Sega has announced that Phantasy Star Online Expisode I & II is set to go offline Feb 1st for Japanese gamers, ending the games 5 year run. I played a bit on Dreamcast a few years ago at a friends house, although I didn’t really get that far since it was my buddies console, I think I got my character up to lev 20 or something. I remember getting a pet, which I though was pretty cool, and chatting with some players. “All your base are belong to us” just became popular and I remember people spamming the chat channel with that phrase. Overall it was ok, I remember liking the game, but not being too impressed.
It’s an interesting thing when a MMO goes offline. Its sorta like that question, “If the world was to end tomorrow, what would you do?” Money, leveling, grinding and everything else becomes pointless. I would expect all out mayhem to ensue, which sounds like a lot of fun.