> Considering how much time I've spent on Phantasy
Star Online games, I can't help but think it's the best series
I've ever enjoyed. Once news of another sequel came out, excitement
was rampant on Ragol. Then we found out it would be a card battle
game. Hmmm. To be quite honest, that was a real let down for
me, as I can't think of any other game that compares to PSO's
quality action gameplay. At least if you're looking to import, considering
the history of PSO, then you should be Okay. Even so,
I'm counting on Sonic Team to continue their success.
> Combining the excitement of card collection and deck settings with team-based
battle tactics, Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution
(PSOe3) expands the PSO universe, while offering
a new style of strategic combat. PSOe3 allows users
to chat in the lobby about status upgrades and tactics, and interact with
both PSOe2 and PSOe3
players. Once you've assembled your team of Hunters, you can journey
to the surface of Ragol to engage in strategic combat using a turn-based
card system. I've played this type of game before and all I can say
is, I hope Sonic Team finds a way to speed things up while
maintaining our interest. A tough (not impossible) request, undoubtedly.
> Taking place after the timeline of previous PSO games,
continues the story arc of "The Realm". The ultimate mission remains
the same: become a Hunter and explore the mysteries of the planet Ragol.
Realtime battles are replaced with strategic card battles for both online
and offline play. In a (now) classic Sonic Team tweak,
they've decided to make a distinction between EXP earned online and offline.
Also, players can now reach a level of 999 -- I wonder how many lifetimes
that will take, LOL. Multiplayer modes make a return, as well as
downloadable quests. Players are divided into Hunters (friends) and
Arks (enemies), based on their lightside/darkside allegiance. You
can collect an enormous number of weapons, gear, and items to create an
original deck with your character. Some cards will be available for
trade, while others (like S-rank cards) will not. The best feature:
no additional Hunter's License will be necessary, as your PSOe2
HL will suffice. Just to be clear, PSOe3 will not be
compatible with PSOe2 on Xbox.