History VideoGame / PhantasyStar

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8th Jul '16 3:33:01 PM WillKeaton
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* ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway: Inverted. Though the tetralogy's set primarily in the Algol star system, seemingly in its own universe, Algol is actually a [[http://www.phantasy-star.net/art/algol2.jpg real-life star system]], its name is Arabic for "demon star." [[MeaningfulName Now, think back to the plot in]] ''IV'' ....

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* ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway: Inverted. Though the tetralogy's set primarily in the Algol star system, seemingly in its own universe, Algol is actually a [[http://www.phantasy-star.net/art/algol2.jpg real-life star system]], system,]] its name is Arabic for "demon star." [[MeaningfulName Now, think back to the plot in]] ''IV'' ....
8th Jul '16 3:32:09 PM WillKeaton
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Creator/{{Sega}}'s answer to the RPG craze of the late 1980s, the ''Phantasy Star'' series was a classic contemporary to Franchise/DragonQuest and ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. Having been in the hands of several of Sega's development studios (in chronological order: Sega [=RD4=], Sega [=AM7=] (Overworks/Sega Wow), and Sega [=AM8=] (Creator/SonicTeam)), the franchise has taken several different forms since its inception.

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Creator/{{Sega}}'s answer to the RPG craze of the late 1980s, the ''Phantasy Star'' series was a classic contemporary to Franchise/DragonQuest ''Franchise/DragonQuest'' and ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. Having been in the hands of several of Sega's development studios (in chronological order: Sega [=RD4=], Sega [=AM7=] (Overworks/Sega Wow), and Sega [=AM8=] (Creator/SonicTeam)), the franchise has taken several different forms since its inception.
11th Jan '16 10:56:36 AM GastonRabbit
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All four games are available on ''Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection'' for the Xbox 360 and [=PlayStation=] 3, though the first installment (because it isn't a Genesis game) must be unlocked, which isn't that hard to do.[[note]]Defeat the first boss of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' in two-player mode.[[/note]] As of 3 May 2012, the original versions of ''Phantasy Star II'', ''III'', and ''IV'' for Sega Genesis can also be purchased and played on PC via UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}.

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All four games from the original series are available on ''Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection'' for the Xbox 360 and [=PlayStation=] 3, though the first installment (because it isn't a Genesis game) must be unlocked, which isn't that hard to do.[[note]]Defeat the first boss of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' in two-player mode.[[/note]] As of 3 May 2012, the original versions of ''Phantasy Star II'', ''III'', and ''IV'' for Sega Genesis can also be purchased and played on PC via UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}.



* CompilationRerelease: No shortage of these. The UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn and UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 both offered collections which combined all four original games into one package; the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance offered one which combined the first three.

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* CompilationRerelease: No shortage of these. these with the original series. The UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn and UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 both offered collections which combined all four original games into one package; package, the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance offered one which combined the first three.three, and compilations of Genesis games tend to contain at least the three for that system (the collection for the [=PlayStation=] 3 and Xbox 360 contains all four, albeit requiring the first to be unlocked).
10th Jan '16 8:58:11 AM GastonRabbit
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A number of times, the games of the tetralogy have been ported to newer consoles. At one point, there was even a [[VideoGameRemake Remake]] of the first two games in the tetralogy--''Phantasy Star Generation 1'' and ''Generation 2''--for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2. On top of a more fleshed-out story (''far'' more in ''Generation 1'''s case) and updated graphics, there were a few additional quests and tweaks made to the remakes. [[NoExportForYou Of course, nobody outside Japn got to see these either]]. A similar remake of ''IV'' was planned and a US release bundling the '''III'' was announced, but the remake of ''IV'' disappeared and the US release along with it.

