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Alisha
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Maybe since PSU is in the future (right?) from PSO, Human-robot relations have progressed to the point where the humans aren't taken aback by the robots that look like them.
i should hope so since in ep3 they talk about an incident where many casts were slaughtered do to space constraints on pioneer 2
-.-
Dive
QUOTE (unitself @ Aug 16 2005, 08:44 AM)
Well, regardless of what you guys think, here is actual proof of what I am saying.

Wow, we haven't seen a Late for Work in ages. Maybe if I promise to release TFLO, ban all fun on non-mac OS's, and make everyone play Animal Crossing, scu will grace us with more adventures of his time travelling green boxy self.

donkeybeatz
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Whoa.
*hyper jumps*

Small update on the official site.
There's 2 other unknown characters. One for Newman and the other for Beast.

EDIT: oooo I just noticed that there are special fonts for each race.
Kazicht
ROFL, 1st thing that came to my mind was you photoshopping a Transformer silhouette onto the screenshot to make DE and SCU go nuts. But man... thats really there! The male Cast models might actually look awesome! megaman-run.gif
DarkEpyon
Looks somewhat gundamesque to me, only considerably smaller.
Zorya
Sorry if this has been answered in the thread, but I'm not going to go back and read 7 pages of posts: In PSU, when you die, will you lose experience? Is it a party-based system? If so, I refuse to play it.
DarkEpyon
That yas yet to be divulget
AC9breaker
This was posted over a psow a few days ago. Taken from some German gaming magazine.
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The weapons are divided into three categories: the Hou system (Rods, Canes, etc.), Hit system (Sabers, Swords, etc.) and Shooting system (Handguns, Machineguns, Rifles, etc.)

The right hand can only hold one weapon out of the Hou and Hit systems, and the left holds only one Shooting weapon. Only two weapons can be held at the same time in the fight. Examples for this combination include holding a Rifle in the left hand and a Rod in the right hand. Another example includes a Handgun in the left hand and a Saber in the right.

Magic is executable only with the Hou systems. Apparently, you can't use any techniques unless you have a Hou system weapon equipped.

Several attack samples in the Action pallet can be specified. You can save your favorite combinations of weapons and attacks. With combination attacks, one can press a key for a '3 hit Combo' which hits the enemy three times, while a '6 a hit Combo' leads to a 'Combo finish', which at the end of the attack the enemies get blown off their feet by its power.

The special ability of the 'Beast' race is called a 'nano blow'. This changes the beast into a Beastman. The 'Cast' race has to use the special ability 'Sub Weapon' to change weapons into sub-weapons. Not much is known about this at the moment, however.


Sounds really sweet. As for the the game being team based. I doubt it will be like that. Judging from the trailers its gonna be like good old PSO make a room and slash for till your eyes go numb. Although there seem to be alot of rumours that now rooms will hold more then just 4 people. beigebigeek.gif
Crushinator
What if the "sub-weapon" thing is like... your chest opens and missiles shoot out or something? Man, that would be awesome. What is it now, like 5 more months and this game is out!! buttrock.gif


*Dreams of triple-nipple-laser*

HC82
QUOTE (Crushinator @ Aug 20 2005, 08:30 PM)
What if the "sub-weapon" thing is like... your chest opens and missiles shoot out or something? Man, that would be awesome. What is it now, like 5 more months and this game is out!! buttrock.gif


*Dreams of triple-nipple-laser*

I still dream of multi-firing cock rockets.

Anyway, that update is really cool. I haven't visited PSOW in years, but that was some good info. This game certainly doesn't seem like it's going to go for a very slow paced and rigid team format.

