YMMV / Phantasy Star

  • Awesome Music: Many examples peppered throughout the series. Proof that yes, the Sega Genesis was capable of producing epic and emotional tunes suitable for an RPG.
  • Contested Sequel: Phantasy Star III doesn't even look much like a Phantasy Star game given its radically different art style and its storyline separation from Phantasy Star II.
  • Cut-and-Paste Translation: In this case, overlaps with Pragmatic Adaptation 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Nei from II has a lot of fans. She is also one of the most recognizable characters (if not the most recognizable) from the series as a whole.
  • Fanon: Go ahead, ask some of the fans if Lutz and Noah are the same person. Then read some of the long, long justifying fan-fiction. May also qualify as Alternate Character Interpretation. In the original Japanese and Fan Translation hacks, this is indeed the case.
    • For that matter you might as well ask if Rika and Nei are the same character, due to a case of What Could Have Been.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Unsurprisingly, with Final Fantasy, with some added heat of the famous Genesis vs. SNES rivalry.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: PSIV is generally regarded as the best game in the original series. PSIII is... mixed.