Memories Archive II
From: Herczeg (email@example.com):
I played ps1 for the first time by inadvertnly renting it at a video
store. i got hooked and i rented again and again till someone bought it
(bastard)*giggle*.I asked for ps2 for my 9th birthday and got ps3
instead(ps2 was popular). i played it and it took 6 monts to beat!after
that i got game gear and took time off from ps playing.I then got ps4
and played it till alys died (and got heart broken)then took a break.i
resumed after a few weeks and royally kiked zio's *ahem*never mind.Then
i beat the game.About a year after the death of the profound darkness(in
my game anyway)i lost ps4 but rebought it at funcoland (and beat it all
over again)then i got ps2 for christmas 1997 and i;m still trying to get
out of skure*sigh*.It was then when i discoverd your page!i met new
friends on the DB, newsgroup and ps chat at wbs.i loved your page and it
helped me to "high heaven"!!then i got the ps1 rom and beat it after 23
trys at lassic and 3 at darkfalz.Now i partilly own a ps music page and
i'm a loyal fan to yours and all ps pages .i love your page the best and
keep up the good work*winks right eye*-- Lord Livelycomet
From: Jon Fuller (AQLH90D@prodigy.com):
My first memories of Phantasy Star (the original) were from staring at
the back of one of those promotional posters Sega put in every Master
System Box with screenshots of all their games. I think it was a
screenshot of a sand worm, but that was more than enough to jumpstart my
imagination. My first RPG (my very first) was Miracle Warriors. I
loved it! The interaction, the combat, the character development had me
hooked. I played it for days (not even bothering to turn off the
system). After I beat MW, I was absolutely fanatic with respect to
Phantasy Star. I _had_ to get it. Beg, borrow, or steal. I used to
pace for hours in the middle of the night thinking about how I would
travel the lands, rendering monsters to quivering hunks of meat with my
sword while friends held their own at my side. And the adventure!
Space travel! Alien creatures! Dungeons!
I finally got hold of Phantasy Star several years after those sleepless
nights of pacing had faded to the barest of memories. I opened the game
up, dusted off my SMS (which was still very new), and watched, stunned,
as the story unfolded. In the weeks that followed, every afternoon
after I got home from school would be an afternoon of combat with no
quarter as I terrorized the monster population, bought up vast amounts
of burgers, and made and broke local economies in my armor and weapon
purchasing. I mapped the dungeons, found everyone, flew to other
worlds, and finally faced the ultimate evil in Baya Malay. And as I sat
there, watching the return of the world to peace, I could hardly believe
it was over. I felt so close to my characters. We had fought side by
side for many months. And it was almost too much to put the game back
in its case and shelve it and the SMS. Sometimes I take it out, play
that final battle over, chow down on a few burgers, for old times sake.
Reading over your pages makes me think I'll have to 'aquire' a genesis
system somehow and Phantasy Star II. The war isn't over yet!
From: Estlor (firstname.lastname@example.org):
I'm kind of a late comer to the PS series. I never owned a Master
System (my friend did but he wasn't in to RPGs then), hence, I had not
experienced Phantasy Star. My first contact with the game was PSIII. I
was disappointed with the lack of RPGs on the Genesis, and I had to try
anything... even a game I had no clue about. While the game itself
seemed good, I had no experience with the PS line and was aboslutely
LOST! I only got to the point where Rhys meets Meiu, and for a three
day rental that is flat bad.
Anyway, I abandoned the series for a few years. Shortly after I became
fascinated by the Shining Force games (I'm convinced myself and my
friend are the only two people on the Earth that liked them). The only
problem with Shining Force was it lacked the traditional RPG feel. I
hunted around in my local Blockbuster and came up with PSIV. One word
describes my first impression: WOW!!!!! From the opening theme to the
final notes of the ending score I was hooked. The graphics, the
gameplay, the way the writers worked subtle humor into the story
(favorite joke: When you are in Saya's schoolroom, head into her bedroom
and examine her cabinet. Chaz responds with "It's not nice to open
other people's cabinets without their permission... but this may be an
exception," followed by Alys essentially smacking him in the back of the
After two rentals and shelling out $80 to get it I am still pleased.
I've played through the game twenty or more times and still can't get
enough. But, alas, I still have never played PSI OR PSII. I recently
read a walkthrough for PSII and III. Knowing the storyline for every
game helps, since I found myself smacking my forehead and saying, "OF
COURSE! IT MAKES SENSE!" while playing PSIV.
Well, I guess that's about the whole of my memory, now excuse me while I
go back to Blackbuster and see if I can rent one, get one free PSII and
By the way, I'm not a purist, by the American name for Rune Walsh is
light-years better than his Japanese name.
From: Robert A Bertha (email@example.com):
When I first bought genesis I was in 6th grade. Wow $189.00 that was a
lot. With my birthday money I went out and bought Phantasy Star 2
because I saw my cousin playing the game. My friend also bought it. It
took us 6 months to beat it but it was worth it. I love the ending to
the game incredible. During my freshmen year I was in the video store
and I saw Phantasy 4. I rented this is cool it reminds me a lot like
Phantasy Star 2. The game was 100.00 too expensive Maybe a month or two
ago I saw Phantasy Star 4 at Kaybee for 30 dollars. Great price. I am
at the end of the game and it is incredible I love it. I hope there is
plans for new Phantasy Stars in the future.
I suppose you were right--that if one read these memories, they'd be moved to
write something as well. I never before knew how many people liked the PS
series! Anyway, this is my memory--I never knew what an RPG was untile PS2.
