Best pretend 3 didn't happen. It's generally accepted as 1 -> 2 -> 4, with 3 taking place in another system(but still being related to 2).
Personally speaking, I'd actually say to start with Phantasy Star 4 first, since it's the most accessible to gamers these days. PS1
is pretty outdated by today's standards(although it was still fine for its time) meaning you might get bored of it more easily and PS2
while good, is EXTREMELY difficult
and both games are probably near impossible these days without a guide of some sort to help, since it can be really hard to tell where you need to go. PS2
's battle system is also a little harder to adjust to compared to the other two games, which are more typical of turn-based JRP Gs
. It's still really good but PS4
you'll more likely have an enjoyable experience with and it'll probably get you into the series more easily.
Phantasy Star 3 don't even bother with unless you REALLY want to play it.
edited 18th May '11 10:02:14 AM by Vertigo_High