As a new player I got to level 34 and here is my thoughts.

Hi guys excelex here i went as the name Ex on the ship1. I spent about 13 hours in the closed beta and this was my first time playing this game.Here are my thought and opinions.

First of all i want to say, this game is a weird twist on a mmoish rpg BUT it is absolutely brilliant. I spent 2006 - 2016 playing mmos and this game just does not fit in ANY category. The closest game i can think of is dragons nest. Anywho, I also want to say thank you to the devs for shading the light on this game to me. I was hooked from the beginning. There is a LOT of things that need to be fixed for new players to come in and learn how to play. I spent almost 1 hour trying to figure out how to set a Weapon Photon art to my X,Y and i just had no idea how to do it. You guys need to "highlight" what to do for new players to learn. I am not a idiot lol but with 6 different palettes to choose from, i had no idea what the hell was going on. My next idea would be to please let US KNOW where there quests are. Am i going to the forest? am i going to hell? where am i going? and what do i actually have to do? there just is not enough information translated from jp to eng. I do not want you guys to hold my hands thru this game, i just want to learn and be like, oh! i know exactly where to go now after that explained it once. Another thing was trying to understand skills. I watched a bunch of tutorials on builds and what not, but once i actually got into the game, i was still using the same 1st palette with the default photons for the longest time. There is just not enough information out there explaining what to do. Now i completed all my story quest's up to the level i am but i still have no idea what is going on.. why is this just cut scenes and like 3 battles? this makes no actual sense to me. When trying to understand the usage of each item such as a Photon drop, i had no idea what to do with this item, until i watch a jp video on where to go. please give new players an ideal location, what what things like these could be used for! When trying to understand The 3 Armour pieces i still have no idea what would be best for my class. Understanding the difference between swapping weapons during certain battles what a bit unclear to me until i figured out each level had a specific flaw and i would swap to that weapon and pallet.

So with saying all of this, this game needs lots of clarification on what to do and how to accomplish what i am doing. Other than that do not change one thing. This game is amazing. Thank you for reading and if anyone has ANY questions for me, i will answer anything.

ALSO am i the only one that spent 3 hours getting my cute Nyau suit at the casino? lol I can already see this game costing me a fortune.

Hello so I’m only 24 so far and here are my thoughts: as a former Phantasy Star Universe player and a constant mmorpg player I believe.... it’s going to be worth the 12 yr wait I have been enjoying it all though I did find it odd the cut down in weapons from the older version, although, I do understand that this is PSO2 not PSU2 as I did as well play the original PSO; my thoughts are I have been missing this play style of gaming for a while now as it always has fun ways to enjoy ones self whether it be dancing it up in the lobby or looking like one is have a break in the cafe. I believe that this game will definitely be helping to earn swag gamers back as it’s less graphic of slaying style will even be better for any younger generation whom decides to give the game a go! Which is a big plus. 🙂 the play through is well constructed not so many rescind as the previous edition (PSU) and every are still has its little puzzles if one is willing to look hard enough. I actually was surprised how well SEGA did with maintaining server stability even in the beta stages of the game at all. That’s on a positive note as they always have done a great job maintaining their own servers unlike many other dog releases that every few minutes people are always having those issues. Overall the play style did remind me of the older days and I can say I did miss it! Great job SEGA can’t wait to play and be able to keep playing again you are all great! I hope I get to tell Sonic and the Gang Happy Birthday!! for years to come. Sincerely loyal Player xXHolyRenegadeXx

@Excelex I spent almost 1 hour trying to figure out how to set a Weapon Photon art to my X,Y and i just had no idea how to do it. You guys need to "highlight" what to do for new players to learn. I am not a idiot lol but with 6 different palettes to choose from, i had no idea what the hell was going on.

  • Talk to Afin and completing his Client Orders is what will help you with the basic essential on how to play the game like Equipping your Weapons/Units/Photon Arts/Techniques and how other feathers work in the game.

My next idea would be to please let US KNOW where there quests are. Am i going to the forest? am i going to hell? where am i going? and what do i actually have to do?

  • Talk to Cofy and taking her Client Orders is what will progress you through the game. Also, please read the Blog under the News tab on the main site first before hand.

