Games SEGA DREAMCAST PHANTASY STAR ONLINE V2 User Manual

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Thank you for purchasing Phantasy Star Online Ver.2. Please note that this software is designed only for use with the Dreamcast console. Be sure to read this instruction manual thoroughly before you begin playing.

Note: “Phantasy Star Online Ver.2” will hereafter be referred to as “PSO Ver.2.”

CONTENTS

WHAT’SNEW INPSOVER.2? - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -02

BASIC CONTROLS - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 04

SOFTWARE KEYBOARD - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -05

SAVING - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -05

STARTING A GAME - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -06

CHARACTER CREATION - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 07

MODE SELECTION - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -08

ONLINE NETWORK STRUCTURE - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10

THE WORLD OF PSO VER.2 ONLINE - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11

A TOUR OF PIONEER 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 16

PLAYING PSO VER.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 19

GAME DISPLAYS AND MENUS - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 21

OPTIONS - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -28

WHAT’S NEW IN PSO VER.2?

New CHALLENGE and BATTLE modes have been added, and are only available online. Now you can equip weapons and use items using the SHORT CUT WINDOW. Hold down the Right Trigger and press the Y button.

CHOICE SEARCH allows online searches based upon player characteristics. The DRESSING ROOM option will appear on the Character Select screen if you have at least 100,000 meseta. If you choose to spend 100,000 meseta, you may change some physical characteristics of your character.

USE CAUTION WHEN PLAYING WITH ORIGINAL PSO PLAYERS

In the ONLINE MODE, both PSO users and PSO Ver.2 users may play on the same server. PSO does not have the newly added modes and functions that PSO Ver.2 has, so there are some cases where PSO and PSO Ver.2 players cannot play together. Please verify which version of software your friends are using before you play.

When the PSO Ver.2 user creates the TEAM, if the user selects “PSO Ver.2”, only PSO Ver.2 users can join the team. If you play Go Go Ball in the Lobby, only PSO Ver.2 users may join. When exchanging items, before a PSO Ver.2 user gives an item to a PSO user, please make sure it is not and item that is exclusive to PSO Ver.2. If this is the case, the item name will be yellow. If you complete the trade, the item will be converted to an item of the same series in PSO. PSO Ver.2 characters have their names displayed in yellow. PSO characters have their names displayed in white. Therefore, if you convert a PSO file to PSO Ver.2, the character’s name will be displayed in yellow. When you convert a PSO file to PSO Ver.2 to play, you will first need to enter the serial number and access key printed on the sticker inside the PSO package. If you attempt to play PSO after the conversion, an error message will be displayed, and you will not be able to play PSO. •Alphanumeric characters for the access key

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WHAT’S NEW IN PSO VER.2?

NOTES ON SERIAL NUMBERS

When playing PSO Ver.2, you will need the serial number and access key for PSO Ver.2. It is printed on the inside of the package, so please make sure to keep it in the safe place to avoid losing. Also, please do not let anyone else know them.

When entering the serial number and access key, please make sure not to enter them incorrectly. nNOTES ON NUMBERS:

•Alphanumeric characters for the serial number

Numerals: 0-9; Alphabets: A-Z

•Alphanumeric characters for the access key

All numbers and alphabets (both upper and lower) except the following:

Numerals:0,1; alphabets: i,j,l,q, O

PLAYING PSO VER.2 ONLINE

In order to play PSO Ver. 2 online, besides having an ISP provider, you must purchase a HUNTERS LICENSE. To purchase a HUNTERS LICENSE, select WEBSITE at the title screen, and select the button "PURCHASE HUNTERS LICENSE." Please note that a valid credit card is required. The fee for the Hunter's License does not include ISP and possible telephone fees. There is regularly scheduled maintenance on Wednesday-Thursday each week.

RIGHTS RESERVED TO TEMPORARILY ORPERMANENTLY BAN ACCOUNTS

Sega Corporation/Sonic Team/Isao reserves the right to temporarily or permanently ban a user's account if the player logs onto the PSO Ver. 2 servers with an invalid item and/or repeatedly disturbs other players by violating the rules of conduct (see page 32 and www.sega.com/pso/help). The ban for a first offence, such as owning an invalid item may be a single day (even if the item was given to the player by someone else) and the player will be allowed to reconnect a full day after deleting the item. Repeated violations may result in a permanent ban of the player's account at Sega Corporation/Sonic Team/Isao's discretion. Refunds will not be given for banned or terminated accounts.

