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Phantasy Star Universe (PSU): Ambition of the Illuminus Preview
Shinobi
Previewed
05.26.2007
Publisher
Sega
Developer
Sonic Team
Format
1x DVD
Origin
Import / Domestic
Available
Fall 2007 (Japan)
Fall 2007 (USA)
Exclusive
PC
PS2
Xbox 360
Difficulty
Adjustable
Dimensions
3D
View
1st / 3rd Person
Genre
Action / MMORPG
Player(s)
1 Offline
1-6 Online
Options
? KB save
HDTV 480p/720p/1080i
Headset
Requires
Xbox Live
Features
DD 5.1
Voice
ESRB
T - Teen
Importable
n/a
05.26.2007
     > Although Sega has been slow to release/unlock new content for Phantasy Star Universe (PSU), they are poised to release a full "Version 2" of sorts later this year.  Titled Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus (PSU-AOTI), it will be the expansion pack for the popular Phantasy Star Universe game, bringing a more personalized and interactive realm to the ever-popular series.  Ever since the first Phantasy Star Online, players have sought to create unique characters.  In addition to new enemies, weapons, levels and cities there will be more options available for gamers to further individualize and customize the look of their avatars. 

     > PSU-AOTI continues the exciting PSU story online as the playerís 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 and GUARDIAN instructor, Laia Martinez.  PSU-AOTI's online multiplayer world keeps the fast-paced, engaging battle experience for up to six players.

Features:

  • 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 userís 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.
     > Add the return of certain elements/areas of the Ragol system (from the original Phantasy Star Online), and you have another reason to experience what PSU-AOTI will offer.  So far I've seen Forest and Caves areas, but I'm yearning for Mines and Ruins as well!  Finally, at least two new jobs will be available, Acrofighter and Acrotecher, which will be hunter and force based respectively.
First Impression
     > Riding on the heels of PSU, Sega plans to expand the scope and popularity of the Phantasy Star franchise. "Ambition of the Illuminus" is to Phantasy Star Universe, what "Version 2" is to Phantasy Star Online -- more of everything that makes this series a pass-time of choice.
Potential
9+/10
~Shinobi~
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