Previous to that game, i had played FF2, and i thought "this is an RPG?" and
i really wasn't interested. BUT then, one day, my mom bought PS2. I was
annoyed because i had wanted her to get something else, but then, from the
title screen on, i was completely hooked! "Now this is an RPG!!" I kept
thinking. Seriously--I owe alot to PS2--it intro'd me to RPGs, and it is THE
coolest RPG ever. PS3 is ok, but i really wasn't much interested in PS4 (did
anyone notice how Rolf is not even mentioned in that game? i mean his absence
in PS3 is ok--it's about a whole other planet--but not in PS4!! They sure do
talk alot about Alis though--and since Rolf is the last decendant of Alis,
shouldn't he be mentioned? Just a thought--since Rolf is probably my fav.
character--and Nei too, yeah). So, i just wanted to share that!
From: Jake Fehr (firstname.lastname@example.org):
About 7 years ago, I bought a Sega Master System Mark 2 (the one
with Alex Kidd in Miracle World built-in) in Canada while on vacation.
(note: I was 9 years old) After I returned home from my family's
vacation, I found Phantasy Star at the local video game store. I rented
it, not knowing what to expect, as I had never seen any ads for it, and
none of my friends had sms's. I enjoyed the game, but the rental was
brief, and I never rented it again. About 2 years later, the sms games
were put on sale. Unfortunately, we arrived too late to buy it..... Just
recently, I have obtained Phantasy Star. I started playing it as soon as
I could, but the magic was gone. I like Phantasy Star, but I can't
experience it with the wonder I did 7 years ago. Now, the legendary PS1
is getting treated like a game and not a real world. I now save before I
try ANYTHING, and I keep another saved game exactly like the one i'm
working on, in case I screw up. I hope that someday I can regain the
sense of wonder and magic
.....but I know that some part of me waits patiently in the Algol star
system, for the day that I
From: Walter Malinowski (email@example.com):
The first time I heard of Phantasy Star was on one of those SMS
commercials for Double Dragon. I, however, owned an NES, so I couldn't
play it. In 1989 I bought a Genesis and in a few months later, I rented
Phantasy Star 2 and loved it. It was the perfect RPG that combined anime
with adventure. Later I played PS3 and never beat it to this day, but it
seemed to stray from the quality of PS2. I friend of mine borrowed my
Genesis and PS2. He stayed awake for 3 three days and after a week he
announced that he beat the game in one week compared to 3 months, which
is what it took me.
I got a job at Babbage's and PS4 came out. The price was $99.99!!!!
that was insane! But the game sold out that day! I found a brand
spanking new PS4 a month ago for $29.99 at Kay Bee. I finally played the
final game and am still enjoying it immensely.
I can't wait for Phantasy Earth. I hope that Sega is smart enough to
release it in the USA. It seems unfair that RPGs are considered a niche
I read a letter from one of your readers who said she can't believe she's
still playing video games at 19 years old. Well, I'm 41 and I still love
playing video games (mainly RPG's)!!!!!! I have played and beat all the
Phantasy Star games. My first was Phantasy Star 2. Actually it took me a year
or a little longer to beat the game. Here's why: first of all I did not use
the clue book. I'm funny that way, I only use clue books when I finish a game
to see if I missed anything. The reason it took so long is I entered the
dungeon where Nei's evil twin was and I fully explored it without leaving. I
had used up most of my healing potions and saw what appeared to be a person
to talk to. I was hoping it would be a place to save or buy some items. Turns
out it was Nei's evil twin and I was so weak I got wiped out!!! To make
matters worse, I did not have the item which allowed you to save anywhere, I
didn't even know it existed!!! That dungeon was so difficult to map with all
those chutes, I became discouraged and didn't play the game again for a year.
I then played Phantasy Star 1 and 3. PS1 has to be the best 8-bit game ever
made. I loved the ending which was unusual for an 8-bit game. I then went and
played PS2 again from the beginning so I would be able to experience the
storyline again (it had been a year!). This time I got the item which allows
you to save anywhere. Since I didn't know it existed, I was very pleased when
I stole it!! This time I completed the game. I then played PS4. I was lucky
enough to find a used copy at a video game swap, I think Sega kind of overdid
it with the $100 price tag!!! If I had to pick which game I liked the most,
it would be a tossup between 1 and 2. Those chutes in 2 were a bear to map,
but I love a challenge. I sold all my games, and I regret it, because now I
record the beginings, final battles, and endings of all the games I play. I
have bought back PS2 and will have to get the others so I can record them
also. I have a feeling PS1 is not going to be easy to find!!! Oh well, I
enjoy your page, keep up the good work and let's hope for Phantasy
From: Emily (EHN96001@UCONNVM.UCONN.EDU):
I can't believe that I've begun to play video games -=again=- at 19 (almost 20)
. I've always loved RPG's, but I tend to be picky about which ones I choose to
play. My first RPG was The Legend of Zelda. Well, it's not really a RPG, but
I really liked it nevertheles. I was excited because I had managed to buy the N
intendo system from my best friend's cousin out of my very own money (saving mo
ney isn't always very easy for me, just ask my boyfriend :). At the time, my be
st friend (her name is Maria) owned a Sega Genesis AND a converter for the Mast
er System. I wasn't too interested in her Sega stuff until one day, after havi