WARNING ON FALSE DATA/NETWORK CONNECTION

A warning message for using false data will be displayed. Read the message and select YES to confirm. If you select NO, you will r eturn to SELECT MODE screen. If YES is selected, you will be connected to network. At this point, you will not be able to connect if you do not have the Hunter ’s License.

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BASIC CONTROLS

PSO Ver.2 is a one-player game (four-player when playing online). Connect the controller to be used to Control Port A.

Never touch the Analog Thumb Pad or

TRIGGER L

 

 

 

 

the Triggers L/R while turning the

 

 

 

 

Dreamcast power ON. Doing so ma y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

disrupt the controller initialization

 

 

 

 

procedure and result in malfunction.

 

 

 

 

To return to the title screen at any time

 

 

 

 

during gameplay,

 

 

 

 

ANALOG THUMB PAD

 

 

 

 

 

simultaneously press

 

 

 

 

 

and hold the A, B,

DIRECTIONAL PAD

START BUTTON

X, Y and Start Buttons.

 

CAUTION

 

TRIGGER R

Insert a memory card (sold separately) into

 

 

Expansion Socket 1 of the controller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X BUTTON

Y BUTTON

When using the Jump Pack (sold

B BUTTON

separately), always be sure to A BUTTON insert the Jump Pack int o

Expansion Socket 2.

It is not possible to play PSO Ver.2 without a memory card. Insert one before starting gameplay.

 

 

TITLE SCREEN/

CHARACTER

VISUAL LOBBY/

 

 

IN BATTLE

 

 

GAME MENUS/

 

 

 

 

SELECTION

WITHIN THE CITY

 

 

 

 

SHIP SELECTION SCREEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANALOG THUMB PAD

SELECT

 

 

MOVE CHARACTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIRECTIONAL PAD (D-PAD)

 

SELECT

 

 

 

SELECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRIGGER L

NOT USED

 

 

ROTATE CAMERA

 

CAMERA VIEW (Reset to behind character)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRIGGER R

NOT USED

 

 

ROTATE CAMERA

 

NOT USED

 

 

TOGGLE ACTION PALETTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BUTTON

ENTER

 

 

ENTER

 

 

USE LOWER ACTION PALETTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B BUTTON

CANCEL

 

 

CANCEL

 

 

USE RIGHT ACTION PALETTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X BUTTON

NOT USED

 

 

DISPLAY INFO

 

 

USE LEFT ACTION PALETTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y BUTTON

NOT USED

 

 

DISPLAY SOFT KEYBOARD/WORD SELECT (TOGGLE = X)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

START BUTTON

GAME START

 

 

RETURN

 

DISPLAY THE MAIN MENU

 

 

TRIGGER R+Y BUTTON

 

IN BATTLEONLY: DISPLAY SHORTCUT WINDOW (R to change display contents)

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SOFTWARE KEYBOARD

Use the software keyboard to chat with o ther players while playing PSO Ver.2 or connect a Dreamcas t Keyboard (sold separately) to Control Port B, C or D.

SOFTWARE KEYBOARD

ENTER

B S or

EXIT or

SIGN or

D-PAD/ANALOG THUMB PAD - - - - Select Characters

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Enter (to display text)

B BUTTON - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Delete 1 Character

X BUTTON - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Toggle Screens

Y BUTTON - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Close Keyboard

TRIGGER L/R - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- Toggle Symbols

SAVING

A memory card is required to save PSO Ver.2 game data. 15 blocks of free space are required to save the main game file and 30 blocks are required to save the guild card file. Additional blocks are required to save any downloaded files. To save your game data, select “Quit Game” from the main menu. Never attempt to turn OFF the Dreamcast power, remove the memory card or disconnect the controller while saving. Also, the data may not save correctly if the memory card is removed/re-inserted during gameplay.

SAVING ONLINE

When playing online, select “Quit Game” from the main menu. To confirm disconnection from the Network, use *@ to select “YES” or “NO” and press A to enter and save your game. If you are playing with a team, you will disband from the team. At this time, any experience points gained in battle or items collected, etc. will be sa ved. If you disband from your team while on a quest and should the team complete the quest without you, the entire team may not be eligible to receive the reward unless all members go to claim it tog ether.

SAVING OFFLINE

When playing offline, select “Quit Game” from the main menu. You will be asked if you wish to save. Use *@ to select “YES” or “NO” and press A to enter.

