Foreign Fridays: Phantasy Star Online 2 (Ep. 1)

On the first episode of our new series, Foreign Fridays, Spunkify checks out Phantasy Star Online 2 a new MMO published by Sega and currently available only in Japan. Check out the in-depth character creation, crazy boss fights, multi-party instances, interchangeable weapons, and other unique traits of Phantasy Star Online 2. Spunkify gives us the complete rundown on whether Phantasy Star Online 2 is a game you should have on your radar!

Foreign Fridays is a series where we take a look at free to play MMO games currently only available in Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, China, and more. We try it out and tell you what is interesting about it, whether we think it will be a success in the EU/NA markets, and if you should try it out right now! Watch this exclusive series right here on MMObomb.com every Friday!

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52 Comments

  1. YAY Spunkify brought Foreign Fridays YAY

  2. New show!Awesome! Man i love MMOBomb =D

  3. I play this game and i need to say something… IT’S AWESOME! :D I never had so much fun playing a MMO in years! It’s a instanced based game, but with lots of FUN! And the bosses fights are so badass! :D You need to try this one, you wont regret for sure! Greetings from Portugal!

    Check my youtube channel to see some Boss action, search for “darkchapters”

  4. Hey Spunk how do you download the english patch for it?

  5. if you ever do a foreign friday regardin dragonball online, mail me, i play the game for like 3 years now and i can help with any information you want ^^

    1. Sure just send me a private message on the forums :)

      1. Where did you get your patch? If its not in English it will not be worth it.

        1. The english translation you see there is only for the character creator. Sorry.

          1. There is a english patch for everything on the game. Search it.

          2. The english patch is not supported by SEGA and is considered a “Hack” i wouldnt do it.

      2. if u guys cn do for blade and soul it be awesome cus i have try many time but download never finish

  6. Sure just send me a private message on the forums :)

  7. sure, just did.

  8. Sweeeeet ! GOOO Spunkify !! foreign fridays :D !!

  9. Love the character customisation, probably the best one I’ve seen yet, although from this Foreign Friday, it seems like majority of the stuff has a “Asian or Anime” feel, which I’m sure won’t appeal to everyone (I’m fine with it tho).

    I’m curious though as to why the character customisation is in English instead of Japanese, unless you applied some sort of English patch for that particular section.

    1. Okay, that initial post was made just after watching the character customisation bit only. Now after watching the entire episode…

      I notice a lot of similarities between PSO2 and GW2, such as:
      Random events – similar to GW2′s dynamic events, but I’d would hazard a guess from just this video, that these events are a lot more random (which is good).
      Weapon switching, each weapon having it’s own abilities – again, pretty similar to the system implemented in GW2, however the fact that the abilities grow stronger as you continue using your weapon in PSO2 sets it apart from GW2.
      Reviving characters/utility skills – I guess reviving players as a utility skill is somewhat more restrictive (instead of having it as an ability right from the get go). I’m assuming there’s no downed state either, and also that if utility skill selection is quite vast, that there’ll be a lot more strategy in choosing your skills.

      At the moment, I think I’ll probably stave off playing until after November (probably they’ll be a more complete English patch), but I’m definitely looking forward to playing this.

      1. Okay, so you never played it, but it’s not even close to GW2 – it takes some old stuff from other Phantasy Star games.

        If you really want to play this: wait for the NA/EU Release in 2013

        1. It’s true, I never played any prior Phantasy Star games, so I don’t know what the original games had that carried into the sequel. My comparisons were just based on the closest similarities to games I’ve already played.

          My reasons for wanting to play it close to the end of the year are due to exams mainly. English patches are just a bonus to me, as I intended to play this anyway regardless.

          1. Mystika,
            Please do the gaming community a favor and STOP comparing games to each other especially if you’ve never played them. GW2 and PSO2 are like apples and oranges.
            At least play the first one and know this isn’t taking anything at all from Guild Wars 2 as almost every mechanic was present in the original PSO almost 10 years ago.

  10. That was a great first show Spunkify, I can’t wait for the next one. I was just wondering do you take requests, or maybe recommendations on what Foreign games you could try next or sometime in the future. If that’s a yes than here it is: their has been a game from Foreign that I had not seen anyone talk about and I think it should be by time that someone did. Their is one game that comes to mind when it comes to a game that I haven’t head much of besides of what I read online and not seeing gameplay at all yet. Hmmm O anyways, the game is called: Blade & Soul,link= bns.plaync.com ; the game company that makes this game is Based in Korean and yea I would like to see Spunkify give this a try and see what he thinks about it. Mmobomber’s what F2P Foreign game do you think Spunkify should give a try.

    1. A lot of Korean games IP block and require a KSSN unfortunately, also Blade & Soul is P2P so I don’t think Spunk will do it, unless they change to F2P later on.

