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Phantasy Star Online 2 Character Creator Released
By Ryna at 04/05/2012 - 8:01am

The Japanese Phantasy Star Online 2 character creator and system benchmarking program was released earlier today. It is available for download from the Japanese website. It can also be downloaded from the 4gamer mirror. The download is 446 MB.
Credit goes to Mike for bringing us this news. You can share screenshots of your characters in this forum thread.

by PSOWii on Thu, 04/05/2012 - 9:54am
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I tried the character creater and was impressed by the massive collection of the costumization ability. It's a shame i don't speak japanese. WARNING: The FIFTH button up from the bottom is a randomizer, and if your like me and am aimlessly pressing buttons to figure out there purpose then most likely you'll hit it and have to start all over. :P I do like that they added a benchmark tool to give you an idea as to how smooth it'll play on your computer.

by BWS-1 on Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:10am
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Na, you should be fine. Try ctrl+z, it works in the creator ;)

by sankosa on Thu, 04/05/2012 - 12:09pm
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I'm having a problem with unresponsiveness. put simply, it's lagging out the hoop. has anyone else had that problem, or is it just because my computer can't handle the graphics? if it's a problem with the graphics, how do i turn the settings down so i can run it?

by PSOWii on Thu, 04/05/2012 - 12:34pm
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I suffered 0 Lag. i7-3960x 32GB Ram 1GB Radeon 6770 I have 3x 1GB Radeon 6770 but the benchmark gave me the same score with 1 and with all 3 running. My Benchmark scored a 4451. Does you computer meet the minimum requirements? As for changing graphics settings i couldn't tell you. I looked all over the settings area and can't find anything that i can disurn as graphics controls. It's possible that they havn't implemented them yet.

by sankosa on Thu, 04/05/2012 - 12:55pm
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I'm almost certain it does. of course, it is a laptop from almost five years ago, so that might be part of it. looks like I'll need to upgrade the frag out of it after all.

by LChaos2 on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 4:44pm
When you open the client from your Desktop shortcut, a window should appear with 4 buttons, the 3rd being grayed out. Click the second button to open settings. The window that you see is the graphics settings tab. There should be a bar that goes from 1 to 5, with 3 being defaulted. This is where you adjust the quality. If you are lagging, slide it to a lower number. Now that you are done, click on the bottom right-most button, you should get a japanese confirmation window with 3 buttons. Click the left one to save your settings.

by sankosa on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 3:59am
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Okay, so I've tried doing this, but it still lagged too much for me to use. The cursor was lagging behind my mouse movements by a few seconds anyway. I've got a 2.4 GHz intel core 2 duo for my processor. I think you guys are saying that should work? But the graphics card may be a problem it's just an intel GMA X3100. I don't know much about computer hardware, so I'll need you guys to tell me what I should upgrade them to. The only graphics card I know of is an ATI radeon or whatever it's called since I installed one on a previous computer.

by Magical Trevor on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 10:45am
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8391 at about 100 fps most of the test. I am running a single HD5770 on a 6 core. BTW is the test only in 720p windowed? EDIT: Nvm found it. ran 60 fps @1080p full.

by viewtifulbo on Thu, 04/05/2012 - 3:43pm
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I just finished making a FOnewm!! Can't wait for this game to be announced for the US and everywhere else!

by BlackRaiden on Thu, 04/05/2012 - 8:17pm
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If spending the whole afternoon till now playing with the demo mean anything its that I really needed some PSO2 in my system XD... Outside of a few nitpicks here and there it was pretty good though I'm going to need a new laptop/computer cause my poor machine failed the Test miserably XD...

by PSOWii on Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:02pm
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We need to send a collective message to SEGA Japan and asking for an area to test drive our new characters. Maybe a small battle island to try out character movement with basic equipment and weapons. A creature or two to kill on the test island would be great too. Anyone agree? If so, then follow my lead and send them a message.

by Noxia on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 12:15am
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I created a Pouny !! O.O a very Pouny !! I'm pounyfied (^.^)

by Aki_Yoruno on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 1:30am
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What the freak is a Pouny?

by Indignation Judgment on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 4:28am
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I scored 879 on the Test. Is that supossed to mean I can run the real game when it comes out?

