You might remember the original announcement of Genshin Impact and how it received a lot of criticism and even hate since it took a lot of influence from Zelda Breath of the Wild. Many gamers were calling it a copy cat of BoTW. But ever since the official launch, the script has flipped and we’re hearing a lot of praise for the game. Many are saying while it does draw some elements from BoTW it is a completely different game with its own strengths. Think of an MMO with an open world like BoTW and heavy on the anime style art and animations.
Currently the download servers may be seeing high load as we see many people complain of painfully slow downloads or even issues downloading it at all. I am currently sitting at 1 MB/s which equates to about a 4+ hour download time. Some people are reporting speed boosts by pausing and starting the download again, but everyone’s mileage may vary.
I also had trouble accessing the website itself, if I went to the home page directly it would get stuck loading some assets and then lag out eventually. I was able to circumvent this by going to a miscellaneous page and then going to the home page from there. So if you are trying to download the client try accessing from this page first (its the news page), then heading to the homepage to create an account and download.
We’ll be back with more thoughts after this finishes!
Is the new Phantasy Star Online 2 PC release worth playing in 2020, 8 years after the initial release in Japan?
Judging by the amount of hours I’ve put into the game in the first few days so far, my short answer is *yes*.
I think the winning aspect of this game is the combat system, even though PSO2 is around 8 years old, I was pleasantly surprised by the slick combat and how responsive the gameplay is. This game can be compared closely to monster hunter and diablo. You hang out in town where there are tons of things to do – shop, gamble, craft, etc. Then you accept client orders (tasks) and queue up in a mission to board your ship. Essentially, this game is a dungeon crawler and not an open world MMO. Each mission is self contained and you can redo them on different difficulties for exp and loot.
The combat itself is slick – enemies don’t feel too much like bullet sponges and you can swap between a target lock on system or use free aim mode which turns the game into 3rd person shooter style for ranged attackers. Animations are done really well; melee attacks are pleasing to the eye and satisfying to land, they also give me flashbacks to Devil May Cry. For those who don’t know my taste in games, I love the concept of MMOs/Dungeon crawlers, but often hate the combat system and how enemies just feel like sponges while you spam every key on the keyboard. So when I enjoy the combat in a game like PSO2, it means it has to be pretty good.
There is still a ton of content I haven’t explored yet, but I did have a lot of fun at the casino. I explored a few of the mini games, and you’ll find some familiar things – roulette, blackjack, slots, and more. My friends and I definitely spent a bit too much time hitting the slots, but at least we know never to go to a real casino together, because we apparently have a gambling problem.
There are definitely some quick tips that I wish I knew before blindly trying to level up my character.
Spend some time doing the initial tutorial missions, especially the ones from Afin and Cofy, who are found near the ship entrance, they will unlock extra things to make your life easier
If you don’t have friends on ship 2, consider starting in ship 1 or 3, less people means less lag
You can usually do missions 5-8 levels higher than you relatively easily for better experience
ACCEPT CLIENT ORDERS, these provide the most experience for you to level up significantly faster – you’ll be focusing on the orders on the far left, far right, and at the counters by your ship gate entrance.
Do urgent missions that pop up during certain time frames, they are fun and efficient for leveling/loot
Look up guides on how to distribute your class skills, you can level your class skills at one of the counters
Don’t bet all your casino money in roulette
PSO2 has a few bugs here and there. Some people are having issues with the Microsoft store; fortunately, it was all seamless for me. There is major lag in the main lobby when your block (server) is full, but NVIDIA did release a driver that helped a little bit, but didn’t fully fix it. I’ve also been disconnected at extremely inconvenient times and lost out on bonuses. Hopefully there are some fixes for PC, it has only been out for a few days.
I am enjoying the game and I think anyone who enjoys this genre should give it a try. You also don’t need to worry too much about the premium plan or paid subscription. The game is free to play and the paid bonuses are nice to have, but not game breaking at all. The only thing I’m missing out on is the inability to sell items or trade with my friends (kind of sucky, but it could be worse) Grab it in the Microsoft Store.
Nearly eight years after the original release in Japan, the party is just getting started
Sega and Microsoft’s collaboration brings Phantasy Star Online 2 (PSO2) to PC in North America on May 27 through the Microsoft Store. PSO2 is a popular free-to-play sci-fi MMORPG that originally released exclusively in Japan on July 4, 2012.
The time to #JoinARKS is finally revealed. Phantasy Star Online 2, one of Japan’s biggest online action RPGs, arrives on Windows 10 next week, on May 27th.
In coordination with the PC release, virtual singers Hatsune Miku and Megurine Luka will be having concerts throughout the week. Head on over to the official PSO2 website to find the idols’ schedule. Expect more details leading up to the PC release. Sega will most likely dive into how cross-play will function and if there will be any kind of cross-progression.
Check out the announcement trailer for PSO2’s journey to the west below and stick around right here at Gamer Bias for future PSO2 announcements!