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A number of times, the games of the tetralogy have been ported to newer consoles. At one point, there was even a [[VideoGameRemake Remake]] of the first two games in the tetralogy--''Phantasy Star Generation 1'' and ''Generation 2''--for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2. On top of a more fleshed-out story (''far'' more in ''Generation 1'''s case) and updated graphics, there were a few additional quests and tweaks made to the remakes. [[NoExportForYou Of course, nobody outside Japn Japan got to see these either]]. A similar remake of ''IV'' was planned and a US release bundling the '''III'' ''III'' was announced, but the remake of ''IV'' disappeared and the US release along with it.
9th Jan '16 5:10:36 AM GastonRabbit
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* GlobalCurrency: Meseta. One of the mainstay concepts of the series, even after the tetralogy.
* HijackedByGanon: Dark Force/Falz has a nasty habit of appearing in nigh every game in some way, shape or form, [[AvertedTrope except]] ''[[VideoGame/PhantasyStarNova Nova]]'', [[OddballInTheSeries for whatever reason.]]

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* GlobalCurrency: Meseta.Meseta, which is more of an interplanetary currency. One of the mainstay concepts of the series, even after the tetralogy.
* HijackedByGanon: Dark Force/Falz has a nasty habit of appearing in nigh every game in some way, shape or form, [[AvertedTrope except]] ''[[VideoGame/PhantasyStarNova Nova]]'', [[OddballInTheSeries for whatever reason.]]reason]].



* MasterComputer: Mother Brain in ''PSII.'' [[spoiler:She's got a "daughter" named [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Daughter]] in ''PSIV.'']]
* TheMedic: Amy and Raja are the best examples, and several ''[=PSIII=]'' characters can be turned into this with proper tech distribution.

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* MasterComputer: Mother Brain in ''PSII.'' [[spoiler:She's got a "daughter" named [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Daughter]] in ''PSIV.'']]
''PSIV''.]]
* TheMedic: Amy and Raja are the best examples, and several ''[=PSIII=]'' ''PSIII'' characters can be turned into this with proper tech distribution.



* OminousFloatingCastle: Lassic/La Shiec's castle in ''[=PSI=]'', Skyhaven and Lashute in ''PSIII''.

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* OminousFloatingCastle: Lassic/La Shiec's castle in ''[=PSI=]'', ''PSI'', Skyhaven and Lashute in ''PSIII''.



* PlotlineDeath: [[spoiler: Tiem and Nei in ''PSII''. Alys in ''PSIV''.]]

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* PlotlineDeath: [[spoiler: Tiem [[spoiler:Tiem and Nei in ''PSII''. Alys in ''PSIV''.]]



* RequiredPartyMember: Nei insists on joining Rolf for the first third of ''PSII''. In ''PSIV'', there is even ''less'' options on who to take, as the party makeup is often entirely decided by the plot. Even prior to the final dungeon, four characters in the five-man party are required.

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* RequiredPartyMember: Nei insists on joining Rolf for the first third of ''PSII''. In ''PSIV'', there is are even ''less'' options on who to take, as the party makeup is often entirely decided by the plot. Even prior to the final dungeon, four characters in the five-man party are required.



* ShoutOut: In ''PSII Text Adventures,'' Shir's quest involves stealing the [[FantasyZone Opa Opa]], a famous treasure.
** Some of the books Chaz finds on bookshelves in ''PSIV'' also reference other Sega franchises, like ''SonicTheHedgehog''.

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* ShoutOut: In ''PSII Text Adventures,'' Adventures''. Shir's quest involves stealing the [[FantasyZone Opa Opa]], a famous treasure.
** Some of the books Chaz finds on bookshelves in ''PSIV'' also reference other Sega franchises, like ''SonicTheHedgehog''.''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''.



** GhibliHills: Palma [[spoiler:before its destruction]], and Landen, Draconia, Elysium, and Terminus on the Alisa III... before you factor in their sci-fi elements, of course. Motavia in ''[=PSII=]'', due to terraforming.

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** GhibliHills: Palma [[spoiler:before its destruction]], and Landen, Draconia, Elysium, and Terminus on the Alisa III... before you factor in their sci-fi elements, of course. Motavia in ''[=PSII=]'', ''PSII'', due to terraforming.



* SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness: Subverted in ''[=PSII=]''. Dezo sells Laconia Daggers for 18,400 meseta, and only Shir can equip them. You'd think they'd be her ultimate weapon... But it only boosts her damage by 4. That's even less than the ''Scalpel''.
** Generation 2 plays it straight thankfully, they've been heavily buffed into being Shir's best weapon.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Localization teams lacked consistency with translations (see the CutAndPasteTranslation example above); as an example, the name of the Algo System's planets have ''plenty'' of variations on their names (Palma/Parma/Palm/Parm, Motavia/Motabia/Mota, Dezoris/Dezolis/Dezo).
* SquishyWizard: Noah in ''[=PSI=]''; Hugh and Amy in ''[=PSII=]''; Hahn, Rune and Raja in ''[=PSIV=]''.
* StickyFingers: Shir, ''[=PSII=]'''s resident thief, has a chance of stealing something from every item, weapon, or armor store that the party walks into and taking it back to Rolf's home in Paseo. [[FridgeLogic This includes any stores on Dezoris]], [[ScrappyMechanic which is extremely counter-productive given the circumstance]].

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* SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness: Subverted in ''[=PSII=]''.''PSII''. Dezo sells Laconia Daggers for 18,400 meseta, and only Shir can equip them. You'd think they'd be her ultimate weapon... But but it only boosts her damage by 4. That's even less than the ''Scalpel''.
** Generation 2 ''Generation 2'' plays it straight thankfully, they've straight, thankfully. They've been heavily buffed into being Shir's best weapon.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Localization teams lacked consistency with translations (see the CutAndPasteTranslation example above); translations; as an example, the name of the Algo Algo/Algol System's planets (as well as the system itself, as noted here) have ''plenty'' of variations on their names (Palma/Parma/Palm/Parm, Motavia/Motabia/Mota, Dezoris/Dezolis/Dezo).
* SquishyWizard: Noah in ''[=PSI=]''; ''PSI''; Hugh and Amy in ''[=PSII=]''; ''PSII''; Hahn, Rune Rune, and Raja in ''[=PSIV=]''.
''PSIV''.
* StickyFingers: Shir, ''[=PSII=]'''s ''PSII'''s resident thief, has a chance of stealing something from every item, weapon, or armor store that the party walks into and taking it back to Rolf's home in Paseo. [[FridgeLogic This includes any stores on Dezoris]], [[ScrappyMechanic which is extremely counter-productive given the circumstance]].



* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: Nei Sword in ''PSII'', Orakio's Sword in ''PSIII'', Elsydeon in ''PSIV''

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* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: Nei Sword in ''PSII'', Orakio's Sword in ''PSIII'', Elsydeon in ''PSIV''''PSIV''.



* {{Unobtainium}}: Laconia, a specific mineral found in the Algo star system (typically on Dezoris) which is among the hardest known to man. Your party's best gear will typically include several pieces crafted from it.
** It should be noted that Laconia ''itself'' isn't rare, but the knowledge of how to refine it doesn't get spread around. In IV, several stores sell "Silver" weapons and armor, which one of the shop residents explains ''is'' Laconia, but a low-grade form of it because out of outdated processing techniques.

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* {{Unobtainium}}: Laconia, a specific mineral found in the Algo Algol star system (typically on Dezoris) which is among the hardest known to man. Your party's best gear will typically include several pieces crafted from it.
** It should be noted that Laconia ''itself'' isn't rare, but the knowledge of how to refine it doesn't get spread around. In IV, ''IV'', several stores sell "Silver" weapons and armor, which one of the shop residents explains ''is'' Laconia, but a low-grade form of it because out of outdated processing techniques.