ng moved out of her town a year or so later, I went and visited her and got to
to play her Genesis games. In her big collection was Phantasy Star 3. I didn'
t play it much because my father had come to pick me up for home. But I though
t the game was very interesting. Then one day I made up my mind to sell all my
Nintendo stuff so that I could get a Sega Genesis. Why not? My former best f
riend had a huge collection of Sega games :) So I had my Genesis, but SOMETHING
was missing. I went through one game after another, but nothing really struck
my fancy. Some of my first RPG's were Super Hydlide, Shining in the Darkness,
and Sword of Vermillion. They weren't too bad but like I said - I'm terribly p
icky. Then I remembered that Maria had this game that I had played awhile ago,
I didn't remember the name. I rang her up and she said it's called Phantasy St
ar 3, and no, it's not hers -it's her cousin's. Rats! What to do... I propose
to buy it from her cousin. He wanted it for $60 (!!!). He said it was fair co
z he had bought it for $80 (it was true, at the time). I guess he knew that I
wanted it pretty badly coz he wouldn't lower the price. After two seconds of d
eliberation (I'm impulsive like that :) I said okay and gave him my 4 months wo
rth of allowance. It was during the summer of 7th grade and boy did I have a b
last playing PS3 (ahh, those days when you had so much time to yourself to be c
arefree). After I finished PS3 two weeks later, I rented PS2 from a local vide
o rental store. I fell in love with this game. I love the futuristic feel of
it - the beautiful graphics, music, intricate maze details, characters that I g
rew fond of. I thought Rolf was terribly cute with his dashing blue hair *gigg
le* and Anna was awsome!It took me awhile to finish PS2 because I was renting i
t on and off. When I finally couldn't stand playing it just for 2 days of the w
eek, I went out and bought a used copy through the mail. I had a lot of fun
with this game. I see that some of you have thrashed PS3, but this game has a
very special place in my heart (I adored Lyle when I first saw him :).
At the time, I knew there was PS for the Master System but because it was 8-bit
, I didn't think it would be good, so I never took advantage of my best friend'
s machine :( Not that I could find the copy of the game, anyways. From all that
I've read in here, PS is undoubtedly wonderful.
After playing PS3 and 2, I was unhappy that Sega Genesis didn't have too many R
PG's. Super Nintendo did though so I sold my Genesis to buy the SNES. I playe
d most of the RPG's on there, including Final Fantasy 2, which was very good bu
t it didn't have that FEEL that a PS game has (I don't know WHAT exactly it is)
so FF never held a special place in my heart, as PS does. While I had my
I saw that PS4 was coming out for the Genesis. I was pretty crushed. It certa
inly brought back many memories of PS 2 and 3, but as time went by and it took
them longer and longer to get PS4 out in Japan (and even longer in US), I was t
oo busy going to school, playing field hockey, and working to worry about when
I was gonna get my hands on PS4. Quietly I sold my SNES and went on with my li
fe. I graduated from high school, and here I am, a freshman in college and PLAY
ING Phantasy Star 4 !!!!! YAY !!!! I guess after stumbling on this PS page, wh
o wouldn't? I'm gonna get my hands on PS 2 and 3 and I will keep 'em forever,
NO selling these babies again ! I know some of you are having trouble locating
a PS2 or PS3. If you are, try to get them as used games from mail order - try
Funcoland, at http://www.funcoland.com. Currently, they're sold at $25 each.
Anyways, as y'all know from my babbling, I'm a HUGE fan of PS. I'm currently p
laying PS4. I would be playing it now, 'cept my boyfriend has limited my playin
g time! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !! :~( So here I am, tortured with thoughts of Dem
i's imprisonment, I must wait till Friday :( :( I can only play it on Friday an
d Saturday. Oh well. I guess being a Pre-Med major, it helps to have a boyfrie
nd who is more sensible than I am :) Otherwise, I would flunk all my classes fo
r sure ! *grin*
Thanks y'all for sharing your thoughts and LONG LIVE THE ALGO STAR SYSTEM!
From: Pete Hegedus (firstname.lastname@example.org):
I discovered phantasy star about...erm...after 1991, which was late. By
the time I had my master system, hiked up to the video shop and rented
out all the usual stuff like shinobi, golden axe warrior (good game),
govellius (good too) and bought sonic, wonderboy, etc...I wanted
something new. I saw Phantasy Star on the shelf, the box was faded from
the sun and stuff, and I looked at the pics on the back...it looked like
Zelda on the NES. What the hell, I thought, I liked that. I'll get this.
I got home, put it in and started playing. It looked promising from the
start but when I got in a fight screen I nearly wet myself! AAAA! I had
never saw a turn-based RPG before. And as the Swarms and Scorpions
wiggled at me I frantically pushed the button, attacking. I was
pleasantly suprised by this game! I carried on playing, rescuing Myau,
Odin and finding Noah, I remember playing for a whole day just to get
the money for the Ice Digger. I got it on the 6th day (it was a weekly
rental)...by then I had Laconia stuff all round. But I didn't listen to
any of the stuff about seeds...I don't think I ever managed to kill Dr.
Mad... so when I got to the end, I got to that robotcop, said I had a
pass and got trapped! I never got out of there.
About May 1993 I found out there was a Phantasy Star 2! Well, I snapped
that up. I was wrapped. I played it days on end. Took me ages to get to
Dezoris. But shock! Horror! Other things came into play. One day I took
the hint book to school (AAAA!) to read, and lo and behold, I lost it.