CAUTION If you quit the game without saving properly (via “Quit Game” on the main menu)or if for

any reason you are disconnected from the server while playing online, any items or money (Meseta) held, left in the city or game field will be lost.

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STARTING A GAME

NEW GAME

Select to begin a new game starting from character creation. Select the memory card to which you want to save the main game data. Only one main file (one character) can be saved to any one memory card. If a PSO file already exists, you will be asked whether to overwrite the older file. Also, it is not possible to save game data without a memory card. If you would like to transfer an original PSO character to a PSO Ver.2 character, do not choose this option, choose CONTINUE instead. If you’re creating more than one character, the Serial Number/Access Key Input screen will be displayed each time when “Character Select” is selected. The currently registered Serial Number and Access Key will be displayed, so you only need to verify the contents.

CONTINUE

Select to continue playing a previously saved file or to transfer an original PSO character to a PSO Ver.2 character. Once the memory card selection screen appears, use *@$ ^ to select the memory card containing the PSO file you wish to play and press A. A mini-menu with the options “OK” or “DELETE” will appear. Select load (“OK”) or delete the file. Press B to cancel.

OPTIONS

Here you can modify the various game settings. See p.27 for details.

WEBSITE

Use this link to access the official PSO Ver.2 website or the SONICTEAM homepage. If you have a Broadband Adaptor attached to your Dreamcast (sold separately), when you select WEBSITE, you will be able to configure your Broadband Adap tor for play online. PSO Ver.2 does not support PPPoE, which is what many DSLs use.

For Broadband users, to pur chase a HUNTERS LICENSE, you must either insert your modem, select the WEBSITE option, and go through the process of purchasing a HUNTERS LICENSE, or use a PC and go to the following website: https://www.dricas.com/pso/signup_top.html

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CHARACTER CREATION

You will need to create a character whenever you start a new game.

SELECT A CHARACTER TYPE

Use $ ^ to select the type of character you wish to use and press A to enter. A brief summary is displayed under each profession/species header alongside a graph indicating the attributes of each character. Press A again to proceed to the CHARACTER CREATION screen or press B to cancel and return to the previous screen.

MODIFY YOUR CHARACTER

To customize the appearance of your character, use *@ to select a modification item and press A. Then use $ ^ to select a style for that item (the available settings will vary among different character base types). Use L/R to rotate the character. Press A or B to return to the previous screen. Note that if you press the Start Button while on the CHARACTER CREATION screen, all of your settings will be erased and you will return to the CHARACTER SELECT screen. Once you press OK your character will be assigned one of the 10 available SECTION IDs. Press A to continue. (It is not possible to cancel after entering OK.)

The character attributes graph will give you a general idea of the strengths CHARACTER ATTRIBUTES GRAPH and weaknesses of each character type for the following attributes:

HP

Health Points availability.

TP

Technique Points availability.

 

 

 

Armor Class - level of defense

Hit

Accuracy rate when attacking.

AC

against enemy attack.

 

Technique Damage - rate at

 

Attack Damage - level of damage

TD

AD

which TP decreases when used.

inflicted upon enemies.

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CHARACTER CREATION

CHARACTER PROFESSIONS

In the world of PSO Ver.2 each of the nine character types is one of three species (human, newman or android) whose profession is either Hunter, Ranger or Force. While members of each profession start out with the same equipment level, the attributes of each character vary according to their species.

HUNTER Proficient with

RANGER Proficient with

FORCE Proficient with

blade weapons,

gun-type weapons,

techniques, we are

we excel in close-range combat.

we excel in long-range combat.

best suited for combat support.

MODE SELECTION

After you have created your character you will proceed to the mode selection menu. Use *@ to select whether to play PSO Ver.2 online or of fline and press A. The content and how to proceed will vary according to which mode is selected.

OFFLINE MODE

GAME DIFFICULTY

The NORMAL level is automatically selected the first time you play PSO Ver.2. After you clear the game at this level, this screen will appear the next time you play. Use *@ to select either NORMAL or HARD and press A. Press B to cancel. Clear the game in HARD to earn the right to attem pt VERY HARD. After completing VERY HARDmove onto ULTIMATE mode.