** Until [[spoiler: A space station slams into Palma in PSII, destroying it, and thus weakening the seal, allowing not 1 but three seperate versions of dark force to slip into their dimension during PSIV]]
* WhenTreesAttack: The trees surrounding Garubrek Tower in ''PSIV'' are carnivorous. There's also a few biomonsters in ''PSII'' that appear to be trees, too.

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** Until [[spoiler: A [[spoiler:a space station slams into Palma in PSII, ''PSII'', destroying it, and thus weakening the seal, allowing not 1 one but three seperate ''three'' separate versions of dark force Dark Force to slip into their dimension during PSIV]]
''PSIV'']].
* WhenTreesAttack: The trees surrounding Garubrek Tower in ''PSIV'' are carnivorous. There's There are also a few biomonsters in ''PSII'' that appear to be trees, too.
9th Jan '16 5:03:01 AM GastonRabbit
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{{Sega}}'s answer to the RPG craze of the late 1980's, the ''Phantasy Star'' series was a classic contemporary to DragonQuest and ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. Having been in the hands of several of Sega's development studios (in chronological order: Sega [=RD4=], Sega [=AM7=] (Overworks/Sega Wow), and Sega [=AM8=] (Sonic Team)), the franchise has taken several different forms since its inception.

The original tetralogy of turn-based role playing games is primarily set in the Algol solar system, focusing on the planets Palma, Motavia, and Dezoris. Across thousands of years, various heroes rise to combat those who would threaten their home worlds, particularly the evil entity known as Dark Force.

Three {{Gaiden Game}}s, mostly focused on ''Phantasy Star II'', were released as well. ''Phantasy Star II Text Adventures'' and ''Phantasy Star Adventure'', a duo of text based {{Adventure Game}}s, explored the past of the PSII cast and told an unrelated story set in the same era of the Algol system's history, respectively. ''Phantasy Star Gaiden,'' an {{Eastern RPG}} for the GameGear, took place roughly halfway between I and II in the Copto star system, a sector of space colonized by the Alogols. The protagonists are two colonists, Alec and Mina--the latter being a descendant of I's heroine, Alis Landale. [[NoExportForYou None of these games were released outside of Japan.]]

A number of times, the games of the tetralogy have been ported to newer consoles. At one point, there was even a [[TheRemake Remake]] of the first two games in the tetralogy--''Phantasy Star Generation 1'' and ''Generation 2''--for the [[PlaystationTwo Playstation 2]]. On top of a more fleshed out story (''far'' more in ''Generation 1's'' case) and updated graphics, there were a few additional quests and tweaks made to the remakes. [[NoExportForYou Of course, nobody outside Japan got to see these either]]. A similar remake of ''4'' was planned and a US release bundling the 3 was announced, but the remake of 4 disappeared and the US release along with it.

Sega's continued to make games in the ''Phantasy Star'' series, but they've largely taken place in entirely new settings with only tenuous connections to the Algol System ... well, apart from the fact that Dark Force just can't seem to leave the universe alone. For more information on the sub-series that came after the tetralogy, see ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'', ''PhantasyStarUniverse'', and ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarZero''.

As of 3rd of May of 2012, the original versions of Phantasy Star 2, 3 and 4 for Sega Genesis can be purchased and played on PC via {{Steam}}.

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{{Sega}}'s Creator/{{Sega}}'s answer to the RPG craze of the late 1980's, 1980s, the ''Phantasy Star'' series was a classic contemporary to DragonQuest Franchise/DragonQuest and ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. Having been in the hands of several of Sega's development studios (in chronological order: Sega [=RD4=], Sega [=AM7=] (Overworks/Sega Wow), and Sega [=AM8=] (Sonic Team)), (Creator/SonicTeam)), the franchise has taken several different forms since its inception.

The original tetralogy of turn-based role playing role-playing games is primarily set in the Algol solar system, focusing on the planets Palma, Motavia, and Dezoris. Across thousands of years, various heroes rise to combat those who would threaten their home worlds, particularly the evil entity known as Dark Force.

