Sega has treated handheld gamers with even more ports of
old games. This collection features Phantasy Star (published
in 1988 for the Sega Master System), Phantasy Star II,
and Phantasy Star III: Generation of Doom (both released
for the Sega Genesis). All three of these classic titles on
one tiny cart. It's almost too good to be true, but thankfully
- it is that good.
Many die-hard RPG gamers were always happy to plunk down
70 dollars for the latest Phantasy Star, and for good
reason - these games combined fun dungeon crawling, a well
told story, and stunning graphics (well, at the time they
were pretty good). Fortunately, today's gamers get these picture
perfect ports for a price anybody could afford. That adds
up to more than 100 hours of gaming for 30 dollars.
So how do these title stack up today? Read each of my reviews
to find out:
Phantasy Star - This game is hailed as one of the
most influential games in history. And it holds up surprisingly
well after 15 long years. With the great story, cool characters,
and some of the best graphics in the 8-bit era. This blew
the socks off many RPG fans. Beware though, it's hard enough
to turn off almost any casual gamer. But if you level up enough,
your actions will be rewarded. The story is the centerpiece
in this game.
Phantasy Star II - Now this was the defining moment
of the Phantasy Star franchise. Not to mention the first major
16-bit RPG to hit U.S. shores. Just like the first - it was
critically acclaimed for it's wonderful, dramatic storyline,
bright vibrant colors, and it's enjoyable gameplay. But it
also was as tough as the original, but the gamers who stuck
with it were treated with an awesome ending.
Phantasy Star III: Generation of Doom - This title
was a let down when it first arrived nearly 10 years ago and
time hasn't been kind to this game. I did enjoy the direction
this game was heading for, but the execution fell flat on
it's face. The 'Generation' system certainly was interesting
(after the main characters die, you continue the quest with
their children) and it was the first to introduce multiple
ending to the genre. But it just passes as mediocre at best.
One thing that gets my goat is the fact that the developers
added nothing at all. You'll find the same glitches, the same
difficulty. These are bare-bone ports, which is a sign of
laziness on the developer's side of things. Let's just hope
it doesn't happen with any other collections. If they gave
this game a face-lift, and made an all-new translation this
would have been a must-have for anyone.
This cart belongs in any RPG fans library, and the fact that
you can take it on the go is just icing on the cake. 30 dollars
for 3 classic RPGs? Sure they're not Golden
Sun quality or anything. But it's worth picking up. It's
a nice history lesson for any RPG nut.