Phantasy Star games

Group Description

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).
  • Fringes of Algo - A fan community that provides information about the Phantasy Star series.

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Game TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst2005WindowsSEGA of America, Inc....
Phantasy Star Gaiden1992Game GearSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.14
Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Huey no Bōken1991GenesisSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Phantasy Star Portable2008PSPSEGA of America, Inc....
Phantasy Star Adventure1992Game GearSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.44
Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Nei no Bōken1991GenesisSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Amia no Bōken1990GenesisSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Rudger no Bōken1991GenesisSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Sega Ages 2500: Vol.32 - Phantasy Star: Complete Collection2008PlayStation 2SEGA Corporation...
Phantasy Star Online: Episode I & II Plus2004GameCubeSEGA of America, Inc.3.52
Phantasy Star Ø2008Nintendo DSSEGA of America, Inc....
Phantasy Star Online: Episode I & II2002GameCube, XboxSEGA Corporation3.62
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom1990Genesis, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.67
Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Anne no Bōken1991GenesisSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Shilka no Bōken1990GenesisSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Kinds no Bōken1990GenesisSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus2007PlayStation 2, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc....
Phantasy Star II1989Genesis, iPhone, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.81
Phantasy Star Universe2006PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.88
Phantasy Star IV1993Genesis, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.94
Sega Ages 2500: Vol.1 - Phantasy Star: Generation:12003PlayStation 23D Ages...
Phantasy Star1987Genesis, SEGA Master System, WiiSEGA of America, Inc.3.98
Phantasy Star Online2000Dreamcast, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.4.01
Phantasy Star Collection1998Game Boy Advance, SEGA SaturnSEGA of America, Inc.4.02
Phantasy Star Online Ver. 22001DreamcastSEGA Corporation4.11
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Selected Covers

Phantasy Star II Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Phantasy Star II

Selected Screenshots

Screenshot from Phantasy Star II
Game group created by Jeanne (75356), additional games added to group by Patrick Bregger (162561), Corn Popper (69249), Sciere (424962), Alaka (42516) and Unicorn Lynx (174079)