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Phantasy Star (Japanese: ファンタシースター) is the most famous RPG series by Sega. It has had many incarnations, including two online versions. Unlike most other RPGs, it has a futuristic/fantasy setting where the player battles monsters using a variety of guns in addition to the usual staple of melee weapons and magic that are found in similar games. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Sega Corporation ) is an international video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... Magic: The Gathering. ...

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Phantasy Star logo

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History

The first Phantasy Star was developed for the Sega Master System. It was first released in Japan on December 20, 1987, and was one of the first cartridges to include battery backed RAM for saving game positions. The game featured an amazing (at the time) set of 3D maze-like dungeons, which players traversed in real time, in a first-person mode. Phantasy Star, along with Dragon Quest (1986) and Final Fantasy, distinguished itself as a pioneer of what came to be defined console role-playing. The Sega Master System (SMS for short) is an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console that was manufactured by Sega. ... December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Random Access Memory (usually known by its acronym, RAM) is a type of data storage used in computers. ... A saved game is a piece of digitally stored information about the progress of a player in a computer or video game. ... 3D computer graphics are different from 2D computer graphics in that a three-dimensional representation of geometric data is stored in the computer for the purposes of performing calculations and rendering 2D images. ... Dragon Quest, the first game in the Dragon Quest series, hence also known as Dragon Quest I, was developed by Enix (now Square Enix) and released in 1986 in Japan for the MSX and the Nintendo Family Computer (Famicom). The game was localized for North American release in 1989, but... Final Fantasy ) is a computer role-playing game developed and published by Square Co. ... It has been suggested that computer role-playing game be merged into this article or section. ...


The series is noteworthy in that all of its games take place in the same universe, as opposed to many RPG series such as Final Fantasy (wherein successive game settings are unrelated, or, at most, superficially related). Each major Phantasy Star game adds a bit more to the series' overall story, culminating in Phantasy Star IV which ties all of the series' plot elements together into a final, epic conclusion. For the first installment in the series, see Final Fantasy (video game). ...


The Phantasy Star Online games are their own sub-series within the main Phantasy Star timeline. They continue the theme of a persistent game-universe, but they are set in different planetary systems than the original games. Phantasy Star Online (PSO) was an online title for Sega Dreamcast released in 2000. ...


Games

Phantasy Star series games have been released on the Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, Xbox 360, and PC. These include: The Sega Master System (SMS for short) is an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console that was manufactured by Sega. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... The Mega Drive/Genesis was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world as the Mega Drive. ... The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ... The Dreamcast , code-named Dural, Dricas and Katana during development) is Segas fifth and final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Nintendo GameCube , GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ... See also: Xbox 360 The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... The Xbox 360 is the successor to Microsofts Xbox video game console, developed in cooperation with IBM, ATI, Samsung and SiS. Information on the console first came through viral marketing campaigns and it was officially unveiled on MTV on May 12, 2005, with detailed launch and game information divulged... Apple Macintoshes like the iMac Core Duo are personal computers. ...

Phantasy Star Generation 1 is a remake of the original Phantasy Star. This article is about the first Phantasy Star game. ... The Sega Master System (SMS for short) is an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console that was manufactured by Sega. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Phantasy Star II ) is a role-playing game released in 1989 for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, and later in two different compilations for the Sega Saturn and Game Boy Advance named Phantasy Star Collection. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... 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A modem (from modulate and demodulate) is a device that modulates an analogue carrier signal to encode digital information, and also demodulates such a carrier signal to decode the transmitted information. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Megamodem attached to a Mega Drive The Sega Meganet was a network service in Japan for people using the Sega Mega Drive. ... A modem (from modulate and demodulate) is a device that modulates an analogue carrier signal to encode digital information, and also demodulates such a carrier signal to decode the transmitted information. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Megamodem attached to a Mega Drive The Sega Meganet was a network service in Japan for people using the Sega Mega Drive. ... A modem (from modulate and demodulate) is a device that modulates an analogue carrier signal to encode digital information, and also demodulates such a carrier signal to decode the transmitted information. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom is a traditional console role-playing game that was released for the Sega Mega Drive (Sega Genesis in the United States) in 1990. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Sega Game Gear is a handheld game console which was Segas response to Nintendos Game Boy. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium is a traditional-style console role-playing game released in 1994 for the Mega Drive/Genesis. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Phantasy Star Collection is both the name of a Sega Saturn and Game Boy Advance game, both a compilation of games in the Phantasy Star series. ... The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Phantasy Star Online (PSO) was an online title for Sega Dreamcast released in 2000. ... The Dreamcast , code-named Dural, Dricas and Katana during development) is Segas fifth and final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Phantasy Star Online ver. ... The Dreamcast , code-named Dural, Dricas and Katana during development) is Segas fifth and final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Phantasy Star Collection is both the name of a Sega Saturn and Game Boy Advance game, both a compilation of games in the Phantasy Star series. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Bold text Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II is a video game released for the Nintendo GameCube and Xbox. ... The Nintendo GameCube , GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ... See also: Xbox 360 The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Phantasy Star Generation:1 (Japanese: ファンタシースター generation:1) is a role-playing game released in 2003 for the Playstation 2 and is an enhanced remake of Phantasy Star for the Sega Master System, originally released in 1987. ... The PlayStation 2 , abbreviated PS2) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Phantasy Star Online (PSO) was an online title for Sega Dreamcast released in 2000. ... The Nintendo GameCube , GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Plus is a video game released for the Nintendo GameCube and Xbox. ... The Nintendo GameCube , GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Phantasy Star Generation:2 (Japanese: ファンタシースター generation:2) is a role-playing game released in 2005 for the Playstation 2 and is an enhanced remake of Phantasy Star 2 for the Sega Genesis, originally released in 1987. ... The PlayStation 2 , abbreviated PS2) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Phantasy Star Universe ) (PSU) is a video game by Segas Sonic Team for the PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The PlayStation 2 , abbreviated PS2) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ... The Xbox 360 is the successor to Microsofts Xbox video game console, developed in cooperation with IBM, ATI, Samsung and SiS. Information on the console first came through viral marketing campaigns and it was officially unveiled on MTV on May 12, 2005, with detailed launch and game information divulged... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... 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Phantasy Star Generation 2 is a remake of the original Phantasy Star II. In the video game subculture, an enhanced remake (also called updated classics) is an updated version of a video or computer game that was originally developed for a less advanced system. ...


