"A Newman's lifespan is not definite. I may die tomorrow. Nobody knows."
Phantasy Star Online was the first in the sci-fi RPG series to be played over a network, trading the turn-based battle system for real-time action. Features like the set phrase-translating Word Select and emoticon-riden Symbol Chat crossed language gaps between players interacting worldwide. Storywise, an explosion on the planet Ragol cuts off communication links between its colony and the landing starship, Pioneer 2. The Hunters onboard are the first group dispatched to investigate matters.
The HUnewearl is a combination of a Hunter, Newman, and Female. Newmans have feline genes spliced into their human DNA structure, sharpening their ears and hastening their maturation. With a low range of hit points, they make every second fighting in close quarters count, brandishing cane-shaped Daggers, swords, and a wide range of attack and defense raising/lowering techniques. In one quest, the player encounters Sue, a non-playable HUnewearl conducting research aboard Pioneer 2. Do you tell her your name? What is her research, and what role do you play in her quest?
Selected game appearances
- Phantasy Star Online (2000)
- Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II (2003)
- Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution (2003)