E3 2002: Phantasy Star Online Episodes I & II impressions
We check on the GameCube version of Sonic Team's online RPG.
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Sonic Team's upcoming GameCube version of its Dreamcast hit Phantasy Star Online was playable on the E3 show floor, and we spent some time with the game to see how it's progressed since our
Graphically, the game was looking very polished and a bit sharper, thanks to the time Sonic Team has spent optimizing the game code. The player character, the enemies, and the environment were extremely clean and featured a lot of subtle touches that were nice to see. For example, when running along the sand, you'll leave behind a trail of footprints. The graphics had a much more stable feel to them overall. The frame rate was solid and the animation was smooth. The game's camera still had the same issues the DC version's camera did, but PSO vets should have no problem getting used to it.
Phantasy Star Online Episodes I & II is set to ship this fall for the GameCube. Look for more on the game in the coming months.