by PSOWii on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 9:08am
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ouch. what were you Frames per second? My score was 4451 running at 70-80/fps.

by Indignation Judgment on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 10:13am
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by hiyall on Thu, 04/12/2012 - 10:30pm
hey! dont sweat it. you will run the game perfectly fine :) i play high end games with 30 fps all the time. all you need to do to get smooth performance is turn down the resolution a lot and if you want, increase the game priorty.

by Mizumi323 on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 1:18pm
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The new character design interface is amazing... o.O; And now they're making me think twice about making a Hunter instead of a Force...

by FOmarJaochim on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 2:56pm
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God, this is amazing! It's what I've been dreaming about and needing since PSU. I'd seen vids, but to be able to go at it myself...and the music sounds so wonderfully promising. PSU was fun an all, but I was disappointed with so many things. And PSO had such a beautiful soundtrack by comparison. This looks to be making up for everything! 'Twould've been handy to know a bit of Japanese, but hey; trial and error. 2013 come on, come on!

by LChaos2 on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 4:45pm
Blargh, I can't get sound to work... Though, the visuals are just fine.

by thekkeffect on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 8:55pm
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this is awesome!..the benchmark is nice too. i got around a 7200 which is not bad im guessing..haha

by PSOWii on Sat, 04/07/2012 - 7:26am
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What graphic cards are you running?

by thekkeffect on Sat, 04/07/2012 - 2:59pm
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i have a gtx 560 oc'd, but after i changed the settings n ran the benchmark again i got around 4500 or so. ran about 60fps average.

by Lance813 on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 9:26pm
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Mike, I just want to say thank you for all of the wonderful work that you've done for the PSOW community. So, yeah... Thanks! :wacko:

by Overlord Zenon on Sat, 04/07/2012 - 5:22am
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I only scored 11k at 40-50 fps, on an i7 quad core 4 gigs of ram, it runs, and dont forgot, the graphics by default is medium, you can change how intense it is

by Midoori on Sat, 04/07/2012 - 11:18pm
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Wish I could get this to work :( it just crashes after it shows all the logos I've tried lowering it to 1 but it didn't help.

by NitroPenguinz on Mon, 04/09/2012 - 6:01pm
yea me too It just says the program stops working then shuts down =[

by Overlord Zenon on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 7:52am
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I wonder if the game actually needs a 64 bit capable cpu, we'll know eventually what the offical specs are

by hiyall on Thu, 04/12/2012 - 10:32pm
make sure you are not running in full screen cause it will crash. also, make sure your computer is up todate

by JRDeBo on Sun, 04/08/2012 - 9:56am
On 3 I get about a score of 1k (averaging 30FPS) and on 1 I get a score of about 4K (60FPS). Not great, but considering how old my computer is, I'll take it as long as I can play.

by garjian on Sun, 04/08/2012 - 10:13am
All i get is crashes... Character Creation and FPS test dont work at all :/

by Hayde on Sun, 04/08/2012 - 1:28pm
I just ran the benchmark on default settings and let it just go for the entire duration--ended up with a score of 36,500--something with an average FPS of 150+.

This was on the default setting of "3"; I hope it doesn't come out as a "bragging"post--I just wanted to give people a rough estimation of how high the numbers can get; the following is my computer specs:

i7 2600k 3.4 GHZ overclocked to 4.0 GHZ

1TB 7200 RPM Seagate HDD

8GB 1600MHZ Corsair Vengeance RAM

EVGA NVidia Geforce 560ti Super OC DS (this can be further overclocked, but one of my two fans on the GPU is malfunctioning at higher temperatures so I'm waiting for an RMA card before I try doing anything risky).

As you can see, while this rig has been able to run most games (lol, not you FFXIV!) at max is far from being an 'uber' rig; could use an 120GB SSD (or any for that matter), maybe another 8GB of RAM to bling out the rig (yeah I know, no real beneficial gain), and a 570/680 to really flesh things out.

Finally, but not least...ran the benchmark again at "5" and got a score of 21,770 with an average FPS of 120.

For those who have yet to run the benchmark, or want to build a rig specifically for this game--well, here you go. These are my specs...not sure if I ran the benchmark right--the number seems way off compared to a majority of people, but then again I have no idea how the hardware looks for others.

Happy Easter!

