RPG Hacks Showcase: Phantasy Star Generation: 4 – A Relocalization Hack (Sega Genesis)

Hack Showcases and RPG hack Showcases are a series where I show off various game and rpg hacks. I try to stick with hacks that improve gameplay or add quality of life features, completely or partially change the plot and characters, along with dialogue, graphical and sound improvements. I try to stick with games that have enough changes in the beginning to show off, and when I can, try to show parts later in titles. Some of these i may stream or play on my own.

This hack is by romhacking.net user GhaleonUnlimited. The goal of this hack was to bring the names, spells, etc closer to their Japanese counterparts, and what would have been used in a long canceled SEGA AGES release. There’s 2 different version sof this retranslation (as per romhacking.net):

  • Expands upon NPCs’ dialog.
  • Added comments from main character on the world of PSIV
  • A few modified/added lines of story dialog

If you’re a fan of Working Designs-style RPG writing (specifically Lunar and Lunar: EB on SEGA CD), you might best enjoy this. Or, if you’ve played PSIV before and would like an expanded look at the universe, try this.

2. Generation 4 – “Purist”

  • Removed most editorialization added to NPCs from WD script
  • Removed a few added dialog exchanges
  • Removed some dialog that fits the characters but isn’t in the Japanese script.

If you prefer a more straight-laced localization, this version removes most of the added color, leaving the naturalized English dialog, fixed PS references, more accurate story translation, and added PS background and story. This is closest to the literal, original Japanese script. The screenshots below are from the “Working Designs” patch, as is the review below. I did play “Purist” for awhile on my own to get a full view of the work done on this.

This writing was done using version 5.0 of this hack, released 6/6/2020.

SO HOW IS IT? Wow is this good! Right from the start when you begin a new game you can see the changes with Chaz renamed to Rudy. The bickering between Rudy and Rune is more intense, which i actually enjoyed. NPCs and other dialog has a more creative flavor and color to it, which I like. I did enjoy Working Designs work, so this hack feels great to me. The retranslated lore of previous PS games makes a little more sense now too. Nothing really new when it comes to battle scenes and navigating your menus or building macros. Some of the comments are out of place, like regarding coffee or tapping a keg, but to me, I could come up with an in-universe explanation and I never minded stuff like that in other rpgs and WD’s works. Oh and you may need Google translate for a certain NPC with a Pittsburgh dialect. 😉

If you want a more re-translated vanilla version of PS4, go for the Purist edition. Everything is more straight-laced. The added PS lore is still there, but the dialogue and NPCs are less colorful. In general, this patch is great and really adds to PS4, either with the Working Designs or the Purist patches. I can’t wait to see what this team does with the other Phantasy Star games next!

The video is a playthrough of a few parts of this PS4 hack, from the beginning to Tomoe, and later crashing on Dezolis and meeting Raja:

I GIVE THIS 4.5 OUT OF 5 STAR-DEWS!!
Get it here: https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/4171/
Website: https://gamesdonelegit.com/phantasy-star-iv-generation-4-psiv-romhack-relocalization/

 

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