A Chinese pirate of Phantasy Star IV called Wai Xing Zhan Shi (Wai Hsing Chan Shih) was made for the Famicom. The pirate is incomplete and has many bugs. The copyright infringement of software refers to several practices when done without the permission of the copyright holder: Creating a copy and/or selling it. ... NES redirects here. ... A computer bug is an error, flaw, mistake, failure, or fault in a computer program that prevents it from working as intended, or produces an incorrect result. ...


Fictional universe

The Algol star system.
The Algol star system.

A screenshot of the Algol star system. ... A screenshot of the Algol star system. ...

Algol Star System

Main article: Algol (Phantasy Star)

The Algol star system is the setting of the series. It has four planets — Palma, Motavia, Dezoris, and Rykros — as well as many orbital space stations. The planet names are sometimes spelled differently from game to game. The Algol planetary system. ... A space station is an artificial structure designed for humans to live on in outer space. ...

The planet Palma.
The planet Palma.

The planet Palma in the first Phantasy Star videogame. ...

Palma/Palm/Parma

Palma is a green planet, and apparently the original homeworld of the Palmans, Algol's most widespread species. Palma is the center of the Algol system's government until AW 1284, when the space satellite Gaira malfunctions and causes the planet's destruction during the events of Phantasy Star II. The "humans" seen in the series are actually Palmans who have migrated to Motavia, terraforming it to be livable. In Phantasy Star Universe, Parum is the height of technological advancement compared to the other planets in the system. It is extremely green and developed.

The planet Motavia.
The planet Motavia.

The planet Motavia in the first Phantasy Star videogame. ...

Motavia/Motabia/Mota

Motavia was originally a desert planet, but it was radically transformed by extensive forestation and irrigation. In Phantasy Star II, the planet is green, and water is abundant thanks to the Mother Brain and the Climatrol Center, but it returns to its former desiccated state in the fourth game. Phantasy Star II ) is a role-playing game released in 1989 for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, and later in two different compilations for the Sega Saturn and Game Boy Advance named Phantasy Star Collection. ... Spoiler warning: Mother Brain is the Orwellian computer villain in the Phantasy Star II video game. ... The Jet Scooter outside the entrance to Climatrol. ...


Motavia is inhabited by indigenous Motavians, owl-like intelligent humanoids with blue feathers, as well as refugees from Palma.


In Phantasy Star Universe, Moatoob is the home of the Beast race. It is a desert planet which was once green and filled with water and forests. After the war of the races ended in the destruction of Moatoob's moon, the atmosphere of the planet was dramatically changed, and the green and luxurious planet metamorphosed into a vast desert.

The planet Dezoris.
The planet Dezoris.

The planet Dezoris in the first Phantasy Star videogame. ...

Dezoris/Dezolis/Dezo

Dezoris is an ice planet populated by green-skinned intelligent humanoids, and yellow, talking Musk Cats. Because of the planet's harsh environment and dangerous native creatures, very few Palmans and Motavians live on the planet; it is for this reason that the Espers live here in the hidden Esper Mansion.

The planet Rykros.
The planet Rykros.

The planet Rykros in the videogame Phantasy Star IV. This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ...

Rykros/Ryucross

Rykros is a mysterious planet on an extremely elongated orbit, such that it only approaches the other planets once every 1,000 years. It may only be seen by looking through the Aeroprism, and its exact location is unknown to any living being.


