I agree. I regret starting this version of the game (I used to play the jp version since beta).
I unfortunately spent too much time already on it to quit though. I should have stuck with my guns initially to not touch this version knowing how other english release phantasy star games were treated, as a afterthought (any future phantasy star game I'm just going to probably play the Japanese version). I may rectify this mistake when NGS comes out and switch back to the jp version.
The NA version is inferior to the jp version in almost every way and the NA only positives aren't even that great.
What does the NA version even have that the jp version doesn't have?
The fresh finds shop? (a more fancy ui designed treasure finds shop). Fresh finds maybe look nice, but the treasure shop is probably functionally better.
Triggers for badges of non-relevant emergency quests? (which is a feature jp may eventually have)
Independence day lobby / emergency quest (i didn't care for the emergency quest to be honest, was just a unused jp emergency quest)?
Mission pa.... oh wait jp has that now.
Updates regularly (but only because the content already exists, they just have to turn it on).
A 64 bit client (jp's client is still 32 bit to my knowledge) but to the average user this is irrelevant.
Some "exclusive" items, but the jp version has their own exclusive items and many more at that (and they are gettin some of our exclusive items now).
Some updates earlier than expected, like high item star trading, arks missions, and augment xfer passes (but.. jp already has these).
You can play the game on xbox (which requires a sub to xbox live gold to even PLAY the game without premium). Sounds... expensive to play premium on xbox. In my opinion if you log in to pso2 from a xbox you should get premium previledges (doesn't jp get these privileges when logging in via a web cafe?).
Voice chat? Sadly not that useful cause of the lack of options unfortunately.
English voice act.... (can put those into the jp client so....)
(These are only the positives, there's many more negatives which outdo the list of positives and would make this post... much... MUCH bigger like things you can't do).
The only reason I still play is because I play with some friends which is always nice, but that's not a NA specific thing or even a pso2 specific thing for that matter.. You can make friends on the jp version as well, or on any game. Is the NA version fun? Sure. But it still feels really bad knowing stuff is missing/deliberately taken out. I don't know why NA didn't come out when JP initially did. How square enix treats global mmo's is much better. Sega should have done much better.
All in all I feel taken advantage of. /rant