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Phantasy Star Online 2 is one of those games that many here in the West have been watching anxiously, hoping for it to come out here soon. We have had 'boots on the ground' during the Japanese open beta for Phantasy Star Online 2 and have a full report with videos/screens to share. Check it out!
Gameplay in PSO2 is distinctly old school and doesn't stray very far from the formula that the franchise has been maintaining for the last 10 years. Most of the game consists of accepting quests from the hub and then heading off into a public (or private) instance dungeon to do what needs to be done. If you've played Monster Hunter, God Eater or Phantasy Star Portable, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. Now before most of you start groaning about the obvious grind and inevitable monotony of instance dungeon hell, the game does pull off a few (sometimes spectacularly amazing) tricks to spice things up during quest runs.
Read more of Adrian Liew's Phantasy Star Online 2: Japanese Open Beta Preview.