Trivia: Did you know the Phantasy Star Online game disc contains a set of five 800x600 and 1280x1024 wallpapers? Just insert it into your PC and set them as your desktop background. Alternatively, if you don't own the game, you can download them here.
Trivia 2: Originally, the game was not going to be part of the Phantasy Star franchise, instead it was internally known as 'Third world' and was meant to be its own ip. However, when creating concept art for the title Sonic Team director, Yuji Naka felt it was very reminiscent of the Phanttasy Star games and so the change was made.
- The art style is very faithful to its 16-bit predecessors
- A piece of gaming history
- Characters are hard to control, auto-aim could use some tweaking
- Only one character per VMU
Final Grade: C+
Inside you get a lot of awesome content, firstly, the disc features an alternate artwork which looks much better than the game's cover, why didn't they use this? You also get a fairly thick manual with a lot of information on how to play the game, all complemented rather nicely with screenshots. A shame it's printed in black and white and uses a low quality paper.
Finally you get a Sonic Adventure 2 demo disc which even comes with its own manual! This may not seem like much, but back in the day, a game coming with a demo was a pretty big deal. Finally you get a serial number which was used to play online. As you can expect, this code is useless these days, though it does make for an interesting piece of gaming memorabilia.
Overall, this is an excellent packaging, yes the cover sucks and the manual is printed on cheap paper, but all the extras more than make up for it.
Packaging Grade: B+