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Phantasy Star II

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Phantasy Star II
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, Xbox 360, Steam, Android, iOS
Publisher:
Developer:
Genre: RPG































Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
  • 日本語
  • English
  • Português
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    JP
    ¥8,000 G-5501
    Sega Mega Drive
    US
    $69.95[1] ?
    Sega Mega Drive
    CA
    $? ?
    Sega Mega Drive
    UK
    £49.99More...[3]
    Sega Mega Drive
    FR
    ?F
    Sega Mega Drive
    AU
    $? ?
    Sega Mega Drive
    BR
    R$59.99 048170
    Sega Mega Drive
    KR
    ₩? GM6066JG



    Wii Virtual Console
    JP
    700pts
    A
    Wii Virtual Console
    US
    800pts
    Everyone
    Wii Virtual Console
    EU
    800pts
    Wii Virtual Console
    AU
    800pts
    PG
    Xbox 360
    JP
    400MSP
    A
    Xbox 360
    JP
    (Otameshiban)
    FREE
    A
    Xbox 360
    US
    400MSP
    Everyone
    Xbox 360
    US
    (Trial Game)
    FREE
    Everyone
    Xbox 360
    EU
    400MSP
    7+
    Xbox 360
    EU
    (Trial Game)
    FREE
    7+
    Xbox 360
    DE
    400MSP
    0
    Xbox 360
    DE
    (Trial Game)
    FREE
    0
    Xbox 360
    UK
    400MSP
    7+
    Xbox 360
    UK
    (Trial Game)
    FREE
    7+
    Xbox 360
    AU
    PG
    Xbox 360
    AU
    (Trial Game)
    FREE
    PG
    Xbox 360
    KR
    400MSP
    All
    Xbox 360
    KR
    (Pyeong-gapan Game)
    FREE
    All
    iOS
    JP
    ¥600 9+
    iOS
    US
    $4.99 9+
    iOS
    EU
    iOS
    UK
    £1.99 9+
    Steam
    US
    $2.99 211203
    Everyone
    Steam
    EU
    €2.49 211203
    7+
    Steam
    UK
    £1.99 211203
    7+
    Steam
    AU
    $3.49 211203
    PG
    Template:SteamLinux US $0.99 211203
    Everyone
    Template:SteamLinux EU €0.99 211203
    7+
    Template:SteamLinux UK £0.79 211203
    7+
    Template:SteamLinux AU $1.35 211203
    PG
    Template:SteamOSX US $0.99 211203
    Everyone
    Template:SteamOSX EU €0.99 211203
    7+
    Template:SteamOSX UK £0.79 211203
    7+
    Template:SteamOSX AU $1.35 211203
    PG
    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.

    Achievements

    Main article: Phantasy Star II/Achievements.

    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. 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.[28]

    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, French and Spanish) 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.

    Version history

    Main article: Phantasy Star II/Changelog.
    System Version Size Date Comment Ref Icon
    iOS
    0000020000000000000000000000002.0.0 4.6MB 201211302012-11-30 iOS 6 Support. [29]
    iOS
    0000010000000000010000000000001.0.1 4.6MB 201008262010-08-26 [19]
    iOS
    0000010000000000000000000000001.0.0 201007272010-07-27 [30]

    Localised names

    Also known as
    Language Localised Name English Translation
    English Phantasy Star II Phantasy Star II
    English (US) Phantasy Star II Phantasy Star II
    Japanese 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)

    Production credits

    Source: In-game credits


    Digital manuals

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Phantasy Star II/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    Playmix advert 1 FI.jpg

    FI advert

    BeepMD JP 00.pdf

    PDF
    Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #0: "Extra issue of Beep!" (1989-04-27)

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

    PDF
    Print advert in GamePro (US) #8: "March 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
    also published in:
    • GamePro (US) #9: "April 1990" (1990-xx-xx)More...[31]
    • Game Players (US) #0203: "Vol. 2 No. 3 March 1990" (1990-xx-xx)More...[32]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #10: "May 1990" (1990-xx-xx)More...[33]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #11: "June 1990" (1990-xx-xx)More...[34]

    CG GR 3 Mega Drive advert.jpg

    Print advert in Computer Games (GR) #3: "Ioúnios 1990" (1990-xx-xx)

