Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2

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Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2
System(s): Sega Dreamcast, Windows PC
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Peripherals supported:
Sega Dreamcast
Broadband Adapter, Jump Pack, Dreamcast Keyboard, Dreamcast Modem, Visual Memory Unit, Dreamcast VGA Box
Genre: RPG[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Dreamcast
JP
¥4,800 (5,040)4,800e[1] HDR-0163
Sega Dreamcast
US
51193
ESRB: Teen
Sega Dreamcast
EU
(White Label)
Sega Dreamcast
EU
MK-51193-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Dreamcast
DE
MK-51193-50
USK: 0
Sega Dreamcast
ES
MK-51193-50
aDeSe: 13+
Sega Dreamcast
FR
MK-51193-50
SELL: 12+
Sega Dreamcast
UK
£29.9929.99[3] MK-51193-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Windows PC
JP
¥6,800 (7,140)6,800e[2] HCJ-0323
Sega Rating: All Ages
Windows PC
KR
KMRB: All
Windows PC
TW

Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 (ファンタシースターオンライン Ver. 2) is not a new game but rather an updated and refined version of the original Phantasy Star Online. The game was released for the Sega Dreamcast in 2001 and would later be used as the basis for a Windows PC port released in that same year exclusively to Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.

The game can still be played through private servers with the Broadband Adapter and DreamPi.[5]

Changes from Ver. 1

  • The game's level cap is increased from 100 to 200. As a result, many characters had their stats rebalanced.
  • A new difficulty mode is added for characters level 80 and above called "Ultimate". In this difficulty mode, the enemies spawned in each area are replaced with new enemies and each area's appearance is changed.
  • The maximum level for Techniques had been increased to Level 30. This level cap is only available to Force characters however as Hunters and Rangers still have Level 15 as their Technique Level Cap.
  • Ver. 2 introduces various new Weapons, Armor, Shields and Mags.
A shortcut window can be used to access items quickly.
  • A shortcut menu can be accessed in Ver. 2 during gameplay by holding R and pressing Y to equip or use items. Pressing R with the menu up will change to different item types.
  • Android characters can now set traps similar to the ones that can be encountered ingame.
  • New game modes were added to the game's Online Mode called Challenge Mode and Battle Mode. Challenge Mode is a mode that emphasizes puzzle solving and team work with other players as they try to complete specially made versions of each stage as quickly as possible. Battle Mode is the game's "PVP" mode. Players can either traverse each area as normal but with the risk of friendly fire or play through preset "Battle Rules.
The Go-Go Ball minigame present in Lobbies 11-15.
  • Accessible online by Ver. 2 players are Lobbies 11-15. These lobbies contain a soccer minigame called "Go-Go Ball".
  • Players can add a "Whistle" sound effect to their Symbol Chat artwork. In addition, a new "Capture" command had been implemented which lets players save other player's Symbol Art.
  • Players can search for other players in their current block from the Guild Card menu using various parameters such as the player type and level.
  • The option to search the ingame location of a Simple Mail's sender has been added.
  • Ver. 2 lets players customize their character's appearance later on by accessing the "Dressing Room" from the character selection screen. This option becomes available for 100,000 Meseta.
  • Unlike its predecessor, Ver. 2 supports the Broadband Adapter.

Compatibility with Ver. 1

PSO Ver.2 players could opt to play with those who owned the original version, but with limited compatibility.

Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 is essentially an update to its predecessor, released in the form of a separate standalone disc due to the Dreamcast lacking a large storage medium for patch updates. As a result, barring the new features and bug fixes, the game is identical to the standard Phantasy Star Online. Furthermore, save data from the original release could be permanently transferred to Ver. 2.

As a result of Ver. 2 being an 'update', players from Ver. 2 and the standard Phantasy Star Online played together on the same servers with the only distinction being Ver. 2 players having orange names while players from the original version of Phantasy Star Online 2 had white names. With that said, features introduced in Ver. 2 such as the new Lobbies, Challenge Mode and Battle Mode were not available to players of the original Phantasy Star Online.