Three {{Gaiden Game}}s, mostly focused on ''Phantasy Star II'', were released as well. ''Phantasy Star II Text Adventures'' and ''Phantasy Star Adventure'', a duo of text based text-based {{Adventure Game}}s, explored the past of the PSII ''PSII'' cast and told an unrelated story set in the same era of the Algol system's history, respectively. ''Phantasy Star Gaiden,'' an {{Eastern RPG}} for the GameGear, UsefulNotes/GameGear, took place roughly halfway between I ''I'' and II ''II'' in the Copto star system, a sector of space colonized by the Alogols. The protagonists are two colonists, Alec and Mina--the latter being a descendant of I's ''I'''s heroine, Alis Landale. [[NoExportForYou None of these games were released outside of Japan.]]

A number of times, the games of the tetralogy have been ported to newer consoles. At one point, there was even a [[TheRemake [[VideoGameRemake Remake]] of the first two games in the tetralogy--''Phantasy Star Generation 1'' and ''Generation 2''--for the [[PlaystationTwo Playstation 2]]. UsefulNotes/PlayStation2. On top of a more fleshed out fleshed-out story (''far'' more in ''Generation 1's'' 1'''s case) and updated graphics, there were a few additional quests and tweaks made to the remakes. [[NoExportForYou Of course, nobody outside Japan Japn got to see these either]]. A similar remake of ''4'' ''IV'' was planned and a US release bundling the 3 '''III'' was announced, but the remake of 4 ''IV'' disappeared and the US release along with it.

Sega's continued to make games in the ''Phantasy Star'' series, but they've largely taken place in entirely new settings with only tenuous connections to the Algol System ...System... well, apart from the fact that Dark Force just can't seem to leave the universe alone. For more information on the sub-series that came after the tetralogy, see ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'', ''PhantasyStarUniverse'', and ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarZero''.

All four games are available on ''Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection'' for the Xbox 360 and [=PlayStation=] 3, though the first installment (because it isn't a Genesis game) must be unlocked, which isn't that hard to do.[[note]]Defeat the first boss of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' in two-player mode.[[/note]] As of 3rd of 3 May of 2012, the original versions of Phantasy ''Phantasy Star 2, 3 II'', ''III'', and 4 ''IV'' for Sega Genesis can also be purchased and played on PC via {{Steam}}.UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}.



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* [[EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Algol Is The Center Of The Universe]]: Thoroughly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in ''PSIV'', as it's revealed that [[spoiler: the entire star system and all that live in it were originally created by the Great Light to imprison the Profound Darkness]].
* ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway: Inverted. Though the tetralogy's set primarily in the Algol star system, seemingly in it's own universe, Algol is actually a [[http://www.phantasy-star.net/art/algol2.jpg real-life star system]], its name is Arabic for "demon star." [[MeaningfulName Now, think back to the plot in]] IV ...
** Additionally although obliquely hinted at in I, it's confirmed in II that [[spoiler:Earth does exist]] within a far future context, as it's race tries to conquer Algol to colonize it for resources and living space.
* AnyoneCanDie: This series is not even slightly shy about killing off its main characters. ''PSIV'''s WhamEpisode had [[spoiler: Alys dying from the effects of the Black Wave.]] ''PSIII'' never killed anyone in the active party, but was absolutely murderous to the heroes of the first and second generations. And [[KillEmAll then there was]] ''PSII''.
* ArtEvolution: ''PSII'', the {{Gaiden Game}}s, and ''PSIV'' opted for a cell-drawn art style for {{cutscene}}s that was evocative of [[TheEighties late Eighties]] and [[TheNineties early Nineties]] anime. ''PSI'' and ''PSIII'' have a different (but still {{Animesque}}) style. ''Generation 1'' and ''2'' sport their own cel-shaded style as well, distinct from the original ''PSII'' and ''PSIV''.
* ArtificialHuman: The Numans: Neifirst, Nei, Rika.
** The android/cyborgs of III and IV probably count as well. And then there's [[spoiler: Seth]] in IV.

