DescriptionA 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.
- "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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|Makes me glad I stayed away from RPGs until the mid-'90s||Genesis||Andrew Fisher (597)|
|The Phantasy goes on….||Genesis||MasterMegid (902)|
|Player One||Genesis||Mar, 1991||95 out of 100||95|
|Génération 4||Genesis||Feb, 1991||93 out of 100||93|
|Raze||Genesis||Apr, 1991||90 out of 100||90|
|Power Play||Genesis||Jul, 1990||85 out of 100||85|
|SuperGamePower||Genesis||Apr, 1996||4 out of 5||80|
|Sega-16.com||Genesis||Jun 30, 2005||8 out of 10||80|
|Game Informer Magazine||Genesis||Jun, 2008||7.25 out of 10||72|
|IGN||Xbox 360||Jun 26, 2009||7 out of 10||70|
|Eurogamer.net (UK)||Xbox 360||Jun 17, 2009||7 out of 10||70|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||Genesis||Nov, 1990||Unscored||Unscored|
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Japanese title translationPhantasy 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".
ReferencesThe 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.
- Electronic Gaming Monthly
- December 1989 (Issue 5) - Best Sequel (Forecasting the 1990 Award Winners) (tied with Super Mario Bros. 3 and Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse)
- December 1989 (Issue 5) - Best RPG (Forecasting the 1990 Award Winners) (tied with Heroes of the Lance)
- October 1990 (Issue 15) - Most Challenging Video Game of the Year