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The first game in the ''PhantasyStar'' series was Sega's answer to ''DragonQuest'' for their SegaMasterSystem, and with a heavy SciFi twist.

It tells the story of Alis Landale, a young woman seeking to avenge the death of her brother at the hands of the [[PresidentEvil corrupt ruler]] Lassic. However, as Alis gains allies and seeks out legendary weapons needed to destroy Lassic, it soon becomes apparent that there is a secret power behind Lassic, one that is already working on finding a new pawn in the events Lassic is defeated.

The original Phantasy Star is notable for a couple of reasons:

* It debuted in America before Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest.
* It featured animated enemy sprites and used photos of characters along with text boxs to tell the story
* It featured 3D dungeons (dropped from later games)
* [[NintendoHard It's one of the most difficult games ever made.]]


Probably the single greatest legacy left by this entry was the fact that it was one of the very earliest games to feature a lead ''heroine'' (as noted below in the ActionGirl entry - Alis is right up there with [[{{StreetFighter}} Chun Li]] and [[{{Metroid}} Samus]] ). Furthermore, hers wasn't a quest driven by the need to explore, follow a heroic love interest, or treasure hunting... hers was a quest driven by straight up [[{{Revenge}} vengeance]]. She could still serve to hand out some lessons to RPG heroines today.

