YMMV / Phantasy Star I

  • Accidental Innuendo: The dream fight with Dark Force (appropriately called "Nightmare" in Japanese) got mistranslated as "Saccubus" in English. So apparently, Dark Force was trying to seduce Alis....
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Phantasy Star was one of the first games officially translated (sorta) into Portuguese. 20 years later, Brazilian gamers still have fond memories of it.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The Laser Gun. Even worse, it's arguably Odin's best weapon so you'll hear it a lot.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Undead type enemies pull a horrific Game Face when they attack or use an ability. It involves the flesh on their faces liquefying and hanging around their knees.
  • Nintendo Hard: Even the starting enemies will kick your butt until you grind enough.
  • Older Than They Think: Unusually for an RPG, technological weapons do a set amount of damage, ignoring the attributes of both the user and the target. The Saga games are the most well-known ones that use this mechanic, but Phantasy Star did it two years earlier. Later games would have them work more like conventional weapons.
  • Porting Disaster: While the Game Boy Advance port fixed most of the Engrish of the original version, it had a couple of problems. For one, the game had a tendency to freeze when the player saved. The other is the RNG seemed to be broken, so attacks would either always hit or always miss and they would always do a set amount of damage.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: To many gamers nowadays, this game just looks like a generic space RPG. What people forget is this is one of the earliest space RPGs created, possibly being the Ur-Example of the sub-genre, as it was unthinkable at the time for RPGs to be anything but Medieval European Fantasies. Back then, something like this was considered to be an interesting take on the genre, and a nice breath of fresh air.note 
  • What an Idiot: While Odin had the foresight to bring a cure to petrification before fighting Medusa, he gave that cure to a creature (Myau) that is unable to open the container it was kept in.
    • Since Odin is petrified when the party first meets him, this proves he was literally Too Dumb to Live.