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Had a blast on this on Saturday night. It seems reasonably good. (not as good as Episodes one and two though) There was just so much to take in for a new player, and it does worry me that when it launches it will be a micro-transaction nightmare.

 

Not sure I will end up playing it unless there is a European version as the time thing will be annoying.

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Its been confirmed (by veteran JPN server players) that the micro-transaction items are cosmetics and progress/XP boosters only. Plus, you have to pay to switch servers. But all of those things can be earned in-game through standard play. 

 

Whether they'll change that for the US release is unknown, but unlikely.

 

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So once this gets its full US release, should it be as simple as just switching regions on your Xbox in order to download and play it?

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There's also a premium sub, but that gives you guaranteed things that you would otherwise just save free tickets for (like opening a player shop, or exp boosters).

 

My only (other) concern is the actual price of Arkz Cash - currency exchange IRL is pretty wack at the minute, so it'll be a bit shit if it costs more than a couple of quid to move server.

 

I'm not too bothered about costumes - basically, pretty much all the extra outfits are via real money scratch cards, but they're freely tradeable on player shops. If there's enough people playing the game and taking a punt on them, a market should appear where you can just buy outfits for ingame Meseta.

 

FUN scratch cards are cool, though. I got a fancy sofa and a fireplace that barely fits in the tiny free apartment you get.

 

It's... free real estate.

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I can't remember if I stuck PSO2 on an SSD during my time on PC, but to be honest, it still has to engage with a server, so that will always be the weakest link in terms of loading something (Destiny 2, in comparison, has it far worse as it's matchmaking for *every* activity mind - which is why it's better off on a HDD). 

 

I wouldn't mind a slightly better draw distance, mind - for both PC and X-Box!

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Just a reminder, the Closed Beta Survey ends at some point today.

 

I'm hopeful we'll hear something about the open beta after that is over, as all things considered the closed beta went down very well.

 

In the meantime, been brushing up with the Japanese server version. Even with the decent state of the closed beta, there's a whole load of content coming that's outright mind-boggling - there's systems there that let you transfer stats from weapons to others if you like an old weapon that hasn't been updated with a 'New Type' rebalance, synthesis/crafting is back, and it extends into.. photon arts. So, uh, you can customise your photon arts to balance AOE/damage.

 

There's also a photon art for the ranger's rifle that is basically the slide and shoot mechanic from Vanquish. It's.. very good.

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On 09/02/2020 at 10:44, Sumire said:

Not sure I will end up playing it unless there is a European version as the time thing will be annoying.

 

Apologies for the double post, but this actually got me thinking - as I'm playing the JPN version, I'm still doing emergency quests. Which didn't make sense, as it's during the dead of night in Japan.

 

As it turns out, the emergency quest system runs around the clock every 2-4 hours, as well as random occurrences. You can see here: http://www.bumped.org/psublog/pso2-jp-maintenance-and-patch-7302014/ .

 

With any luck, we'll just see a wholesale transfer of this system and we'll just skip concerts.

 

You'll still get wrecked by Server Maintenance, however - this week was an 'extended maintenance' period, which due to JST was precisely 15 hours between 5pm to 8am the following day in UK time.

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1 hour ago, Siri said:

 

Apologies for the double post, but this actually got me thinking - as I'm playing the JPN version, I'm still doing emergency quests. Which didn't make sense, as it's during the dead of night in Japan.

 

As it turns out, the emergency quest system runs around the clock every 2-4 hours, as well as random occurrences. You can see here: http://www.bumped.org/psublog/pso2-jp-maintenance-and-patch-7302014/ .

 

With any luck, we'll just see a wholesale transfer of this system and we'll just skip concerts.

 

You'll still get wrecked by Server Maintenance, however - this week was an 'extended maintenance' period, which due to JST was precisely 15 hours between 5pm to 8am the following day in UK time.

 

The server maintenance seems really excessive, but I have no idea of what they actually do, so it may be warranted. When I think about it, I am too much of a fan of Phantasy Star to miss out on this version even if it doesn't get an EU release.

 

Slightly off the thread title, have you ever played Blue Burst on private servers on PC? I only just found out about them so I downloaded the client and it seems pretty cool so far.

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3 hours ago, Sumire said:

 

Slightly off the thread title, have you ever played Blue Burst on private servers on PC? I only just found out about them so I downloaded the client and it seems pretty cool so far.