Not to be confused with ''FantasyZone'', another SegaMasterSystem game.
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!!Provides Examples Of:
* ActionGirl: Seeing as this has been around since the start of both ''DragonQuest'' and ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' - Alis is one of the earliest female heroines of gaming, alongside [[{{StreetFighter}} Chun Li]] and [[{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]].
* AmericanKirbyIsHardCore: [[http://www.smspower.org/uploads/Scans/PhantasyStar-SMS-JP-Front.jpg The Japanese box art]] vs. [[http://www.smspower.org/uploads/Scans/PhantasyStar-SMS-US-Sega.jpg the American one]]. A standard group shot is changed into an action shot and Myau looks like a completely different creature.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Laconian Axe. Statistically, it is the most powerful weapon in the game and is capable of doing heavy damage, especially when combined with Myau's Help spell. In reality, it is often less useful than the Laser Gun, which does a fixed 20 points of defense-ignoring damage and also targets all enemies. Against high defense enemies (including the final bosses), you will on average do more damage with the gun than the axe.
** Another note is that the Laser Gun can't be dodged while the Laconian Axe can.
** Noah's Thunder spell is really only useful against very large groups of enemies since it targets every one. Otherwise it's a very expensive spell (16 MP) that doesn't always do much more than the 20 damage Odin does with his Laser Gun.
* BagOfHolding: Alis & Co. somehow manage to lug around three tank-sized vehicles by the end of the game.
* {{Bishonen}}: Noah, which probably led to the AmbiguousGender translation errors.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: It does run into this sort of problem occasionally, being an 80s game. In addition to the [[AmbiguousGender gender confusion]] concerning Noah, we got the classic "I tell you no one can do!"
* BreakingTheFourthWall: An NPC will ask if you like {{Sega}} games. If the players selects no, the NPC asks why you've played the game this far.
* ButThouMust: When you finally confront Lassic, he asks you if you really want to kill an old man like him. Answering "no" causes him to become insulted and commence the fight anyway.
** And your party loses initiative for the first round. No small thing in a boss fight in a game that involves a lot of defensive spells you want to cast ASAP.
** Averted in the confrontation with Doc Mad. He asks you to hand over Myau. If you say "no" he gets angry and fights you. If you say "yes" he gleefully kills Myau and attacks you anyway. The bastard.
* CashGate: At the beginning, you need to collect 200 meseta for a road pass, then an additional 100 for a passport. You also need to upgrade your starting equipment to fight anything other than monsters just outside the city's exit.
* ChokepointGeography: Much of Dezoris requires you to go through dungeons to get between areas.
* CreditsGag: Story by April Fool.
* CulturalTranslation: In the English version, the healing items "Perolimate" and "Ruoginin" were respectively translated as "Burger" and "Cola". As it turns out, "Perolimate" is a play on a Japanese energy supplement product called "[=CalorieMate=]."
* CutAndPasteEnvironments: All the dungeons.
* DegradedBoss: Every boss except Doc Mad, Saccubus, Medusa, Lassic's Shadow, Lassic and [[spoiler: Dark Falz]] reappear as common enemies.
* DeadlyGas:There is an area of Motavia surrounded by poisonous gas, and a gas shield is necessary for reaching the village at its centre.
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:The Air Castle.]]
* DubNameChange: Of the main characters, Alissa/Alyssa became Alis, Tylon/Tyrone became Odin, Lutz became Noah, and [=LaShiec=] became Lassic. (Only Myau remains the same.) In addition, most of the monster and spell names were changed to fit size restrictions.
* DumbMuscle: Odin, apparently. In addition to the WhatAnIdiot entry, he's the only character unable to use magic.
* DungeonShop: There's a few.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: First-person dungeons, for one thing. Also, the iconic [[{{Catgirl}} Newmans]] hadn't come about yet, and plain magic is used instead of [[PsychicPowers techniques]].
* ElementalPowers
** BlowYouAway: The Wind spell
** KillItWithFire: The Fire spell and the Heat Gun
** ShockAndAwe: The Thunder spell
* EscapeRope: The Myau's "Exit" spell allows escaping from a dungeon, while Alys' "Fly" spell returns you to the last church you visited when cast in a city or the surface (even travelling across planets to do so). This becomes odd in Skure, which is an underground city where Exit is not available, while Fly may be cast. Neither is usable in combat, but there's still an escape combat spell.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: After Dark Force is defeated [[spoiler: Alis is very suddenly and undramaticly revealed to be the daughter to the former king of the Algol star system and the rightful ruler. Whether or not she assumes this position is up to you.]]
* FauxFirstPerson3D
* ForcedLevelGrinding: All of the "good" armor needed to survive battle cost an arm and a leg. Then there's the fact that there are a ton of essential vehicle items that cost as much as Alis's ultimate armor (15,000 meseta).
** In a more literal sense of level grinding, Noah needs to learn the Open spell for the party to even reach the final area.
* FrickinLaserBeams: The Laser Gun
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[spoiler: Dark Force's role as the final boss.]]
* GiveMeYourInventoryItem: The beggars.
* GoWaitOutside: When constructing the spaceship, you are asked to have patience. The event takes as long as it takes the player to bug Luveno three times. He's always done on the third visit no matter how much time has passed.
* GreenHillZone: Palma.
* GuideDangIt: Much of the game requires a guide to get through with ease, especially some of the longer and harder mazes.
* HopelessBossFight: The team rest at the Mayor's manor and gets attacked by a strange floating mask that one shots your party. But it was AllJustADream.