Erk. I think I was on the verge of tears; at this stage I was on
Dezoris, and had half the Laconian stuff! I was screwed! I went up and
reported it missing and stuff...then eventually, I managed to find it; I
left it in one of the rooms! Doh. I didn't want to sneak in and get into
trouble (why?), so I waited til wednesday (we had a walkathon that day
where you walk for raising money for the school) and at hometime I ran
in and ran out with it, no prob.
By now I was wondering why I was jinxed like that. I found out later
though: I was using my Pro Action Replay on it to cheat and get
unlimited HP and stuff. :) Of course, I got my punishment. I saved it
right before the chest where the last boss is at; came back the next
day, and "$$#^**&!!!!!!!" my savegames were wiped! (Brings a tear to
the eye thinking of it. Sob, sob!)....I was upset. I've only played it
briefly since. I broke my Pro-Ac since then(accidentally!)
Now, I found out PS1 and PS2 are on the Emulators, plus the other ones!
I don't want the others; I'm happy with 1 and 2. I just gotta find the
original 1 so I can play it on a big tv and scare myself again...:)
From: Lagomorph (email@example.com):
In 1988, after owning my SMS for over six months, I got tired of playing
Alex Kidd, and Outrun, etc. etc. Then I saw a commercial on TV for PS1
(ya know, the one that shows Myau flying up to the Air Castle?). Then I
immediately ran up to my parents and BEGGED for it for Christmas. They
replied with a "We'll see" DAMN! I knew I wasn't going to get it, maybe
another crap game instead. Oh well. So I waited patiently for that day
called December 25th. I jumped out of my bed, and opened the most
suspicious looking box, CRAP! It was "Shinobi" I was VERY dissapointed
and almost threw a tantrum (I was 9 at the time, and I thrived on RPGs
after playing my friends copy of Dragon Warrior on his NES, but that's
But oh well, later on, I found out that a friend that lived down the
street had PS1! He showed me the manual, told me every single aspect of
the game, and praised it as if it were the best game on Earth (he's not
kiddin' either). So I asked him if I could borrow it. "No, I can't, my
parents would freak if I did." Ah nuts, I thought to myself. But at least
I got to come over every once in a while to play it. But unfortunately, I
was to the point of getting the Hovercraft until his Sister "accidently"
erased my game. *DOH!* It was tragic. I just about gave up on the game.
Then three years later, I bought a Genny (along with my OTHER newfound
love STRIDER :P ). And the hottest releases then were Sonic the Hedgehog
and PS3. (remember the ads of the old lady knocking Sonic? I think she
was in the mag ads for PS3 also) So I hopped over to my local video store
and rented PS3. "WOW!" I thought to myself. My friend came over to spend
the night that day so we had a PS3 binge that whole weekend. I personally
thought the storyline was kind of weird and confusing, as it didn't
really go along with PS1. Then I finally beat it. Man it was
dissapointing, beating an RPG in less than two days. This disapointment
also led me to believe that PS2 was as bad also, since I haven't played
Then one year later, we moved to another town, and I met someone with a
very vast library of Gennie games. And in it was PS2, I asked him if I
could borrow it, he kindly let me. I took it home, popped it in, and was
ENTHRALLED with it! It had so much resemblence to PS1 (sans tunnelvision
dungeons). And the storyline followed PS1. I spent WEEKS on playing this
game. Then I finally beat it, the ending was so shocking, and made me
want to know what in the hell happend to Rolf and the gang during the
bout with the humans. I gave the game back, and just continued on with my
life doing normal things. UNTIL...
In 1993 I read Gamepro magazine which had pics of PS4! I almost wet my
pants, the graphics were STUNNING. I couldn't wait for it. But I did, for
two years... And when it did come out, I was shocked to see the price tag
of *$90.00* at the local Babbages. The next day I rented it and was in
complete joy. I didn't get very far, and I had to take it back. But
within a couple months, I saved up my money, and immediately bought it.
It was worth every penny. I went through it, and was saddend by the death
of Chaz's mentor. And vowed revenge against Zio. Then I met up with the
Espers, and sort of confused about where they lived, and how they lived,
it reminded me of PS2 in a way. Then the story unfolded, and it all made
sense. And then I was REALLY shocked to see the planet which comes only
once every 1000 years, Rykros. Then I beat the game, amazed by the
ending. To this day, I wish for more. And I also wish for PS1 in my
hands. But now there's a possibility to play it thanks to modern
technology called emulators. Which reminds me, I have to go, I believe
Odin's calling from a cave, and Myau is itching to use that bottle around
his neck. :)
From: Lawrence Loeb (Geterex@msn.com):
I am a role-player, pure and simple. I started playing Dungeons and Dragons
in the fifth grade and never stopped. Unlike many of my gaming friends,
however, I always had a love for the playing the bad guy. The anti-hero always
had a special place in my heart. Let's face it, it's the bad guy that makes a
story. What would Batman have been without the Joker? He-Man without Skeletor?
To all of you out there who posted messages declaring PSIII the runt of the
liter I say this: It's the only one with Lyle and the only one for me.
Don't get me wrong, the PS series is like a an old friend that I can always
turn back to for an hour or two of monster-somping nostalgia. Wren and Mieu
both are very special to me. However, when it comes to hard-core cool, Lyle
has them all beat.
I can still remember sitting down, turning on the Genises and being treated
to Rhys' wedding. Cool music, beutiful women... I thought I'd already won; I
had the girl and all was right with the world. Then, from out of no where, a
dragon beastie swoops in and absconds with the fair damsel. I swore then and
there that I'd tear that foul flyer apart. I really wanted to find it and kill
As you all know, the game progressed and I met a strange green haired
individual bearing a shiny rock. He claimed to be a friend and wanted to join
the party, but had other buisness. He just wasn't ready to join the party.
