For the last several weeks my friends and I have been getting together on Friday nights and playing through Phantasy Star Online on the GameCube. We only sit down and play for 2-3 hours but it’s been a great experience. There are some issues that I have with the game but for the most part, it’s really scratching that loot based itch.

I chose the “Forces” class which is basically a magic class. At first, I wasn’t thrilled with the class, it was okay but I found it very difficult because I was dying a lot and also the class is very reliant on “TP”. TP is Technique Points and its basically a Magic Meter, every attack uses some of the meters and once the meter is out you have to drink a potion like drink where you refill your meter. That’s been a big part of the problem for me personally, I have been spending all of my in-game currency on Monofluids and Difluids.

The other major problem I have with the game is technical. We’re playing 4 player and the game just cannot handle it. The frame tanks on regular basis. It often feels like your character is sludging through pudding. You move so slowly and that can get pretty rough. Luckily the game does not require precise timing so the frame rate issues don’t end up bothering me too much but it is something that should be noted.

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