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DarkEpyon
February can't get here fast enough!
Riel
Looked great graphically and the character and animations looked good also but i thought the AI on some of the monsters was really messed up....still early though but i definetly love the bigger lands and area's.
Knightsword
Looks good, can't wait for footage from the online portion of the game
donkeybeatz
New PSU trailer @ IGN
PSU Best Trailer
Not very long but it does show a few new things...
Like vehicles and some insane combo animations.
And that Sonic ring chime... I miss it.

EDIT: This video is also on SEGA's site here.
donkeybeatz
Guys, guys, guys! Check out the new E3 trailer @ IGN!!!
PSU E3 Trailer

They show some indepth character customization... Change color of eyes and even change the width and height of it... and the standard PSO proportion grid!
They also show what appears to be online mode! I assume since they used the default "Sonic, Tails,.. etc." names.
They still only show 4 players max.
The new dragon they show is pretty awesome too!!
This one is hot!

Sorry for double posting but damn!
I'm gonna watch this game like a hawk
Knightsword
Whoa... awesome...
tanshin
wow, that's a nice trailer. it gave me goosebumps.
DarkEpyon
Those new videos are dead sexy. If there's extensive voice acting in the offline mode, I'll bet they'll need 2 DVD's or make it dual-layer.
Bryn
Wow....just wow. beigebigeek.gif

I really like that there is an offline game as well. And the character customization looks really sweet.

Is there any word yet on what the required specs are for the PC version? Ack...February is forever away.
Vitamin D
God this is TORTURE. beigelaugh.gif
Alisha
everytime i try to watch it some lame jeep video comes up -.-
donkeybeatz
That's just the ad that loads up. You have to wait for it to finish =\
Kazicht
It's gonna take me three days to create my character with all those options! >_<;
DarkEpyon
This blows the current PSO out of the water, that's for sure. I look forward to seeing what the droids will look like in character creation.
donkeybeatz
A bit long overdue but I'll post it anyway.
Gamepro article I "aquired" @ PSOW beigelaugh.gif Not alot of info but it might catch your eye:
Gamepro PSU preview article

1UP.com interview:
Phantasy Star Universe: The director speaks on the next Phantasy Star.

EDIT: Forgot to mention that the PSU official site has been revamped again.
http://phantasystaruniverse.com/
Kazicht
Well I guess from that Gamepro article, 6 is the magic number for party members. Works for me!
donkeybeatz
The Official Site has been updated with some more goodies.
+new characters (some never before seen 13 yr old girl and that beast guy)
+new screens
+new information on areas (check out that space colony! so awesome)

The new images aren't really worth mentioning... except for this one.
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Vitamin D
Damn...wish the release date wasn't so far off I wanna play right now. cry2.gif
donkeybeatz
I think its time to check out the PSU site again. They finally put up that HUcast looking dude in the character's section. And that other guy looks like he's holding some sort of gunblade.
There's also some stuff about organizations.
Kazicht
Wow, that be really awesome if HUcasts look like that.
DarkEpyon
Oh man, those casts look awesome. Bah! Fuck the techs! Robo all the way!
Dive
Character Screens from the PSU Site.

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Also added these to the avatar gallery.

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HC82
Damn, that's a pretty damn badass Cast there.

If he can shoot missles out of his privates area, then everything is GO!
unitself
hrm... I'm not so fond of the way the HUcast looks. I don't like my 'bots to have too much of a human form and that one really does. But these are just (i am guessing) the characters for the offline RPG game so maybe we will have many more options for 'casts appearance.
DarkEpyon
I sure hope so, seeing as how 'bots sort of got the sort end of the stick when it came to character design.
AC9breaker
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New images over at ign and a new article discussing the races of Phatasy Star Universe in further detail.

chetz page

They also give some back story on some of the main story characters.
donkeybeatz
I wonder if you can make the Beastmen look like Blanka from Street Fighter.
That would totally own.
ARRrrooooooooooo.... *electric boogaloo*
"Seeing you in action is a joke."

*Tekker music plays* Nice find AC.
For the win!
HC82
Karen Erra
Race: Newman
Gender: Female
Age: 17
Affiliation: Guardians

Bio: She has a three-year experience in actual fighting as Guardian, and serves as Ethan's instructor. Due to the experience of her mother being killed by native creatures when she was a child, and to the handicap that she can use no "Technics" despite being "Newman", she has been cautioning herself more than necessary and living stubborn as she strains herself, trying to be strong


I wonder if these characters are totally playable in the storyline? I find it interesting that they made it so she can't use techniques. From this we can see that maybe Sonic Team is really going for a more story and character driven PSU. Gameplaywise a techless newman is kinda useless, but storyline wise it makes for something interesting, especially if she is fighting with you.


I can see the senario writer grinding away at the keyboard now:

"OMG, RESTA ME NOW!!!111!"

"Sorry, I can't..."

"DUDE, OMGWTFBBQ, STFU AND RESTA!!!11!!!"

*She tells her long sad story about how she was born without powers and her mother died at the claws of a beast*

"CAN YOU AT LEAST S/D THEN PLZ???"


Yes, I can already feel the deep and intense character driven storyline now....
Crushinator
Special abilities for Cast and Beast? I like the sound of that!