Throughout the first half of the game, Lyle remained an enigma. He dashed
around from one land to another and joined the party in his own good time.
Everyone in his town loved him. He was an anti-hero and a damn good one at
that. Anyone who disagrees will recall when he threw down with Rhys.
In the second adventure, Lyle grew old and lost an eye in combat. By this
time he had become friends with Rhys and the two fled to Aridia together with
their families. I thought I had seen the lat of Lyle when, low and behold,
that pesky dragon gives me a pigy-back ride to techna. I finally learned the
truth about Lyle; He had stolen Rhys' bride all those years ago. I got out of
my chair and yelled "YES!!" Not only was Lyle the coolest character in the
game, he was about to join my party. The six of us together again: Me, Lyle,
Foi, Gra, Tsu, and Zan....
I was crushed when Lyle died.
I didn't want to go to school. I think I even may have shed a tear for the
old adventurer. A new resovle burned within me. It took me until four a.m. ,
but I layed Siren out that day for killing Lyle. I defeated him with Wren's
Pulse Cannon and a lot of Foi. I made him hurt. I avenged Lyle's death and
felt a profound emptiness when it was all over... That is until Ayn marrid
Thea and the message read that Lyle gave his consent for the marriage. Most
people think this is a gross plot error. I know better. Lyle was just too damn
sneaky for Death. He'll always be my favorite.
In my gaming since then, I've played many characters fashined after Lyle.
Several have been really sneaky Vampires. Others have been powerfull warriors.
They all remind me of sneakiest man ever to walk the face of Palm:
LONG LIVE KING LYLE!!
From: Mekka (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Phantasy Star IV was my first RPG experience (good one, anyway),
and to this very day, it remains the best by my book. Sure, the graphics
do not even come close to those of new RPG's, (ie: Suer mario RPG) But
it (and the entire PS series) actually has a real, dramatic storyline.
So far, it involves more feeling and sentiment than any other game I have
It started when I was at my uncles house, and I found a new-looking
game that was seemingly forgotten at the back of the cupboard where my
uncle keeps his many sega games. I had played it for five minutes,
and I was hooked.
My uncle lives in Kelowna, so I could only play PS on holidays.
I played a little at christmas time, and managed to free the people of
Zema from Zio's spell... At easter, I fought that Zio's guardian
guy at Zio's fort...
Then, in the summer, I defeated him! Up the steps to free Demi!
Chaz! Look out!... Nooo!...
Off to termi for the psycho-wand... Then, with a growing will for
vengeance, I defeated that evil spider-thingy, then off to ...Krup was
Then, disaster struck. I couldn't bring myself to play for nearly
After Alys' death, I was more than determined ever to tear that
Zio to bits.
However, We had to leave for home the next day. :-(
Vengence must wait until christmas. I could wait. After all,
revenge is a dish best served cold...:-)
The game, however, was forgotten until easter.
Then, I (after a little pursuation) traded my uncle a basketball game he
was going to buy for PS. Everyone was happy. I played the game,
but could not manage to beat Zio.
At home, however, things changed. As Zio fell to Chaz' attack
(all my TP and skills were used up), a great feeling of accomplishment
and success began to fill me. I had accomplished what I had come
I played the game on and off, for the weeks that followed, through the
difficulty of the floating castle, and the Dark Forces... Until,
I faced off against the ultimate opponent. The room was completely
dark, exept the dull light from my little TV. It was ten PM.
I had been playing all day long, and then, the moment I had been waiting
All was silent in the house, exept from my quiet laugh.
I watched the game end, with a tear in my eye.
I has succeeded.
From: Reyes Solorio Zohar Israel
Phantasy star II was the first RPG I played on my own in my life. OK,
OK, it was then 1994 and a little outdated, but I truly loved it! Then,
I started a frenzy for the rest of the series, unfortunately, due to the
date it was I was never able to find the other PS games. Time passed
since and I sold my genesis in order to buy a sony PSX (yeah, saturn
hardware dissapointed me!) but PSIV came out just two months after I
bought my psx and I wished for a bullet in my head!! The point is, now
I will never know the end of such a beautifull story and I want you or
any of you outside the web to e-mail a synopsis of the PS saga to this
From: Richard Henninger (email@example.com):
I guess my Phantasy Star Memories are a little different from most
peoples'. Well, I'd been a big fan of RPG's for a while and after getting a
Genesis and hearing about Sega's Phantasy Star series I knew I had to try it
out. I saw PS3 in my local store and read about the marriage idea and
thought it sounded kind of cool, so I began with PS3. I didn't think it was
that great at first. The random encounters which seemed to come up every
four steps started to annoy me and although the monsters looked really cool,
they were not animated good at all with Golems wiggling their ears and
Giants flicking their fingers.(But at least they were animated...unlike
Final Fantasy.) As I got into the story and later generations of characters I
started to like it. (Although I didn't understand the part where the wise
men explain about the spaceships escaping from Palm, I still thought it was
a neat idea.) I eventually got my first ending and was all in all pretty
satisfied with the game.