- Hayde

by thekkeffect on Sun, 04/08/2012 - 4:26pm
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everyone should be running the game fine with a dual-core a decent video card n atleast 4gb is not a power house so it shouldnt need the best specs..if u can get an average of 30fps then ur fine if ur lower then u def need to upgrade either ur vid card or processor..if it helps out maybe they can run a game booster to free up some ram. n close down stuff u dont use maybe that helps abit. n happy easter!..haha

by slave2pso on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 12:10am
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Nice. How much did the CPU and GPU cost ? Sure, that's a nice barometer for the type of rig we should aim for, but if it's gonna be extremely expensive, then I don't see the need to mention it. It would fall under the obvious assumption that: if you spend a crap-ton of money on your PC, you're gonna get stellar results in your games... duh. But anyway, congratulations to you, and happy belated Easter.

by striker0 on Mon, 04/09/2012 - 7:43pm
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Yeah, I defiantly need to upgrade my computer. I couldn't even get the creator to run in the first place. Ah well, at least I know this one won't handle it before buying the game.

by Fontes on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 5:40pm
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My cheap rig:

OS: Windows 7 64bit
Processor: Pentium D (dual core) E5700 @3Ghz
Graphic Card: ATI Radeon HD 4870

The following scores are for all settings, and the FPS often go higher than what I mention here. Those are just average values.

Setting 1: 18540 benchmark, FPS at 160.
Setting 2: 6418 benchmark, FPS at 120.
Setting 3: 4701 benchmark, FPS at 90.
Setting 4: 1889 benchmark, FPS at 60.
Setting 5: 1768 benchmark, FPS at 50.

Personally, I'm more than satisfied with those numbers. To me, anything above 30 FPS is concern-free, and the game already looks nice on the lowest setting. And my rig is nothing spectacular (by spectacular, I mean expensive), so to anyone who'll probably need to buy a new machine, fear not, you won't need a 4-digit budget, or anything remotely close to that. Games these days are more in need of a nice graphics card, not a processor. And you can get an ATI 6770 for relatively cheap, these days.

As for the character creation, I found it to succeed my expectations. Already seen videos, but nothing compares to trying it for yourself. And yes... implementing Ctrl+Z is undoubtedly a genious move.

by Kenrokuen on Thu, 04/12/2012 - 2:02am
My computer : Windows 7 64 bit, AMD Quad-Core A6-3410MX APU 1,6 GHz, 8 Go DDR3 HD Radeon 6755G2 Why did I get only 623 benchmark with settings 2 at best (average fps ~25-30) ? :o It seems that the benchmark only detect my second graphic card at the end (HD 6520G) (sorry for my poor english)

by Fontes on Thu, 04/12/2012 - 2:50pm
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Maybe that's it. Your HD 6520, all things considered, is a mid/low range card. Thus, even if it's recent, it doesn't have what it takes for gaming.

Here's a benchmark comparison between your 6520 and my 4870:

ATI HD 6520G
ATI HD 4870

Like I previously said, a good graphics card is pretty much all one needs to play a game, these days. The rest of your components should give no problem whatsoever. Also, respect for having an AMD processor. ;)

My advice? Get rid of that 6520, it's not doing anything besides sucking electricity out of your power supply. Your 6755 will do the job just fine on it's own, either for PSO2, or anything else, for that matter.