  11. can’t wait for this game to come stateside next year. i’ll be following it closely because it looks amazing.

  12. Not mush for shooting games but ,with the wasy that forgien friday is may done .I just may give it a whirl nice going Spunkify can’t wait until next Friday now .;-)

    1. This is not a shooter game. It’s a action MMORPG. You can choose between shooter look or normal look, when you use the Ranger class.

  13. Thanks for the first episode of Foreign Fridays. It was a great and very informative first episode.

    The game looks totally awesome, i was a little concerned when you mentioned a little of the grind on the earlier levels, but like you also said, the game just looks like a blast to play, so a little grind wouldn’t matter to me, i cannot wait to play it.

    Thanks again for the vid.

  14. Hi Spunkify, Thank you for the awesome video of pso2 ^^

    Now I wonder where you get the english patch because your’s seems like the best around.
    Could you send me a pm with the info because I can’t find anything on the forums either.

    Thanks ;D

  15. This game looked really nice until he said its dungeonbased ….-_____-

    1. It’s dungeon based but it’s fun! Try it, you wont regret.

    2. Personally I prefer dungeon based.

  16. For many reasons I really like the idea of foreign Fridays! Looking forward to hopefully a very long educational series for years to come!
    P.S.
    Asia without a doubt will be the best region to feature online games from, but sometimes there is some nice EU stuff that could be worthy of an episode! Awesome new show!

  17. Can you post the link where you got the patch?

  18. http://forum.blockland.us/index.php?PHPSESSID=mdp8ambmfs504n4qmm0mierk43&topic=197761.0

    Just In Case Anyone Else Is Wondering About Where To Find The Patch. The Guys Who Made The Patch Rule, And Humbly Have My Thanks. Though The Game Was Fine In Japanese, Just Took A Little Bit Of Time To Alt Tab Back And Forth (in Windowed Full Screen) To Websites That Have Information, And Majority of Translations Down.

    Enjoy All, And Thank You So Much For Doing This Spunkify, I Love PSO2, Well, All PSO Games.

    1. I Never Get Why People Type Like This.

  19. so if the game is “only” avaible in Japan ;p how i can try it out ??? cause i was searching of some kinda link to download ..

    1. Basically, All You Do Is Simply Goto Their Main Site, http://www.pso2.jp

      From There On, If You Simply Translate The Pages, You Should Be Able To Download The Game, And Even Create A Japanese Sega ID Within No Time At All.

      http://bumped.org/psublog/phantasy-star-online-2-pre-open-beta-registration-guide/

      Here’s A Guide For You, It’s… Well, Older, But It’s The Exact Same Idea, And Format Of How You’d Do This. Enjoy.

  20. I already wan to play it D:!

  21. Thanks Mystika, I had no idea that Blade & Soul was pay to play (P2P).

  22. Imagine, RaiderZ with graphics and character customization like that

    ME GUSTA.

  23. I have a problem, I downloaded the game Installed It and after I let it Patch now when I want to start It patches again and then It closes. When I want to start It again a message pops up that the application got deleted

  24. Awesome show

  25. Okay I managed to play Pso2 now the problem was my Antivir Program

  26. At first I couldn’t remember who Spunkify was but after hearing his voice I definitely do. He’s really the only reason I went to mmohut. Good thing he’s on mmobomb now. As for pso2 I can’t wait to try this. Been a huge pso fan since I was 8 or 9 (I’m 20 now).

  27. * Europe Here
    *No lag
    *7/10
    *any chats somewhere ?

  28. I forgot to ask something earlier.
    I followed some guides to make an account and guessed my way through the download and install process.
    I don’t speak a work of japanese and I do have the time to learn but I’m too lazy.
    Now I know there is an english patch but I was told on pso-world.com that JP sega posted on their website that if they catch you using an english patch they’ll ban you.
    They didn’t really specify so I don’t know if it’s just your account that gets banned or if it’s an IP block.
    Does anyone know if this is true or was I told wrong?? (Please say I was told wrong).

    1. Oh…Should be “I don’t speak a word” not work. I should really read what I post before I submit it.

  29. when are you going to do the dragon ball online game for this show so i can be ready

  30. How can I start the game? I only get blank square instead of characters in the main menu, and I don’t know what to do… it throws some kind of error, but I can’t understand…

    1. Ok… so I’ve checked it out, and the problem is with the updater, it cant download the patch to the game. However, I’ve tried to reinstall it, and still no success. Any suggestions?

  31. While I am happy for this thing I wonder how will you access games which requires kssn and such because not all asian mmos are so easily accessible?

  32. Yay foreign fridays, cant wait for phantasy star online to hit the states. Gotta love MMOBOMB

  33. region locked now cant play outside japan

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