Fan Controversies

There are a number of subjects within Phantasy Star 's continuities that much of the fan community cannot seem to come to any agreement on. These include the following:

  • Noah versus Lutz: When Sega of America localized Phantasy Star II, they chose to change the name of the character previously localized as "Noah" to reflect his Japanese counterpart's name, Lutz. The fallout of this, is that many fans have taken this to mean that in the English-language continuity, the characters of Noah and Lutz are two different individuals. Other fans reject this line of thought, choosing instead to assume that for some unstated reason, Noah has changed his name. Some speculate that "Lutz" may be some sort of salutation or title that Noah has taken on, as the head of the Esper order. This matter has been cleared up with the revelation in PSIV that Rune Walsh is become the 5th Generation Lutz. Lutz is the title. Noah is the name. Noah calling himself Lutz in PSII is the same as Rune calling himself Lutz near the end of PSIV. A clear example of this is in the famed PC series, Ultima; Throughout nine games the protaganist is often simply called Avatar or The Avatar.
  • Pretty Much All of PSIII and the Whole 'How'd-Motherbrain-Really-Get-There' Thing: A link to http://www.phantasy-star.net/ has been provided for full text's of each possible ending. PSIII is supposed to happen concurrently, or in the Japanese version, AFTER PSIV - yet by the final battle of PSII Earth has been destroyed by its people - the survivors of which escaped on the dungeon/spaceship Noah where the battle with Dark Force and Motherbrain take place. The earthmen that are revealed after Motherbrain's defeat claim to have destroyed Palma and, in fact, be Motherbrain's creators - a claim made completely impossible when faced with the gulf of 1000 years. All of PSIII's endings are painfully vague with exception of Aron's: after defeating Dark Force the Alisa III passes through a black hole into near orbit of a small blue world with an ending message:

Greetings, alien craft! Identify yourselves. This is the London Communications Center on Earth of the Sol system. Over and out.

Actually Cry's ending does ominously mention, less specifically albeit, the Alisa III heading for a "perfect" looking blue planet, 3rd from the nearest star.


How did the Earthmen find the Alisa III - a ship escaping the destruction of Palma - only to return aboard the Noah, construct Motherbrain, and quietly soften the people of Algol over time nearly 1000 years earlier? Of equal importance, how is there even an Earth to hail the Alisa III if what the earthmen onboard the Noah in PSII say, that they escaped Earth's destruction with the Noah to find a new world, is true?


Massive continuity errors abound unless, regarding cannon, Aron's ending is considered to be the "Real" ending. In which case there are still massive plot hole's unless the black hole is responsible for moving the Alisa III through both time and space whereupon the destruction the Earthmen describe in PSII doesn't occur until after Aron's ending. That is, the Alisa III orbits Earth prior to the events described by the Earthmen in PSII: Earth succumbs to the evil of Dark Force, the Noah is built, Noah escapes Earth's destruction, Algol is found, Motherbrain installed, and THEN the events of PSII occur. Thus PSI, PSII, PSIII back to PSII, with PSIV following the desctruction of Motherbrain in PSII. Regardless of whatever a stretch it may seem, it is the only logical conclusion with PSIV occuring 1000 years after the Great Collapse.


Finally, the only part of PSIV that addresses the matter. Again in a frustraitingly cryptic manner - This dialogue doesn't even transpire unless the player chooses to explore the "WRECKAGE" dungeon early in the game:

RIKA: Wait... This is not the only ship that escaped from Parma! Most of them landed either in Motavia or Dezolis, but it looks like some of them went right out of the Algo solar system.

See also

This is a timeline of the Phantasy Star series of videogames. ...

External links

  • The Phantasy Star Pages Comprehensive Phantasy Star page.
  • Interview with Rieko Kodama, Creator of Phantasy Stars I, II, and IV
  • PSO Planet — News site
  • History of the Phantasy Star series Sega-16's complete retrospective on the series.
  • Phantasy Star series Manuals
  • History of Phantasy Star
  • Phantasy Star Wiki A fledgling Wiki project chronicling all things Phantasy Star — from the original series to the newly-released Phantasy Star Universe.

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Phantasy Star series - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (803 words)
Phantasy Star Generation 1 is a remake of the original Phantasy Star.
Phantasy Star Generation 2 is a remake of the original Phantasy Star II.
In Phantasy Star II, the planet is green and water is abundant thanks to the Mother Brain and the Climatrol Center, but it returns to its former desiccated state in the fourth game.
Phantasy Star - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (738 words)
Phantasy Star was one of the first cartridges to include battery-backed random access memory for saving game positions.
Lutz (Noah in the English adaptation; although in the third installment in the series, he is known under Lutz) is the last character to join the party.
Dark Force (Dark Falz in the English adaptation of Phantasy Star I) is the demon found to be the source of La Shiec's corruption.
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