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Phantasy Star games

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Phantasy Star games, created by Sega, include the original Japanese-style role-playing series (which encompassed four games), its various spin-offs (such as the Phantasy Star Text Adventures series), and online RPGs, which originated with Phantasy Star Online (2000) and have been dominating the series ever since. The initial games were designed by Rieko Kodama and Yuji Naka.

All Phantasy Star games take place in the same fictional universe, which is somewhat similar to that of Star Wars, incorporating space travel, alien races, elements of medieval fantasy, and the overarching "good vs. evil" plot that involves the ultimate antagonist, the Dark Force. The original tetralogy is set on the Algol Solar System, which consists of four planets: the technologically advanced Palma, the originally desert-covered Motavia, the icy Dezolis, and the mysterious Rykros, which is visible only once every thousand years. The four games also feature common chronology and recurrent characters. The online games took the action to other solar systems within the same universe.

The first Phantasy Star (1987) is widely regarded as one of the progenitors of Japanese-style role-playing games, influencing the subsequent development of the genre with its distinct anime style, stylistic variety in the setting, and emphasis on character-driven narrative. Notable gameplay elements of Phantasy Star included two navigation perspectives (top-down for towns and world map, first-person for dungeons, similarly to Ultima), integration of both medieval (swords) and futuristic (laser guns) weapons, and usage of TP (technique points) for "techniques" which replaced magic spells.

Phantasy Star II (1989) contained most of the original's gameplay elements, while replacing first-person dungeons with top-down ones; their maze-like nature, however, was preserved, and even increased. Phantasy Star III (1990) differs from other installments due to its predominantly medieval fantasy setting. Phantasy Star IV (1993) concluded the tetralogy; after its release, the series has entered seven-year hiatus, ending with the release of Phantasy Star Online, which took the series into a new direction.

Related Links
  • History of: The Phantasy Star Series - A feature article on the fansite Sega-16, which provides a history of the series and the company that developed it, as well as information about the individual games themselves, including a release chronology (Aug. 14th, 2004).

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Phantasy Star Ø2009Nintendo DSSEGA of America, Inc.3.67
Phantasy Star Portable 22009PSPSEGA Corporation...
SEGA AGES 2500 Vol.32: Phantasy Star Complete Collection2008PlayStation 2SEGA Corporation4.00
Phantasy Star Portable2008PSPSEGA of America, Inc.2.14
Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus2007Xbox 360SEGA Corporation...
Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus2007PlayStation 2, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.75
Phantasy Star Universe2006PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.88
Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst2005WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.0.00
SEGA AGES 2500 Vol.17: Phantasy Star - Generation:22005PlayStation 2SEGA Corporation4.33
Phantasy Star Online: Episode I & II Plus2004GameCubeSEGA of America, Inc.3.52
Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution2004GameCubeSEGA Corporation4.39
SEGA AGES 2500 Vol.1: Phantasy Star - Generation:12003PlayStation 23D Ages3.96
Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II2002GameCube, XboxSEGA Corporation3.62
Phantasy Star Online Ver. 22001DreamcastSEGA Corporation4.11
Phantasy Star Online2000Dreamcast, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.4.02
Phantasy Star Collection1998Game Boy Advance, SEGA SaturnSEGA of America, Inc.3.79
Phantasy Star IV1993Genesis, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.93
Phantasy Star Adventure1992Game GearSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.44
Phantasy Star Gaiden1992Game GearSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.14
Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Nei no Bōken1991GenesisSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.50
Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Huey no Bōken1991GenesisSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.20
Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Anne no Bōken1991GenesisSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.70
Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Eusis no Bōken1991GenesisSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.70
Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Rudger no Bōken1991GenesisSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.50
Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Amia no Bōken1990GenesisSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.50
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Selected Covers

Phantasy Star IV Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Phantasy Star IV
Phantasy Star Online Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Phantasy Star Online

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Phantasy Star Gaiden
Intro
Screenshot from Phantasy Star IV
Title
Screenshot from Phantasy Star Online