|Game||Phantasy Star 2|
|Part of a multigenerational saga that mixes together elements of the
sci-fi, fantasy, strategy, and RPG genres. The underlying thread that unites
the series is that of an ancient evil which arises in various forms to threaten
the peaceful existence of the inhabitants of the Algo star system. Time and
again it is defeated, only to rise, again in an even more threatening form
with each new age, until a climatic confrontation is forced in the fourth
and final installment.
This is for Sega Genesis/MegaDrive fans what the Final Fantasy series is for the various Nintendo platforms. It is an ABSOLUTE MUST if you an RPG fan. The third game in the series doesn't quite fit, as it deals with a side story, but the fourth and final installment was such a huge success that it inspired its own anime TV series in Japan. Its continued popularity can be judged in part by the demand for the rare G/MD cart of the first game (only 1000 copies were made!). Don't just take my word for it - play the series and see for yourself!
Phantasy Star 2, the direct sequel to the first game - according to Chochobo's RPG Ranch, it has the best ending of any game in the series and can hold its own against PS4 - there also seems to have been a a variation or derivative with modem support released in Japan that was documented in Mega Play issue #2.