ONLINE MODE

SERIAL NUMBER & ACCESS KEY

The first time you connect to the PSO network to play online you must input the unique serial number and access key from the label that was included inside your PSO package. Use *@ $ ^ to select eac h character and press A to enter. Press B to cancel. Enter the serial number as it appears on the label and

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MODE SELECTION

select the enter key, then do the same for the access key. When you have input both the codes, select ENTER and press A. This information will then be sent to the PSO Ver.2 server and once verified, will be saved to the main file in your VMU so that you won’t need to input the serial number and access key every time you connect. However, it is very important that you do not lose these numbers or allow a third party access to them before you can register with the PSO Ver.2 server. You must use the same Dreamcast to play PSO Ver.2 in the online mode.

CONFIRMATION OF CHARGES

A screen displaying information of charges to play will be displa yed. Select YES to confirm and advance to the next screen. Select NO to return to the previous screen.

WHEN YOU SELECT ONLINE MODE FOR THE FIRST TIME

If this is your first time playing the ONLINE MODE, select the WEBSITE option, then choose the HUNTERS LICENSE option. Then follow the instructions on your screen to set up your account.

If you have played PSO Ver.2 already, please select “TAKE OVER DATA FROM PSO”. If you don’t, you cannot take over the Guild Card Files and Hunter’s License Info to PSO Ver.2. When selected, the screen will change to Serial Number/Access Key Input screen.

If you have not played PSO Ver.2 before, please select “YOU HAVE NOT PLAYED PSO BEFORE”. Serial Number/Access Key Input screen for PSO Ver.2 will be displayed. Please see the section on Playing PSO Ver.2 for the first time for details on how to enter. Once registered, this screen will no longer be displayed.

PLAYING PSO VER.2 WITH A PSO FILE

When you select “CONTINUE” from the Game Menu, if you have a memory card with a PSO file (main file [character] or Guild Card files) attached, you must select either CONVERT or GO TO TITLE SCREEN. PSO characters cannot be played in PSO Ver.2 unless the file is converted to a PSO Ver.2 file. Once the PSO file is converted to a PSO Ver.2 file, you will not be able to play PSO with it. Also, upon conversion, all illegal items will be deleted and attributes may be adjusted.

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JOIN A TEAM

ONLINE NETWORK STRUCTURE

CONNECT ONLINE

SHIP SELECTION

 

 

 

 

SHIP

 

 

 

BLOCK

 

 

Move to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISUAL LOBBY (p. 21)

Another

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORTER (p. 17)

VISUAL

 

 

 

INFORMATION

LOBBY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTER (p. 11)

 

 

 

 

Move to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ORGANIZE TEAM

 

 

Another

 

TRANSPORTER

(p. 11-12)

 

 

BLOCK

 

(p. 17)

 

 

 

Move to Another SHIP

SHIP

SHIP

CITY (PIONEER 2 - p. 16)

PLANET RAGOL (Game Field)

Proceed to the main game story.

Embark on quest missions from the Hunter’s Guild (p. 18)

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THE WORLD OF PSO VER.2 ONLINE

SHIP & BLOCK SELECTION

Use *@ to select the SHIP you wish to join and press A. To see how many players or teams there are on a SHIP, select that SHIP and press X. After selecting a BLOCK, you will be transpor ted to the visual lobby there. You can move between SHIPS and/or BLOCKS by selecting TRANSPORT from the information counter. Use the transporter located in the corner to move between visual lobbies within a BLOCK.

Another feature available on the SHIP selection menu is a quest downloading service which you can use to download and save new quest missions to your memory card. Select “Download_Server” to display a list of the available quests. Use *@ to select a quest to download press A. If there are not enough free memory blocks available, a message will appear and you will automatically return to the previous screen. For details on accessing newly downloaded quests, see p.18.

VISUAL LOBBY INFORMATION COUNTER

Once inside the visual lobby you can move around and chat with other users within the same block in real time. Visit the information counter and select “Organize TEAM” when you wish to create a new or join an existing team. Ano ther form of communication called Simple Mail is available (see pg. 27). Select “Transport” to move to a different SHIP or BLOCK. Use *@ to select menu items and press A to enter your selections. Press B to cancel.

TEAMS

You need to belong a team in order to investigate the planet of Ragol. To do so you can either join an existing team or create one of your own.

Select this to display a list of the teams available in this BLOCK. Display information about the members in each team by pressing X. Select and enter a team to join in and you will be transported to the city in the field where that team is currently playing. A lock mark will appear next to teams that require a password to join. If you do not know the password, you won’t be able to join that team.

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