How the mighty have fallen. That’s what people would have you believe anyway – and we can’t say we blame them. Phantasy Star Online, the Dreamcast’s pioneering series that brought online RPG action to consoles, undoubtedly peaked with Episode I & II on GameCube, suffered a gross misstep with Episode III: C.A.R.D Revolution before going off on a tangent with Universe, hemorrhaging active players and dividing the opinions of the Phantasy Star faithful in the process.
Phantasy Star’s more recent legacy is one built on multiplayer. Although it’s fair to say that most Dreamcast owners live in a perpetual state of teary-eyed nostalgia, there’s a particularly special glint in their eye that’s reserved solely for the frantic monster-gutting expeditions that were a staple of Phantasy Star Online.