Phantasy Star Online 2 has finally launched on PC in the west after eight years

    
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HA HA SCREW YOU JERK

As promised – and after so many years of waiting that many folks had long since given up on it – Phantasy Star Online 2 has officially launched on the PC as of this morning.

“The North American version of Phantasy Star Online 2 includes fully localized text and character voices in English, spanning three years of content, including events, campaigns, quests, and raid bosses. In addition to the immersive original PSO2 story, the NA version also features the most-up-to-date balancing and quality-of-life improvements from the Japanese service. Players can choose from four races and nine classes while tackling various missions. They can also take a break from questing by playing one of the many Casino mini-games, chilling in the Alliance Quarters, competing in the new ARKS League or attending all-new live stage events. And for the first time they will be able to do all of this with friends on both PC and Xbox One thanks to cross-platform play.”

The PC version is accessible through the Microsoft Store, just bear in mind that crossplay means you’ll be entering game worlds that are already populated by folks who’ve been playing on Xbox One for a while. Multiple writers on the MOP staff have lost their damn minds over this game, so expect PC-centric impressions over the next week. In the meantime, you can check out our console impressions!

Source: Official site, press release
Update
We seem to be doing a lot of these updates this week! So yes, the PSO2 PC launch is not going well at all. The Reddit is stuffed full of people having problems, chiefly with distribution on the Windows store, some of which our own writers can confirm.

SEGA and Microsoft, get your fucking shit together. This Store launch is unacceptable. from PSO2

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jinarra

A busted launch? For an MMO? Say it isn’t so! But no really, MS and Sega need to get with it.

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Suikoden

I’ve been playing this game on Xbox one since the beta a few months ago. Yesterday I downloaded it for PC and got in seemlessly and it runs fine.
I think it’s a great game.
I didn’t know about all the people having issues. I wonder if those people have been playing it on XBox as well, or just PC. I only ask because it seems to be tied to my XBox Live account and I wonder if that is why it was so easy for me.
You can jump back and forth between platforms, which is freaking awesome by the way. FFXIV and DCUO need to figure out how to do that.

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Anthony Clark

Should have been on Steam

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48 Pistols

It’s a dumpster fire.

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Dug From The Earth

Game is pretty cringy

Dubbing is very out of sync with lips, much like old kung fu movies… hilariously much.

If there are more than 10 players in a city hub, the game suffers from lots of 1-3 second freezes as you look and move around.

Gameplay is very much the birth of what many mobile games have adopted. Super walled in, linear zones.

Played for about 3 hours… didnt have much fun at all.

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Rees Racer

I use the Japanese voices with English subtitles, but the voice sync is no better, really. If you are looking for a sci-fi anime setting MMO, then this is the game. If you don’t (didn’t) have fun, we won’t be fussed about it. Once I finally got it installed and running, I’m having a very good time of it, and very happy to have it here.

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Specus

The 3 ships are so full now that people are getting stuck in their rooms, because all the blocks are at 100% capacity.

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Hikari Kenzaki

When I installed it this morning, I had no problems.

Talyia had some problems a bit later in the day.

Still, the ships are full so… meybe it was just load. Funny that. I don’t really believe that 100s of 1000s of people rushing to download your game all at once is really something you can plan for effectively without tossing all your profits in the toilet.

Has any game in recent memory been able to pull it off?

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Hikari Kenzaki

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oldandgrumpy

I once played Fable III which required Windows Live, eventually I got that to work on Windows 7. Impressed by the whole process and ease of use /s I have never gone near anything to do with that system ever again. I sure am not even going to touch the windows store under Windows 10.

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Sorenthaz

MS Store was pretty much fine for me when I played Sea of Thieves and Outer Worlds through it. This was stupidly sloppy implementation by SEGA or whoever was in charge of integrating the PC client with Xbox/Windows Live logins.

Also the MS Store will literally create a giant backup of game data if you uninstall it and will throw it in a folder that you don’t have access to unless you go through adjusting permissions.

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Jadefox

Funny, it does not even show up on the front page of the MS store.
A search finds it with a wonderful 2.4 star rating.

I wonder how many people spent the $29.99 or $59.99 for the deluxe versions…
Refund department better be ready lol.

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agemyth 😩

People always seem to have problems with the MS Store, but it always “just works” for me even if the user experience stuff with using the store is terrible.

It is pretty amazing that the Xbox division of Microsoft still uses the MS Store. The PC’s Xbox app with Game Pass is probably tightly woven into that system, but they have had years to develop a better way to play Xbox games on PC until their Windows team figures out how to trash this garbage.

All I’ve done so far is made a character, but I’m about to dive back in.