PHANTASY STAR ONLINEReviewed By: Freddie Freeman
VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER
Pioneer 1, a huge starship filled with thousands of colonists, landed on the planet Rygol 7 years ago. Pioneer 2 was created to bring even more colonists to the planet Rygol and had just entered orbit when a massive explosion on the planet occurred. All contact with the colonists of Pioneer 1 was lost. It is the player's mission to go through a series of quests and find out just what happened to the colonists.
Unlike traditional RPGs set in fantasy worlds of dragons, knights, and wizards, “Phantasy Star Online” sets the player in the far future in a distant galaxy. Phantasy Star Online is thus freed from the occultic references it could have had were it a “traditional” RPG. Instead of bows and arrows, swords, and goblins, there are rifles, laser swords, and odd-looking alien beasts. Violence is near non-existent; while the main focus of the game is to kill loads of monsters to progress your character, there is no blood to be found, nor do limbs fly or heads roll. There is no magical spells in the game, but instead there are “techniques”. Instead of blasphemous spellbooks, there are computer disks your character can study to learn things such as fireball and lightning. There are no references to spells in the game, though some weapons are considered “magical” by looking at their descriptions.
The game can be played by one's self or online with up to three other players. Players must work together and cannot attack each other. Parents worried about their children playing online with strangers should fear not; the game has a comprehensive word-filter and replaces curse words with random symbols.
“Phantasy Star Online” is one of those rare games that I believe is totally alright in God's eyes. Highly recommended.
Year of Release—2001
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I would just like to point out that the language filter in this game is not necessarily a good thing. It only looks for sequences of letters, not the words themselves. Because of this, words like “pass”, which contain offensive words within them, will be censored. It is very annoying, and I would personally rather risk seeing a few swear words then not be able to see “saturday”. As for the “magic”, this games handles it as a kind of super advanced science, nothing mystical. My Ratings: [5/4]
—C.E., age 19
…1) NO religious overtones to this game 2) NO satanic overtones to this game 3) It works best only when playing together, basically to do well in the game you need to get along. So far I see nothing SLIGHTLY OFFENSIVE about it. The gameplay rocks, as does the storyline about an ancient evil that needs to be exterminated. Now Dark Falz makes no pretentions about being a god, or even satan, so I don't see where you guys even got the idea its slightly offensive,
“Phantasy Star Online” is a great game. Especially if you play online. I noticed that someone had a particular problem with it. First, may I say that any parent that lets their child on the Internet should keep a close eye on them. Play with a few select people and if they turn out to be okay (or if they are your friends) stick to them. There are a lot of weird people out there. That will not assure you that their language is fine but also they are trustworthy. Secondly, there is evil out in the world. Unfortunately, it's come in the form of the Gameshark in the PSO world. That doesn't mean you blame everyone for a few peoples wrongdoing. That also doesn't mean you get paranoid. Just stick to a few people/friends and you should hopefully avoid people with evil intentions. Why should this game be rated Mature? If you are offended by what others may say online, and don't know anyone on there, don't go. It's not required to complete the game. The game is rightfully rated. My Ratings: [5/5]
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