On the 20th anniversary of Phantasy Star Online (PSO2), Game corporation SEGA announced the visual overhaul and latest entry to the Phantasy Star Universe — Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis. This sequel to the original offers an Open World experience. Let’s find out if this is a new game plus or something completely different experience.
Set a thousand years after the events of PSO2, you arrive by pod on planet Halpha as a Meteorn with no memories or any recollection of your past. You find yourself as a member of the Artificial Relict to Keep Species or ARKS along with other operatives. Your task? To protect this planet against the unknown threat known as DOLLS.
You Look Familiar
The first step in every RPG is, of course, character creation. For New Genesis, you could either create a new character or import your existing ones from PSO2. For returning players, this means no more long hours of customization. Even the cosmetics you own are transferred to New Genesis
There are limitations on what you could equip though. Weapon camos could only be equipped on one weapon at a time which limits the customization of your armaments.
Another welcome inclusion is that you could access your inventory from PSO2 and take items from the past. Players can take equipment and some consumables into New Genesis. However, the stats and the skills attached to weapons and armors are nerfed. This is to prevent players from being overpowered in New Genesis.
Class Is In Session
There are 8 classes to choose from in Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis. These are Hunter, Fighter, Ranger, Gunner, Force, Techter, Braver, and Bouncer. It’s still lacking a few classes from PSO2 and there are no reports or confirmation from SEGA on when or if these classes will ever be released in New Genesis.
Good thing that a Class and Subclass system exists wherein you could equip two different classes. Giving you more access to different sets of equipment and photon arts. The only issue here is that classes don’t share the same experience and level.
The Open Road and Skies of Halpha
Unlike its predecessor, New Genesis offers a fresh new take on the entire Phantasy Star Online experience. Now offering an Open World experience where you can freely roam the entire map of the game. Be warned though, new areas presents harder challenges. Traveling is a lot easier than you could imagine too. Since New Genesis introduces a dash and glide system.
In the previous installation dashing could only be done by spending MP on different Photon Arts that offer mobility. You also have access to Ryuker devices which offer a fast travel function. Fret not for there is no Stamina system here, so you could run and glide as much as you want.
Time to Scrap Some DOLLS
In PSO2 we fought against Dark Falz to save the Universe. This time however, we are up against DOLLS. Little is known about where they came from and how they came to be. Although, one thing for sure is that we will have to get rid of them to save our beloved Halpha. Good thing we’re already equipped to fight against this unknown threat.
The combat system in New Genesis isn’t different from PSO2, you are still free to choose from auto-targeting or free aim mode. The Photon Arts system is different in both games, however, there are no known means to gain new Photon arts. Also sorry, you cannot use Photon Art Discs from PSO2 to gain new Photon Arts in New Genesis.
A Thousand Years Has Passed
If you are a new or a returning player then I understand your confusion and I sympathize with you. To tell you the truth I could only say is that this is a new game and an expansion at the same time. Gone are the days that you have to talk to the operator to partake in missions and go to different fields. However, it still brings in a kick of nostalgia as you face familiar allies and foes.
New Genesis is really something completely different. We already moved from the instance dungeons that we are used to in PSO2. Transitioning into an Open World experience wherein danger and beauty is right around the corner. Aside from that is the graphic overhaul that really set New Genesis apart. A much more detailed environment and set of characters await you.
Those interested can grab a copy of PSO2: New Genesis below:
I’ll be seeing you guys around Halpha then. Till we meet again.