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    by Published on Dec 22, 2005 10:14 PM
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    The official site was updated today with new information on offline clothing options. If you are not satisfied with Ethan's default clothing choice, you'll have the ability to visit a clothing shop after you reach a certain point in the game. Once you enter the store, you'll be led to the to the fitting room. If you have enough money on hand, you'll be able to change Ethan's clothes so they are more to your liking. Since clothes are not linked to your defensive stats, you change them as you see fit. Also, your costume changes will be reflected in the game's event scenes. Scroll down to see some related screenshots.

    Clothing:






    Credit goes to Parn for spotting the update, Navinator for the translations, and VioletSkye for the images.

    Also, EspioKaos found the following V-Jump scan on GameFront.de.

    V-Jump Scan:



    You can find the full-sized scan here. As you can see, this scan showcases several new Nanoblast and SUV-Weapon related pictures. Tremble as you witness the power of a transformed beast (Leo in this case)! Also, we get to see Lou using some HUGE guns. The article describes the SUV-Weapon skill as being an insta-kill move. If you would like to read more about Nanoblasts and SUV-Weapons, be sure to check out our guide.

    You can discuss this exciting news in our Phantasy Star Universe forums.

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    by Published on Dec 22, 2005 09:09 PM
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    2. PSO Blue Burst

    One of the most popular Phantasy Star Online quests of all time, Towards the Future, was released for US/EU version of Blue Burst today! In this quest, you'll have the opportunity to fight all of the Episode 1 bosses! If you are able to complete the quest under special circumstances, you'll be able to win some fantastic prizes. Also, ths quest allows you to earn lots of experience points and features some interesting surprises. If you need some help with this challenging quest, be sure to read our guide and post in our forums.

    by Published on Dec 16, 2005 10:29 PM
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    The official Phantasy Star Universe site was updated today with information on Several new vehicles and a new SEED enemy! The new vehicles include the Striker, G-Flyer, and PPT. The Striker is a military assault tank that can carry small groups of people. The G-Flyer and PPT are spaceships. You'll be able to use the G-Flyer to fly around the Guardian colony while the PPT will be used to travel between planets. You can see a picture of the G-Flyer below. If you would like to read more about the new vehicles, please consult our guide.

    G-Flyer:


    SEED Vance:




    Behold the menacing SEED Vance! This enemy features several dangerous appendages. In the images above. the SEED Vance is shown trying to strike down Ethan. If you would like to know more about SEED, be sure to check out our guide.

    You can discuss this exciting update in our Phantasy Star Universe forum!

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    by Published on Dec 9, 2005 10:01 PM
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    The PSU site was updated today with several exciting additions! These additions included new product and world information. Additionally, some Sega Link member exclusive content was made available. The product section update confirmed that the game will be released for the Playstation 2 and PC in Japan on February 16, 2006 for 6800 yen. Also, a Network Guide has been assembled by Sonic Team and is linked from the Products section. This page explained that you will need a Sega Link account for online gameplay and that Playstation 2 and PC players will be able to play together on the same servers. It went on to confirm "update files" will be saved to the Playstation 2's memory card. According to this guide, you will need a broadband connection, broadband adapter, and an 8 MB memory card to be able to play online with the Playstation 2. You can read a somewhat-comprehensible translation of this page here.

    Photon:


    The World section was updated with a new "Photon" article. This article explains that the Graal system is filled with particles known as "photons." Photons come in two forms, regular and unstable "A-Photons." These energy sources are utilized in many ways. First, photons are used by the Guardians to give weapons amazing abilities! Second, this energy can be used for a "Shield Line System." This piece of technology integrates with a person's clothing to increase his/her defensive power and absorb damage. Finally, A-Photons are used in "Nanotracers." Nanotracers are devices capable of storing weapons and items in a very small space. Credit goes to EspioKaos for providing translations for this section.

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    Three new articles were added to the Topic section with two of them being Sega Link member exclusives! First, another demontration of Phantasy Star Universe was announced for December 17 in Japan. The second topic allows you to visit the "Item Mall" to build a customized PSU avatar for your Sega Link account. After selecting your avatar, you can manipulate various aspects of the picture including the face and background. Finally, a topic entitled "Meets the Phantasy Star Universe." This was a 30 minute podcast that included an airing of the main PSU theme. Jonathan_F was able to provide us with a MP3 file of the theme song. You can download the PSU Main Theme here.
    Please visit our Phantasy Star Universe forums to discuss this exciting news!

