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Phantasy Star

User Reviews

The Greatest 8-Bit RPG Ever Created. SEGA Master System Guy Chapman (1744)
Unique & convincing game world with some "1st in the series" shortcomings. SEGA Master System jlebel (2125)
A good old-school RPG. SEGA Master System GrahfZilla (14)
The Game the started it all. SEGA Master System MasterMegid (897)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Genesis 4 3.9
SEGA Master System 54 3.9
Wii 2 4.1
Combined MobyScore 60 3.9


The Press Says

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100
SEGA Master SystemRPGamer
All in all, Phantasy Star is mind blowing for its time. It is by far the most robust and impressive RPG ever to grace the Master System and rivals most 16-bit games in complexity. If you have the means, and you don't mind the grainy look and the character building, it is definitely a game worth playing.
95
SEGA Master SystemGame Freaks 365
A number of gamers out there aren't really fans of RPGs, but Phantasy Star is a game that can even bring the staunchest anti-RPG gamer to try it out. It's intuitive, deep, beautiful, it just has everything you'd expect out of a good game RPG or otherwise. It's often considered to be the greatest game for the system, and though some people may argue against it, there's just too much going for it in its favor to deny it. The graphics are incredible, the sound has been bludgeoned until there is nothing better to be done with it, the gameplay is intense and deep, it's creative as all hell, and it will keep you coming back for ages. It's just a great game, plain and simple, and easily the best title the Master System ever had to offer. Every gamer out there needs to say they've at least played this game.
92
SEGA Master System1UP!
Phantasy Star n'a pas volé son nom. Avec ses vastes paysages, ses donjons en 3-D, ses superbes monstres Technicolor, sa mise en scène immersive, sa bande son japonaise enrichie et ses idées ingénieuses qui parsèment un scénario imprévisible, c'est un jeu quelque peu cinématographique qui anticipe le futur des jeux vidéo deux, trois générations plus loin. C'est peut-être là où se situait la vraie science-fiction, dans sa qualité de précurseur.
91
SEGA Master SystemShin Force
If you want to play the definitive traditional RPG, then look no further than Phantasy Star. It may be long and tedious by today's standards, but it was state-of-the-art in 1988. It has great graphics, pseudo-3D dungeons, a decent storyline, and endless turn-based battles on three worlds. Phantasy Star is at the cornerstone of my Sega Fan's foundation.
90
SEGA Master SystemJeuxvideo.com
Phantasy Star est ce qu’il se faisait de mieux à l’époque. Proposant une aventure de longue haleine, des environnements diversifiés ainsi que de nombreuses originalités, tant scénaristiques qu’au niveau du gameplay, le jeu reste une référence du genre. A réserver néanmoins aux joueurs les plus chevronnés, les affres du temps n’étant pas des plus clémentes avec ce type de jeu.
90
SEGA Master SystemRetrogaming History
Phantasy star rappresenta uno dei primi rappresentanti di un genere a tutt'oggi molto in voga, quello del jrpg. Nonostante la grafica elementare, il risultato è quanto di più profondo ci si possa attendere da un avventura virtuale, la quale si va a collocare a pieno titolo negli annali della storia del videoludo. Un gioco a cui non si può prescindere
90
WiiJeuxvideo.com
Phantasy Star est ce qu’il se faisait de mieux à l’époque. Proposant une aventure de longue haleine, des environnements diversifiés ainsi que de nombreuses originalités, tant scénaristiques qu’au niveau du gameplay, le jeu reste une référence du genre. A réserver néanmoins aux joueurs les plus chevronnés, les affres du temps n’étant pas des plus clémentes avec ce type de jeu.
90
SEGA Master SystemSEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA)
Phantasy Star est bel bien le digne fondateur de la série. Réalisation époustouflante, donjons en 3D, durée de vie colossale, liberté totale de progression : en plus d'être un RPG révolutionnaire pour son époque, il est un excellent Phantasy Star qui a contribué à lancer l'intrigue générale de fort belle manière en introduisant les éléments majeurs de la saga culte. Cependant, il faudra attendre Phantasy Star II pour que l'univers s'épanouisse totalement et atteigne son apogée, autant artistiquement que scénaristiquement. Il n'en demeure pas moins que Phantasy Star reste LE jeu à posséder sur Master System.
90
SEGA Master SystemRetrogaming.it
Insomma Phantasy star è etichettabile a tutti gli effetti come un capolavoro, dato che, nonostante risalga a più di vent'anni fa, non ha nulla da invidiare ai giochi di ruolo più blasonati del momento.
90
SEGA Master SystemVideoGame
Embora já bastante conhecido no exterior, Phantasy Star é o novo lançamento da Tec Toy para o Master System, e com uma supernovidade: todas as legendas estão em português. Apenas isto já bastaria para tornar este lançamento sensacional. Mas não é só isso. Para quem não sabe, Phantasy Star é um RPG – role playing game – (veja reportagem nesta edição), e é o primeiro lançamento do gênero no Brasil. E é exatamente por isso que foi traduzido: como é indispensável a leitura da história – que acontece a todo o momento no jogo – o jogador deve tomar decisões a partir dos fatos que ocorrem e das opções que são aprensetadas. Portanto, nesse caso, não é necessário conhecimento da língua inglesa, antes indispensável para que um gamemaníaco pudesse jogar qualquer RPG. Da Tec Toy vem a promessa: este cartucho é apenas o início de um trabalho de adaptação e tradução de outros RPG, e inclusive de programação de jogos totalmente nacionais. Com textos em português e heróis brasileiros.
