Should Phantasy Star Collection be re-released in America?

There is no doubt that the Phantasy Star series is one of the most legendary RPG’s in the gaming world.  But it seems like nowadays more people think about the MMORPG titles Sega has released in relation to the Phantasy Star series.  When Phantasy Star Collection was re-released for the Game Boy Advance in the early 00’s it was quite rare in America considering the the fact the Sega Saturn and PS2 ports were exclusive in Japan.  

Aside from Phantasy Star Online for the Sega Dreamcast it seems like the older games in the series were not quite as popular as they once were.  Besides there are probably more people who prefer to see Phantasy Star Online 2 released in America before seeing another re-release for Phantasy Star Collection.

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.

Classic Gaming- Phantasy Star: (1987)


Phantasy Star is another classic game developed by Sega which was released during the later part of 1987.  This title was considered to be a groundbreaking RPG game that included both gameplay and features that would many people would consider superior in comparison to the Nintendo Entertainment System.  Many people would argue that the gameplay for Phantasy Star was ahead of its time for a game produced in the late 80’s.  While competing with rival RPG games such as Final Fantasy this title had included crisp graphics along with 3D like sequences when passing through tunnels.  Another cool feature included the first person view utilized when a player enters battle which deviates from the traditional format of combat used in many other RPG games.


Phantasy Star focuses the main protagonist Alis Landale quest to stop King Lassie along with her friends Myau, Odin and Noah within a setting called Algol.  In this game King Lassie had become corrupted by the Dark Force that led him to discover a new religion.  Finding a new religion has led to King Lassie to create political oppression within his jurisdiction while allowing monsters to roam freely throughout his kingdom.  Throughout the King’s corrupted reign he is assisted by villainess named Medusa who helps Lassie achieve his agenda.  Even though, some people might have felt that the plot for the game was generic and lacked complexity many would probably agree that the storytelling was very good and grabbed the attention of players.  The soundtrack for this game composed by Tokuhiko Uwabo was also very exciting and kept players glued to the game along with the colorful spites and fast paced action during battle scenes.


Phantasy Star  had easily become one of Sega’s best games following it release and received highly positive reviews from critics and fans alike.  Publications such as  RP Gamer had given Phantasy Star a five star rating while AllGame scored it a perfect ten.  Phantasy Star was so popular that it made the “Greatest Games of All Time” list for publications such as 1up, Game Informer, and Electronic Gaming Monthly which awarded the title for “Best Graphics” in 1988.  Overall, Phantasy Star was one of the best RPG games released for the Sega console and while this game had  eventually received a remake in 2003 many people are very nostalgic about the feeling of excitement they had when they played for the first time in the late 80’s.