Summary: Phantasy Star Portable 2 is a rather enjoyable action RPG, whether you’re playing with other people or by yourself. The addition of infrastructure support facilitates the former, and while the plot is nothing special there’s a ton to do even long after you beat story mode. There’s a good deal of customizability both aesthetically and type/weapon proficiency wise. It’s got plenty of content and is well worth owning.
Excerpt: Here's a riddle: What kind of gamer actively seeks out the longest, most complicated, labor intensive and intricate titles? You know, the titles with hundreds upon hundreds of hours of gameplay – online and off – that few, if any, will ever see through to a 100 percent save file? In my eyes, the answer to that question is quickly becoming "your average PSP fan.
Excerpt: As a reviewer, I find it incredibly frustrating to receive a game, that during the course of my playtime, I realize that I should be enjoying myself, but I'm not. A game that, on paper, seems like it is perfect for my needs, but for one reason or another, I can't fully support. Such is the case with Phantasy Star Portable 2 , an online J-RPG on Sony's PSP. Confusing acronyms aside ( PSP2 on PSP?
Summary: Phantasy Star Portable 2 returns to its roots by offering an online multiplayer component in addition to its robust single-player action adventure. Now gamers can meet other players, strike up alliances, and embark on a huge variety of online quests in Phantasy Star Portable 2 anywhere, anytime.
Excerpt: Despite promises of a flood of high profile offerings in 2010, the PSP's release slate has been thin on the ground of late. Fortunately for fans of turn-based combat and levelling up, this hasn't been the case where its JRPGs are concerned. With Square Enix having already brought several of its properties to the Sony handheld, other studios are looking to get in on the act.
Excerpt: Phantasy Star Portable 2 is an action role-playing game that boasts fast real-time combat and deep customization options. Its fiendishly large monsters and rich weapon variety are reminiscent of Monster Hunter, but PSP2's gameplay is more approachable. The game struggles with both wonky AI and a lack of mission variety, but the repetitive nature of the missions is less noticeable in multiplayer where even replaying them over and over again with friends can be a lot of...
Pros: Challenging real-time combat, Great gear and character customization, Fun online and ad hoc multiplayer, Numerous unlockables and good replayability, Good story
Cons: Irritating party AI, Repetitive mission objectives, Shallow exploration