The Phantasy Star series has been around since the 80’s and since then we have seen so many cool titles featured on consoles such as the Mega Drive, Sega Genesis and Sega Dreamcast. When the Phantasy Star series first began it started off in the 16 bit RPG genre. When the original Phantasy Star game was first released in the winter of 1987 many people were impressed by various aspects of the game in terms of gameplay mechanics and visual presentation. Phantasy Star was so popular during the late 80’s and early 90’s to a point where it was considered to be Sega’s version of Final Fantasy which was often featured on Nintendo consoles. When it came down to the RPG genre of gaming the Phantasy Star series was faced with a significant amount of competition with popular titles on the SNES such as: Breath of Fire, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI along with many games for that console.
The Phantasy Star series for the 16-bit Sega Genesis game console are considered to be RPG classics by many gamers. Despite, not being as popular as many other Sega titles such as the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe and others the Phantasy Star series from I to IV were still high quality 16 bit games that are tough to find in used game stores. In terms of price many would argue that Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium is the most valuable 16 bit game in the series. Some of the prices for Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium on eBay seem quite expensive for a Sega Genesis game which was developed over twenty years ago. Even though, the Phantasy Star series started out in the RPG genre Sega had eventually decided to try something new by developing an MMORPG title for the Sega Dreamcast for the year 2000.
When Phantasy Star Online was first released for the Sega Dreamcast it looked impressive because it was something new. In fact, some people might credit games like Phantasy Star Online for making the MMORPG genre popular on game consoles. Prior to the inceptions of Xbox Live and PlayStation Network we had the Sega Dreamarena where people could play games like Phantasy Star Online on Dreamcast. When it comes down to the MMORPG games Phantasy Star Online 1 & 2 are among the most recognizable titles of the genre. While many people have different opinions on which genre best suited the Phantasy Star series their opinions are most likely influenced by which era of gaming they grew up in.