Phantasy Star Collection

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Phantasy Star Collection
Phantasy Star Collection box.jpg
Japanese Box Art
Developer(s) Sega (SS)
Digital Eclipse (GBA)
Publisher(s) Sega
Designer(s) Akinori Nishiyama and Rieko Kodama (writers / directors)
Yuji Naka (producer / programmer)
Series Phantasy Star
Platform(s) Sega Saturn, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2
Release Sega Saturn
  • JP: February 4, 1998
Game Boy Advance
  • NA: November 24, 2002
  • EU: March 7, 2003
PlayStation 2
  • JP: March 27, 2008
PlayStation Network
  • JP: December 19, 2012
Genre(s) Role-playing video game
Mode(s) Single-player

Phantasy Star Collection (ファンタシースターコレクション Fantashī Sutā Korekushon?) is the name of two different compilations of Phantasy Star games. The first, released for the Sega Saturn in Japan in 1998, featured the first four games in the series, whereas the Game Boy Advance version, released four years later in North America and five in Europe, only featured the first three. The North American and European versions were produced by Digital Eclipse.[1] The Saturn version was later ported to the PlayStation 2 in Japan with more games added.

Each compilation features ports of the original Phantasy Star games. They are virtually identical to their original versions, as opposed to enhanced remakes. Gameplay has not been altered in each of the collections.

Gameplay[edit]

Each game features overworld maps and separate dungeon areas, both with random encounters. Players control parties of characters, battling enemies and earning experience points to grow stronger. Certain characters can use different magic spells and techniques during and outside of battle. Phantasy Star's dungeons differ from the rest because they are in first-person, while the rest of the games use a top-down style.[2]

Plot[edit]

Although each game in the collections feature different characters and stories, they take place in the Algol planetary system, specifically on the planets Palma, Motavia, and Dezolis.[2] In the four games, there exists a Dark Force, a common antagonist that threatens the solar system. The games also make small references to each other, such as the idolation of Alis in Phantasy Star IV.

Development[edit]

Phantasy Star II's top-down style travel is shown as Rolf and Nei move through a town.

Its first incarnation was released in 1998 on the Sega Saturn, as part of Sega's Sega Ages series of classics that included Space Harrier, Out Run, After Burner, and Fantasy Zone. Although the former three games listed emerged in the West as a single compilation, Phantasy Star Collection remains a Japan only title. It included what is considered the main entries in the series, with select enhancements such as the option of playing the games in katakana or hiragana (they originally were katakana only), and an optional speed increase for party members in Phantasy Star III. Due to the native resolution of the Mark III, the original Phantasy Star is played in a frame. Omake features were also included with the game, such as exclusive arranged music, art galleries, and Japanese commercials.

The Game Boy Advance version, produced by Digital Eclipse, emerged in 2002. Unlike the Sega Saturn release, Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium was not included.[1] The video games themselves were also altered in order to function adequately on the Game Boy Advance's resolution. The GBA version has a reduced number of save slots available for Phantasy Star and Phantasy Star II. The GBA version does not include any extras.

The PlayStation 2 version, part of Sega's PS2 line of Sega Ages titles, is essentially identical to the Sega Saturn version. Unlike Phantasy Star Generation 1 and Phantasy Star Generation 2, none of the games have received any enhancements beyond the options included in the Sega Saturn version but therefore are available in their original Japanese version as well as their English localized counterparts.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GBA Saturn
Edge 6/10[3] N/A
EGM 8.17/10[4] N/A
Eurogamer 6/10[5] N/A
Game Informer 8/10[6] N/A
GamePro 4/5 stars[7] N/A
GameSpot 8.6/10[1] 7/10[8]
GameSpy 3.5/5 stars[9] N/A
GameZone 9/10[10] N/A
IGN 6/10[2] N/A
Nintendo Power 3.7/5[11] N/A
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 76%[12] 70%[13]
Metacritic 76/100[14] N/A

The Game Boy Advance version received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[14] Critics noted that although said handheld version was outdated, it still held up with its innovations to the genre.[1][2] They praised its uniqueness upon their original release as well as the fact that all three games come on one cartridge. Tim Tracy of GameSpot noted that "Longtime fans of the series will definitely be pleased with the results, and it's worth mentioning that all three of these games originally retailed for about $70 each."[1]

Tracy criticized the omission of Phantasy Star IV, calling it possibly the best out of them, or "better than III".[1] Adam Tierney of IGN complained that Digital Eclipse did not do anything for the ports, mentioning the "tinny" music, "grammatical errors", and "huge crash bugs".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Tracy, Tim (December 16, 2002). "Phantasy Star Collection Review (GBA)". GameSpot. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Tierney, Adam (April 8, 2003). "Phantasy Star Collection (GBA)". IGN. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ Edge staff (March 2003). "Phantasy Star Collection (GBA)". Edge (121): 106. 
  4. ^ EGM staff (February 2003). "Phantasy Star Collection (GBA)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (163): 158. 
  5. ^ Bramwell, Tom (April 29, 2003). "Phantasy Star Chronicles [sic] (GBA)". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  6. ^ Reiner, Andrew (February 2003). "Phantasy Star Collection (GBA)". Game Informer (118): 108. Archived from the original on January 11, 2008. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  7. ^ Fenenc Fox (January 16, 2003). "Phantasy Star Collection Review for Game Boy Advance on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on January 18, 2005. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  8. ^ Mielke, James (July 27, 1998). "Phantasy Star Collection (Import) Review (Sat)". GameSpot. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  9. ^ Nutt, Christian (December 23, 2002). "GameSpy: Phantasy Star Collection (GBA)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on February 13, 2006. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  10. ^ Knutson, Michael (January 9, 2003). "Phantasy Star Collection - GBA - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on January 14, 2008. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Phantasy Star Collection". Nintendo Power. 164: 176. January 2003. 
  12. ^ "Phantasy Star Collection for Game Boy Advance". GameRankings. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Sega Ages: Phantasy Star Collection for Saturn". GameRankings. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "Phantasy Star Collection for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 

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