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Phantasy Star IV (Genesis)

85
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.0
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Good flow, slightly mediocre content Kit Simmons (246) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
Proving that Final Fantasy Is Not The King RPGS MasterMegid (897) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Best in the series! Instant classic! George Henry (3) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall MobyScore (78 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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95
RPG Kingdom
PSIV est une bombe ! Ni plus, ni moins. Ceux qui auront joué aux précédents épisodes se régaleront en retrouvant de vieilles connaissances, en découvrant la véritable nature de Dark Force et l'histoire d'Algol et de sa civilisation ; les néophytes eux auront envie de jouer aux précédents épisodes pour vivre l'aventure dans son entier. PSIV est tout à fait correct techniquement, mais c'est une épopée unique sur le plan narratif : beaucoup de rêve, parfois quelques souffrances, mais que du bonheur. Avec en prime une bonne dose de difficulté, et une bonne durée de vie pour un RPG de cette époque... Une réussite rare.
93
GameFan Magazine
This game is the Genesis' Final Fantasy III, gorgeous graphics, amazing music a fantabulous involved storyline and many original features like vehicle battles and bounty hunting sub-quests make this a game I'll play through to the end. Truly brilliant!
90
Legendra
PSIV est une bombe ! Ni plus, ni moins. Ceux qui auront joué aux précédents épisodes se régaleront en retrouvant de vieilles connaissances, en découvrant la véritable nature de Dark Force et l’histoire d’Algol et de sa civilisation ; les néophytes eux auront envie de jouer aux précédents épisodes pour vivre l’aventure dans son entier. PSIV est tout à fait correct techniquement, mais c’est une épopée unique sur le plan narratif : beaucoup de rêve, parfois quelques souffrances, mais que du bonheur. Avec en prime une bonne difficulté, et une bonne durée de vie pour un RPG. Une réussite rare.
90
IGN
As with most well-regarded and highly praised classic RPGs from the past, it's difficult to sum up in a single article the full appeal of a game like Phantasy Star IV. This title is still so beloved to this day, though, that dedicated fans still replay it again and again, Genesis loyalists from yesteryear still swear by it, and it's continued to be recognized in modern lists of the greatest video games ever made. IGN's most recent all-time best list saw it clocking in at #61 overall.
90
Sega-16.com
It's a wonder what $10 can buy you these days. Whilst shopping for Playstation stuff at the mall recently, I perused the used Genesis rack as I am often prone to doing (primarily to find a copy of M.U.S.H.A., but also keeping my eyes open for anything else good.) Lo and behold, I come across Phantasy Star IV. Though I was a Sega Master System fan back in its day, I had never played the original Phantasy Star, and a screwed up save game caused me to give up on Phantasy Star II years ago. I picked up Phantasy Star IV , given that the game usually goes for high prices online, but finishing it, I realized what a truly great game it was. Since then I've played the other games in the PS series, but found Phantasy Star IV to be on the top.
90
RPGFan
Flash several years back to 1994, I was an avid RPGer, but unlike the majority of the audience that visits this site, I was not a console gamer. For several years I had been exploring the worlds that Richard Garriot's Ultima series, and TSR's Advanced Dungeons & Dragons games had to offer. I had seen glimpses of Dragon Warrior when I was younger, and even the NES versions of a few Ultima games, but they seemed lacking to me since they excelled in graphics even though some gameplay elements were weaker and the music didn't excite me. I owned a Sega Genesis since Christmas of '93 and had been exposed to Mortal Kombat and other big-name Genesis titles. Yet it wasn't until I caught a glimpse of Phantasy Star IV mentioned in an issue of EGM, that I became interested in console RPGs.
84
SegaFan.com
En conclusión. Phantasy Star IV es un soberbio Rpg que nada tiene que envidiar a los grandes del género: su historia engancha, sus personajes gustan, es largo, tiene varias aventuras paralelas que se pueden vivir si de vez en cuando se hace una visita al Hunter´s Guild y no es precisamente sencillo de acabar. ¿A que esperas? Enfúndate el uniforme de Hunter sin dudarlo, no te arrepentirás. Sólo un último pequeño detalle: está en inglés.
83
Mega Fun
Der vierte Teil von Segas RPG-Saga weiß rundum zu gefallen Die gute Grafik, ein solider Sound und eine äußerst komplexe Story, die, wie immer bei Phantasy Star, erst mit fortgeschrittenem Spielverlauf klarer wird, dafür aber dann absolut fesselnd ist, werden RPG-Freaks wochenlang in ihren Bann ziehen, Auch an einige Erweiterungen. wie bspw die Idee, zwei Zaubersprüche zu einem Megaspruch zu kombinieren, wurde gedacht. Trotzdem kommt das 24 MBit-Modul nicht an Final Fantasy III heran, denn man wird einfach nicht den Eindruck los, daß dem Modul etwas der letzte Feinschliff fehlt. So sind z.B. die Unterhaltungen in Städten oft sinnlos, da deren Einwohner mehr Gelaber als nützliche Infos vom Stapel lassen; alles in allem sicher das beste reinrassige RPG von Sega, doch Final Fantasy III bleibt die Meßlatte.
80
GamePro (US)
In the end, End of the Millennium is amazingly rich in detail that will keep your TV screen bright as you explore everything and everywhere long after the rest of the house slumbers.
80
Coming Soon Magazine
The last time I sat down in front of my PC or game machine and played a RPG (role playing game), I was playing Ultima IV on my Atari 800XL. That was almost ten years ago. Needless to say, I'm somewhat a novice when it comes to game like Phantasy Star IV from Sega, billed as the grande finale of the Phantasy Star series.
79
Netjak
The graphics and sounds in Phantasy Star IV are purely workmanlike. There’s nothing that stands out about any of it. The character, scenery, and dungeon designs are functional, but they’re there just to help you play your way through to the conclusion. The sounds are generic, and the music is forgettable. Phantasy Star IV may have once been one of the conquering kings of role-playing, and it’s still a great game with a handful of ideas that are fun to play with. But playing Phantasy Star IV now will just make you run out and buy the more recent Phantasy Star for the Playstation 2
78
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
I must admit, from first glance this game just didn't look too great. It took quite some playing for the story to progress, but once it did, you get involved. There is a good selection of magic, weapons and other assorted RPG items to keep you happy. The only drawbacks were the lack of graphic detail and the fact that the music can get annoying. However, it's still a top RPG with enough gameplay to get you wrapped up in it.
70
Game Players
Still, fans of the series are gonna find that the adventure is well worth the wait, if only to play the same game they fell in love with four titles ago. And with the poor selection of decent Genesis RPGs these days, whos' going to argue?