History

Development

The initial version of Phantasy Star Online was rushed to meet its intended 2000 release year after an initial delay. As a result, it shipped with several bugs, exploits and unfinished features that couldn't be addressed due to the Dreamcast's lack of a large enough storage medium for patch updates.

In April 2001, Sega announced that an updated version of the original game with new content and improved features would be released as Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2. This new version of the game would be completed in six months.

It is believed that the original intention for Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 was for it to be be released alongside and have the same content as Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II with cross-platform multiplayer support but the discontinuation of the Dreamcast lead to active development on the Dreamcast version to be stopped in favour of the Gamecube and Xbox version.

Release

Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 arrived very late in the Dreamcast's lifespan and was unable to recreate the same levels of success as its predecessor. This is likely due to new conditions imposed on consumers; in North America and Japan, a paid "Hunter's License" subscription was required to play Ver. 2 online. In the US the charge was $5 a month for a minimum of three months.

Conversely, in Europe no charge was placed on online play, however users required a copy of Dreamkey 3.0 for the game to work - a disc only available directly from Sega. Sega chose to shut down their entire online service for those not using 3.0 (or 3.1) discs prior to the release of Ver 2., meaning it was not actually possible to order a 3.0 disc through a Dreamcast[6].

PC Version

Following the release of Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 on the Sega Dreamcast, Sonic Team ported this version of the game to the PC as simply "Phantasy Star Online" (often dubbed in the fanbase as simply "PSO PC"). This version of the game was exclusive to Japan, Korea and Taiwan and lacked any form of cross-platform multiplayer with its Dreamcast counterpart. Despite this, the game offered the same language options as its Dreamcast counterpart, enabling the game to be playable in English. The quality of the port was seen as very poor as the game's ridden with graphical glitches and poor design when it comes to the game's PC interface. Furthermore, although this version of the game offered patch updates unlike its Dreamcast counterpart, the game would not receive any of the new features, bug fixes, classes and areas introduced with the release of Phantasy Star Online: Episode I & II on the Gamecube and Xbox.

On January 1st, 2004, Sonic Team announced that servers for this version of the game would be closed on January 8th and that a new PC port of Phantasy Star Online was in development, this time being based on Phantasy Star Online Episode I & 2 on Gamecube and Xbox. Players of this version of the game would be able to register 25th to the 31st of March to participate in a Closed Beta of this new version of the game. This port would later be announced as "Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst" on April 4th in order to emphasize a fresh experience.

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 Iida
  • Conductor: Yasufumi Tokito
  • Main Orchestra Play: Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra
  • Orchestra Chief Manager: Hiroyuki Tominaga (Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra)
  • Musician Co-Ordinator: Ayako Sato (Witchcraft)
  • Recording Engineer: Hirokazu Akashi, Yoshitada Miya, Hirofumi Sako
  • Assistant Engineer: Sawako Sogabe, Kazunori Yoshida (Sound City), Satoshi 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 Sagisu (Ro-Jam)
  • Recording Director: Kan Hashimoto (Jail House)
  • Recording Engineer: Philip Bagenal
  • Recorded At: Eastcote Studios London U.K. (Oct 2000)
  • Sound Co-Ordinator: Yukifumi Makino
  • Sound Created By: Wave Master Inc.
Sega Corporation
Management Team
Consumer Product Dept.
Licensing Dept
Isao Corporation Network Contents Division
  • General Manager: Hiroshi Nakanishi, Game Business Dept.
  • Manager: Keiichiro Suzuki
  • Producer: Akihiro Itoh, Takeshi Hotta, Rikiya Katagai
  • Communication Server Development: Akito Osame
Technical Support
  • General Manager: Kunihiko Hayashi
Sega of Amerca Dreamcast Inc.
Localization
Soad Test
  • Lead Tester: Gabrielle Brown
  • Assistant Leads: Tom Fong, Shaheed Khan
Soad Marketing
Sega.Com
Sega Europe, Ltd.
Marketing Support
Source: In-game credits (JP)

Magazine articles

Main article: Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Dreamcast Magazine (JP) #2001-02: "2001-02 (2001-01-19,26)" (2001-01-05)

Wallpapers

The following wallpapers were included as extras on the installation disc of the PC version of Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2.

