Not sure how many of you are fans of Phantasy Star, but I have been since around the Dreamcast era. As servers have shut down, and even private servers rise, I have still been a fan on the series. Now the latest in the series, which is Phantasy Star Online 2 has made it out of closed beta and Pre-Open Beta, to finally get in the Open Beta stage. The catch? It is in Japan only, so if you want to play it badly enough, you will need to sign up for a Japanese Sega Online ID and download a game you may not be able to read.
People who have played any of the series already know what to expect, but for those of you who are new to the whole Phantasy Star deal, it is an Action RPG which plays in instance/mission based gameplay. It allows you to go through instances with friends and take down bosses for "teh epic lootz". All in all it is a fun series to play, especially with some friends.
Luckily though it is fairly straight forward and easy to get through the registration process, but I will post a video on a how-to for those of you who may struggle getting through it, so you have an easy step-by-step guide to sign up with. The gist of it though is that you need a Sega ID and you need to enable Phantasy Star Online 2 on your profile in order to be able to login.
Both the links for signing up and the download are provided above, so if you manage to fumble through both processes, you should be able to join the game fairly easy. The download itself is a few GB, but it does download a bit slow, at least it did for me when I tried to download it yesterday, there is also an update after you install the client which will take a bit of time as well. So you do have some waiting ahead of you if you want to get in.
When you do get in game there are 10 ships for you to choose from, and each ship acts like a server. I know at least the 2nd ship was full when I tried to log in, so I ended up going with the 10th on. So if any of you plan on giving this game a shot and want someone else who knows English to do some runs with, feel free to send me a private message and we can see if we will be able to find each other in game.