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    by Published on Dec 8, 2005 04:26 PM
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    2. PSO Blue Burst

    The US/EU Blue Burst servers were updated today. First, Phantasmal World 3 & 4 were added. These are Episode Annihilation quests that feature a large number of enemies. You will need to be a high-level player if you want to live through these quests! If you have any questions about these quests, please post in our forums. Additionally, Episode 2 Challenge Mode was released today. Prove your mettle and you will walk away with a S-Rank prize. If these difficult stages prove to be too hard, be sure to check out our Episode 2 Challenge Mode guides or ask in our Challenge Mode forums. The Pioneer Christmas quest is now available from One Person Episode II games. Probably the best thing to come out of this update is that all Blue Burst players will receive Double Experience from enemies. You'll need to play a quest to take advantage of this change. Please keep in mind that the Double Experience bonus will only be available for one week!

    by Published on Nov 30, 2005 05:39 PM
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    PSOW's intrepid staff member, Rena-ko, spotted the following news at gamefront.de today:

    "Sega announced in the latest issue of Famitsu that the online fees for Phantasy Star Universe will be 1260 yen (8.94 EU/ 10.53 USD) for your first 30 days online. After that, it will cost 1050 yen (7.45 EU/8.78 USD) to renew your account each month if you use the automatic renewal service."

    Also, a new screenshot of the infamous Two-Headed Dragon was released. You can see it here:


    You can discuss this news in our Phantasy Star Universe forum.

    EDIT: The article on the page said nothing about a free trial period. At this point, we do not know whether PSU will have one or not.

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    by Published on Nov 30, 2005 05:10 PM
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    2. PSOX

    kevlar_pso writes, "On the US PSO-X servers Halloween is over and Christmas is here. You may now find Saint Rappies, which if you've been nice this past year will give you a Christmas Present. Also, Pioneer Christmas has been uploaded. If you need some help with this quest, be sure to check out this thread in our forums."

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    by Published on Nov 27, 2005 10:40 PM
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    PSOW's eagle-eyed Staff Member, Dhylec, spotted this news article earlier today. In it, details about the PSU preorder items were announced. As you may recall the preorder bonus items included a Visual Guide and CD. According to the news article, the Visual Guide will include concept drawings, character information, planet illustrations, and much more! The CD will include the Main and Opening themes for Phantasy Star Universe. Also, six new screenshots were revealed. Be sure to click on the thumbnails to see the full-sized versions!


    Visual Guide and CD


    Screenshots




    You can discuss this news in our Phantasy Star Universe forum.

    by Published on Nov 26, 2005 08:02 PM
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    2. Phantasy Star Universe

    Several details of the Phantasy Star Universe launch in Japan were revealed today. First, the PS2 and PC versions of the game will be released on February 16, 2006. Based on this webpage, it appears that in addition to the retail version, Sega Direct will be offering its own special version. Both versions are slated to include a visual guide book and music CD if you preorder the game. However, it looks like the Sega Direct version will be offering an unspecific bonus. The Sega Direct version will cost 6800 yen (about 70 USD), while the retail will be 6120 yen (around 60 USD).

    To be able to play online, you will need a Sega Link account. You will be able to obtain it from here. We know that it will be a fee-based service. However, it is unknown how much the fee will be. Additionally, it looks like you maybe able to share your account between the PS2 and PC versions of the game.

    Also, the minimum requirements for the PC version of PSU were announced. You can see them here:
    Operating System: Windows 2000/XP
    Processor: 1.6 GHz Pentium 4
    RAM: 256 MB
    Hard Drive Space: 8 GB
    Video Card: 3D card with 64 MB of VRAM
    Direct X: 9.0
    Network Connection: Broadband
    Additional Comments: DVD Drive required.

    Credit goes to PhotonCat for spotting this announcement. If you would like to discuss this annoucement, please visit our PSU forum.

    EDIT: If you register your Sega Link account by the end of January (registration is free), you will receive an in-game item and have access to an exclusive screensaver. Also, you will be entered into a lottery to receive a Net Cash Card. You can read about the details here.

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    by Published on Nov 26, 2005 07:36 PM
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    2. PSO Blue Burst

    quo writes, "The Christmas decorations are now up, and Saint Rappies have replaced the Hallo rappies on the US BB servers.

    Remember that Saint Rappies drop different mag cells than what the Hallo Rappies did. From the mag cells the Saint Rappies provide, you'll be able to make a Sega Console Mag, Panzer Tail, Angel Wings, Devil Wings, or Davil Tail.
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