I’ve decided today should be Segatastic Saturday! Why? I’m not all that sure. But let’s roll with it.
In any case, for my first Segatastic article, I dug up two of the first websites I looked up as soon as the internet was available to me – a pair of excellent and thorough fansites to the seminal Sega “Phantasy Star” RPG series. Amazingly, they’re both still around and fairly-regularly updated.
Most of us were exposed to the series because of Phantasy Star 2, one of the first cartridge releases for the Sega Genesis, and likely the first (or one of the first)console RPG many American children of the 80s had ever played – Dragon Warrior was released in the US the same year (1988) and the first Final Fantasy game was released a year later.
The first game was released on the Sega Master System, and is a coveted collectors item. It was known for being one of the first story-based console RPG releases in the United States on any system (1987, a year before Dragon Warrior), as well as being the first with a female protagonist.
The series continued with the epic Phantasy Star III, in which you play through the lives of three generations of characters, and the excellent wrap-up/reboot Phantasy Star IV.
For more (much much more) information, I present to you The Phantasy Star Cave and The Phantasy Star Pages. They contain scans, detailed walkthroughs, maps, fan art/fan fiction… In short, all you ever wanted to know about the series.