    Artwork

    Physical scans

    Mega Drive version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    89 More...[35]
    93 №1990-09, p76-77,[1]
    70 More...[36]
    78 More...[37]
    78 More...[38]
    100 №160, p47-52
    70 №73, [2]
    89
    93 More...[39]
    97 More...[40]
    79 №5, p63
    №5, p93
    88 №18, p71
    78 No results[41]
    95 More...[42]
    85
    90 More...[43]
    94 More...[44]
    100 More...[45]
    92 №25, p46/47
    79 More...[46]
    72 №18, p66
    90 №14, p34/49
    89 №17, p88
    Sega Mega Drive
    86
    Based on
    23 reviews

    Mega Drive, US
    PhantasyStar2 MD US Box.jpg
    Cover
    Phantasystar2 md us cart.jpg
    Cart
    PhantasyStar2 MD US Manual.pdf
    Manual
    Phantasy Star II Hint Book US Book.pdf
    Hint Book
    Phantasy Star II MD US Map.pdf
    Map
    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
    Phantasystar2 md UK manual.pdf
    Manual
    Phantasy Star II Hint Book US Book.pdf
    Hint Book
    Mega Drive, KR
    PhantasyStar2 MD SK Box.jpg
    Cover
    PhantasyStarII MD KR cartback.jpgPhantasyStarII MD KR cart.jpg
    Cart
    Mega Drive, CA
    PhantasyStar2 MD CA Box.jpg
    Cover

    Virtual Console version

    iOS version

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Mega Drive
     ?
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    1989-07-28 Page

    External links

    References

    1. File:CGW US 076.pdf, page 86
    2. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "December 1989" (US; 1989-xx-xx), page 106
    3. 3.0 3.1 Computer & Video Games, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-15), page 83
    4. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/06.html (archived: 2018-03-05 22:42)
    5. http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_ps2/ (archived: 2008-01-28 17:24)
    6. 6.0 6.1 http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/6MEG9n3AG43MQkoT6EjvTR4eIKse6fts (archived: 2010-11-23 02:22)
    7. 7.0 7.1 http://www.nintendolife.com/games/megadrive/phantasy_star_ii (archived: 2017-06-25 04:51)
    8. https://archive.is/smLV6
    9. http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=catalogue&prodcat_id=41&prod_id=19757&pageID=4 (archived: 2012-03-28 00:25)
    10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Xbox LIVE Marketplace (de-DE; Phantasy-Star-II/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109a5) (archived: 2011-06-23 00:50)
    11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Xbox LIVE Marketplace (en-US; Phantasy-Star-II/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109a5) (archived: 2010-12-03 20:31)
    12. 12.0 12.1 Xbox LIVE Marketplace (en-GB; Phantasy-Star-II/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109a5) (archived: 2011-11-28 22:26)
    13. Xbox LIVE Marketplace (en-GB; media/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109a5) (archived: 2009-06-14 08:16)
    14. 14.0 14.1 Xbox LIVE Marketplace (ja-jp; Phantasy-Star-II/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109a5) (archived: 2018-06-17 02:36)
    15. Xbox LIVE Marketplace (ja-JP; media/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109a5) (archived: 2009-08-19 14:31)
    16. 16.0 16.1 Xbox LIVE Marketplace (en-au; Phantasy-Star-II/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109a5) (archived: 2018-06-17 02:34)
    17. 17.0 17.1 Xbox LIVE Marketplace (ko-kr; Phantasy-Star-II/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109a5) (archived: 2018-06-17 02:35)
    18. http://www.xbox.com/ko-KR/games/p/phantasystarIIxboxlivearcade/ (archived: 2010-03-08 17:27)
    19. 19.0 19.1 http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/phantasy-star-ii/id382953129?mt=8 (archived: 2010-08-30 22:22)
    20. http://blogs.sega.com/2010/08/26/segas-back-to-school-iphone-sale/ (archived: 2017-11-25 19:32)
    21. http://www.4gamer.net/games/118/G011899/ (archived: 2010-09-06 06:14)
    22. http://sega.jp/kt/apple/ps2/ (archived: 2011-05-10 23:41)
    23. http://www.4gamer.net:80/games/118/G011899/ (archived: 2010-09-06 06:14)
    24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 https://steamdb.info/app/211203/ (archived: 2019-11-07 01:16)
    25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 http://steamdb.info/app/211203/ (archived: 2013-05-22 19:21)
    26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 26.6 26.7 https://steamdb.info/app/211203/history/?changeid=5755266
    27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 27.5 27.6 27.7 http://steamdb.info/app/211203/ (archived: 2019-11-07 01:16)
    28. http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/18/8622645/sega-pulls-games-from-itunes-app-store-google-play (archived: 2017-11-08 17:39)
    29. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/phantasy-star-ii/id382953129?mt=8 (archived: 2014-10-25 09:32)
    30. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/phantasy-star-ii/id382953129?mt=8 (archived: 2018-09-15 21:42)
    31. GamePro, "April 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 49
    32. Game Players, "Vol. 2 No. 3 March 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 11
    33. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "May 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 9
    34. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "June 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 9
    35. ACE, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-xx-xx), page 91
    36. Beep! MegaDrive, "February 1990" (JP; 1990-01-08), page 69 (71)
    37. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 83 (85)
    38. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 34
    39. Génération 4, "Février 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 98
    40. Joystick, "Novembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 98
    41. Joystick, "Novembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 79
    42. Player One, "Mars 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 24/25 (24)
    43. Raze, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-02-28), page 34/35 (34)
    44. Sega Power, "February 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 22/23 (22)
    45. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54
    46. Sega Pro, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 21
    Phantasy Star II
    PhantasyStar2 title.png

