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Game play wise, Phantasy Star Universe plays very much like its predecessor Phantasy Star Online. If you want to jump right in, read the Beginner walkthrough.
Combat features two basic commands for encounters.
- Attack - Your character uses their weapon to attack a foe or foes (depending on your weapon). With timing you can use the three variations of attack to perform what is known as a Combo, which are only possible now with Melee weapons. The advantages to performing combos is chaining the attacks in rapid succession which gives greater damage over time and different variances/angles to most follow-up swings.
- Photon Arts - Rangers have a PA called "Bullet." "Bullets" simply adds elemental damage to your Attack. Forces have "Technics" which allows them to cast magic spells, depending on technic(s) attached to the Staff or Wand. Hunters use the PA called "Skill." These skills are a special attacks that inflict more damage to enemies. "Technics" and "Skills" require the immediate use of Photon Points (PP), similar the the TP gauge in PSO or "magic bar" in other games. Guns use PP for attacking normally (Acts like an ammo guage), so "Bullets" simply drain more PP per shot.
Techniques are in essence Phantasy Star Universe’s ‘magic’. Each Technique has an associated Element and comes in a variety of uses. Among them are ‘Nukes’ such as Foie (Fire attribute Attack), Barta (Ice attribute attack) and etc. However, unlike physical attacks they cannot be chained together to form combos.
When you login, you will be transported into a lobby area where other online players gather. Here you can chat, meet friends, and organize games.
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