Phantasy Star Online

Format: Dreamcast
Sonic Team
Available Now

A long time ago in a galaxy far away a series of worlds were dying. Giant habitable ships were built and the inhabitants of these planets left to find a new home. Ragol was the first habitable planet they found. You are on the second ship, coming to meet the first settlers, but when you try to make contact a huge explosion takes place - and everyone on Ragol disappear. It is up to you to find out what's going on. Think you are up for the challenge?

Phantasy Star Online (PSO) is worth buying a Dreamcast for, so quick get to the shops before the end of March and buy one before they disappear for good! PSO is the first online playable game to come out on any of the mainstream consoles, and it rocks!

It is obvious that a lot of thought has gone into it, giving everyone what they need from the game. Right at the beginning you get to create your character from scratch. You have eight basic types to pick from then create how you look from there. Depending on what type you choose, this character will be strong or weak in different areas, from armed fighting to magic.

The game is highly addictive, and if Sega keeps its word, never-ending, as new quests will be available for downloaded from the online world in the near future. This is basically an RPG that will suit anyone, and from playing online I have met 12 year olds and 30 years olds from around the world playing in the same arena.

Is the game any good? Or is it another excuse for anoraks to sit at home and avoid the real world? Well, put it this way, as soon as you pick up the pad, you will be hooked, and the fun of going online and playing an rpg style game and trading rare items with people around the world never gets tiresome. Check out E-bay - people are going as far as to sell items they have found through the site. Madness!

Keri Allen