Soon after, I started seeing pictures of Phantasy Star 4 and I
flipped out. "This looks like an awesome Sega CD game- wait a minute, this
is Genesis!!" I knew I had to get it. About a year later, it was finally
released. After reading stupid reviews by those half-wit magazines out there
like Gamepro and Gameplayers I was a little skeptical, but I paid the huge
price and got it. I was amazed by everything. The graphics (loved the anime
style artwork), the animation, the well-developed characters, the music, the
non-linear plot, (thanks to things like the hunters-guild missions and other
side quests), the combination spells, and just about everything else. The
only problem was a lot of the story didn't make sense because I didn't play
1 or 2.
Then, a good friend of mine let me borrow PS1 (on the master-gear
converter) and PS2. I started with PS1. Right away I was amazed with the
graphics considering this was supposed to be 8-Bit (even on the little game
gear screen.) Then I heard the Air Castle music in the first dungeon. I
thought it was so cool how they did a remix for 4. The best thing was all
the tie-in's with PS4's plot. The story was great and the challenge was
fierce. (The hardest one in my opinion.) After drawing tons of maps, getting
tons of items, weapons, and levels, I finally beat it. Unfortunately, the
first took me so long that I didn't get to play that much of the 2nd one
before my friend had to move, and I had to give it back. From what I played
of it, it had the same mood, that same special something, that PS's 1 and 4
had. I thought some things were annoying, like the very hard random
encounters, and it seemed to take so long to build up characters and save
meseta for new weapons. (Of course that could of been just at the beginning.)
The graphics and music were great though, and from what I've heard about the
ending I know that one of these days I will get a copy and complete it.
After playing 1 and 2 and knowing more about the story, my repeat
journeys through PS4 were a whole different experience. The game ended off
the series so perfectly, and in my opinion was the best all around. The many
tie-ins to PS1's plot were awesome. (Even though a lot of names were
mis-translated, I think I figured most of them out right down to the
Professor Luveno/Lubetz error.) Ideas like the return of Lassic/Lashiec,
having the cat give you the silver fang/silver tusk, and the whole Noah/Lutz
story were awesome. All in all I think the Phantasy Star games are the best
series of any RPG. Final Fantasy isn't even a true series, because none of
the 6 total Final Fantasy games have anything to do with each other at
all.(They just use the popularity of the name, to sell more games that have
very minor similarities.)
The general mood or feeling I got from playing these games was something
very special. There is just nothing quite like Phantasy Star. Thank you
From: David Wicker (David.Wicker@fastlane.net):
My first Phantasy Star was the 4th one. I had enjoyed trying out
Lunar Silver Star and Eternal Blue and was getting bummed out that
there were not any other RPGs for the SEGA, CD or even cartridge.
Then I went into Blockbuster and saw the 4th. Not really expecting
anything grand, I rented it. I was hooked. I mean really hooked!
It was marvelous! Apparently not even Square*Soft has gotten the
idea to incorporate still images that overlap atop another to add
excellent background and dialog to the storyline at hand! Well done
Sega and its game writers! Having been writing RPGs myself now
off and on for several years, it was real refreshment to see so much
game-play power placed into this basic game unit, Genesis!
After that, I got the 2nd and was also immediately impressed by the
entourage of original critters and animations for them! Not even
Square*Soft had animated critters for their Final Fantasy line, for which
I was hooked well before knowing about Phantasy Star. Then I got
the 3rd which was slow going at first, but enjoyable, esp. with the
music changing according to the tempo of both combat and the # of
players I had when out in the wilderness. The combat for the 3rd is
a bit shaky though and I much prefer the 2nd and 4th.
From: Mike Steffes (firstname.lastname@example.org):
My first experience with Phantasy Star was a little different
than most people's. My first PS game was III. My friend had gotten a
Genesis and wanted a RPG. We both knew the Phantasy Star series was
Sega's RPG masterpiece and III had only been out for a while. Another
friend of mine said 2 was the best RPG ever. He didn't speak too highly
of 3. But my friend got it and played through it with fair reviews. That
summer he went on vacation for a while and let me borrow his entire
system. I played PS and went all the way through it. To me it was a
fantastic adventure with some cool ideas and endings. To this day I'm one
of the few who won't speak lowly of three.
My friend later rented 2 and
played through parts of it. He checked out the ending with a saved game
and said it was really cool. Later I met another friend who was a huge PS
fan. He let me borrow PS2. It was incredible. An excellent futuristic
storyline and good old fashioned RPGing. It was even pretty tough at the
end. And it was a cool ending.
Some time after that my friend with PS2
let us use his Power Base Convertor. We loved all those cool Master
System games and we were eager to check out PS1. We were amazed at its
power. 3D dungeons, good graphics, and a huge adventure my friend to this
day hasn't beaten. I never really got my hands on this one but I was more
Last year my brother rented PS4 and busted through it
during Spring Break. The best storyline of all that reached all the way
back to PS1, awesome graphics, update RPG techniques, and cool
soundtracks that even incorporated PS1 music. (My PS friend who bought 4
never even noticed the PS1 Dungeon music in the Air Castle. And he owns
both games. And I've only seen PS1 once.) A bit after that I found PS3
cheap and bought it for another play through. Even now I'm looking for
the other PS's used (and hopefully a power base). I'm eager for some of
the best RPGing that's ever graced a system. Phantasy Star is the best
and I'm waiting with baited breath for any Phantasy Earth info. Let's
continue the adventure!
From: Patrick Schramp (email@example.com):
A friend of mine had asked me if I ever played Phantasy star II. I said
no, so he promptly lent it to me. I slaughtered the Darkforce, punishing
him to another 1000 years of imprisonment. Then i returned the game, and
borrowed PS1 from him. That one I never got through, but I remember
vividly that stupid doctor who killed my cat. I thought it was so funny I
kept reloading the game and having him kill the cat over and over and
over and over and over...anyway, you get the point.
