Up to four party members could complete online quests together (back when servers were operational) in SEGA's first online action-RPG.
Sega revolutionizes the world of console RPGs by taking its classic Phantasy Star series online! Your planet is dying. To escape, the citizens of your world construct two gigantic spaceships and strike out in search of a new home. Pioneer 1, the lead vessel, finds a suitable world named Ragol and sets up a settlement there. However, when Pioneer 2 arrives, an unexplained explosion rocks Ragol and destroys the colony. You are sent by your government to determine what happened. You create a character by choosing from various classes and races, and proceed to explore dungeons and forests, hacking up monsters and finding items. Typical RPG elements such as experience levels, magic spells and new weapons abound. Real-time combat makes up the bulk of game play. The innovative and addictive online functionality (no longer functional) enables you to interact with players from all over the world in the game's many exotic locations. Use the Dreamcast keyboard to type messages or use other in-game messaging systems. There is also a single-player mode.