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Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom (Genesis)

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Description

Long time ago, a great war between Orakio and Laya devastated the planet. A thousand years later, a young Orakian prince named Rhys decides to marry the beautiful Maya, his heart's chosen one. But during the marriage ceremony, a strange creature appears and kidnaps the bride. Were those the legendary Layans who kidnapped the princess? Whatever the answer might be, Rhys has to find it out on his own - he must rescue his beloved one.

The gameplay system of Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom is similar to that of its predecessor in the series: the player navigates a party of characters on a top-down overworld, visiting towns, exploring 2D dungeons, and fighting randomly appearing enemies in turn-based combat. The most noticeable change in this installment is applied to the setting. Unlike all other Phantasy Star games, it is initially set in a medieval fantasy environment devoid of the series' characteristic sci-fi elements. Gameplay-wise, this influences the usage of techniques, which are restricted to characters with a sci-fi civilization background who later join the party.

An unusual feature of the game is its generation system. The game's story spans three generations of characters, beginning with Rhys and ending with his grandchildren. Specific instances of the plot prompt the player to choose between two young women for Rhys to marry. Depending on this choice, the player will control different main characters during the second generation. Later, a similar choice is offered to both possible children of Rhys, splitting the subsequent story into four branches.

Screenshots

Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Genesis The war between Orakio and Laya...
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Genesis In a dungeon
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Genesis Maya swept over by ocean waves
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Genesis Title

Alternate Titles

  • "梦幻之星3" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "ファンタシースターⅢ 時の継承者" -- Japanese spelling
  • "PSIII" -- Common Abbreviation
  • "Phantasy Star III: Toki no Keishōsha" -- Japanese title
  • "Phantasy Star 3" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

Unanimity sucks, Phantasy Star III doesn't. chirinea (33486) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
An Unusual Phantasy MasterMegid (897) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Ação Games Oct, 1998 8 out of 10 80
Dragon Dec, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Oct, 1991 76 out of 100 76
Video Games Sep, 1991 75 out of 100 75
SuperGamePower Oct, 1998 3.5 out of 5 70
Sega-16.com Mar 06, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Legendra Mar 03, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
RPGamer Jun 13, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Retrogaming.it Apr 09, 2008 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

The Brazilian version of Phantasy Star III is known for its bad translation, with some weird portions of text. But even weirder is the bug that happens if you use the ESCAPIPE trick at the start of the game. The king will tell you something totally nonsense, and so will the guards (usually they would say nothing). It seems that what they speak are portions of text that would appear further in the game.

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אולג 小奥 (168605) added Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom (Genesis) on Nov 13, 2002
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