The orginal PSO was always about teamwork and team based tactics, but since it was action, you could always be a cowboy and ride of into the sunset, although get owned by a giant rappy, because you're still level 80 in ultimate.
tanshin
I have some real life friends in california here that I've known since high school, and I showed them allt he trailers, and got all the info off of this thread. It almost goes without saying, but they'll be joining us on whatever server we get on.
Wiryu
So, in order to play PSU online on PS2, do you need the HDD or just the online crap? Because i know that since you all obsess over every single post i make that you definetly already know, my HDD has more recently taken a ride up shit creek. divebanned.gif

On a side note, i love these new emotes.
tanshin
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aahhh hahaha that is the best emote ever. and psu and stuff.
Bryn
QUOTE (Wiryu @ Aug 21 2005, 12:27 PM)
So, in order to play PSU online on PS2, do you need the HDD or just the online crap?

HDD is not utilized for PSU. Which leads me to wonder how much the content of the game will be affected by the inability to download patches and such. Although as long as all character information is saved server side, it probably isn't really an issue.

donkeybeatz
Oh snap!
Famitsu Scan #1
Famitsu Scan #2
Check out the 2nd scan... Lou seems to be holding some big ass guns. Looks like she also has some sort of missle launcher on the bottom of that scan.
Looks like the mini map returns from PSO.
Kazicht
Those new weapons look sweet. sniperer.gif
Especially the greatsword, I'm gonna love swinging that around.
Crushinator
OT, but you should make the background on those new emotes clear, so they look good on every skin. Emotes with real people's faces are the shit. beigebiggrin.gif
Dive
QUOTE (Crushinator @ Aug 21 2005, 09:51 PM)
OT, but you should make the background on those new emotes clear, so they look good on every skin.  Emotes with real people's faces are the shit. beigebiggrin.gif

They're transparent in Firefox cry2.gif

Don't use IE beigelaugh.gif

I'll fix them up soon.

edit: Fixed for Internet Explorer.
Alisha
....... levelup.png

i wish i could fall asleep today and wake p the day psu releases >.>
unitself
Thanks for these Donky!
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Check out, on the first page, the lower right pic. He's knocking that Booma like thing into the air! That's awesome.
*FORE!*

I hadn't noticed before, but had the mini map not been there in previous pics? I can't imagine PSO/PSU life without the mini map.

... uhg.
Still hating that little (non) cast chicky thing. I mean, COME ON! plasmabeam.gif
Kazicht
New images from game shows male Newmen hunter character for the first time:

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Alfort Tylor
A space pirate who is viewed with awe from respective forces of "Rogues". His principle is "Kill not uselessly, deprive not the poor and betray not others". As you can see from the fact that he often says he avoids pointless bloodshed, it is not like he loves violence itself, but he does not hesitate to use it if needed. He is the captain of Pirate Ship "Landeel".

More info on new story characters here: IGN
donkeybeatz
sweet, a pirate. Makes me wonder if you can command your own ship with your teammates as crew members.
Kazicht
lol, check out more of the character designs:

I think these are the 3 Vol brothers, probably some kind of comical relief characters.
From these guys, its probably safe to say that those who want to make silly costom characters will have quite alot to work with. The beast guy reminds me of Space Balls. Whats with the pink shorts and boots on the Newmen!?
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Henge
QUOTE (Kazicht @ Aug 24 2005, 03:28 PM)
lol, check out more of the character designs:

I think these are the 3 Vol brothers, probably some kind of comical relief characters.
From these guys, its probably safe to say that those who want to make silly costom characters will have quite alot to work with. The beast guy reminds me of Space Balls. Whats with the pink shorts and boots on the Newmen!?
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looks like cosplay gone terribly wrong.
HC82
Usually I'd say that it takes a real man to wear pink, but not this time.

Wow, I didn't think it was possible to top the 70's fruitiness of a FOnewman. So, they decided to go with a more 80's fruitiness.

I swear man, if I ever had someone make a character design like that, I'd fire them instantly. That's wasted paint and pencil!!!
Crushinator
The guy on the left is Lando Calarisian!


And that poodle-furry character on the right is going to haunt my dreams for years to come. I hope people don't make a lot of dog-freak characters like that for online play :(
DarkEpyon
Reminds me more of this guy....

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I'm a mog! Half man, half dog!
Knightsword
QUOTE (DarkEpyon @ Aug 24 2005, 09:34 PM)
Reminds me more of this guy....

