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Phantasy Star II
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, Steam, Android, iOS
Genre: RPG































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
1989-03-21 ¥8,000 G-5501
Sega Mega Drive
US
1990-01[1] $69.95[2]  ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
1991-10[3] £49.99[3]  ?
Sega Mega Drive
AU
199x $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
1996-03 R$59.99 048170
Sega Mega Drive
KR
199x ₩? GM6066JG


Wii Virtual Console
JP
¥700 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
$800 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
€800 points ?



Xbox 360
JP (Download)
¥400pts ? ?
Xbox 360
US (Download)
$400pts ? ?
Xbox 360
EU (Download)
€400pts ? ? ?
Xbox 360
AU (Download)
$?pts ? ?
Xbox 360
KR (Download)
₩?pts ? ?



iOS
JP
¥? ?
iOS
US
$2.99 ?
iOS
EU
€1.99 ? ?



Steam
US
$2.99 ?
Steam
EU
€1.99 ? ?



Google Android OS
JP (PuyoSega)
¥? ?




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Phantasy Star II, called Phantasy Star II: Kaerazaru Toki no Owari ni (ファンタシースターII 還らざる時の終わりに) in Japan, is the sequel to Phantasy Star and was developed and published by Sega for the Sega Mega Drive in 1989. It was the first RPG to be released for the system and is considered a highly influential release for the genre as a whole.

Gameplay

Glitches

The game has a nasty glitch that every player has to encounter: near the end of a game when you talk to Lutz in Esper Mansion after collecting all legendary items the music will hang on a single note at the start of a cutscene and will remain glitched. No sound effects will be heard. Other side effects can occur such as cutscene text becoming messy and the game can even crash in certain events.
Pausing and unpausing the game can fix the glitch, possibly while talking with Lutz or doing it in other circumstances. Saving, restarting and then loading a game works as well.

Interestingly enough, a single NPC in Paseo town speaks dialog lines from the previously mentioned glitched cutscene if you try to talk with him after completing Climatrol dungeon. Most likely a developer oversight.

History

Release

At the time of release, Phantasy Star II was one of the biggest RPGs available for home consoles, and in turn one of the longest (and arguably more difficult) Mega Drive games. Translation issues prevented the game from being localised worldwide - Sega created Japanese and English translations, with Tectoy translating the game into Portuguese for the Brazilian market and Samsung into Korean for South Korea. As such, there was no official pan-European localisation of Phantasy Star II - only English language versions were released in that region.

Due to its perceived difficulty, the US and UK versions shipped with a map and 110-page hint book.

Legacy

Phantasy Star II has been re-released numerous times through compilations, including Sega Ages Phantasy Star Collection (1998), Sega Smash Pack (1999), Sega Smash Pack Volume 1 (2001), Phantasy Star Collection (2003), Sega Mega Drive Collection (2006), Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 32: Phantasy Star Complete Collection (2008) and Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection (2008). Emulated versions were also released for the Wii's Virtual Console service, Xbox Live Arcade, Steam and iOS. The iOS version was removed from sale on iTunes in 2015.[5]

Phantasy Star II's success led to eight Phantasy Star II text adventure games across 1991 for the Sega Game Toshokan service. It has also led to multiple sequels, most notably Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom and Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium.

Naflign's Ego, discontent with the official English localisation, created a precise fan translation of the game in 2000. The game has also been translated into other languages (such as German) by fans.

Versions

  • The volume of drums heard in almost all of the background music has been lowered for the western releases.
  • Virtual Console release changed hospital icon from cross into "H" and removed little red cross from the doctor's suit in a close-up picture.

Production credits

Source: In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Phantasy Star II/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

GamePro US 008.pdfGamePro US 008.pdfGamePro US 008.pdf

US print advert in














GamePro (US) #8: "March 1990" (1990-xx-xx); also published in














GamePro (US) #9: "April 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[6],














Game Players (US) Vol. 2 No. 3 "March 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[7],














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #10: "May 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[8],














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #11: "June 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[9]

Digital manuals

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
89 №37, p91[10]Media:ACE UK 37.pdf
93 №1990-09, p76-77,[1]
78 №4, p34[11]Media:CGtC UK 04.pdf
100 №160, p47-52
89
93 №30, p99
97 №10, p98[12]Media:Joystick FR 010.pdf
79 №5, p63
№5, p93
88 №18, p71
78 №1, p79[13]Media:MegaTech UK 01.pdf
95 №7, p24/25[14]Media:PlayerOne FR 007.pdf
85
90 №6, p34/35[15]Media:Raze UK 06.pdf
94 №15, p22/23
100 №23, p54
92 №25, p46/47
79 №5, p21[16]Media:SegaPro UK 05.pdf
72 №18, p66
90 №14, p34/49
89 №17, p88
Sega Mega Drive
89
Based on
20 reviews

Mega Drive, US
PhantasyStar2 MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Phantasystar2 md us cart.jpg
Cart
PhantasyStar2 MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
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Hint Book
Mega Drive, JP
PhantasyStar2 MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
PhantasyStar2 MD JP CartTop.jpg
PhantasyStar2 MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Phantasystarii md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Phantasystarii md jp map.jpg
Map
Mega Drive, BR
PhantasyStarII MD BR cover.jpg
Cover
Phantasystarii md br manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, UK
PhantasyStar2 MD UK Box.jpg
Cover
PhantasyStarII MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
PhantasyStarIIHintBook US Book.jpg
Hint Book
Mega Drive, KR
PhantasyStar2 MD SK Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, CA

