Sega Master System
Genre: Role-Playing Game
When people talk about fantastic role-playing games from the 16-bit era, the same answers tend to crop up- Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana- but rarely do you hear a game from the Sega corner of the universe first out of a gamer’s mouth. That’s not to say, however, that it never happens.
Sega Genesis has some pretty solid entries into the RPG arena, but most of them are one-offs or largely forgettable. One series that has still had some kind of traction after all of these years, though, is the Phantasy Star series. Predating Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior on US shores, Phantasy Star made a splash when it came out but appears to have fallen to the wayside over time for one reason or another, subject to romantic reminiscences from diehard fans with charmed memories.
With a myriad of titles in the series across a number of systems, let’s take a look into the original Phantasy Star and the number of ways it should- or should not be- fondly remembered. As with most story-heavy games reviewed here, be forewarned that there will be spoilers, though hopefully in short supply.