Archive for the ‘Phantasy Star Universe’ category

Sega Announce Phantasy Star Universe Pricing Scheme

October 10, 2006

The online fees will cost $10 for one month, or $50 for six months.

The Playstation 2 and PC versions will retail for $49.99 and the Xbox 360 version will cost $59.99 .

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Phantasy Star Universe (Xbox 360) Open Beta

October 10, 2006

SEGA is proud to announce the start of the Open Beta for Xbox 360 on October 11th!. This will be the first chance to play the newest addition to the long running Phantasy Star series. The Beta test period is expected to run until October 18th and will allow participants to play through a portion of the online game. We encourage users interested in the Multiplayer aspects of Phantasy Star Universe to check out all there is to see in the Beta environment!

Getting started is extremely easy! If you want to participate you must have an active Xbox Live Gold account. The Beta will be available for download on the Xbox Marketplace between October 11th and October 12th. Once you have the beta downloaded, you’ll be able to play immediately! Once online, we highly recommend the following activities to get the most out of this Open Beta period:

  • Create Your Character – Construct the perfect avatar with the robust Character Creation tool that enables players to change their character’s body shape and dimensions, hairstyle and color, facial structure and features, and more!
  • Meet New People – Head out to the lobby and meet new people! Visit various shops for weapons, clothing and other items and then join or create a squad to embark on missions with new friends.
  • Explore the Universe – With three expansive planets to explore, discover the adventures that lie ahead on Parum, Neudaiz, and Moatoob.
  • My Room – Create your personal online space by adding items and elements from your adventures, and decorating your My Room with various themes and wallpaper. In here, your Partner Machinery is able to create new weapons and items for you to use in battle, trade with friends, or sell for a profit. Players can also exchange Partner Cards and visit friends in their My Room!
  • Customize Your Look – Head to one of the various Clothing or Parts shops located across the Universe and outfit your character with the newest styles.
  • Try Different Job Types – Speak to the Guardian Representative located on the fifth floor of the Guardian’s Colony to freely change between the three class types: Hunter, Ranger, and Force.
  • Create and Sell Items – Craft items from the base materials you find during your adventures using your Partner Machinery. You can even sell these items within player-run Shops!

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Phantasy Star Universe (Xbox 360) Release Date an Price

September 30, 2006

The game will be released on 14th December 2006, and will retail for 7140 Yen.

Appearently, you’ll be able to pay the online fees with MS Points through Live. The monthly fee will cost 800 points.

Phantasy Star Universe Hi-Def (720p) Images for the Xbox 360

September 27, 2006

I think these are the first 720p images revealed for Phantasy Star Universe for the 360.

Appearently, in addition to your regular Xbox Live account, you’ll have to pay monthly fees (10$?). :S

 Click Here for the pics

Phantasy Star Universe Tops Charts in Japan

September 12, 2006

PSU has done well in it’s first week of release, it was the highest selling game in Japan for the week of 28th Aug ~ 9th Sept.

  1. Phantasy Star Universe (PS2, Sega) – 120,202 units
  2. New Super Mario Bros. (NDS, Nintendo) – 72,763 [2,974,027] units
  3. Kahashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu: Motto Nouo Kitaeru Otona DS Training (NDS, Nintendo) – 46,662 [3,119,857] units
  4. Final Fantasy III (NDS, Square Enix) – 45,949 [549,001] units
  5. Mogitate Tincle no Bara Iro Ruppii Land (NDS, Nintendo) – 45,496 units
  6. Shaberu! DS Oryouri Navi (NDS, Nintendo) – 35,689 [419,733] units
  7. Mario Hoops 3-on-3 (NDS, Nintendo) – 34,001 [267,763] units
  8. Oide yo Doubutsu no Mori [Animal Crossing: Wild World] (NDS, Nintendo) – 32,605 [3,181,735] units
  9. Rhythm Tengoku (GBA, Nintendo) – 28,361 [123,432] units
  10. Tamagotchi no Puchi Puchi Omisecchi Gohi-Kini (NDS, Namco Bandai) – 27,540 [458,474]

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PSU Offline Gameplay Vid and Impressions

September 4, 2006

For those who don’t know, the recently released Phantasy Star Universe has quite the offline mode. Unlike the somewhat limited Phantasy Star Online offline modes, this one is actually it’s own complete game and not just a series of side missions or stories.

Gamebrink have impressions on the mode with a video walkthrough right here.

Phantasy Star Universe Wireless Keyboard for the PS2

August 18, 2006

Play-Asia are taking preorders for Sega’s PSU-branded wireless USB keyboard for PS2, which will be shipping on August 31 (to coincide with the game’s release) for $80. Don’t know if it’s compatible with a normal PC.