If you are feeling starved of any RPG action on the PS Vita, you’ll be very interested to check out some new gameplay clips that Sega has released, in preparation for the release of their epic Phantasy Star Online 2 game. It is due to go on sale in February in Japan and there is a feeling of anxiety in the air on how long Sega plans to take on getting a localized version out.
There’s no doubt that Phantasy Star Online 2 is going to be one of the standout Vita games of 2013. It is already the most anticipated RPG to come out so far on the portable handheld and serves as a lovely alternative in the aftermath of the Monster Hunter disappointment and also the somewhat surprising omission of a Final Fantasy game which has yet to appear on the Vita – with still no sign of progress on the Vita version of Final Fantasy X HD.
That means that Phantasy Star Online 2 takes on the added pressure of having to cater to frustrated RPG fans on the Vita, but the good news is that screenshots and gameplay released so far indicates that the game is going to be well worth waiting for. The graphics look very impressive indeed and the cutscenes in particular are something that Square-Enix would be proud of.
Capcom has released two videos for the game over Christmas, one showing the entire opening cinematic for the game and another showing actual gameplay featuring two bonus characters that you may be familiar with. Sony mascots Toro and Kuro have been popping up in games such as Street Fighter X Tekken and PlayStation All-Stars, but now we can confirm that they’ll appear in Phantasy Star Online 2 as well – you can see them joining the action in the second clip below.
There’s no denying that the game looks good and will be even better we expect when playing the PC version. Phantasy Star Online 2 also has cross platform features, meaning that you can play with PC players at the same time and this alone could be a factor which is taking Sega a long time to get right.
Take a look at the new footage below and let us know if this is the one Vita game that you are looking forward to the most. Are you still a bitter over the lack of Monster Hunter, or will Phantasy Star Online 2 be even better in your opinion?