Phantasy Star IV

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Phantasy Star 2.5: The End of the Series

Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (Weebspeak: ファンタシースター 千年紀の終りに; Literally: Phantasy Star: The End of the Millennium) is a shitty turn-based JRPG that was originally released in Japan on December 17, 1993, for the Sega Mega Drive and was later brought to North America in February of 1995. The game was originally planned for the Sega CD, but was moved to the inferior Mega Drive after Sega realized that noone actually bought a fucking Sega CD. Due to the high-tech shit that was needed to get the game onto a cartridge, Phantasy Star IV was one of the most overpriced games for the Mega Drive at an initial launch price of $99 – especially hilarious when you realize that you can now buy it on Steam for 99¢.

While widely considered to be the best entry in the original Phantasy Star series, Phantasy Star IV is little more than a blatant rehash of Phantasy Star II that's littered with content that panders to fans of the original Phantasy Star – a design decision that was, quite obviously, a direct result of Phantasy Star III being a steaming pile of shit.


What the game looked like on Sega CD, with sprites ripped directly from Phantasy Star II.


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