Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis

Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis

released on Jun 09, 2021

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Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis

released on Jun 09, 2021

Commemorating Phantasy Star Online 2's 20th Anniversary, Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis is a major update to Phantasy Star Online 2 and the next installment in the Phantasy Star Online series.

With an overhaul on game systems and graphics, New Genesis offers an enhanced character creator, combat system, and a new seamless open-world experience.


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Game was fun in the first few hours. Once it said I had to reach a certain power level I knew that it will only get worse from here.


Its incredible to me that despite its great visual and combat overhaul I went from playing Phantasy Star Online 2 for 2-3 hours every day (even after having a job again following covid layoffs) to not really wanting to log in period.

The gameplay loop is so stale and unsatisfying. The trade off for an open map is just no guided content. After you finish all the towers and story quests you just grind out daily quests. I know PSO2 launched with barebones content and we were spoiled with its global release but its really disappointing to see a game I love playing become incredibly stale.


Oh god there's so much shit I can write about this, but here's a watered down version:
-Combat is extremely dumb down compared to base PSO2 (3 PAs, lackluster skill tree, KNUCKLES GOT FUCKED OVER BY GOING FROM A FAST COMBO WEAPON INTO A BOOTLEG HERO'S SLOW COUNTER WEAPON)
-No real difficulty (Gigantix being recolored bosses that can one shot you is not real difficulty. They still move slow as shit and their AI isn't changed)
-Fixa is a horrible mechanic (No, the future update to transfer a Fixa onto a weapon WITH THE SAME NAME does not fix the problem)
-Content (There is none lmao. You can reach "endgame" in 1 day)
-Community (Garbage. Filled with people that will defend this, and even say real endgame is fashion. Pathetic)
-Market (No meseta sink so it's getting worse everyday)
This is basically a tech demo that killed base PSO2. Maybe give it 2-3 years just for a CHANCE it MIGHT get SLIGHTLY better.


Starts out great and the combat changes feel really good, but, it's just a slog. There aren't really side quests and you have to be a certain power level to progress the main quest, which means you have to grind by literally killing the same enemies in the same area over and over. It's like a gacha game that isn't trying to make you pay money, I don't get it.


Ruined what was once a really good MMO. Doesn't run very well and all players are forced to play through NGS to access the base game (even if they've spent several hours there already). Even worse, for those that can actually run NGS, there's barely anything to do and the original game had several features taken away, making it feel empty.