Yeah, I've played a fair bit of BB on SCHTHACK and Ephinea, but generally a majority of parties these days run Towards The Future because it's just a bumrush of EXP,  which is disappointing. Ephinea's really good, mind - it has a bunch of decent features, like being able to pick your Section ID, an individual drop system and a common bank. It also lets you have 32 characters per account, if you're really that inclined.

A couple of the old Phantasy Star Universe crew have also been playing on PSU Clementine , which is really the only current Private Server for PSU. It's decent, but it's currently down for the forseeable future - it basically got to a point where the server was running for the sake of running with a bunch of things just not working, and instead of the original goal of making everything work it ended up with people just wanting to play (and, surprise, running the best EXP farm continually instead of beta testing shit).

Thankfully, for Clem, we're getting constant dev updates on what they're actually doing, including figuring out how to make and rebuild new and existing missions.

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6 hours ago, Siri said:


Yeah, I've played a fair bit of BB on SCHTHACK and Ephinea, but generally a majority of parties these days run Towards The Future because it's just a bumrush of EXP,  which is disappointing. Ephinea's really good, mind - it has a bunch of decent features, like being able to pick your Section ID, an individual drop system and a common bank. It also lets you have 32 characters per account, if you're really that inclined.

A couple of the old Phantasy Star Universe crew have also been playing on PSU Clementine , which is really the only current Private Server for PSU. It's decent, but it's currently down for the forseeable future - it basically got to a point where the server was running for the sake of running with a bunch of things just not working, and instead of the original goal of making everything work it ended up with people just wanting to play (and, surprise, running the best EXP farm continually instead of beta testing shit).

Thankfully, for Clem, we're getting constant dev updates on what they're actually doing, including figuring out how to make and rebuild new and existing missions.

 

Nice one. I am always a little worried they would just shutdown those servers at any time. I have a copy off PSO Plus and was thinking of doing a legit run offline to 200 again as it the only official version with the most offline content. Yes I am mad....

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On 09/02/2020 at 08:24, SuperBrother said:

I already have a One X but would buy it again just for this game.

Likewise I put thousands of hours into DC and GC plus a lot less time into PSU.

Thankfully no multi hundred pound phone bills this time round!

 

 

Oh god I remember my first year on it...BT 1p a minute...I think my first phone bill was over £200.  Going to work after literally staying up all night....overheating Dreamcast...the best times.  The best.    :wub:

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On 09/02/2020 at 11:35, Mystacon said:

So once this gets its full US release, should it be as simple as just switching regions on your Xbox in order to download and play it?

 

PC too, I imagine.

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8 hours ago, Sumire said:

 

Nice one. I am always a little worried they would just shutdown those servers at any time. I have a copy off PSO Plus and was thinking of doing a legit run offline to 200 again as it the only official version with the most offline content. Yes I am mad....

Schthack has been around for ages. I get PSO nostalgia every few years and they are always there to help me indulge it. 

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9 hours ago, Mitchell said:

 

Oh god I remember my first year on it...BT 1p a minute...I think my first phone bill was over £200.  Going to work after literally staying up all night....overheating Dreamcast...the best times.  The best.    :wub:


I remember it vividly, at the time I had just moved in with my girlfriend (now wife) and we were both hooked.

We both played a number of characters but when I went online she did the typing for me on my main: superbrother the Hunter.

We met some great real life friends as a result, some of which are still best friends now even though they moved to the US. Quite a few went onto WoW and we had a laugh there too.

 

Such great times.

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I just love those games where there is such a tiny chance that some cool rare unique item will drop no matter what level you are. That was why I loved PSO so much. Most loot games now either just throw tons of rares at you or just give you the same "rare" item with different stats.

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I remember farming on my Whitill Hunter for many hours for a Guld, so I could then also farm for Milla, and use my Ranger to combine them into a Guldmilla. I have no idea why really, I just wanted a weapon that was impossibly rare. The drop rate for Guld from Tollaws on Ultimate was something like 1 in 29,000, so I just farmed them endlessly. Ended up with three or four Gulds, but never could get that Milla to drop. Not a single one.

 

That's basically my biggest lasting memory of PSO: an almost infinite successions of dead Tollaws in Forest. That and the S-Rank challenge mode runs we did in Ep.1.

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My fondest memory of PSO was finding my first Double Saber, I had a RAcast (Mumunk 2001, if anyone remembers me then Hi!) as my main at the time and my alt was a HUnewearl called Rock-Chick so I got a friend to watch a locked room so I could drop it on the floor and then load up Rock-Chick to collect it.

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