Another thing was trying to understand skills. I watched a bunch of tutorials on builds and what not, but once i actually got into the game, i was still using the same 1st palette with the default photons for the longest time. There is just not enough information out there explaining what to do.

  • Talk to Afin and completing his Client Orders is what will help you with the basic essential on how to play the game

Now i completed all my story quest's up to the level i am but i still have no idea what is going on.. why is this just cut scenes and like 3 battles? this makes no actual sense to me.

  • Its Story mode. Lots of talking before the battle. Think of it like watching a movie before hitting the climax.

When trying to understand the usage of each item such as a Photon drop, i had no idea what to do with this item, until i watch a jp video on where to go. please give new players an ideal location, what what things like these could be used for!

  • Explore the Gate/Lobby and Shop Area, Talking/Checking the NPCs when starting out on what things are. Its part of exploring/experiencing the game.

When trying to understand The 3 Armour pieces i still have no idea what would be best for my class. Understanding the difference between swapping weapons during certain battles what a bit unclear to me until i figured out each level had a specific flaw and i would swap to that weapon and pallet.

  • The game will not tell you whats good and whats bad for the class you play. That's part of exploring/experiencing the game.

I'm having a really good time but echo some issue here with Quests. I've gotten a bunch with certain monsters to be beaten but no info on expedition quests to confirm where certain species are. Mind I might be missing something.

Also occasionally when I change armor on my character, the game's frozen. Happened twice in my playtime. But not every time, might of just been at a time when the server was straining a bit

I'm thoroughly enjoying it as well. This is a true expansion to the multiplayer Phantasy Star games. Jumping and evading are welcome features. There seems to be a lot going on which is exciting.

I will note the music isn't that good compared to the older titles. None of the lobby music and intros are really that memorable. The centralized lobby is nice, but I do miss exploring lobbies and areas like in the older titles.

If I recall correctly, even the JP version just throws you in the game. They do explain a lot of stuff through the client orders but you are simply overwhelmed by the sheer amount of them and the fact they located throughout the ship. There is no sort of indications that certain orders are important to complete for the sake of understanding the game. I think a easy fix would be to highlight these orders as sort of a "main quest" so players know which ones will teach them about the game.

@jennytablina said in As a new player I got to level 34 and here is my thoughts.:

I'm having a really good time but echo some issue here with Quests. I've gotten a bunch with certain monsters to be beaten but no info on expedition quests to confirm where certain species are. Mind I might be missing something.

  • Taking Client Orders with certain Enemy that you have to kill/subdue will show you in the Quest Information before heading out on to the field. Not all Enemies will be shown. Only enemies the the highest percentage of spawning will be shown.

Also occasionally when I change armor on my character, the game's frozen. Happened twice in my playtime. But not every time, might of just been at a time when the server was straining a bit

@Excelex said in As a new player I got to level 34 and here is my thoughts.:

Hi guys excelex here i went as the name Ex on the ship1. I spent about 13 hours in the closed beta and this was my first time playing this game.Here are my thought and opinions.

First of all i want to say, this game is a weird twist on a mmoish rpg BUT it is absolutely brilliant. I spent 2006 - 2016 playing mmos and this game just does not fit in ANY category. The closest game i can think of is dragons nest.

@Excelex , The Phantasy Star Online series is the great grand-daddy of all looter-shooters, including Borderlands, Warframe, and Roguelike Risk of Rain. The original series started off as a set of RPGs (Phantasy Star 1-3) for SEGA consoles. SEGA's last console, before their bad business decisions screwed them over in the form of the Playstation One, was the Dreamcast. One of the main games of that console was Phantasy Star Online, the first true console based MMO. You can see some gameplay here, a pale shadow of what we have now in PSO2.
The Playstation 2 put the last nail in the coffin of SEGA's console division; many of the engineers involved with the Dreamcast would go on to work for Microsoft and build the Xbox, which ran on a variation of the dreamcast's Windows CE. In a way, Microsoft's Xbox took up SEGA's torch, and the rest is history.

