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Phantasy Star games, created by Sega, include the original Japanese-style role-playing series (which encompassed four games), its various spin-offs (such as the Phantasy Star Text Adventures series), and online RPGs, which originated with Phantasy Star Online (2000) and have been dominating the series ever since. The initial games were designed by Rieko Kodama and Yuji Naka.

All Phantasy Star games take place in the same fictional universe, which is somewhat similar to that of Star Wars, incorporating space travel, alien races, elements of medieval fantasy, and the overarching "good vs. evil" plot that involves the ultimate antagonist, the Dark Force. The original tetralogy is set on the Algol Solar System, which consists of four planets: the technologically advanced Palma, the originally desert-covered Motavia, the icy Dezolis, and the mysterious Rykros, which is visible only once every thousand years. The four games also feature common chronology and recurrent characters. The online games took the action to other solar systems within the same universe.

The first Phantasy Star (1987) is widely regarded as one of the progenitors of Japanese-style role-playing games, influencing the subsequent development of the genre with its distinct anime style, stylistic variety in the setting, and emphasis on character-driven narrative. Notable gameplay elements of Phantasy Star included two navigation perspectives (top-down for towns and world map, first-person for dungeons, similarly to Ultima), integration of both medieval (swords) and futuristic (laser guns) weapons, and usage of TP (technique points) for "techniques" which replaced magic spells.

Phantasy Star II (1989) contained most of the original's gameplay elements, while replacing first-person dungeons with top-down ones; their maze-like nature, however, was preserved, and even increased. Phantasy Star III (1990) differs from other installments due to its predominantly medieval fantasy setting. Phantasy Star IV (1993) concluded the tetralogy; after its release, the series has entered seven-year hiatus, ending with the release of Phantasy Star Online, which took the series into a new direction.

Related Links

  • History of: The Phantasy Star Series - A feature article on the fansite Sega-16, which provides a history of the series and the company that developed it, as well as information about the individual games themselves, including a release chronology (Aug. 14th, 2004).

  • Fringes of Algo - A fan community that provides information about the Phantasy Star series.

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Title Released Platforms Genres Moby Score
box cover thumbnail Idola: Phantasy Star Saga 2018 Android, iPhone (+1 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star 1987 SEGA Master System, Genesis (+2 more) Role-playing (RPG)
8.1
box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star Adventure 1992 Game Gear Adventure
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star Collection 1998 SEGA Saturn, Game Boy Advance Role-playing (RPG), Compilation
7.6
box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star Gaiden 1992 Game Gear Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star II 1989 Windows, Linux (+7 more) Role-playing (RPG)
7.7
box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Amia no Bōken 1990 Genesis Adventure
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Anne no Bōken 1991 Genesis Adventure
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Eusis no Bōken 1991 Genesis Adventure
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Huey no Bōken 1991 Genesis Adventure
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Kinds no Bōken 1990 Genesis Adventure
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Nei no Bōken 1991 Genesis Adventure
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Rudger no Bōken 1991 Genesis Adventure
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star II Text Adventure: Shilka no Bōken 1990 Genesis Adventure
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom 1990 Genesis, Windows (+3 more) Role-playing (RPG)
7.2
box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star IV 1993 Genesis, Windows (+4 more) Role-playing (RPG)
7.9
box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star Nova 2014 PS Vita Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star Online 2000 Dreamcast Action, Role-playing (RPG)
8.4
box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star Online 2 2012 Windows, PS Vita (+4 more) Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis 2020 Windows, Windows Apps Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis -... 2021 Windows Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 2001 Dreamcast, Windows Role-playing (RPG)
8.2
box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst 2004 Windows Action, Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star Online: Episode I & II 2002 GameCube, Xbox Action, Role-playing (RPG)
7.9
box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star Online: Episode I & II Plus 2004 GameCube Action, Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star Online: Episode III -... 2003 GameCube Strategy / tactics, Role-playing (RPG)
7.5
box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star Portable 2008 PSP Role-playing (RPG)
6.9
box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star Portable 2 2009 PSP Role-playing (RPG)
7.1
Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity 2011 PSP Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star Universe 2006 PlayStation 2, Windows (+1 more) Role-playing (RPG)
6.6
box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus 2007 Windows, PlayStation 2 Role-playing (RPG)
6.2
Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus 2007 Xbox 360 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Phantasy Star Ø 2008 Nintendo DS Role-playing (RPG)
7.2
box cover thumbnail Sega Ages 2500: Vol.1 - Phantasy Star:... 2003 PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Sega Ages 2500: Vol.17 - Phantasy Star:... 2005 PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Sega Ages 2500: Vol.32 - Phantasy Star:... 2008 PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 Role-playing (RPG), Compilation
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