Which genre was better for Phantasy Star RPG or MMORPG?


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.

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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.

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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.

Retro Gaming-Phantasy Star II: (1989)


Phantasy Star II was an RPG game that was originally released in Japan by Sega in 1989.  This title was a direct sequel of the original Phantasy Star game but included slight changes such as new characters.  In Phantasy Star II the main antagonist known as “Dark Force” still plays a major role in the plot of the series but this time he is confronted by a new group of heroes.  The game centers around the main protagonist Rolf who is accompanied by seven allies including Nei, Rudolf Steiner, and Amy Sage.  In retrospect, this game was very good RPG game especially by 80’s standards but some people would argue that the game should have received higher ratings than it.  While a few publications had given the original Phantasy Star game higher scores there are many Sega fans who would argue that the second installment was just as good.


Similar to the first game Phantasy Star II had awesome sprites and great battle scenes.  One of the enhancements this game has made would actually include the battle scenes because the player can actually see the character they control rather than fighting at a first person view where he is not visible.    Also, the soundtrack of Phantasy Star II was also well composed with BGM such as: “Rise or Fall” which had a nice 80’s vibe to it.  The composer for this game Tokuhiko Uwabo had also did a fantastic job with soundtracks of this game just he did for the prequel.  The BGM for this game had captured the atmosphere of the background and action of everything that occurred which kept players on the edge of their seats.  Even though, Phantasy Star II was originally released for the Sega Mega Drive as many people know this game had been ported to various consoles from different generations including Sega Saturn, Game Boy Advance, Dreamcast, PS2, etc.


This game had also received a remake back in 2005 entitled “Phantasy Star Generation 2” that was released in Japan with more optimal graphics and gameplay.  If one is huge fan of Phantasy Star II it would be considered advisable that they search for it online because its great.  Overall, Phantasy Star II is considered to be one of the best RPG games made during the 16 bit era and will continue to live in the hearts of many people who enjoyed following its initial release.