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* [[EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Algol Is The the Center Of The of the Universe]]: Thoroughly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in ''PSIV'', as it's revealed that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the entire star system and all that live in it were originally created by the Great Light to imprison the Profound Darkness]].
* ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway: Inverted. Though the tetralogy's set primarily in the Algol star system, seemingly in it's its own universe, Algol is actually a [[http://www.phantasy-star.net/art/algol2.jpg real-life star system]], its name is Arabic for "demon star." [[MeaningfulName Now, think back to the plot in]] IV ...
''IV'' ....
** Additionally Additionally, although obliquely obliquely, hinted at in I, ''I'', it's confirmed in II ''II'' that [[spoiler:Earth does exist]] within a far future context, as it's its race tries to conquer Algol to colonize it for resources and living space.
* AnyoneCanDie: This series is not even slightly shy about killing off its main characters. ''PSIV'''s WhamEpisode had [[spoiler: Alys [[spoiler:Alys dying from the effects of the Black Wave.]] Wave]]. ''PSIII'' never killed anyone in the active party, but was absolutely murderous to the heroes of the first and second generations. And [[KillEmAll then there was]] ''PSII''.
* ArtEvolution: ''PSII'', the {{Gaiden Game}}s, and ''PSIV'' opted for a cell-drawn cel-drawn art style for {{cutscene}}s that was evocative of [[TheEighties late Eighties]] '80s]] and [[TheNineties early Nineties]] '90s]] anime. ''PSI'' and ''PSIII'' have a different (but still {{Animesque}}) {{animesque}}) style. ''Generation 1'' and ''2'' sport their own cel-shaded style as well, distinct from the original ''PSII'' and ''PSIV''.
* ArtificialHuman: The Numans: Neifirst, Nei, and Rika.
** The android/cyborgs of III and IV probably count as well. And then there's [[spoiler: Seth]] [[spoiler:Seth]] in IV.''IV''.



* ClarkesThirdLaw: Throughout the series, the explanations for the games' equivalent of magic, "Techniques", has differed. For instance, the manual for ''PhantasyStarII'' describes the fire Technique "Foi" as compressing oxygen into a small space until the molecules ignite and create a fireball, suggesting they are technological or psychic in nature. Meanwhile, ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse'' describes [[SpellMyNameWithAnS TECHNICs]] and their melee equivalent, Photon Arts, as computer programs uploaded to weapons on discs.
* CompilationRerelease: No shortage of these. The UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn and UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 both offered collections which combined all four original games into one package; the GameBoyAdvance offered one which combined the first three.
* ConLang / SpellLevels: Techniques from ''PSII'' onwards. The base spells (such as "Foie" or "Resta") are augmented with prefixes, with "Gi" and "Na" strengthening them and "Sa" making them target multiple subjects. This is much less obvious in the English translations with their five-letter limit.
* CutAndPasteTranslation: In this case, overlaps with PragmaticAdaptation and {{Macekre}}. Due to differences in language, a name in Japanese that easily fit in a short space ''can't'' when translated to a Western alphabet... and due to the hardware limitations of the era, simply making more room for "proper" English wasn't in the cards. As a result, localization teams often had to make new names for characters and items, but they often ''went out of their way'' to change the names into something entirely different--even for names that didn't ''need'' to be changed. They weren't consistent about the replacement names used, either.
** And then there's the mistranslation of Dark Force into "Dark Falz"... Which ended up becoming the canonical name for the godlike cosmic horror that would debut in ''Online'' and have final boss roles in multiple games after that. Whether the name was the ''result'' of the mistranslation or just a coincidence is unknown, though it's still amusing in hindsight.

