Most of us started with Phantasy Star Online on Dreamcast, some started on GameCube or Xbox and others started with Phantasy Star Universe. All of our journeys matter and our experiences are awesome to hear about. What is your story?
I started with PSO v1 on Dreamcast, but unfortunately - either due to region locks or an returned game having the code redeemed (or maybe even a shop staff member lifting the Hunter License code) - I was unable to play online. I managed to reach Dark Falz on normal before returning it pretty frustrated.
Eventually, I played on PC Ver 2 and loved every minute of it, made a lot of friends and got my character to Lv 200. This is a shot of some local friends and I preparing to take on Vol Opt.
Australia didn't get PSO Episode 1 & 2 on GameCube or Xbox (or at least it was very hard to find), so I imported the US version and played it offline to Lv. 200 again. The Climate Control Area and Towers remain some of my favourite places in PSO Ep 2!
During this time period I made some friends locally who had played PSO on Dreamcast since launch, we ended up all playing Blue Burst together. I started out by participating in the Japanese Beta and eventually moved on to the US servers. This shot was taken after multiple 'Towards the Future' runs! I played a HUmar in the early hours of Ver 2, but eventually settled on being a Cast from that moment forward.
Fast forward a few more years and PS Universe is announced, I quickly joined the PSUPedia community, making a whole bunch of friends on IRC and started my grind again. This time I was one of the Human faced casts focusing on the Hunter path again. I capped out at around lv 80 with Ambition of the Illuminus, but this is a shot from the first level cap of 50.
I dabbled in the PSP games too, PSP2 being my favourite as PSP2i never got localised properly. I actually started playing it again recently as a game for travel and it's been super nostalgic to return to it. Pictured is the first PSP game with Vivienne, who you might come across in emergency codes in PSO2!
Fast forward to now, where I've been playing the Japanese version with Neo, who I befriended properly during the PSO2 Closed Beta for NA. We've been making an Alliance together with a focus of helping out new players!
So, there's my history over the past 20 years of online PSO games. What's your story?