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Phantasy Star II
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Developer(s) Sega AM7
Publisher(s) Sega
Designer(s) Akinori Nishiyama (writer / director)
Yuji Naka (producer / programmer)
Release date Mega Drive/Genesis

March 21, 1989 (JP)
February 1990 (NA)
Virtual Console
January 29, 2008 (JP)
February 18, 2008 (NA)
February 15, 2008 (EU)
iOS
August 26, 2010

Genre RPG
Mode(s) Single-player
Age rating(s)
Platform(s) Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Virtual Console, Xbox 360 (XBLA), iOS
Media 6-megabit cartridge, DVD, Download
Input Gamepad
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Phantasy Star II (ファンタシースター II 還らざる時の終わりに Fantashī Sutā Tsū Kaerazaru Toki no Owari ni?, lit. Phantasy Star II: The End of the Lost Age) is a console roleplaying game released in March 1989 for the Sega Mega Drive in Japan and in March 1990 for Sega Genesis in the U.S., then later in two different compilations for the Sega Saturn and Game Boy Advance named Phantasy Star Collection. It was also released on the Sega Smash Pack Volume One for the Dreamcast. The game is available through Nintendo's Virtual Console service as of February 18, 2008. It is also part of the Sega Genesis Collection for PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable.

A remake, named Phantasy Star Generation 2, was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2005 as a part of Sega Ages. The game is available in Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. On June 10, 2009, it was released on Xbox Live Arcade under the Sega Vintage Collection banner. It is the second entry in Sega's Phantasy Star series of games that began in 1987.

Gameplay is similar to Phantasy Star, the first game in the series. The battle system is turn-based, allowing the player to choose commands for up to four characters. Each of the eight characters has a different set of preferred weapons and armor, as well as techniques, suited to the character's job. The player must defeat enemies in the overworld and in dungeons to advance in the game.

Plot

Story

Somewhere deep within the Andromeda Galaxy lies the Algol Star System. The parent star, Algol (referred to as "Algo" by this point in the timeline), has three planets orbiting about it. First is Palm (formerly "Palma" in the original Phantasy Star), the home of the government. Governors, treasurers, and great thinkers dwell here in great ivory towers, away from the hubbub of everyday life. Next is Mota (formerly "Motavia"), the shining jewel. Once a dry desert planet infested with ant lions, Mota has been transformed into a blue and green tropical paradise. Domed farms grow crops, and the water is regulated into dammed rivers. Life on Mota is sweet, peaceful, and easy. The people have everything they want and do not need to work. Farthest out is Dezo (formerly "Dezoris"), the ice planet. Little is known about this mysterious and dark planet.

One thousand years have passed since Alis and her friends liberated Algo from the evil Lassic. Algo has since prospered under the care of a giant computer called the Mother Brain. The Mother Brain regulates the climatrol tower, the bio-systems lab, and all other things that provide whatever the Mota people need.

The game begins with a short monologue in which the character Rolf recalls a strange recurring nightmare he has been having. In the dream, a young girl who resembles Alis from Phantasy Star is battling a demon, although he, himself, does not know anything of her identity. Although Rolf is nearby, he is unable to even move or speak while the demon is striking at the girl. Finally, just before the demon kills the girl, Rolf awakens. From his home in the Motavian capital Paseo, Rolf goes to the central tower to meet with the commander, the head of government on Mota, in order to receive his newest mission.

The series' primary antagonist, Dark Force, the embodiment of evil, returns in Phantasy Star II as one of the enemies Rolf and his friends must defeat. Mother Brain, a computer system built to control and maintain the Algo Star System, begins malfunctioning during the game and must be investigated by Rolf. However, he ends up having to defeat it. During the adventure, the party discovers Neifirst, a half human, half bio-monster, that is also part of Nei. Being part Bio-monster (biologically altered animal), she was an outcast from society, causing her to loathe mankind. This caused her to sabotage Mota's Climate Control system, as well as the bio-systems laboratory, causing a drought on the planet. Nei confronts Neifirst with her actions and attacks her in a one-on-one fight, but gets defeated and killed. Straight afterward, Rolf and the remaining party take over and finish Neifirst off, bringing an end to the Biomonster hazard.

Characters

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Note: Many of the details in this section are taken from a developers' book released in Japan, and as such conflict with the setting in the English release of the game. Primarily the English version takes place in the year AW 1286, whereas the original Japanese game took place in AW 1284.

Rolf

  • Japanese: ユーシス (Yūshisu, Eusis)
  • Race: Palman
  • Birthdate: September 17, 1263
  • Age: 21
  • Job: Agent
  • Height: 173 cm (5’8”)

Rolf is definitively not given a surname in any version of Phantasy Star II or any of its corresponding official material.

