I've always been a big Phantasy Star Online fan, but not as long as most hardcore addicts. My first exposure to the series was on the XBOX, and since that time, has been the only MMO I feel any fondness for.
Although it is debatable to call PSO a MMO, at the time I payed 10 bucks a month to play it while I was a struggling college student, so I'm going to go ahead and call it a MMO.
PSO was great back then because unlike other games that used online features and the voice chat, every time I logged in to PSO and started a mission with random people I felt like part of a community. People were polite and always eager to help you out and level up and get you the best loot. So I only have fond memories of PSO.
But sadly, like all things I eventually moved on, and shortly afterwards the servers shut down so any hope of returning was gone. I considered playing the next PSO game which was card based, but just couldn't do it. Then, with much anticipation Phantasy Star Universe was released, and after playing it, all hopes for the series had left me instantly.
When Phantasy Star Portable was released, feeling burned by PSU, I didn't even give it a glance. But by the time 2 was announced and the demo was released on PSN, I figured my mourning period was over and I decided to give the old girl a spin. What I found I was pleasantly surprised by. PSP2 felt a lot like PSO. The fighting had been taken back to the PSO days and a lot of the unnecessary junk from PSU was removed. So I took the plunge and bought the full game, and what I found was one of the greatest surprises of my life.
Now, if you frequent this blog regularly you might have picked up on the fact that there are some things I am obsessed over. These things are Evangelion, Fate/Stay Night, and Hatsune Miku. So maybe you can imagine how I felt when I realized all three properties are in Phantasy Star Portable 2:
Evangelion. So far with codes you can unlock Asuka, Rei and Shinji's plug suits, and the Lance of Longinus as a weapon! In Japan you can unlock Asuka's Test Plug suit, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Fate/Stay Night. This set hasn't been released yet but will be in January, so I guess I need to stick with the game until then at least. Saber and Archer sets are both confirmed to be part of the release.
Hatsune Miku. My favorite vocaloid superstar, now I can play as her and use her to beat up space monsters. Life is good.