Physical scans

Dreamcast version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 19.03.2002
100 11/03/2001
87 №115
87 №123, p127
80 [7]
94 [8]
97 [9]
88
90 02.10.2001
100 11/10/2001
Sega Dreamcast
91
Based on
10 reviews

Dreamcast, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
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Inlay
Dreamcast, US
PSOV2 DC US Box Back.jpgPSOV2 DC US Box Front.jpg
Cover
PSOVer2DCUSInlay.jpg
Inlay
Dreamcast, EU
PSO ver2 Pal dc back.jpgPSO ver2 Pal dc front.jpg
Cover
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Disc
Dreamcast, EU (White)

Psov2 dc eu predisc.jpg
Disc

PC version

PC, JP
PhantasyStarOnline PC JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
PC, KR
PSO PC KR Box Front.jpg
Cover
PC, TW
PSO PC TW Box Front.jpg
Cover

Technical information

VMU Features

Character Data from Phantasy Star Online can be converted to be used in version 2. Once it is converted, the character can no longer be used by the previous version.

Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 Save Data
Name File Name Comment File Size Icon
PSOV2/MAIN_DATA PSO______SYS PSOV2/MAIN_DATA 15 blocks Pso MainFile.png
PSOV2/GUILD_CARD PSO______2GC PSOV2/GUILD_CARD 30 blocks Pso Guild.png
PSO/SCREEN_IMAGE PSO______IMG PSO/SCREEN_IMAGE 195 blocks Pso Screenshot.png
Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 Quest Save Data
Name File Name Comment File Size Icon
PSOV2/Soul of a Blacksmith PSO______004 PSOV2/Soul of a Blacksmith 8 blocks Pso DLC.png
PSOV2/Soul of a Blacksmith PSO______005 PSOV2/Soul of a Blacksmith 64 blocks Pso DLC.png
PSOV2/Letter from Lionel PSO______004 PSOV2/Letter from Lionel 11 blocks Pso DLC.png
PSOV2/Letter from Lionel PSO______005 PSOV2/Letter from Lionel 47 blocks Pso DLC.png
PSOV2/Soul of Steel PSO______004 PSOV2/Soul of Steel 27 blocks Pso DLC.png
PSOV2/Soul of Steel PSO______005 PSOV2/Soul of Steel 64 blocks Pso DLC.png
PSOV2/Central Dome Fire Swirl PSO______004 PSOV2/Central Dome Fire Swirl 25 blocks Pso DLC.png
PSOV2/Central Dome Fire Swirl PSO______005 PSOV2/Central Dome Fire Swirl 27 blocks Pso DLC.png
PSOV2/The Retired Hunter PSO______004 PSOV2/The Retired Hunter 10 blocks Pso DLC.png
PSOV2/The Retired Hunter PSO______005 PSOV2/The Retired Hunter 26 blocks Pso DLC.png
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

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments

External links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue pages (Japanese): Dreamcast, PC

References


Phantasy Star Online
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Main page | Comparisons | Development | Magazine articles | Reception


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 Kanzen Settei Shiryoushuu (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Fan Book (2001)
Music: Phantasy Star Online Original Sound Track (2001)
Prereleases: Phantasy Star Online: Network Trial Edition (2000)

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) (2012-2020) | Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis (2021)
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) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 6 (2017) | Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle Theme Song Vol.1 Destiny / Timeless Fortune (2019)
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) | Puso Ni Comi (2019) | Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle (2019-2020)