primarily towards the development of cloning Technology.

As Pioneer 2's scientists researched cloning in accordance with Grisen's mandate, they discovered an energy source that rivaled Photon in power. This technology, dubbed C.A.R.D. Technology, is able to seal the world's phenomena into cards. These cards can hold anything from animals and weapons to skills and techniques, which can be instantly materialized at the whim of the user. To increase the development of C.A.R.D. Technology, Pioneer 2 began the colonization of Ragol.

A group of Hunters on Pioneer 2 are allowed to use this experimental C.A.R.D. Technology to help carry out the requests of scientists, who are directly under Grisen's command. Most requests are to counter the acts of a rebel group known as Arkz. The Arkz have learned how to replicate C.A.R.D. Tech and have managed to apply it to the creatures of Ragol. With their new found power, the Arkz fight to expose the government's corruption, and keep them from overdeveloping the planet for their own gain.

Gameplay

History

Development

The E3 2002 display alongside the reported stolen character figures.

The concept for what would be known as Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution came about from Nintendo's idea for a portable screen peripheral which can be used in conjunction with the Nintendo Gamecube's LAN multiplayer capabilities for portable Multiplayer gameplay. Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution (Then known as PSO Card Battle) was initially developed to take advantage of the proposed Gamecube link up and portable features.[3]

At E3 2002, Nintendo announced SEGA's new project, PSO Card Battle and presented a prototype playable on the aforementioned portable LCD screen. At an Iwata Asks it was revealed that these screens were intended to be capable of auto stereoscopic display though the only confirmed game to have been intended to use this feature was Luigi's Mansion[4], whether Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution would have supported stereoscopic 3D display is not known. The portable LCD screen would unfortunately never see release and the final game would launch without any LAN party support, thus local Multiplayer functions much like Phantasy Star Online Episode & II sans any form of split screen. Alongside the game prototype there was also physical game cards and five prototype figurines based on characters and enemies from the Phantasy Star Online universe which were unfortunately stolen during the event[5].

Despite the game originally being intended for the Gamecube, the final game contains unused graphics for a PSO Card Battle prototype that has references to PC functions (e.g "Press Enter Key"). [6] Furthermore the game would at some point be rumored to have an Xbox version in the works.[7]

Release

The game would be unveiled as Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution on E3 2003, revealed as the continuation of the story arc from the previous Phantasy Star Online games.[8] Prior to the game's launch, SEGA held an open trial in Japan wherein the first 10,000 users to sign up would be chosen to participate from July 24th to September 16th. The game would launch in Japan on November 27th, 2003 with a US and European release following up the next year on March 2nd and June 11th.

Much like previous Phantasy Star Online releases, the game required a unique Serial Code and Access Key to play, but the player could alternatively use their Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II to keep their Guild Data (though no character transfer support). Furthermore, aside from the five unique CARD lobbies, Episode III players can interact with Episode I & II players in their respective lobbies and chat together. The game also contained a hidden preview for Billy Hatcher and also allowed the player to receive free bonus cards by saving their game data on a memory card containing save data from other Sonic Team games.

Magazine articles

Main article: Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution/Magazine articles.

Also Released On

Production Credits

Wave Master Inc. Staff
Tokyo Recording Unit
Warsaw Poland Recording Unit
Sega Corporation Staff
Sega of America, Inc. Staff

Product Development

Sega Europe, Ltd. Staff
Source: In-game credits


Promotional material

PSOEp3 GC JP Flyer.pdf

PDF
JP flyer


Artwork

Wallpapers

Merchandise

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 More...[9]
Nintendo GameCube
60
Based on
1 review

GameCube, US
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Cover
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Disc
GameCube, JP
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Cover
GameCube, UK
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Cover
GameCube, FR
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Cover
GameCube, DE
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Cover
GameCube, AU
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Cover

External links

References


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Books: Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution Player's Guide (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)
Music: 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)
Prereleases: Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution Trial Edition (2003)

Phantasy Star series
"Classic" 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 II Text Adventures (Amia | Anne | Huey | Kinds | Nei | Rudger | Shilka | Yushis/Eusis) (1991) | Phantasy Star Adventure (1992) | Phantasy Star Gaiden (1992) | Phantasy Star Generation: 1 (2003) | Phantasy Star Generation: 2 (2005)
Compilations
Sega Ages Phantasy Star Collection (1998) | Phantasy Star Collection (2003) | Phantasy Star Complete Collection (2008)
Albums
Phantasy Star Collection: Sound Collection I (1993) | Phantasy Star Collection: Sound Collection II (1993) | Phantasy Star 1st Series Complete Album (2008) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Sound Collection (2012) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Concert Sympathy 2013 Live Memorial Album (2013)
Audiobooks
Memorial Drama CD & Fanbook "Phantasy Star: Fuujirareshi Kioku" (1995)
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) | 25th Anniversary Phantasy Star Visual Chronicles (2013)
"Modern" series
Phantasy Star Online (Ver. 2 | Ep. I & II | Ep. III | Blue Burst) (2000-2005) | Phantasy Star Universe (Ambition of the Illuminus) (2006-2007) | Phantasy Star Online 2 (es | Cloud) (2012-2018)
Handheld games
Phantasy Star 0 (Mini) (2008-2009) | Phantasy Star Portable (2008) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 (Infinity) (2009-2011) | Phantasy Star: Eternal Planets (2011) | Phantasy Star Nova (2014) | Idola: Phantasy Star Saga (2018)
Compilations
Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II & III Trilogy (200x) | Phantasy Star Defender's Pack! (2011)
Albums
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 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 Character Song CD: Song Festival (2014) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 3 (2014) | Phantasy Star Nova Original Soundtrack (2015) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Character Song CD: Song Festival II (2015) | Phantasy Star Online Series 15th Anniversary Concert: Sympathy 2015 Live Memorial Album (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation Original Soundtrack (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 4 (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 5 (2017)
Audiobooks
Phantasy Star Online 2: Project Dream Arcs! (2013)
Books
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) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Fashion Catalogue 2012-2015 (2015) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Episode 1 & 2 Settei Shiryoushuu (2015) 15th Anniversary Phantasy Star Online Visual Chronicles (2015) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Fashion Catalogue 2015-2016: Oracle & Tokyo Collection (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Episode 3 Settei Shiryoushuu (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 es 3rd Anniversary Visual & Chip Collection (2017)
Other
Phantasy Star Online 2 -On Stage- (2014) | Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation (2016)