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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 Brain", 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.


Phantasy Star II Genesis Teleport Station
Phantasy Star II Genesis Meeting Nei
Phantasy Star II Genesis Rudo shoots an enemy
Phantasy Star II Genesis A young man haunted by nightmares...

Promo Images

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Phantasy Star II Screenshot
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Phantasy Star II Screenshot


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 II Classic" -- iOS and Android release 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
  • "환타지 스타 2" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

Makes me glad I stayed away from RPGs until the mid-'90s Genesis Andrew Fisher (707)
The Phantasy goes on…. Genesis MasterMegid (902)

Critic Reviews

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Genesis Oct 29, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Player One Genesis Mar, 1991 95 out of 100 95
The Review Busters Genesis 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Retro Gamer Xbox 360 Oct 06, 2009 82 out of 100 82
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Apr, 1990 32 out of 40 80
SuperGamePower Genesis Apr, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Retro Archives Genesis Sep 18, 2021 15 out of 20 75
Game Informer Magazine Genesis Jun, 2008 7.25 out of 10 72
Nintendo Life Wii Feb 16, 2008 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Genesis Nov, 1990 Unscored Unscored


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Japanese title translation

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".


The technique, Megid, is short for Megido. In The Bible, Megido, is a city that is associated with the end of the world, therefore, Megid is a technique of ultimate destruction.


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