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.
  • 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.
    • While the first Metroid is credited with introducing a strong, capable female lead, this game wasn't far behind. While it came out a year later, the packaging, manual, and opening cutscene firmly establish Alis as a heroine who wasn't out for treasure, saving the world, or rescuing princesses, she was on a journey of revenge and the text makes explicit that she intends to kill the man who murdered her brother. And unlike Metroid, it didn't disguise the fact that you were playing a main character that just so happened to be a girl.
  • 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.