Story seems like it will be interesting and actually get me to play the offline mode. The character designs are pretty cool, too. Damn, February can't come fast enough. cry2.gif

What was with those shitty babel-fishy story character descriptions, though? Hire some editors IGN, you boobs.
Vitamin D
Yeah this game's gonna be crazy. It's cool to get new info on PSU, but damn it's hard wait. cry2.gif
AC9breaker
New update over at the PSU website pertaining techs.


http://phantasystaruniverse.com/

Link to a scan from some JP magazine. Containing the same images. haxs

From the looks of some of the images it looks like you can perform a Haduken type of attack. I guess we are gonna start seeing some damn good Goku and Vegeta characters. beigelaugh.gif


Sucks that the site isn't in english. I really want to know about how fighting will be. There is alot of speculation over at PSOW at how the new combat system will be. This one seems to be the most plausible one.

QUOTE (Nash)
From the look of the latest trailer, all weapons in the game have a certain amount of photon points (PP). This is shown as a bar in the bottom-right of the screen, under the button lay-out. The button layout shows 2 named attacks, one normal and one heavy, same as PSO.

Standard attacks don't drain the bar, but heavy attacks do. So a heavy strike with a sword uses a small amount of it's PP. I think the techniques in these screenshots are the special attacks for these weapons, and would also use up PP when you do them. In the same way as PSO had guns with Zonde as their special, or fire wands, ice staff etc. In PSU I expect there will be more weapon-specific techniques, rare wands that cast one-off things.

This does mean that weapons will eventually 'run-out' of PP, and you would only be able to use standard attacks, but you might be able to get them recharged on the equivalent of Pioneer. Or there might be support-techniques that refills PP. It would fix one of the problems of PSO with it's overpowered weapons, and add another element to consider. With this system in PSU you could have a weapon with a very powerful special, but could only be used a limited number of times before it becomes useless and needs to be recharged.

I just hope techniques aren't *only* done using weapons now, as it would remove the customisation element of PSO. I hope a Force-type character can still choose from any technique, and cast them with nothing equipped, rather than be limited to the weapon they are holding. Dual-weilding would allow for some options, but it still wouldn't be as versatile as PSO.


*Edit Oh yeah and some newscreenshots as well screenshots as well as wallpaper added.
HC82
Well, that haduken thing is probably some sort of tech based attack. I don't know too many Vegita Forces.

I wonder about this whole PP gauge and the rest of the combat system? Screen shots are just icying on the cake, but I need my meat and potatoes, followed by an angioplasty.
Alisha
new trailer :o

click here
Kazicht
That long/great sword fighting was hot! Reminds me of Nightmare/Sigfreid's technique from Soul Calibur.
AC9breaker
Along with that new trailer the PSU site has also been updated with some new and tastey images.
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I think I just soiled myself. skullcross.gif

http://phantasystaruniverse.com/
donkeybeatz
QUOTE (Kazicht @ Aug 5 2005, 08:38 AM)
That long/great sword fighting was hot! Reminds me of Nightmare/Sigfreid's technique from Soul Calibur.

Damn you ain't lyin'. That was satisfying.

QUOTE (AC9Breaker @ Aug 5 2005, 03:43 PM)
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Hrmmmm.. Gravity??
Henge
QUOTE (AC9breaker @ Aug 5 2005, 03:43 PM)
Along with that new trailer the PSU site has also been updated with some new and tastey images.
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I think I just soiled myself. skullcross.gif

http://phantasystaruniverse.com/

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its Looking pretty nice, what i'd like to see is some in depth explenations on the engine/gameplay/network capability.

tanshin
Anyone know a semi-accurate release time on this yet? Sorry if it was mentioned before, I went back and couldn't find anything.
AC9breaker
I think it was something like February 2006 Not sure.
Bryn
I looks like December 30, 2005 for Japan & February 1, 2006 for US is the"official" release date.
DarkEpyon
Supposedly it's gonna be a "PC first, PS2 second" deal like with FFXI.
Dive
Here are some burning questions I know a lot of us would like to have answered.

Will the Japanses version have an english language setting?
Will the Japanese servers be linked to the rest of the world?
Will the PC servers be connected to the PS2 servers?
How much breast customization is there exactly? beigelaugh.gif
donkeybeatz
Anyone seen that new character they have up (other than the newman)? People in PSOW says its a cast. Would be fairly interesting to see a character like that holding a big ass shotgun.
Character designs so far look a bit iffy but its starting to grow on me.
DarkEpyon
Yeah, she's a cast and her name's Lou. She's a guardian like Ethan and Karen.

Looks like you can have casts that look more human in appearance.
unitself
QUOTE (DarkEpyon @ Aug 12 2005, 08:31 AM)
Looks like you can have casts that look more human in appearance.

And a big POO to that!
I happen to know that in the future, robots will become more boxy and less humanoid! Stupid Sega.
Alisha
QUOTE (unitself @ Aug 12 2005, 12:19 PM)
QUOTE (DarkEpyon @ Aug 12 2005, 08:31 AM)
Looks like you can have casts that look more human in appearance.

And a big POO to that!
I happen to know that in the future, robots will become more boxy and less humanoid! Stupid Sega.

actually Lou just looks like a racaseal to me and they always looked more human
Crushinator
Wasn't there some part of the PSO "mythology" that said that Casts were required to wear the outer shells so that they wouldn't be confused with humans? So one would reach the conclusion that under their armor and helmets the Casts look basically human, right? I remember something like that from the PSO Hunters guide book or some shit.

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.
Knightsword
In older phantasy star games, casts look mostly human, such as Wren, who at first I thought was a cyborg
DarkEpyon
Been like 11 years, but I believe the PS3 instruction manual says something to the effect that Wren (or Shiren if you prefer) and Mieu were cyborgs.
unitself
Well, regardless of what you guys think, here is actual proof of what I am saying.

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