Phantasy Star III was a disappointment after the graphics of 2, but I
still enjoyed it a heap. I went through all the 4 endings, and got a
kick out of it. A year after getting it, I started playing it again, and
it rests at home, since I have no television here in school.
A few months after getting 3, I went to a used game store, and traded
about a hundred little games for PS2. I still love that darn game.
PS4 eludes me, since I have no television here, nor time to play, but
someday, it will be mine, and I will find a way to kill the Darkforce.
Nei would have been my wife, had she not died.
From: Mark Zedaker (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Wow... I think I have lived with Phantasy Star most of my life. When I
was 6 or 7 years old, my dad bought a Sega Master System, to replace the
Intellivision II system we had had before that. We bought a couple games
(Choplifter, I think, and Fantasy Zone, and mabye Alex Kidd in Miracle
World, but I'm not sure).
Anyway, a year or so later I got a game that wasn't like any I had ever
played: Miracle Warriors. It was a game in the Phantasy Star vein, and it
was the first Role Playing Game I had ever played. MW was the true
precursor to the Phantasy Star series, although it was technically not as
advanced as PS1, and was set in a "Dungeons n' Dragons" style medeival
world. I must have played that game for a month before I finally beat it,
and I was pretty excited.
When I read about Phantasy Star in a video game magazine, I couldn't
wait for it. Miracle Warriors had become a neighborhood game, where my
friends and I would gather around the TV and try to figure out the puzzles,
and when Phantasy Star came out, that's what happened again.
We were all amazed at the 3D graphics of the mazes, and the storyline
was pretty complex (especially to an eight-year-old :)
I had just recently gotten the Hovercraft when disaster struck. One
day I had brought my SMS to a friend's house to play some other games
(blasphemer!), when I forgot the power cord. "No problem", we thought.
"We'll just use the one from his Nintendo." You can see what's coming
next, right? :) Anyway, the SMS was fried beyond repair, and I wouldn't
get to play a Phantasy Star game until 6th grade.
The Sega Genesis had just recently come out, and my friend Gideon (Gid
for short) was the first to get one. We had been playing pencil and paper
"pseudo-Dungeons n' Dragons" for awhile and were all big role-playing fans,
so the first game he got for the Genny was, you guessed it, Phantasy Star
II. Unfortunately, the machine stayed at his mom's house as his parents
were divorced, so I didn't get to play it much, myself.
On his birthday, he had a slumber party at Mama Kin's house, so "the
usual gang" went up there to play games.. mostly PS II. At my suggestion,
we started a new game instead of continuing where he was (which was not
very far, anyway, but that dosn't matter). We played from 7:00pm 'till
about 3:00 the next afternoon, literally playing in shifts :) and we made
it to Uzo Isle before his mom had to take most of us back home.. it was a
He finally beat it, and it sat in it's plastic box until the fateful
day finally came.. I got a Genesis. I asked Gid if I could borrow PS2 for
a few weeks. I did, and played it straight through for most of a month
(summer!). It is simply the best video game RPG I have ever played,
Later on, I got a Power Base Converter for said Genesis, managed to
wrangle a used copy of PS1, and spent another 2 months, off and on, beating
that (I went through about four pads worth of graph paper mapping out the
dungeons!). PS1 was the most satisfying video game ending ever for me.
A few months later I bought Phantasy Star III, and.. well.. it was
somewhat disappointing. It was the fastest I'd ever beaten an RPG without
cheating (a little under 2 weeks), and, after I finished it once, I went
and sold it. Although it wasn't a BAD game, it just didn't live up to the
Phantasy Star name. Recently I went and rented it again, just for kicks,
and it was a little better the second time through (probably because I
didn't have such high expectations).
I have yet to play Phantasy Star IV (the price tag is a little high for
me), although I've been meaning to rent it. Mabye I'll get it next week..
although three days just isn't enough time to spend on a Phantasy Star
game, especially one with reviews like IV has been getting! Mabye in a few
months I'll be able to find one somewhere.. although if anyone out there
has it, has beaten it, and is willing to sell it cheap, e-mail me
From: Scotty (SAE5674@ritvax.isc.rit.edu):
The spring of 1989 was when I first played Phantasy Star. After killing my
first Scorpion, I knew what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing:
Making RPGs!! Phantasy Star took me to another world. I was the first in a
genre of games that would keep me entertained for thousands of hours. Getting
emotionally attached to your characters, saving the world, (or solar system as
the case may be), and exploring unknown lands are just part of the ineffable
experience that is the Phantasy Star series. I found much enjoyment in
following Alis's legacy across time and space. From her first beginnings in
Camineet, to her monument in Phantasy Star IV.
Here it is, 1997. The impact the Phantasy Star series has had on me
has inspired me to become an Information Technology Major at the Rochester
Institute of Technology. I just created my first little RPG for a multimedia
class, and found it to be the funnest educational experience of my life.
After reading other memories, it seems most PS fans didn't start with,
and haven't even played the original. If you (by some strange twist of fate)
arrived at this page without ever experiencing a PS game, and are interested,
see if you can find the original first, and follow it with PS2. I doesn't
matter if you play 4 before three, since they take place at about the same
time, in different regions of space. If you play PS 2 or 4 first, you won't
appreciate references to the previous games as much.
