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Phantasy Star Online 2 New genesis is a game unto itself

Published: 01:23, 13 July 2021
SEGA
Newest addition to Phantasy Star Online franchise
Newest addition to Phantasy Star Online franchise

Travel years into the future, and experience brand new adventures. New allies and enemies await you in Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis. A game that may as well be called PSO 3.

When taking into account action MMORPGs, one cannot but mention SEGA's Phantasy Star Online franchise. Set in its own universe in which various races explore habitable planets and battle foul Falspawn, being hellbent on destroying it. In-game servers are called Ships, following the sci-fi and space opera theme of the game.

As an action MMORPG, the game boasts a real-time fighting system. Attacks can be blocked, evaded, and comboed, based on the multitude of equipment and skills available to the player. The class system is also well developed, with eight basic classes to be chosen as the main class, four, so-called, Scion classes, and the option for secondary classes, giving the players vast options for character customization according to their own playstyle.

New Genesis has high-quality modern graphics, a massive open world to explore, a fully voice-acted main questline with cutscenes, new and improved combat animations and effects as well as a clean modern user interface, PSO2 New Genesis is currently available to play for free on Steam as is sitting at mixed reviews.

However, those reviews do not show the true state of the game. The game is, comparatively, more open-world than before, and the combat flows more smoothly, and the graphics are just stunning, with more fleshed out enemies, and world sites.

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Perhaps the reason for such reviews is the fact that the game is not as story-driven as it was before, but the developers are going with the flow of giving more freedom to players that is prevalent in gaming these days.

Calling this DLC PSO 3 would have avoided nostalgia interfering with judgment, as well as give credit to the developers, for that is basically what this expansion is, a new game.

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