Phantasy Star was the first in the series of Phantasy Star rpgs which had a wonderful blend of sci-fi and fantasy involved in the plot and gameplay. Released in 1987 for the Sega Master System in Japan, and in 1988 in the West, the Phantasy Star games were known for their mix of fantasy and sci-fi, along with magic and high end sci-fi ideas. The journey takes you across three planets of the Algol System on a quest of revenge for Alis Landale, one the few female protagonists at the time. One the concerts introduced in this series was evil being a sentient being, called Dark Force. You could of course save your game to return to it later via battery. Your party in this game consists of Alis, a talking cat named Myau, a warrior named Odin, and a wizard named Lutz. One big difference between this and Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior/Quest was the fact that the dungeons and towers consisted of 3d first person mazes, meaning you didn’t have the top-down view from outside, meaning you needed to map your way to find your way to finding treasures and traps. PS was later ported to other systems in the US and Japan, and later the Sega Ages collections for Playstation 2 in Japan, which improved the graphics and sound, quality of life features, and a mapping feature. As of this review, version 2.00 of this hack was released on May 25 2020.
Aside from this, I don’t have much experience with Phantasy Star. I fell in love with the series starting with 4, and dabbled around with 2 and 3 over the years. Currently is/was playing PS1 on the GBA Phantasy Star Collection port, currently (as of this writing) at the tower which I think(?) will lead me to the Air Castle for the endgame with Lassic.
How is it? So this hack improves a lot of quality of life features. A menu on the title screen lets you speed up the walking speed, change the music, Alis’ hair color and multiple the experience and mestea (money) you obtain from enemies from 2 to 4x. These improvements definitely save time grinding for money and xp, and makes going from point a to b faster and more streamlined. Grinding can be rough in this, especially at the start like most rpgs. The translation is a lot cleaner and makes more sense too, with names changed like Odin to Tylon and Noah to Lutz. The music is incredible and being able to listen to all of it on the title screen is great. Take a listen to the difference!
I GIVE THIS 4.5 OUT OF 5 MYAU TREATS!!
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You can watch my gameplay of this up to un-stoning Tylon here:
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