I spent well over a thousand hours in PSO Episodes 1&2 in its later PC and Gamecube releases because there was nothing else like it, and it was distinct, with a real sense of world (and some genuinely terrifying boss encounters). Moreover, how you named your character and the class you chose had a distinct effect on what weapons you could find out there in the world, encouraging you to play it all. There's still nothing like it today, with its combination of sci-fi, fantasy, and anime concepts. I would argue that the PSO series' biggest flaw is that it doesn't take itself seriously enough anymore.

Anywho, I also want to say thank you to the devs for shading the light on this game to me. I was hooked from the beginning. There is a LOT of things that need to be fixed for new players to come in and learn how to play. I spent almost 1 hour trying to figure out how to set a Weapon Photon art to my X,Y and i just had no idea how to do it. You guys need to "highlight" what to do for new players to learn. I am not a idiot lol but with 6 different palettes to choose from, i had no idea what the hell was going on.

I do agree that the controller controls are rather clunky, but there's a newbie guide in the form of Astartes, who will tell you what to do. Still, even a veteran like me can see that there's room for improvement.

My next idea would be to please let US KNOW where there quests are. Am i going to the forest? am i going to hell? where am i going? and what do i actually have to do? there just is not enough information translated from jp to eng. I do not want you guys to hold my hands thru this game, i just want to learn and be like, oh! i know exactly where to go now after that explained it once. Another thing was trying to understand skills. I watched a bunch of tutorials on builds and what not, but once i actually got into the game, i was still using the same 1st palette with the default photons for the longest time. There is just not enough information out there explaining what to do. Now i completed all my story quest's up to the level i am but i still have no idea what is going on.. why is this just cut scenes and like 3 battles? this makes no actual sense to me.

Yes, if you're totally new to the series, you'll be a bit lost. As others have pointed out, however, the series has never been strong on handholding and mostly leaves players to their own devices. The issue here, however, is that there's too much content being tossed at new players at once. In 2012 when the game first launched, there was much less to do and it was fairly clear what you had to do thanks to items like the "matter board."

When trying to understand the usage of each item such as a Photon drop, i had no idea what to do with this item, until i watch a jp video on where to go. please give new players an ideal location, what what things like these could be used for! When trying to understand The 3 Armour pieces i still have no idea what would be best for my class. Understanding the difference between swapping weapons during certain battles what a bit unclear to me until i figured out each level had a specific flaw and i would swap to that weapon and pallet.

So with saying all of this, this game needs lots of clarification on what to do and how to accomplish what i am doing. Other than that do not change one thing. This game is amazing. Thank you for reading and if anyone has ANY questions for me, i will answer anything.

ALSO am i the only one that spent 3 hours getting my cute Nyau suit at the casino? lol I can already see this game costing me a fortune.

It's basically a step back from borderlands, if you've played that series; everything has value, everything can be traded in, and the sole objective is to get weapons, sell weapons, and turn yourself into a gleaming god or goddess of fashion untold numbers of dollars spent in the cash shop or untold numbers of hours spent farming meseta later on. So yes, either way it will cost you a fortune.

Also Nyau is a pest. You'll get tired of him quite quickly.

Yeah the quests do need to do a better job of directing players to the correct maps to find the enemies. Thankfully if you google around you can find a guide that shows the name of the quest givers and all their quests and where to complete them at.

I miss the original graphics, they seemed more apt to the universe of PSO. Now its too technical and cold. However it is still the most addictive MMO in existence and I am glad its back in the US!

Just putting this out ther @people having issues with quest photon arts and such if you actually read the tutorials instead of in equipping them it shows you how to do all of these things also, as far as where to go in wursts don’t skip through things and it explains them it requires memory of your own mind and if having issues remembering where just look at your previous orders completed and it will help guide you it’s a Phantasy Star game memory is key and it is all there hence the help desk, practice quest, and etc. etc.

Sorry it autocorrected I meant instead of skipping not in equipment

@almightysundaas said in As a new player I got to level 34 and here is my thoughts.:

I will note the music isn't that good compared to the older titles. None of the lobby music and intros are really that memorable. The centralized lobby is nice, but I do miss exploring lobbies and areas like in the older titles.

Oh don't worry, there are some bangers out there bruh.

I found it wonderful, minor issueshere and there. Nevertheless, it helped me learn more for when ai play the Japanese version.

I cannot wait to play more.