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I'm a mog! Half man, half dog!

May he rest in peace
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<he was my inspiration for going into security field>
Henge
QUOTE (HC82 @ Aug 24 2005, 05:27 PM)
So, they decided to go with a more 80's fruitiness.

bubble jackets with zip-off sleeves for the win Lose.
DivA
QUOTE (Kazicht @ Aug 24 2005, 03:28 PM)
From these guys, its probably safe to say that those who want to make silly costom characters will have quite alot to work with. The beast guy reminds me of Space Balls. Whats with the pink shorts and boots on the Newmen!?

i suddenly feel the need to bop the creator of these character-designs with a shoe.. after all, the secret of developing a proper successor is to (hopefully) improve all elements ~ especially in character-design......these designs are, frightfully off..
AC9breaker
Haha man those guys are cool. I like how now it seems you can actually make Ugly charcters where as in PSO even the ugliest set up was still Nice looking.

These guys look like they will play the part of the comic relief henchmen like the fat humars from the Caves Twins quest, and black paper quest. Oh yeah if you check the PSU site it looks like they will have female Beasts too! 8O


I thought that "guy" in pink was just an ugly chick, haha.
Zorya
QUOTE (Crushinator @ Aug 24 2005, 07:14 PM)
The guy on the left is Lando Calarisian!

That's the first thing to pop into my head as well. And the guy on the right DOES look like Barf.

For the middle guy, I'm thinking Napoleon Dynamite?
donkeybeatz
5 pages of famitsu stuff. From PSOW.
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
AC9breaker
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Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! toast.gif
donkeybeatz
Video courtesy of Parn from PSOW.
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Orgasmic.
DivA
QUOTE (DJ_Donkey @ Sep 10 2005, 09:56 AM)
Video courtesy of Parn from PSOW.
buttrock.gif
Orgasmic.

mmm, trying to download this, that i am ~ but i get re-directed & it keeps telling me that all areas are full...i take it that everyone & their families are trying to download this? edit* - lol, cosmic.. evilking.gif *reflects* that double-handled broadsword that the main character has ~ this weapon i must have...orgasmic? ooh, definitely on the cloud-9 level that has made my day ~ thank you, dj.. buttrock.gif
Kazicht
I'm really impressed with the combat speed. Looks like we could look forward to some intense battles. guns.gif
Alisha
i havent been able to watch it yet but rwead on psow that the clip shows dimenians,gibbles and the arena for you fight dark falz as well as PvP? :O is it true?
unitself
Latest news from an article from computerandvideogames.com
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In a recent interview with IGN, Miyoshi-san explains that, while Phantasy Star Universe has an online mode, it's offline that's the core component of the game. The offline mode in PSU is story-based and Miyoshi-san says that Sonic Team "went back to the roots of what makes a good RPG" for the mode in an effort to deliver a strong offline RPG on top of which the online component is added. He also reveals that the team is aiming to give players a certain amount of freedom but wants to ensure that we don't get side-tracked from the main story. It sounds too like certain sections will be replayable, although it's a little unclear precisely what Sonic Team's plans are in this regard.
Phantasy Star Universe is of course in development for PS2 and PC (Miyoshi-san believes the game can "reach a wider audience" by being on these platforms) and both versions of the game will feature the same content although "PSU was created with the controller in mind", says Miyoshi-san. "As for the PC, you can also plug in a game controller so you get the same experience. In addition, you will get better graphics and higher resolution."

Downloadable updates are planned, although currently Sonic Team is only looking at new quests which, for PS2, "will be downloaded directly to your PS2's memory before play". And cross-platform play online remains unconfirmed, but apparently such is possible from a technical point of view and he says that the team would like to do it if they can.

Stacking up Phantasy Star Online against Phantasy Star Universe, Miyoshi-san says that the biggest difference between PSU and PSO is the lobby structure. In PSO it was simply a chat lobby but for PSU Sonic Team has created an entire city where you can meet up with people and chat to them. He likens it to an MMO where "you have a city with tons of people roaming around, exchanging items, chatting and hooking up with parties to go on quests or head out to dungeons" and explains there'll be different floors in the city with each floor designated a particular purpose - e.g. shops on one floor, transportation on another.