Virtual Console version

iOS version

External links

References

  1. File:VG&CE US 11.pdf, page 106
  2. File:CGW US 076.pdf, page 86
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:CVG UK 120.pdf, page 83
  4. http://www.4gamer.net/games/118/G011899/
  5. http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/18/8622645/sega-pulls-games-from-itunes-app-store-google-play
  6. File:GamePro US 009.pdf, page 49
  7. File:GamePlayers US 0203.pdf, page 11
  8. File:EGM US 010.pdf, page 9
  9. File:EGM US 011.pdf, page 9
  10. File:ACE UK 37.pdf, page 91
  11. File:CGtC UK 04.pdf, page 34
  12. File:Joystick FR 010.pdf, page 98
  13. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 79
  14. File:PlayerOne FR 007.pdf, page 24
  15. File:Raze UK 06.pdf, page 34
  16. File:SegaPro UK 05.pdf, page 21


Phantasy Star series
Phantasy Star (1987) | Phantasy Star II (1989) | Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom (1990) | Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (1993)
Phantasy Star Online (Ver. 2 | Ep. I & II | Ep. III | Ep. IV) (2000-2005) | Phantasy Star Universe (Ambition of the Illuminus) (2006-2007) | Phantasy Star Online 2 (es) (2012-2014)
Handheld games
Phantasy Star Adventure (1992) | Phantasy Star Gaiden (1992) | Phantasy Star 0 (Mini) (2008-2009) | Phantasy Star Portable (2008) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 (Infinity) (2009-2011) | Phantasy Star Nova (2014)
Compilations
Sega Ages Phantasy Star Collection (1998) | Phantasy Star Collection (2003) | Phantasy Star Complete Collection (2008) | Phantasy Star Defender's Pack! (2011)
Phantasy Star II Text Adventures
Amia | Anne | Huey | Kinds | Nei | Rudger | Shilka | Yushis/Eusis
Others
Phantasy Star Generation: 1 (2003) | Phantasy Star Generation: 2 (2005) | Phantasy Star: Eternal Planets (2011) | Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation (2016)
Albums
Phantasy Star Collection: Sound Collection I (1993) | Phantasy Star Collection: Sound Collection II (1993) | Phantasy Star Online Original Sound Track (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Songs of Ragol Odyssey: Soundtrack Episode 1 & 2 (2002) | Let The Winds Blow: Phantasy Star Online Episode III Special Edition (2003) | Let The Winds Blow: Phantasy Star Online Episode III C.A.R.D. Revolution Original Sound Track (2003) | Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Premium Arrange (2004) | Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst Episode IV Sound Track (2005) | Phantasy Star Universe Game Soundtrack (2006) | Phantasy Star Universe Tsutaya Original Sound Track (2006) | Save This World: Phantasy Star Universe Original Score (2006) | For Brighter Day Phantasy Star Universe Original Soundtrack (2006) | Phantasy Star 1st Series Complete Album (2008) | Phantasy Star Universe: Illuminus no Yabou Original Soundtrack (2008) | Phantasy Star 0 Original Sound Track (2009) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Special Single CD (2009) | Phantasy Star Soundtrack: Theme Song Collection (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Original Soundtrack: Wings of Universe (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity Special CD (2011) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity Original Soundtrack (2012) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Sound Collection (2012) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Mini Sound Track (2013) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Concert Sympathy 2013 Live Memorial Album (2013) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 1 (2013) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 2 (2013) | Phantasy Star Music Collection 2000-2007 (2013) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 3 (2014) | Phantasy Star Nova Original Soundtrack (2015) | Phantasy Star Online Series 15th Anniversary Concert: Sympathy 2015 Live Memorial Album (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 4 (2016)
Audiobooks
Memorial Drama CD & Fanbook "Phantasy Star: Fuujirareshi Kioku" (1995) | Phantasy Star Online 2: Project Dream Arcs! (2013)
Books
Phantasy Star II Hint Book (1989) | Phantasy Star III: Toki no Keishousha Koushiki Guide Book (1990) | Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Hint Book (1991) | Phantasy Star: Sennenki no Owari ni Game Guide Book (1994) | Phantasy Star Koushiki Settei Shiryoushuu (1995) | Phantasy Star IV Official Players Guide (1995) | Phantasy Star Online Navigation Guide (2000) | Phantasy Star Online Official Perfect Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Kanzen Kouryaku Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Perfect Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Tettei Kouryaku Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 Perfect Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Fan Book (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Official Perfect Guide (2002) | Phantasy Star Online Ultimate (2002) | Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 & 2 Settei Shiryoushuu (2003) | Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution Complete Guide (2003) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution (2004) | Phantasy Star Universe Signature Series Guide (2006) | Phantasy Star Universe Perfect Bible (2006) | Phantasy Star Universe Visual Book (200x) | Phantasy Star Universe Settei Shiryoushuu (2007) | Phantasy Star Universe: Illuminus no Yabou Perfect Guide (2007) | Phantasy Star Portable Fan Book: Guardians Maniacs (2008) | Phantasy Star Portable Perfect Bible (2008) | Phantasy Star 0 Photon Master Guide (2008) | Phantasy Star 0 Complete Guide (2009) | Phantasy Star 0 Official Strategy Guide (2009) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Star Frontier Guide (2009) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Perfect Bible (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Settei Shiryoushuu (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity: Infinity Battle Guide (2011) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Start Guide Book (2012) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Master Guide Book (2012) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Expert Guide (2013) | 25th Anniversary Phantasy Star Visual Chronicles (2013) | Phantasy Star Nova Guide Book (2014) | Phantasy Star Nova Side Stories (2015) | Phantasy Star Nova Perfect Bible (2015)