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* ClarkesThirdLaw: Throughout the series, the explanations for the games' equivalent of magic, "Techniques", has differed. For instance, the manual for ''PhantasyStarII'' ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'' describes the fire Technique "Foi" as compressing oxygen into a small space until the molecules ignite and create a fireball, suggesting they are technological or psychic in nature. Meanwhile, ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse'' describes [[SpellMyNameWithAnS TECHNICs]] and their melee equivalent, Photon Arts, as computer programs uploaded to weapons on discs.
* CompilationRerelease: No shortage of these. The UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn and UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 both offered collections which combined all four original games into one package; the GameBoyAdvance UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance offered one which combined the first three.
* ConLang / SpellLevels: ConLang[=/=]SpellLevels: Techniques from ''PSII'' onwards. The base spells (such as "Foie" or "Resta") are augmented with prefixes, with "Gi" and "Na" strengthening them and "Sa" making them target multiple subjects. This is much less obvious in the English translations with their five-letter limit.
* CutAndPasteTranslation: In this case, overlaps with PragmaticAdaptation and {{Macekre}}. Due to differences in language, a name in Japanese that easily fit in a short space ''can't'' when translated to a Western alphabet... and due to the hardware limitations of the era, simply making more room for "proper" English wasn't in the cards. As a result, localization teams often had to make new names for characters and items, but they often ''went out of their way'' to change the names into something entirely different--even for names that didn't ''need'' to be changed. They weren't consistent about the replacement names used, either.
** And then there's the mistranslation of Dark Force into "Dark Falz"... Which ended up becoming the canonical name for the godlike cosmic horror that would debut in ''Online'' and have final boss roles in multiple games after that. Whether the name was the ''result'' of the mistranslation or just a coincidence is unknown, though it's still amusing in hindsight.
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* DeadCharacterWalking: Can be done in the second ''PhantasyStar'' game. First, kill off everyone except [[SpoonyBard Shir]], then enter a shop repeatedly until she steals something and leaves the party. You'll now be able to walk around with an all dead party, though the second you get into an encounter, you'll die immediately.
* DevilInDisguise: In ''PhantasyStar 4'', you are accompanied for the span of one dungeon by an adventurer named Seth. While his name doesn't really say anything of what he really is, using the Talk command from the menu gives subtle hints, and his abilities (most, if not all of which were used in previous fights by [[spoiler: Dark Force]]) are almost a dead give away if you are paying attention. "Seth" is also the name of the ancient Egyptian god of darkness.

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* DeadCharacterWalking: Can be done in the second ''PhantasyStar'' ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'' game. First, kill off everyone except [[SpoonyBard Shir]], then enter a shop repeatedly until she steals something and leaves the party. You'll now be able to walk around with an all dead all-dead party, though the second you get into an encounter, you'll die immediately.
* DevilInDisguise: In ''PhantasyStar 4'', ''UsefulNotes/PhantasyStarIV'', you are accompanied for the span of one dungeon by an [[spoiler:an adventurer named Seth.Seth]]. While his name doesn't really say anything of what he really is, using the Talk command from the menu gives subtle hints, and his abilities (most, if not all of which were used in previous fights by [[spoiler: Dark Force]]) are almost a dead give away if you are paying attention. "Seth" [[spoiler:"Seth" is also the name of the ancient Egyptian god of darkness.]]



* DualWielding: Possible with every character, starting with ''[=PSII=]'', and highly encouraged when it's not more effective to use a two-handed weapon. You can even dual-wield ''shields'' if you need to beef up a magic user's defense.
* EldritchAbomination: Dark Force in all the games. [[spoiler: The Profound Darkness in ''PSIV'', even more so.]]

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* DualWielding: Possible with every character, starting with ''[=PSII=]'', ''PSII'', and highly encouraged when it's not more effective to use a two-handed weapon. You can even dual-wield ''shields'' if you need to beef up a magic user's defense.
* EldritchAbomination: Dark Force in all the games. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Profound Darkness in ''PSIV'', even more so.]]