Hope that turned out useful for ye. Lemme know if you got better results! ^^

PS: Your english is fine, don't worry about it. ^^

by Kuneko on Sat, 04/14/2012 - 11:38am
That's not it, I am the same as him, if you want to know, he has two graphic devices, one is the graphic card, it's his ATI, the other one is the graphic chipset, the both serves to different things, the graphic card is here for the programms "heavy" like the games, and the chipset for the other things, like desktop, internet browser and so on, it's kind of a recent system which uses two different graphic devices at the same time, so if he desactivate his HD 6520, his screen will be black and he will have to reboot the computer. And the bug is, in certain games (like Steam, or here, PSO 2, the games only recognise the graphic chipset (which is weak, for exemple mine is 58 Mb, while my video card is 1 Gb) and so the game is laggy, but you can tell by your graphic card control panel to "force" the use of the graphic card for PSO 2, so the game will not be laggy. But there is one more problem, because he uses the graphic card but still recognizing the chipset as the graphic device used, so the game is kind of...forces the fps and other settings to slow down even if it's the graphic card used. That's why him and I, have both suffisant settings to permit PSO 2 to run with at least 80-90 fps constant, but the game is always running at 20-30 and we have low benchmark. If you want to know, when my graphic card is recognized and fully fonctionning without limiters, I can run Grand Theft Auto 4 and Skyrim with max settings and the games are running perfectly fine with 90-110 fps for me, so I refuse to admit I can't run PSO 2 more than 25 - 30 fps all the time with medium settings. That's why it's a little annoying to see people with worse configuration than me (and him apparently) obtaining a much better score like 4000 + while I can only achieve 600 because of the f***** stupid computer which can't recognize I have what it takes to run the game perfectly. PS: Sorry for my bad english too, I'm not english :p

by Fontes on Sat, 04/14/2012 - 12:05pm
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Ah, it appears I have misunderstood the situation. I thought he had 2 DEDICATED graphic cards on his PC. I'm more used to intel-compatible motherboards, which led me to not think that his chipset would have an ATI chip.

My mistake, and I apologize for it.

Still, as you said, there must be a way to deactivate the chipset graphics, and set the graphics card to be used by default. Maybe something in the BIOS, or in Windows' Device Manager? This is why I'd rather have only one graphics device. Less trouble to deal with when crap like this happens.

PS: No prob, english ain't my native language, either. :P

by Kuneko on Tue, 04/17/2012 - 7:56am
Well I succeed to make the game recognizing my graphic card by updating the drivers, and now I have a score of 6474 on setting 3, pretty much good I think. But there's something I find strange, I have the impression there's only the first setting which is grealty different, to me, the settings 2-3-4-5 are pretty much the same. There's is only the setting 1 without "metal aspect, angles, no grain, and no reflection on mettalic parts". So I think I will stay at setting 3, but setting 2 wouldn't be such a difference. Also I have the impression the test is extrem, there are rain, lots of ennemies, 3 characters running, many different cameras angles, explosions. Maybe it's safe to say taht when the game will come out, it will be smoothier than that (and after all, a game running above 30 fps is perfectly playable).

by Fontes on Fri, 04/20/2012 - 2:10pm
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It seems that anything above 2000 is ok, and above 5000 is worry-free. settings 4 and 5 have better shading, which you can notice right at the beggining of the forest portion of the benchmark test.

by Kenrokuen on Thu, 04/12/2012 - 3:24am
after a test on my old computer I have more than 8000 points (even if the computer is less powerful) :s

by Fontes on Fri, 04/13/2012 - 6:32pm
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To those who are getting rather low scores, try lowering your screen resolution (for PSO2, not your PCs)! This may seem ridiculous, but I switched from 1280x720 to 1024x600, and I got a 50% increase on my scores!

Barely had 1900 points on setting 4, and now I almost have 3000! For settings 3, I got myself over 6500, when I previously had 4700-something.

And to be honest, the game's still stunning with that res. I might keep it when the full game comes out. I personally prefer to play MMOs in window mode, so I can look up info, and the like, so this one doesn't bother me one bit. ^^

by PSOWii on Sat, 04/14/2012 - 1:46am
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!!!!!! A better ATTENTION !!!!!!! CLosed Beta e-mails have been sent out!!!! I got mine and i look forward to testing!!!!

by Mantra1039 on Sat, 04/14/2012 - 10:40am
Just got mine!!!!!!!! So sweet! can't really understand the details within the email, so if anyone manages to translate the Japanese post it!!

by PSOWii on Sat, 04/14/2012 - 2:58pm
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Hint. goto google and at the top select 'more' and 'translate'. copy and paste the email and it will translate for you.

by Mantra1039 on Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:05am
lol thanks T_T i was looking for a little more accurate translation... Anyway I saw the forum thread which got me through the download and set up.

by NitroPenguinz on Thu, 04/19/2012 - 4:26pm
hey i know you go to the website and click o something but what? everything is in jp and google will only translate text and not images with text in them

by Jepp027 on Mon, 04/16/2012 - 9:39pm
I have an older PC. 7 years I think. My speeds were 2 FPS and a score of 5. Time for an upgrade?


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