Phantasy Star Portable

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Phantasy Star Portable
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Developer(s) Sonic Team
Alfa System
Publisher(s) Sega
Director(s) Tatsuya Nagata
Producer(s) Satoshi Sakai
Tetsuya Sasaki
Artist(s) Akikazu Mizuno
Writer(s) Yasushi Otake
Composer(s) Hideaki Kobayashi
Taihei Sato
Kenichi Tokoi
Series Phantasy Star Edit this on Wikidata
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
Release
  • JP: July 31, 2008
  • NA: March 3, 2009
  • AU: April 16, 2009
  • EU: April 17, 2009
Genre(s) Action RPG
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Phantasy Star Portable (ファンタシースターポータブル, Fantashī Sutā Pōtaburu) is an action role-playing game co-developed by Sonic Team and Alfa System, and published by Sega for the PlayStation Portable. Sega released the game to Japan in July 2008, and to other markets in 2009.

In addition to the game's single-player story mode, Phantasy Star Portable has a cooperative multi-player mode that supports up to four players.

The 2009 sequel, Phantasy Star Portable 2, takes place three years after the events of Phantasy Star Portable.

Plot[edit]

Phantasy Star Portable begins a few months after the conclusion of Phantasy Star Universe (2006) and its expansion, Ambition of the Illuminus (2007), in which an alliance of humans, newmans, beasts, and CASTs of the Gurhal star system drove off alien invaders known as SEED. The peace is short-lived, however. Vivienne, a newly constructed CAST android, and her partner (the player), discover that some SEED remain, and are causing trouble. Vivienne and her partner work to save the Gurhal system—and, in the process, learn more about humanity.

Gameplay[edit]

The player begins by choosing one of four races and three character class. The character design is adjustable through several variables: face model, eye color, eyebrows, eyelashes, ears, head type, body color, proportion, jacket, pants, shoes, voice type, and voice pitch.

Players are assigned missions in which they must kill all opponents in the area; many of the levels conclude with a boss battle. Along the way, players, collect weapons, armour, money, and other helpful items.

Characters[edit]

Player character
The player character is a newly trained member of the GUARDIANS, a security force that protects the Gurhal star system. S/He lives in a GUARDIAN space colony, and is a shy person who rarely speaks in the game.
Vivienne
Vivienne is a newly constructed CAST (an android created by the humans of Gurhal). Like the player, she has just completed basic training, and is now a hunter assigned to be the player's partner.
Laia Martinez
Laia is a hunter-class beast with the GUARDIANS. She is also the instructor who trained the player character. She accompanies the player on some missions.
Mina
Mina works at the mission counter at the headquarters of the GUARDIAN space colony. She gives the player and other GUARDIANS their mission assignments.
Helga Neumann
A woman who works with the Illuminus. Although she appears to be in her mid-twenties, she is actually 43 years old. She says that she died and was revived by the SEED. She caused the spread of the Remnant SEED and the creation of another HIVE.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic64/100[1]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Edge4/10[2]
Eurogamer7/10[3]
Famitsu33/40[4]
GamesMaster71%[5]
GamesTM5/10[6]
IGN7/10[7]
OPM (UK)6/10[8]
OPM (AU)7/10[9]
PSM3/5 stars[10]
VideoGamer.com7/10[11]

The game received "mixed" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[1] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of one nine and three eights for a total of 33 out of 40.[4]

In its first week on sale in Japan, the game sold more than 342,000 units.[12] Phantasy Star Portable was the 14th best-selling game in Japan in 2008.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Phantasy Star Portable for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ Edge staff (June 2009). "Phantasy Star Portable". Edge (202): 97. 
  3. ^ Parkin, Simon (April 17, 2009). "Phantasy Star Portable". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Ashcraft, Brian (February 10, 2009). "Famitsu's Best PSP Games of 2008". Kotaku. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Phantasy Star Portable". GamesMaster: 78. June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Phantasy Star Portable". GamesTM: 116. June 2009. 
  7. ^ Clements, Ryan (March 5, 2009). "Phantasy Star Portable Review". IGN. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Phantasy Star Portable". PlayStation Official Magazine – UK: 95. June 2009. 
  9. ^ "Phantasy Star Portable". PlayStation Official Magazine – Australia: 71. June 2009. 
  10. ^ "Review: Phantasy Star Portable". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 81. June 2009. 
  11. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (April 23, 2009). "Phantasy Star Portable Review". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  12. ^ Luster, Joseph (August 7, 2008). "Phantasy Star Portable Tops Charts, Wrecks Lives". Otaku USA. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  13. ^ Parfitt, Ben (January 9, 2009). "JAPANESE 2008 MARKET REPORT". The Market for Computer & Video Games. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 

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