    Main page | Comparisons | Maps | Achievements | Magazine articles | Region coding


    Books: Phantasy Star II Hint Book (1989)

    Phantasy Star series
    "Classic" 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 II Text Adventures (Amia | Anne | Huey | Kinds | Nei | Rudger | Shilka | Yushis/Eusis) (1991) | Phantasy Star Adventure (1992) | Phantasy Star Gaiden (1992) | Phantasy Star Generation: 1 (2003) | Phantasy Star Generation: 2 (2005)
    Compilations
    Sega Ages Phantasy Star Collection (1998) | Phantasy Star Collection (2003) | Phantasy Star Complete Collection (2008)
    Albums
    Phantasy Star Collection: Sound Collection I (1993) | Phantasy Star Collection: Sound Collection II (1993) | Phantasy Star 1st Series Complete Album (2008) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Sound Collection (2012) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Concert Sympathy 2013 Live Memorial Album (2013)
    Audiobooks
    Memorial Drama CD & Fanbook "Phantasy Star: Fuujirareshi Kioku" (1995)
    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) | 25th Anniversary Phantasy Star Visual Chronicles (2013)
    "Modern" series
    Phantasy Star Online (Ver. 2 | Ep. I & II | Ep. III | Blue Burst) (2000-2005) | Phantasy Star Universe (Ambition of the Illuminus) (2006-2007) | Phantasy Star Online 2 (es | Cloud) (2012-2018)
    Handheld games
    Phantasy Star 0 (Mini) (2008-2009) | Phantasy Star Portable (2008) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 (Infinity) (2009-2011) | Phantasy Star: Eternal Planets (2011) | Phantasy Star Nova (2014) | Idola: Phantasy Star Saga (2018)
    Compilations
    Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II & III Trilogy (200x) | Phantasy Star Defender's Pack! (2011)
    Albums
    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 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 Character Song CD: Song Festival (2014) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 3 (2014) | Phantasy Star Nova Original Soundtrack (2015) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Character Song CD: Song Festival II (2015) | Phantasy Star Online Series 15th Anniversary Concert: Sympathy 2015 Live Memorial Album (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation Original Soundtrack (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 4 (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 5 (2017) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 6 (2017) | Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle Theme Song Vol.1 Destiny / Timeless Fortune (2019
    Audiobooks
    Phantasy Star Online 2: Project Dream Arcs! (2013)
    Books
    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) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Fashion Catalogue 2012-2015 (2015) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Episode 1 & 2 Settei Shiryoushuu (2015) 15th Anniversary Phantasy Star Online Visual Chronicles (2015) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Fashion Catalogue 2015-2016: Oracle & Tokyo Collection (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Episode 3 Settei Shiryoushuu (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 es 3rd Anniversary Visual & Chip Collection (2017)
    Other
    Phantasy Star Online 2 -On Stage- (2014) | Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle (2019)