So does anyone out there know what happened to Rolf, Rudo, and the
rest after their battle with several hundred earthmen?
From: Olivier Houde (email@example.com):
Memories. Of the series which has dominated much of my young life until
it started fading 3 years ago, memories is one think I am not short of.
I have read many of these memories that people have shared with each
other on this page and it hurts me to see what people have to say about
PS3. Sure it did not have the best graphics but if we begin to count
graphics as a higher worth than story then we might as well play Final
Fantasy II or some other lame brained feelingless game. I think we are
lucky that these games ever were created... they provided a standard which
must now be followed by other RPG writers... we can no longer be
From: Edwin Pranadjaja (firstname.lastname@example.org):
My first PS game was PS III, I got it as a birthday present from my
sister. At that time, the version I got was the original Japanese version,
which was bad 'cos I didn't understand a single word of Nihongo!! I
remembered being totally frustrated 'cos I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO FIND
MIEU IN THE FIRST GENERATION!!!! That was really bad.... The only good
thing about the Jap version was that it has such a cool anime-ladden
instruction book! If only Americans know how to make instruction booklets
like the Japanese... But eventually I managed to find her by the lake,
quite by accident, after searching for her for weeks. Rhys was level 13
when I found her...
I went on to beat PS III without knowing the story, and having great
difficulty just figuring out the next step to take. Just managing to see
the ending was a great accomplishment for me, even though I think among
the PS games, III was the weakest.
Then my friend introduced me to PS II, which I must say was THE BOMB!! PS
II still is my favourite PS game. The feel of the game just struck me as
being otherworldly, especially the unique soundtrack, it makes you really
feel like you're in another world. I've beaten PS II countless times, it's
fun just giving the characters different names and trying out different
party combinations to beat Mother Brain :) And I just love games with a
dark and foreboding feel... :)
Needless to say, I was anxiously waiting for the release of PS IV,
especially after I heard that it'll work more in the style of PS II!! It
came out, and I bought the Japanese version (again... 'cos the English
version wasn't out yet). THIS time, I've gotten quite good at Japanese. PS
IV was the first RPG in Japanese where I ACTUALLY UNDERSTOOD THE STORY!!!
Yup, highly emotional, I cried when Alys died, and I agree with most
people that PS IV has the BEST ending of any RPG (Ys II comes a really
close second). PS IV was fun to play, and the story was good, 'cos it was
like the game which links all the PS games together. It was a little easy
though... but the definitive Phantasy Star game in my opinion.
Which leaves me satisfied, even tho I haven't played the original Phantasy
Star. It's quite hard to get a hold on one of those nowadays. As a series,
I must say that Phantasy Star has to be the best RPG out there, beating
even Dragonquest and Final Fantasy (which excels as individual games, but
not as a series...) I'd love to play Phantasy Star, even though I don't
own a Master System.
"I wonder what the future holds for us?"
From: James Jenner (email@example.com):
This memory is from 1997 when I restarted the whole game to get
to two characters I never seen. I remember being Sean the first game. I
consider this route the most natural. Of course you want to marry Maya
when you looked for her so long and of course you do not marry an
opponent in the second, especially not when the daughter of an old
friend of your father is the other alternative. My guess is that
the majority ends up being Sean the first time.
However, this was not was I was going to say. I was going to say
that I decided to perform the ultimate victory of Rhys, the first
character this time. So in Aridia I saved up for two Royal Needles.
Some sweat, I tell you. Then, I remembered that there were some
expensive tools in Cille, but I thought it wouldn't be a problem. It
Do you know what prices they have in this town?! It's way too expensive!
In spite of my lonesome and ambitious monsterkilling I couldn't come up
with the cash.
If you or anybody else bought Royal Protector and Royal Vest for the
cyborgs, etc. in the first generation let me know that you did and what
levels the cyborgs reached.
OK, well, the only PS game I have played is PS4. My best friend has played 2
and 3, but I'll not get into that. PS4 wasn't my first RPing game. Before I
had gotten into it, I had playes the Shining Force trilogy. And, I must say,
did really good in them. But, this is about PS4. Now, when I first played
it, I hadn't a clue what to do! But after I played it a bit, I got used to
it, and luved it. It was the only game I would play for months on end as I
found out ((hopefully!)) every secret in the game.
Now, when I first played it and got up to where I got Rune ((my absolutely
FAV character in the whole game)) I was like, " Whos...he's cute!"
::laughs:: Yes, I actually thought a cartoon was cute! I ne'er thought
that could happen, but poof! there was Rune. His blue hair....his endless
scorn of Chaz Ashley ((I thought that was such a loser name!!))....oh, just
everything he did I luved! I even run aorund my school yelling things like,
"Flaeli!!" and "Hail Rune!". Everyone thinks I'm nutz! But, I'm
not...really....I'm not....believe me!!!
OK now....I got really good at the game...but I stopped playing a bit after
Zio died. I..::sniff::...felt bad for him. He was like the kewlest bad guy!
I also got really ticked off when Alys took the blow meant for Chaz. She
should have let Chaz die!! hee hee. Also, what I don't understand is this:
WHAT HAPPENED TO DORIN???? I mean, he and Rune go traipsing off to the
Ladea Tower...you get Rune...but you ne'er hear of Dorin again! ::shakes her
head:: My friend told me that Rune ate Dorin. I hope that's not true!! My
friend Zio..((yes, I have a friend who's screen name is Sir Zio)) told me
Dorin drowned in the sand. ::shrugs::