Phantasy Star Portable - PSP

Also known as: Phantasy Star Universe PSP

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Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Media: Custom optical disc Arcade origin:No
Developer: SEGA Soft. Co.: SEGA
Publishers: SEGA (GB)
Released: 17 Apr 2009 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Accessories: Memory Duo Stick, Wireless Compatible


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Phantasy Star has finally made its way onto Sony's PSP, with …Portable combining Phantasy Star Universe with its expansion, Ambition of the Illuminous.

So what do the two games bring to the table?

An action RPG, Phantasy Star Universe (PSU) replaces turn-based, life-sapping battle exchanges with good old fashioned hitting. And shooting. And more hitting. The game is a giant too, with Yuji Naka's Sonic Team preparing a straight-through playtime of over 40 hours for the single-player missions alone.

Welcome gameplay additions come in the form of an expanded library of weapons, all of which have rapid inventory-switching, seeing PSU cast off the problems with responsiveness that dogged earlier versions. Sega is also going to save you some virtual shoe leather, providing controllable vehicles to get you from dungeon to dungeon - all 17 of them.

Then, of course, you've got Ambition of the Illuminous.

So, what did Ambition of the Illuminous add to the mix? Well, you've got a movement called the Illuminous, for one. These Human fundamentalists run amok in the peaceful Gurhal System, throwing the government into chaos. Using their custom-made Guardian, players will wander new levels such as the Ruins of Old Rozenom City and the Granigs Mines. They'll also stumble across familiar characters such as Ethan Waber, as well as fresh faces like Guardian instructor Laia Martinez. You won't, of course, just be wandering around for a chat. Expect new (and more powerful) enemies and new class types to master.

It doesn't quite stop there, however. Phantasy Star Portable features a brand new storyline and new characters to give even seasoned Phantasy Star players something to keep them interested.