Phantasy Star Online 2 (SEA Servers)

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Phantasy Star Online 2 (SEA Servers)
A crappy port of a great game, thanks to microtransaction abuse.
Platforms: PC
Release Date: May 29, 2014

(Shut Down on May 26, 2017)

Developer: Online R&D, Sega
Publisher: Asiasoft
Franchise: Phantasy Star
Previous Game: Phantasy Star Online

Phantasy Star Online 2 is a free-to-play MMORPG developed and published by Sega. The Southeast Asian servers, published by Asiasoft was released in 2014, but was closed in 2017. It also had a Thai language settings.

Why This Server Sucked

  1. Pay-to-win aspects. While it made sense that microtransactions would be a thing due to being free-to-play, the SEA version enforced this to ludicrous degree.
    • For example, outfits in the original JPN version did not give any stat-boosting bonuses, and made up most of player spendings. Here, they already had affixes built in, enforcing pay-to-win.
    • The scratch cards also goaded players to spend more money. While the original JPN did the same, they were all items that could generally be gained in-game as a thank-you and were available to everyone. The SEA version had a ranking system that gave more prizes to the top spending players.
    • Scratch cards mostly had cosmetics that could be traded through stores in the JPN servers. Said cosmetics in the SEA servers also had said stat boosts, which were absent in the JPN servers.
  2. It's not just that, but there wasn't a convenient currency conversion, leading to many things being way more expensive.
  3. Bad translations. One such example was the Force class being renamed Wizard while the Braver class was renamed Samurai. This went against the original Phantasy Star terminology that had gone back to the early 2000s established by PSO1!
  4. Due to different balancing, the SEA version was far harder, which only further blackmailed player to spend more to get better stats.
  5. It was stuck on EPISODE 2 (equivalent to a season in other online games) and never concluded the first arc with 3, while the JPN servers was already on EPISODE 5 when it closed.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. It was the closest thing to an official English version, as the US version was postponed until 2020.
  2. The core game-play was still awesome. Heck, the original JPN version is one of the best FTP mmos.