US Release: Oct 24th
UK Release: Nov 24th
Pricing: $9.99/month for online play
or $50/6 months ($8.30/month)
(PSU Wiki, great for information and guides)
What is it?
The latest game in Sega's Phantasy Star series. Phantasy Star Universe is an Offline/Online Science Fiction Action-based Role Playing Game. Players can partake of an offline story mode with around 40 hours of gameplay, or go online to form team-based games with a customized character.
* Action Based Combat system
* Online Team-based gameplay
* 30 Randomly generated dungeons
* 15+ bosses
* 3 Player controlled vehicles
* Player customized rooms/stores
* Four character races: Humans, Casts (Androids) Newmans and Beasts
* Three main classes with various mixtures
* A 40-hour offline RPG component with characters and cut-scenes
* Extra Mode: A new offline mode that functions just like online mode, with character customization
Penny Arcade PS2/PC Players
Black_Heart - Black Heart (Human Hunter) - J4SH1N (Cast Ranger)
piL - piL (Newman Force)
StriderEdge - Ciel (Cast Ranger)
S3rial One - Mars (Beast Hunter)
Jeffro - Jeffro
The Far Side - Faridius (Newman Force)
MJ - Voltage (Cast Ranger)
Reynolds - Kaja (Newman Ranger)
JAEF - Jaef (Cast Ranger)
Gilder - Gilder (Newman Force)
Iceman2343 - Sheeri (Cast Ranger)
Ichnob - Roronoa Zoro--Human (male/hunter) - Varion Ichnob--Newman (male/ranger)
Rinder - Rinder (Cast Ranger)
OtakuD00D - Gally (Cast Hunter)
Akira - Jin (Newman Force) - Sakiro (Cast Ranger)
Etch - Etch (Cast Ranger)
RenegadeDrizzt - renegadedrizzt (Beast Hunter)
life3 - Skullpunch (Beast Hunter)
fallaxdraco - Maledictus (newman force) - Volition (Human hunter)
RoriProfessor - Evangeline (Beast Hunter)
F-Zero_Racer - Aernaru
SilentCoconut - Arko (Newman Force)
firekiun - Aei (Newman Ranger)
3rdrocket - Tony Tony Chopper (Beast Hunter) - Bob Ross (Newman Force)
Just_Bri_Thanks - CHandra (Cast Ranger)
Anyone who has my partner card is free to hang out in my room where some other Penny Arcade members may be. To access another player's room, select the panel to the left of your partner machine, then select "Go to Room" and select their partner card to be transported to their room.
Penny Arcade 360 Players
(taken from the 360 Arcadians Wiki
Aoi - Kirin
Tremor - MajorTremor
To contact a fellow PA member, either post in this thread asking where to meet up in-game, join Penny Arcade's Vent channel
and look for people playing PSU, or PM one of us, or find us playing a game in the Mission listings in-game.
The games are usually named after the person who started it. So if you see our name listings, join the game and ask for our partner cards. Once you have someone's Partner Card it is very easy to stay in contact with them.
In Online Mode, the character you create becomes a member of the GUARDIANS, stationed in the Gurhal System. You'll have your own room and your own Partner machinery, and you'll be able to have adventures and interact with other players in the same world that Story Mode takes place in.
To play online you needs a GUARDIANS License, which you obtain from the PSU website. It costs $9.99/month. Faq here
Can the various platforms play with each other?
Yes, somewhat. Playstation 2 and PC share the same servers. The 360 version has seperate servers however.
Are the servers internationally linked?
Yes and No.
The Playstation 2 and PC servers for the Japanese(which went live over a month ago) are completely seperate from the US servers. The US servers will be linked with European servers however when the EU version releases on the 24th.
The 360 version servers however, will be linked in every region.
Human Female Creation vid
Human Male Creation vid
The most balanced class stat-wise in PSU. Humans do well while playing any class in the game but do not specialize as much as other classes. Great if you like switching your class around or want a combination class.
The character I made, using this flash demo
(pretty basic, lacks a LOT of features).
Newman Male Creation vid
Newman characters excel in Mind Power and Technique usage, making them excellent casters. However, they are the weakest physical class in the game. Great if you want to play a Force.
Male Cast Creation vid
Female Cast Creation
Casts possess the highest Accuracy and Defense stats in the game. However they have the lowest magical power and technique points. They are best suited as Rangers.
Beast Female Creation
Beasts are powerful physical fighters that have the highest HP and Strength in the game. However, they are the lowest on accuracy and 2nd to lowest on magic power. They are great for playing a Hunter.
Statistical Comarison for classes/races at Lv1
The "lobbies" in PSU are cities that can hold hundreds of players each. They contain many shops and areas to access the various features of the game.
Players can now switch between classes, instead of making a character that is stuck in a single role. Along with the base classes from PSO, the Hunter, Ranger, and Force, there are 7 "Expert classes" that go more in-depth or add varied abilities to the base classes.
Fortefighter (Advanced Hunter)
-- A pure melee fighter. Has excellent Attack power and Defense power, but has to get into close range as he cannot use magic and only small firearms such as pistols. They specialize in dealing and taking damage.
Fortegunner (Advanced Ranger)
-- A pure gunner. Has excellent Attack power, range, and Accuracy. However, they must stay at a distance to fight effectively and ranged weapons devour ammunition quickly. They work best as a support class, finishing off and debuffing monsters with special bullet effects.
Fortetecher (Advanced Force)
-- A pure technique-caster. Can use all techniques and is well-versed in the use of all tech-casting weapons and a few ranged weapons. However, he has very low HP and Defense power, can be killed easily and relies heavily on Technique points which drain with each casting. Can work well as a Buffer/Debuffer, Damage Dealer, or Healer depending on which Techniques are equipped.
Figunner (Hunter + Ranger)
-- Able to use both melee weapons and ranged weapons.
Guntechter (Ranger + Force)
-- Able use ranged weapons as well as cast techniques.
Wartecher (Force + Hunter)
-- Able to cast techniques as well as use melee weapons.
-- An expert trap-setter. Able to use all traps including those of much greater power than normal and a large variety of weapons.
You can operate any of these three vehicles yourself. The Floader is a surface bike that travels at high speeds over water. The striker is a Military Tank vehicle; it's slow, but has powerful attack capabilities. The lunga is a native creature on Moatoob; its breath is capable of clearing things out of your way, but as it's a living creature, with use it will eventually get tired and its strength will weaken.
Personal Rooms/Partner Machines
Each player gets a personal room which they can customize and decorate with various items found while doing missions. You can invite up to 5 other people to view your room. You may also setup shops in your room to sell items to other players. Players can search item listings to show which shops sell which items then teleport into your room to buy the items whether you are offline or online.
Offline Story Mode
In Story Mode, the player assumes the role of Ethan Waber, a young man enlisted in an interplanetary security force known as the GUARDIANS. With the help of numerous partners, he fights to uncover the mystery of the SEED, stands up against conspiracy, and grows up along the way as an epic story unfolds.
Ethan is a "super character" who can use all types of weapons and armors in the game as well as techniques for them, which online characters cannot. [/list]
Screenshots and Videos
Boss battle video
360 beta video
Online Mode Video
Story mode intro
(next two are from the PS2 version)
Thats all for now, I will keep updating this post and once the game comes out i will update it with information on where to meet up if you want to play I'm getting the Playstation 2 version. Feel free to add anything and I will put it in.