Touching on combat and the introduction of the duel-wield system in PSU, Miyoshi-san says that players can now wield a gun in one hand and a sword in the other and explains that the team has taken PSO's action palette "into each individual weapon so that each weapon has its own palette system through which you can improve the weapon as you play." Apparently this adds "another layer to the strategy element" and he adds that whereas in PSO you could have up to a three-hit combo in PSU this has been increased to six. Miyoshi-san also briefly talks about SUV weapons and Nanoblast, saying that the former is a type of race and the latter a part of the beast race and allows beasts to transform. Into something. Other than a beast. We guess.

And finally, speaking a little further about PSU's online mode, he says that players will be able to "select which planet or world you want to go to based on the quest that you pick" (there are apparently four worlds or planets in the game and the offline world and the online world are identical although Miyoshi-san says that enemy level will vary between the two modes) and that "Just like PSO, you can save a guild card and send out party invites to your friend." We don't have any friends but we're sure we'd like the guild card stuff if we ever got to use it.

That's that. No confirmed release date for Phantasy Star Universe yet but Takao Miyoshi says that the Japanese version will definitely hit first.

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DivA
QUOTE (unitself @ Sep 14 2005, 08:19 AM)
In a recent interview with IGN, Miyoshi-san explains that, while Phantasy Star Universe has an online mode, it's offline that's the core component of the game. The offline mode in PSU is story-based and Miyoshi-san says that Sonic Team "went back to the roots of what makes a good RPG" for the mode in an effort to deliver a strong offline RPG on top of which the online component is added.

..online component is added? =/ meh, big deal about the offline story *shrugs* ~ i'm not in this to simply delve into an offline tale; if i wanted that, then i would be playing grandia, or star ocean...the purpose of PsO is & has always been mostly online (& offline without any difference..). this schism in PsU's development is unsettling, & if online is simply an "add-on" then i'll not be amused.. >.>
DarkEpyon
It does seem a tad squirrely, but at least it won't be an offline mode with a shitload of plot holes. Whether online mode is just "added in" or not, I seriously doubt it would influence anyone's buying decision.
Vitamin D
Well online games aren't played for their stor anyway, the stories are truly just icing on the cake haha. If it there's multiplayer fun with friends, i'm positive there's nothing to worry about. Im guessing that the offline mode for me would be like something to do during maintenance, or if I'm having connection troubles haha. beigebigrazz.gif
Crushinator
I think the term "add-on" may have been a translation misinterpretation. Sonic Team no doubt knows that the core PSU audience is PSO devotees, and if they shirked on the online mode there'd be hell to pay.

I still am fully confident that this will be the greatest game to ever grace the PS2. king.gif
Alisha
http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/rpg/phantasystariv/media.html

developer interveiw
good stuff but i could barely hear it buts thats probally because i lost hearing in 1 ear

randoom maps and spawn locations sounds like good stuff though

random spawns would of been a riot in the seabed im sure you guys remember the choas with the delbiter in the narrow hallway
Knightsword
To bad sega is chaining the quality of the pc version to that of the ps2, as with the ps2 ffxi I bet the ps2 psu will look like crap
DarkEpyon
If it means the two can play together, I say it's a worthy tradeoff.
Wiryu
I hope you guys are right about this game being beautful. I hope for my first PS experience to be an excellent one ;)
donkeybeatz
I think you guys should check out the official site this time. Namely, the Network section. They show Cast customization! And lobby info! With chat bubbles and stuff! And something about rooms! Just go check it out!
DivA
one of the casts reminds me of RAcaseal...chat boxes ~ that's promising, but what's with my room ~ is that like a personal room that can be customized? from the look of the different images, each looks different in color, style & texture......i wish the images were bigger though..
DarkEpyon
Hmmmmmm.... those casts look interesting. Can February hurry up and GET HERE?
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