** MeaningfulName: In the Japanese version the creature is called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Nightmare]].
** With a moderate amount of grinding it is possible to defeat it, but the rewards aren't even close to worth it.
* InexplicableTreasureChests: Every monster carries with them a treasure chest for some reason.
* InformedAttribute: Despite being considered a great, powerful warrior, Odin has the worst stats in the game.
* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: The game is full of them, though only the Eppi Forest involves a physical obstacle (the team needs a compass to walk through it). Nearly every other example is an in-game "flag" that must be met in order find the object or pathway. For example, a man in a town tell Alis about where she can find the dungeon key. If the player tries to go there before talking to the man, the chest with the key won't appear.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Myau is pronounced like "meow", thus making it a PunnyName.
* ItsPersonal: Alis' quest to destroy Lassic starts with the death of her brother Nero.
* JapaneseRanguage: In this world, Fast Food Shops are called "First Food Shops".
* KickTheDog: Doc Mad's "experiment" on Myau.
* LaserBlade: The [[StarWars Lightsaber]].
* LastBreathBullet: With his last strength Lassic [[spoiler: transforms the Governor of Motavia into Dark Force.]]
** Only in the English translation. In the Japanese it's unclear just where [[spoiler:Dark Force]] came from.
* LaughingMad: Doc Mad if you allow him to kill Myau.
* LevelsTakeFlight: Lassic's castle.
* LockedDoor: You need a key to open most later you need a spell.
* LoyalAnimalCompanion: Myau the musk cat to Odin (and Alis).
* MadScientist: The appropriately named Dr. Mad.
* MarathonLevel: Baya Malay Tower is the biggest and most complicated dungeon in the game, with many dead ends and looping corridors to get hopelessly lost in while tough monsters whittle down your party's HP and MP. You have to find an absolutely essential item (Crystal) in Baya Malay Tower, as without the crystal, Lassic's lightning attack will kill your party dead in one blast. Making things worse, is that if you clear the item, you go straight to the Air Castle directly after it with no hospital or inn nearby to heal, before embarking on a second marathon dungeon crawl to get to Lassic, who is tough as nails to fight.
** The general accepted strategy for Baya Malay is to go get the crystal, then escape and heal then go to the top of the tower to get to the air castle and fight Lassic. This way, you can save after getting the crystal and not have to worry about crawling through all of Baya Malay Tower
* MagicKnight: Alis, though she's more knight than magic.
* MiniDressOfPower: Alis
* NintendoHard: The grinding, enemy strength, did I mention all level and cash grinding?
** Not nearly as bad compared to [[VideoGame/PhantasyStarII the sequel]].
* OminousFloatingCastle: Lassic's invisible floating castle.
* PaletteSwap: Beyond just the enemies, the game's ''dungeons'' are all palette swaps of each other as well.
** Most likely meant to be {{Foreshadowing}} with [[spoiler:Succubus/Nightmare and Dark Force]].
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: The Fishmen enemy near the coast lines are very useful when you need to grind for money and experience.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Alis's dress is pink. Although she does wear armor over it. And in this context, can even overlap with RedIsHeroic.
* RandomEncounters: These encounters also include potential non-hostiles, where you can end/skip combat just by talking.
* {{Revenge}}: Alis' motivation is to avenger her brother's death.
* SaintlyChurch: The churches provide the party with resurrections and as a destination for Alis' WarpWhistle.
* SelfImposedChallenge: The most common are capping the characters' levels or beating the game without Laconian items.
* [[SequelDifficultyDrop Remake Difficulty Drop]]: Its remake is a lot less difficult than the original version. Exploring the many dungeons is also made significantly easier by the addition of an 'Atlas'-item, which helps a lot, despite the fact that it's only temporary and lasts for about 100 steps.
* ShesAManInJapan: [[strike: Lutz]] Noah was referred to as ''both'' a "he" and a "she" in the English version, apparently [[BlindIdiotTranslation by accident.]]
** This is fixed in the GameBoyAdvance version where he's always referred to as male.
* ShiftingSandLand: Motavia.
* ShoutOut: One of the swords in the game is a [[StarWars lightsaber]].
** The game references [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perseus Perseus']] battle with Medusa. In the Japanese, the Mirror Shield is even called the Perseus Shield.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Dezoris.
** Somewhat subverted in that there isn't any movement difficulty.
* SquishyWizard: Be prepared to heal Noah. A lot.
** Noah is actually an interesting case here. He has the highest base defense in the game and barely ranks 3rd when equipment is included (Odin beats him by one point). However, he does have only the 3rd-highest HP total, and he only hold that by three points.
* TalkingAnimal: Myau.
** A few of the monsters as well, though sometimes you need to use magic to understand each other.
* ThereAreNoTents: If you want to heal you have to trek back to the nearest town and visit a hospital or inn.
* TraumaInn: Normally averted as you need to visit hospitals to heal you character... Or just spend a night at Suelo's to heal everyone for free!
* UselessUsefulSpell: The Wall and Protect ("Prot") spells are pretty useless since they never work on enemies strong enough to make the player want to use them ([[spoiler:with the exception of Doc Mad]]).
* UnwinnableByDesign: You cannot defeat Lassic without first getting a special item to boost your defenses. Try it without he'll quickly one shot your party.
** It's the same story with Medusa.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential / VideoGameCaringPotential: You can chose if you want to give up Myau to Dr. Mad or not.
* YouKilledMyFather: Or Brother in this case the whole point for Alis' revenge against Lassic.

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