** In fact, the four main characters of ''PSIV'' are, in a sense, [[FridgeBrilliance representative of the games of the tetralogy]]. Rune Walsh [[spoiler: given his identity as the fifth generation Lutz]] represents ''PSI''. Rika, originally meant to be Nei, represents ''PSII.'' Wren represents ''PSIII'', as another android of the same model was part of the main cast in that game. Chaz himself represents ''PSIV.''
* FightingAShadow: [[spoiler: Dark Force's relationship to the Profound Darkness--especially true in ''PSIV''. Lassic also has a "shadow" fought partway through his castle in ''PSI.'']]
* GenreShift: The jump from classic console RPG to [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMO]] {{Action RPG}} between Phantasy Star IV and the later sub-series, as well as the sidestory text-based adventure games like Phantasy Star Adventure.

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** In fact, the four main characters of ''PSIV'' are, in a sense, [[FridgeBrilliance representative of the games of the tetralogy]]. Rune Walsh [[spoiler: given [[spoiler:given his identity as the fifth generation fifth-generation Lutz]] represents ''PSI''. Rika, originally meant to be Nei, represents ''PSII.'' ''PSII''. Wren represents ''PSIII'', as another android of the same model was part of the main cast in that game. Chaz himself represents ''PSIV.''
''PSIV''.
* FightingAShadow: [[spoiler: Dark [[spoiler:Dark Force's relationship to the Profound Darkness--especially true in ''PSIV''. Lassic also has a "shadow" fought partway through his castle in ''PSI.'']]
* GenreShift: The jump from classic console RPG to [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMO]] {{Action RPG}} ActionRPG between Phantasy ''Phantasy Star IV IV'' and the later sub-series, as well as the sidestory side-story text-based adventure games like Phantasy Star Adventure.
23rd Dec '15 6:15:35 AM Ramidel
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* {{Dropped A Bridge On H|im}}er: [[spoiler:Alys]]. And to a lesser extent, [[spoiler:[[StupidSacrifice Nei]]]].

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* {{Dropped A Bridge On H|im}}er: [[spoiler:Alys]]. And to a lesser extent, [[spoiler:[[StupidSacrifice Nei]]]].
15th Dec '15 8:09:31 PM N.Harmonik
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Three {{Gaiden Game}}s, mostly focused on ''Phantasy Star II'', were released as well.''Phantasy Star II Text Adventures'' and ''Phantasy Star Adventure'', a duo of text based {{Adventure Game}}s, explored the past of the PSII cast and told an unrelated story set in the same era of the Algol system's history, respectively. ''Phantasy Star Gaiden,'' an {{Eastern RPG}} for the GameGear, took place roughly halfway between I and II in the Copto star system, a sector of space colonized by the Alogols. The protagonists are two colonists, Alec and Mina--the latter being a descendant of I's heroine, Alis Landale. [[NoExportForYou None of these games were released outside of Japan.]]

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Three {{Gaiden Game}}s, mostly focused on ''Phantasy Star II'', were released as well. ''Phantasy Star II Text Adventures'' and ''Phantasy Star Adventure'', a duo of text based {{Adventure Game}}s, explored the past of the PSII cast and told an unrelated story set in the same era of the Algol system's history, respectively. ''Phantasy Star Gaiden,'' an {{Eastern RPG}} for the GameGear, took place roughly halfway between I and II in the Copto star system, a sector of space colonized by the Alogols. The protagonists are two colonists, Alec and Mina--the latter being a descendant of I's heroine, Alis Landale. [[NoExportForYou None of these games were released outside of Japan.]]
3rd Dec '15 7:23:44 PM nombretomado
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* CompilationRerelease: No shortage of these. The SegaSaturn and PlayStation2 both offered collections which combined all four original games into one package; the GameBoyAdvance offered one which combined the first three.

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* CompilationRerelease: No shortage of these. The SegaSaturn UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn and PlayStation2 UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 both offered collections which combined all four original games into one package; the GameBoyAdvance offered one which combined the first three.
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