The release of Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis is on the horizon. This updated version of Phantasy Star Online 2 can be classified as two things, a new expansion of sorts and a major graphical overhaul to the original game. So, after playing the recent beta, I feel it’s worth share five new features introduced by Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis.
Stunning and Beautiful Graphics
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis’s graphical overhaul looks absolutely stunning. It’s somewhat hard to believe that this was a game that was initially released in 2012. The animations are smooth and expressive, even for those who don’t have a powerful gaming PC. Yes, less powerful rigs can still enjoy the graphical enhancements introduced in this version. Still, I recommend limiting your FPS to maybe 30 or 60, though, because the game demands a lot of processing power. Regardless of how you play, you’ll see significant graphical details while in battle, exploring, and creating your character.
In Phantasy Star Online 2, quests and even story scenes were confined to fixed areas that you explore numerous times as if you were “locked” in that area. In New Genesis, however, that closedness is thrown out of the window. A vast open world you can explore freely at your own leisure is introduced. You’ll find teleporting devices across the land during gameplay that allow you to go from place to place quickly. There are also quicker ways to get around the world and a sense of scale as you traverse the landscapes. Tied into the graphical updates, these environments appear to have more to do than the quest dungeons were used to playing through.
Purely Cosmetic Gacha
Whenever the word “gacha” is heard, players might be immediately inclined not to have any sort of interest in the game. Having progress tied to how lucky you are can make the experience somewhat frustrating, especially if the game becomes impossible to progress unless you have a specific character.
But the gacha in Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis is purely cosmetic. In this system, one can only obtain poses, avatar pieces, and the like. There are no “OP swords you need” or “OP guns that promise to nuke everything on the planet.” It’s a highly optional feature that might not affect your experience. (Unless, of course, you do care about cosmetics…)
In Phantasy Star Online 2, menus were quite cumbersome to navigate and figure out. However, Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis has completely reworked the UI. Not only is it easier to navigate, but they’re also friendly to newcomers. Further, the shortcuts haven’t really changed too much from the original, but they’re definitely reworked much of the way you get around these menu screens.
Inventory Management That Doesn’t Suck
The inventory’s being limited to 50 slots in Phantasy Star Online 2 was a common complaint among veterans and new players. But in New Genesis, items in the inventory are now easier to manage. Recovery items no longer occupy slots, and the inventory capacity has been increased to 100, double that from Phantasy Star Online 2. Also, items and money that are dropped from enemies are automatically gathered, so you won’t have to tap the “Collect” button over and over.
Interacting with the teleportation area also allows you to store leftover items in your Storage easily, so you won’t have to look for that specific NPC who manages your Storage. What’s better is you can sell items directly from the menu without going back to Central City to sell them. Talk about handy!
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis will launch on Xbox One and PC-via Steam, Epic Games Store, and Microsoft Store in June 2021.
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