Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution

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Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution
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Developer(s) Sonic Team
Publisher(s) Sega
Series Phantasy Star
Platform(s) GameCube
Release date(s) JP November 27, 2003
NA March 2, 2004
EU June 11, 2004
Genre(s) Strategy, Card
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer (4), Online (4)
Input methods GameCube Controller
Compatibility 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution
Playable
GameIDs GPSE8P, GPSJ8P, GPSP8P
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In Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution a strangely powerful Photon-like substance found on Planet Ragol has spurred a raging battle between the Hunters and a rebel team called the Arkz. The prized matter known as "The Germ" has unique replicating powers and can be sealed in small playing-card-sized packets. Warriors carrying a deck of the sought-after cards can then bring unprecedented amounts of destructive weapons and creatures into battle. Fight with the Hero Hunters or on the rebels' Dark Side and stack your decks accordingly. You'll compose several powerful decks from nearly 500 cards featuring fighting moves, weapons, and PSO creatures.

Problems

Calendar

At the beginning of the game, when the game asks if you want to go to the Calendar Screen, choosing Yes makes the game freeze. You can avoid this by simply selecting No instead. If you need to adjust the date and time, you can do so in your computer's settings, or if that is not possible, the Advanced tab of Dolphin's configuration.

Creating Network File Crash

When configuring a provider the game will error creating the network file in a GCI folder. Configure Dolphin to use a raw memory card file.

Dual Core De-sync

PSO EP1&2 and PSO EP3 tends to easily de-sync GPU/CPU threads when Dual Core is enabled (the default setting for most games on Dolphin) and since this game is constantly writing to your memory card while playing online there's a chance these de-syncs will happen while the game is writing to the memory card. This may result in game data corruption making you lose all your progress and characters. So to avoid this it's recommended to disable Dual Core for this game.

Black Video

FMV cutscenes such as the intro on creating a new commander appear black unless the External Frame Buffer is enabled and set to Real. Fixed by 5.0-5874.

Enhancements

16:9 Aspect Ratio (Widescreen) AR Codes

PAL[1]

16:9 Aspect Ratio (Widescreen) [Ralf]
YWD8-WN4G-QFFPV
VF7G-GWAW-BR7Q8
0F9Q-86E3-8FTB1
C7Z3-P39N-VBGKN
4GRX-P04R-F7P17
4N7T-U33E-CKQ6B
E87H-CHQV-446JG

Configuration

Only configuration options for the best compatibility where they deviate from defaults are listed.

General

Config Setting Notes
Enable Dual Core Off Avoid desyncs that can corrupt save files

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

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2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.

Testing

This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS Version CPU GPU Result Tester
r7458 Windows 7 Intel Core i7-870 @ 2.93 GHz AMD Radeon HD 6870 [PAL] Perfect, I've beat the entire game at 100% speed. No text/texture/music bug or desync. Sojiro seta
3.0-189 Windows 7 AMD Phenom II X4 B60 @ 3.3 GHz AMD Radeon HD 6770 [PAL] Game is completely playable at full speed, however certain letters of a conversation will occasionally not appear. For example, "Ou" instead of "You". No texture or desync bugs though. Only works on Direct X 9, Direct X 11 displays a white screen past the license agreement. I fixed the text problem by enabling accurate text cache. Krigo
3.0-432 Windows Server 2008 R2 AMD Athlon II x2 @ 3.4 GHz AMD Radeon HD 6570 Steady 30FPS, no problems with x2 native resolution.
3.0-692 Windows 7 Intel Core i7-2680QM @ 2 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M [Broken] [Laptop+hybrid graphics] Interrupt <20>: SRR0 = 0x8001ccb8 TB = 0x00389caf630017fb. dreadslicer
3.5 Windows 7 Intel Core i7-870 @ 2.93 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 TI [NTSC] Flawless from what I've tested after copying my old save file from my memory card; I haven't tried playing through the whole game, but it should work fine. Star-X
3.5-1480 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-3470 @ 3.2 GHz NVIDIA GeForce 650 Nothing loads at all. I've tried default settings as well as a few known extras. .ducky
4.0-5995 Windows 8.1 Intel Core i7-4790 @ 4 GHz AMD R9 270x Nothing loads at all. I've tried default settings as well as a few known extras. .ducky
5.0-rc-23 Windows 10 Intel Core i5-3210M @ 2.5 GHz Intel HD Graphics 4000 Works fine on default settings. A little lag on deck edit and when moving camera in game. Laptop Aguywithaname

Gameplay Videos