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Makes me glad I stayed away from RPGs until the mid-'90s Andrew Fisher (699) 2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars
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Critic Reviews

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Legendra (Nov 03, 2004)
Mal desservi par une conversion GBA " express " bâclée (on espère que le volet 3D ages lui fera enfin honneur), des volets Online de très bonne facture mais sans trop de rapport avec les sources de la saga, Phantasy Star 2 reste, hélas, encore aujourd'hui trop méconnu. Accessoirement, le trip " revival " des RPG old school est en général uniquement porté sur les titres Super Nintendo de la période 1993-1997. Pourtant, même 15 ans après sa sortie, Phantasy Star 2 reste une merveille, un titre d'exception en avance sur son temps, et (je le dis sans retenue) un des meilleurs jeux jamais conçus et ce toutes consoles confondues. Certaines faiblesses inhérentes à son grand âge, qui rebuteront certains joueurs, sont pourtant largement compensées par une ambiance unique. Alors n'hésitez pas à vous plonger dans ce qui constitue un des plus grands joyaux du genre et assurément une des plus grandes réussites made in SEGA.
Dragon (Aug, 1990)
This game is definitely a winner. The included 110-page hint book allows players to help themselves if the adventuring gets too difficult. Phantasy Star II is for those who love role-playing games, and it should be added to their library of Genesis games.
I won't lie. The odds are you've either already beaten Phantasy Star II or you never will. If you come to this game afresh, it will gleefully kick your arse and gloat over your broken corpse.
Joystick (French) (Nov, 1990)
Très rébarbatif au départ, à cause de sa complexité, Phantasy Star II est cependant un jeu d'exception, qui passionnera pendant de longues semaines.
Player One (Mar, 1991)
Aventure-rôle playing de six méga-octets, Phantasy Star II constitue un défi de taille. Peut-être la plus grande aventure que l'on puisse vivre en ce moment sur sa Megadrive.
Mit seiner spannenden Geschichte, den vielen Rätseln, Gegenständen und Begegnungen sorgt PHANTASY STAR II für monatelangen Spielspaß und ist für Fans dieses Genres Anlaß, ernsthaft über die Anschaffung eines Mega Drive nachzudenken. Selbst Nicht-Rollenspieler Thorsten bekam glänzende Augen und schlich auffällig oft um das Testgerät herum.
Génération 4 (Feb, 1991)
Ce jeu est gigantesque, peut-être moins attachant que Sword of Vermillon, mais qui vous fait quand même passer de longs moments et vous obligera à vous coucher tard plusieurs nuits de suite.
Raze (Apr, 1991)
A challenging quest packed with gameplay.
With its high difficulty curve average gamers may decide to let Phantasy Star II stay where it’s at. Not playing this game is a crime so just suck it up and play the game. Phantasy Star II can take up to fifty hours to complete, thirty if you are good at RPGs. Some RPG games out there today don’t take that long. If you can get a hold of this game for the Sega Genesis then do so. However, if you can’t and you own a Wii then buy it on the Virtual Console.
Power Play (Jul, 1990)
Die Atmosphäre von Phantasy Star 2 ist dicht, die Benutzerführung erfrischend logisch, die Grafik stilvoll, die Monster gefährlich, meine Party inzwischen mächtig gut drauf und ein Ende des Spiels noch lange nicht abzusehen - kurzum: ich bin von Phantasy Star 2 rundum total begeistert. Lange hat mich kein Computer- oder Videospiel so intensiv beschäftigt und fasziniert wie dieses Prachtstück. Wer den ersten Teil gerne spielte, wird den Nachfolger heiß und innig lieben.
Video Games (Jan, 1991)
Wohl kaum jemand kann sich der Faszination von Phantasy Star II entziehen. Eine famose Science-Fiction-Geschichte, gute Grafik und ausgefuchste Rätsel lassen einen nicht eher vom Bildschirm weg, bis das Spiel gelöst ist. Dank der vorbildlichen (wenn auch englischen) Lösungshilfe und des sich langsam steigernden Schwierigkeitsgrades kommen auch Einsteiger voll auf ihre Kosten. Auch die einfache und übersichtliche Benutzerführung und die zahlreichen Gegenstände lassen kaum Wünsche offen.
SuperGamePower (Apr, 1996)
Os gráficos e os sons já ficaram meio ultrapassados, mas ainda assim a história continua valendo e valendo muito! Em outras palavras: caso você ainda não tenha jogado Phantasy Star 2, não perca tempo. Afinal, nem o seu inglês capenga vai servir de desculpa dessa vez!
RPGs aren't my thing, but this one has a monstrous quest anyone can get involved with and lost in. Plan to spend many days solving this 6-meg brainbuster!
80 (Jun 30, 2005)
The early days of the Genesis' existence were marked by the slow but steady stream of software from Sega and its handful of third party licensees. The system launched without an RPG, but Sega came through a few months later with what was, at the time, the largest such game ever to grace a console. Phantasy Star II clocked in at a massive six megs, and was so huge and deep that it came bundled with its own strategy guide. How's that for intimidating? Yes, the single best game from the original 8-bit Master System got the sequel it deserved and then some. Even today, it's renowned (or hated, depending on your preference) for a massive quest and unrelenting difficulty.
However, for those with more than a passing interest in console history, this title and the other early incarnations of the series are a frequently overlooked early step towards the sprawling open world epics of today.
40 (Mar, 2004)
There's no reason to play this game, not even once. Play Phantasy Star III (which is okay, if I recall) or Phantasy Star IV (which rules). Anything except this piece of crap.
For those with the willpower not to be tempted by the Dark Force of Marketing, Phantasy Star II is a challenging and enjoyable intermediate level game with superb combat and animated graphics.

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