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Phantasy Star II (Genesis)

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Description

A millennium has passed since Alis defeated the ultimate evil in the first Phantasy Star. The planet Motavia of the Algol solar system is no longer the antlion-plagued desert: humans have constructed a sentient computer called "Mother Brian", which could regulate the climate of the planet, turning it into a thriving utopia. One night, a young Motavian government agent named Rolf awakens in his bed after having a nightmare. He sees a young girl fighting a demon, but he is unable to help her. Shortly afterwards, he learns that dangerous bio-monsters have broken free from the laboratories, and is sent there to retrieve a recorder that might contain valuable information about the terrible incident...

Like its predecessor, the game is a party-based Japanese RPG with randomly appearing enemies and turn-based combat. Eight characters can join the quest and can be swapped at will to participate in a combat party of four. Characters can equip a wide variety of weapons, including firearms; dual wielding is also possible. Various techniques which require "TP" (technique points, equivalent to magic points in comparable games) are learned by different characters at specific levels. Unlike the first game, Phantasy Star II utilizes the same top-down view for both navigation and dungeon exploration; the now-2D dungeons are notable for their complexity.

Screenshots

Phantasy Star II Genesis Intro
Phantasy Star II Genesis A young man haunted by nightmares...
Phantasy Star II Genesis Nei vs giant Bee
Phantasy Star II Genesis On the world map

Alternate Titles

  • "梦幻之星2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "PSII" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Phantasy Star II: Kaerazaru Toki no Owari ni" -- Japanese title
  • "Phantasy Star 2" -- Informal title
  • "ファンタシースターII ~帰らざる時の終わりに~" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Schizophrenic experience Oleg Roschin (164803) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
The Phantasy goes on…. MasterMegid (900) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

HonestGamers Oct 29, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Player One Mar, 1991 95 out of 100 95
Génération 4 Feb, 1991 93 out of 100 93
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Sep, 1990 11 out of 12 92
Power Play Jul, 1990 85 out of 100 85
The Review Busters 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Video Games Jan, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Sega-16.com Jun 30, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Jun, 2008 7.25 out of 10 72
GameCola.net Mar, 2004 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

Phantasy Star II has a subtitle in Japan. In other versions of the game it was dropped. Roughly Translated it reads: "At The End Of Restoration". It has also been translated, as "At the End of the Time Which Can Never Be Returned".

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Oleg Roschin (164803) added Phantasy Star II (Genesis) on Nov 13, 2002
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