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Phantasy Star II
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North American boxart
Developer(s) Sega AM7
Publisher(s) Sega
Designer(s) Akinori Nishiyama (writer / director)
Yuji Naka (producer / programmer)
Composer(s) Tokuhiko Uwabo
Platform(s) Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Virtual Console, Xbox 360 (XBLA)
Release date(s) Mega Drive/Genesis

JP March 21, 1989
NA February 1990
Virtual Console
JP January 29, 2008
NA February 18, 2008
EU February 15, 2008

Genre(s) RPG
Mode(s) Single player
Media 6-megabit cartridge, DVD, Download

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 role-playing 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.

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.

Contents

Story

Prologue

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.

Introduction

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.

Characters

Playable characters

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: 17th of September, 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.

Nei

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

After Nei is killed by Neifirst, she can't be revived except in the PS2 version after certain events.

Rudolf "Rudo" Steiner

  • Japanese: ルドガー・スタイナー (Rudogā Steiner, Rudger Steiner)
  • Race: Palman
  • Birthdate: 1st of July, 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: 26th of April, 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.

It should be noted that graduation occurs in early March in Japan.

Hugh Thompson

  • Japanese: ヒューイ・リーン (Hyūi Lean, Huey Reane)
  • Race: Palman
  • Birthdate: 12th of June, 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: 9th of December, 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: 1st of April, 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.

Important enemies

  • Dark Force – Throughout the Phantasy Star series, Dark Force has been depicted as the embodiment of evil itself.
  • Mother Brain – The Super Computer built to control everything in the Algo Star System. Rolf was sent out to investigate its recent malfunctioning.
  • Neifirst – Half-Human, Half-Biomonster, and part of Nei herself. Being part Biomonster (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 Biosystems 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.

Other notable characters

  • Commander of Mota – As Rolf's superior, the Commander (or the Viceroy in the Japanese version) gives him his assignments, and provides him with necessary information.
  • 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.
  • Tyler – A space pirate who rescues the characters from the satellite Gaira.
  • Ustvestia – A musician who teaches characters the Musik technique.

Localization changes

  • In the Japanese version, Ustvestia 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 tunes in the soundtrack are the same for both versions, the snare drums are much louder in the Japanese version.[2]

Reception

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 role-playing games, such as an epic, character-driven storyline and a strategy-based battle system. 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]

See also Phantasy Star II Text Adventures.

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