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Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium

Sega Genesis

Game Review (by Rand):

The fourth and last game in the traditional series of Phantasy Star. There was a bit of change to see in this one, but it’s still a very good game. This game, by the way, takes place 1,000 years after the time of Phantasy Star II.

You start out on the world of Motavia, controlling a woman named Alys Brangwin, and her just-promoted full-fledged partner, Chaz Ashley. You are members of a guild, known as Hunters, hired to exterminate monsters and investigate odd goings-on. It starts out with you heading to a town known for it’s high learning, known as Piata.

There is a new system introduced in this game, where you can create pre-set battle commands for everyone in the group known as a Macro. This is useful for not having to hit the same button for people every time in a fight, and for pre-setting combination attacks which can be done with two or more characters.

There is a lot of humour in this installment, especially between Chaz and another character named Rune Walsh. There is also a command in the menu called Talk, which will sometimes give you a little insight on a character and will also remind you of what you’re supposed to be doing right now in case you forget something.

Don’t pass this up if you get a chance to play it, it’s the kind of game you can enjoy easily without having to play every other one first. (I played this one first, and it prompted me to try the others)