87
SEGA Master SystemneXGam
Phantasy Star ist ein tolles Rollenspiel, das selbst heute noch viel Spaß macht. Die interessante Geschichte, eine super Präsentation und die Vielfalt an zu findenden Gegenständen sorgen für eine hohe Langzeitmotivation und führen dazu, dass man immer wieder gerne in das Algol-System zurückkehrt. Wer klassische Rollenspiele mag, wird auch Phantasy Star mögen!
85
SEGA Master SystemIGN
The core of Phantasy Star is a pretty standard 8-bit RPG, and it's understandable that many players wouldn't want to spend five bucks on an experience that will have them grinding levels, buying health potions and running into random battles after every few steps on the overworld map -- longtime fans of the genre will have done all that many, many times before. But Phantasy Star is nonetheless fully worth its asking price of 500 Wii Points for the fact that, without this game, many players wouldn't be fans of the genre. It was such a definitive release and so pivotal for an entire generation in the late '80s that it can't be denied its classic status, and must be recommended to experience again here on Wii.
85
SEGA Master SystemDefunct Games
Overall this game is a must have for all Master System fanboys and girls. Its innovative concepts are a true foundation to the standard role-playing game setting of today's overblown epics. In any case of the matter, I would love to pop in this game re-experience the joys of 8-bit glory heaven. Nuts included!
84
SEGA Master SystemMegablast
Überhaupt entpuppt sich das Programm als ausgewachsenes Rollenspiel mit exzellenter Spielbarkeit, woran die durchdachte Joypad-Steuerung gewiß nicht ganz schuldlos ist: Ein derart komplexes Epos erfolgreich auf das Richtungskreuz und zwei Buttons zu komprimieren, kann schon als reife Leistung betrachtet werden! Etwas überreif zeigt sich dagegen der fade Sound, was hier so aus dem Speaker säuselt, ist kaum noch zeitgemäß. Für den Rest vom Fest gilt wie gesagt das genaue Gegenteil — dieses Modul ist auch gut 48 Monate nach seiner Premiere noch jede einzelne Mark wert, die es kostet!
84
SEGA Master SystemPower Play
In dem Science-Fiction-Rollenspiel Phantasy Star erwarten Euch vier Spielfiguren, heiße Schlachten mit Monstern und viele Rätsel, die gelöst werden müssen.
83
SEGA Master SystemPower Play
Gestandenen Rollenspiel-Freaks, die sich auf Computern bereits an harte Nüsse wie“Ultima V“ gewagt haben, wird Phantasy Star ein wenig zu einfach sein. Doch alle Sega- Besitzer, die mit dem Begriff °Rotlenspiel“ bislang nicht viel anfangen konnten, werden von Phantasy Star angenehm überrascht sein (vorausgesetzt, man kann sich den stolzen Preis leisten - 130 Mark hauen ganz schön rein).
80
SEGA Master SystemLegendra
Que vous dire de plus que si vous désirez faire la seule véritable série de RPG, essayez de jouer à Phantasy Star, ne serait-ce que pour découvrir les bases du monde dans lequel se déroule la série.
80
SEGA Master SystemRetroguiden
Så, utrustad med ett stort tålamod kan du få ut nästan lika mycket ur Phantasy Star som av dagens japanska rollspel. Låt vara att handlingen är lite tunn och att det saknas karaktärsutveckling, men sett till rent utforskande håller PS, förvånande nog, fortfarande klassen.
80
WiiNintendo Life
Phantasy Star is not perfect, but its flaws are all very minor, making this game easily one the best of the 8-bit console roleplaying games. The title is well-made, well-presented, enthralling and innovative, and while the leap in power with the 16-bit generation meant that the top RPGs of that era, including a couple of Phantasy Star's own sequels, are better products on the whole, that is no reason to overlook this early gem from a time before Square dominated the genre. For RPG fans, this is an essential Virtual Console purchase.
75
SEGA Master SystemComputer and Video Games (CVG)
On the whole, Phantasy Star offers pretty much everything a role-playing enthusiast could ask from a Sega. It has puzzles, battles, lots of interaction and a fair bit of depth. My only reservation about recommending it is its monumental price tag – forty quid seems a lot to pay even if you do get a big game and a battery-backed memory system. Real RPG fans should definitely check Phantasy Star out, but anyone with just a passing interest in this type of game might not feel they're getting their money's worth.
65
SEGA Master SystemRealm of Gaming
Phantasy Star is almost mediocre by today's standards. I say "almost," because the game finds true redemption in one of the genre's sadly lost concepts: it eschews a "deep," silly narrative and leaves you to your devices. Ultimately, you are the one who decides where to go and what to do next. Neither are you beaten over the head by the suggestions of NPCs (who mostly leave vague hints regarding certain locations and items), nor are you forced into motion by dialog-heavy cutscenes. Phantasy Star is a great rustic experience for people who aren't big on modern RPGs. Those of us who enjoy dipping into both retro and contemporary pools, though, might find that the campaign isn't what it used to be.