Phantasy Star Online 2 (PSO2), Sega's sci-fi-themed, massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, came out eight years ago for Windows. You might not remember that in the event that you stay in North America, because it didn't come out here at the time. It has been a strong two console generations now, but fans of PSO2 Meseta the original Phantasy Star Online will soon enjoy the sequel. The game is now in open beta, so we will not give it a review score until it fully releases. However, even in beta form, PSO2 is a action-filled, hack-and-slash-and-shoot adventure with an extensive equipment system along with an unobtrusive premium currency element.

PSO2's concept is simple. The massive space fleet Oracle is investigating the stars to find habitable and resource-filled planets. You're a part of ARKS, Oracle's frontline task force to scout these planets and make certain they're safe. That is pretty much the entire excuse the game gives before allowing you to establish a character. You'll take your character through different dangerous environments, fighting monsters and collecting loot along the way. The character development system supplies a generous quantity of customization choices. You may select from four different races, each with male and female forms: Individuals, Newmans (space elves), Deumans (space dark elves), and CASTs (robot people). After establishing those traits, you can personalize your own face and body using a variety of characteristics. You can even add different accessories and tweak add on details such as facial hair, scars, jewelry, and clothing. Most of these tweaks are completely cosmetic, however, the race you choose can impact certain stats from the game to some minor extent.

In addition you pick from seven beginning classes. The Hunter is a melee-focused tank, the Fighter is a damage-focused, close-quarters warrior, the Ranger is a mid-distance guns expert, the Braver is a mix archer and katana swordfighter, the Force is a wizard-like course that can use special photon (the game's version of magical ) skills, the Bouncer is a close-quarters melee fighter and photon power consumer, and the Summoner utilizes pets to execute a variety of combat functions. Two other classes, Gunner and Techer, are unlocked later as you play.

I played as a Ranger from the open beta, a class equipped with an assault rifle, a launcher, and also a melee-focused gunblade. The assault rifle is a useful burst-fire weapon type that sprays bursts of bullets at enemies, or can fire specialization aimed and homing shots for much more exact power. The gunblade is a sword with a gun built into it, made for close-quarters fighting. Each weapon has its own collection of skills and abilities, triggered with the X, Y, and appropriate bumper buttons, along with a secondary pair of three abilities made up by holding down the left trigger for a total of six at one time. I could switch between weapons by tapping up and down on the direction pad also, which was useful for quickly adjusting to scenarios.

Equipment can get complex, with each weapon and item using its collections of stats that enhance your personality, along with characteristics that provide added bonuses. You can prepare for battle easily enough by simply equipping the items that have the highest numbers, but really digging into the stats that help your personality and keeping an eye out for certain perks is worthwhile.If you find a piece of equipment you like, you can enhance it using consumable items as well as additional equipment you don't have to"feed" the weapon or armor, leveling it up and enhancing its stats. You can also carry over perks from various items through a similar method, enabling you to can you buy meseta on pso2 tweak your loadout even farther.