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Nei

  • Japanese: ネイ (Nei, Nei)
  • Race: Numan/Newman
  • Birthdate: August 30, 1283
  • Age: At least 7 months
  • Job: None
  • Height: 164 cm (5’4”)

Rudolf "Rudo" Steiner

  • Japanese: ルドガー・スタイナー (Rudogā Steiner, Rudger Steiner)
  • Race: Palman
  • Birthdate: July 1, 1249
  • Age: 35
  • Job: Hunter
  • Height: 190 cm (6’2”)

Amy Sage

  • Japanese: アンヌ・サガ (Annu Saga, Anne Saga)
  • Race: Palman
  • Birthdate: April 26, 1261
  • Age: 23
  • Job: Doctor
  • Height: 158 cm (5’2”)

Amy's definite age is known: According to the same source as her birthdate, "she finished her internship spring of this year" thus the game is set after spring of "this year", hence after her birthday.

Graduation occurs in early March in Japan.

Hugh Thompson

  • Japanese: ヒューイ・リーン (Hyūi Lean, Huey Reane)
  • Race: Palman
  • Birthdate: June 12, 1264
  • Age: 20
  • Job: Biologist
  • Height: 175 cm (5’9”)

Anna Zirski

  • Japanese: アーミア・アミルスキー (Āmia Amirusuki, Amia Amirski)
  • Race: Palman
  • Birthdate: Unknown
  • Age: Unknown
  • Job: Guardian (Counter Hunter in Japan)
  • Height: 168 cm (5’6”)

Josh Kain

  • Japanese: カインズ・ジ・アン (Kainzu Ji An, Kainz Ji An)
  • Race: Palman
  • Birthdate: December 9, 1263
  • Age: 21
  • Job: Wrecker
  • Height: 180 cm (5’11”)

Shir Gold

  • Japanese: シルカ・レビニア (Shiruka Rebinia, Shilka Levinia)
  • Race: Palman
  • Birthdate: April 1, 1263
  • Age: 21
  • Job: Thief
  • Height: 161 cm (5’3”)

Shir's definite age is known for the same reason as Amy's: Her birthday for the year of the game's setting has passed.

Development

Localization changes

  • Lutz, a refugee Esper who lives in the Esper Mansion on Dezo, Lutz aids Rolf and friends in their mission. He is supposed to be the same Esper who accompanies Alis in Phantasy Star, but due to the English version of PS1 naming said Esper Noah, this point is lost.
  • In the Japanese version, Ustvestia, a musician who teaches the characters the Musik technique, is openly gay; when requested to teach a male character the Musik technique, he comments, "He looks cute", and charges less than he would for teaching female characters. Any obvious references to this were removed from the American release; he instead comments, "He looks smart" – and still charges less for teaching the male characters.[1]
  • While the tracks in the soundtrack are the same for both versions, the snare drums are much louder in the Japanese version.[2]

Reception and legacy

The game was reviewed in 1990 in Dragon #160 by Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk Lesser in "The Role of Computers" column. The reviewers gave the game 5 out of 5 stars.[3]

Legacy

Phantasy Star II is regarded by many as a forerunner for certain aspects of console roleplaying games, such as an epic, character-driven storyline, a strategy-based battle system, and the demand for extensive strategy guides for such games (Phantasy Star II included one with the game itself). It has made a number of "Greatest Game of all Time" lists: it was number 97 on EGM's list of The 200 Greatest Games of Their Time, and in August 2005 it was inducted into Gamespot's Greatest Games of All Time list.[4] Nintendo Power has called it, along with Phantasy Star IV, one of the greatest RPGs of all time.[5]

See also

References

  1. Ripplinger, Mike (2002). The Two Phantasy Stars. Camineet. Retrieved on 2010-01-29.
  2. Thomas, Damian (2008). Phantasy Star 1st Series Complete Album. RPGFan. Retrieved on 2010-01-29.
  3. Lesser, Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk (August 1990). "The Role of Computers". Dragon (160): 47–52. 
  4. Kasavin, Greg. Phantasy Star II. Gamespot. Retrieved on 2010-01-29.
  5. Editors of Nintendo Power: Nintendo Power February, 2009; issue 2 (in English). Future US Inc, 39-42. Retrieved February 1, 2010.

External links

Phantasy Star series
Phantasy Star | Phantasy Star II | Phantasy Star III | Phantasy Star IV
Compilations and Spin-offs
Phantasy Star Adventure | Phantasy Star Gaiden | Phantasy Star II Text Adventures | Phantasy Star Collection
Online
Phantasy Star Online | Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II | Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution | Episode IV | Phantasy Star 0 | Phantasy Star Online 2
Universe
Phantasy Star Universe | Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus | Phantasy Star Portable | Phantasy Star Portable 2
Sega AGES
Phantasy Star Generation 1 | Phantasy Star Generation 2
Characters
Numan | Dark Force
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