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Phantasy Star Generation: 4 - A Relocalization

Hack of Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium

Description:

Phantasy Star Generation:4 is a comprehensive relocalization (and for most of the story text, a retranslation), incorporating fan-translated PS scripts, PS team interviews, and other PS resources.

As SEGA canceled “Phantasy Star Generation:4″ many years ago, this project aimed to create a definitive, series-ending Phantasy Star experience.

Goals:

  • Restore every mistranslated connection to the other PS games
  • Best express Japanese creators’ intent (story, dialog and themes)
  • Make the script more colloquial, fun, and emotional (from NPCs to main story)
  • Add PS lore gathered from PS team interviews and official SEGA resources
  • Add depth to character relationships
  • Explain character actions that had been given no in-game reasoning (see project site for details – spoilers)

Graphics/sound are unmodified from SEGA’s English release, besides adding in monsters present in Japanese that were censored from the English release. A few changes with items/weapons (nothing major).

Please visit the project website for more screenshots and “director” notes. (PSIV.GamesDoneLegit.com)

“Found in Fanslation” podcast recently begun - interviews w/ key contributors to this project and to PS English-speaking fandom.

Let’s Play Director’s Commentary on YouTube coming soon!

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There are three versions of the patch. Please see notes for recommendations:

1. “Generation 4 - “Working Designs”

  • Expands upon NPCs’ dialog.
  • Added comments from main character on the world of PSIV
  • A few modified/added lines of story dialog

If you’re a fan of Working Designs-style RPG writing (specifically Lunar and Lunar: EB on SEGA CD), you might best enjoy this. Or, if you’ve played PSIV before and would like an expanded look at the universe, try this.

2. Generation 4 - “Purist”

  • Removed most editorialization added to NPCs from WD script
  • Removed a few added dialog exchanges
  • Removed some dialog that fits the characters but isn’t in the Japanese script.

If you prefer a more straight-laced localization, this version removes most of the added color, leaving the naturalized English dialog, fixed PS references, more accurate story translation, and added PS background and story. This is closest to the literal, original Japanese script.

A number of variations also exist – please contact the author about making a patch with the character/tech/item names that you prefer, since all the EN localizations did things differently.

More project info, screenshots, etc. at: PSIV.GamesDoneLegit.com

The author welcomes all feedback, good and bad. Make your voice heard so this can be even better! More than 2 years of feedback has helped make this project what it is today.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Phantasy Star IV (USA)
  • CRC32: FE236442
  • MD5: 84CBD0FF47F3C8E9D21D2C2FC39185FA
  • SHA-1: BC7FF6D6A8408F38562BC610F24645CAD6C42629

Links:

Screenshots:


Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
GhaleonUnlimitedHackingRewriting, editing, coding; series research; ongoing updates
vivify93Script Editing/RevisionPS series references; project advice & support; original Proper-caser mod
lory1990Original HackingCreated original disassembly (made this possible); Bugfix mod; Post-release testing/editing/coding/c
bgeOriginal HackingHelped add project credits
SquirrelScript Editing/RevisionTons of typos fixed & grammar help

User Review Information

PS4 goodness for every kind of person

Reviewed By: Red Soul on 06 Jun 2020

These patches here are something special. It’s not often that authors are so attentive to details and the particular tastes of the fanbase in one single sweep: from script depth and breadth to smaller things like name preferences, these patches have you covered.

Whether you like a lighthearted, colorful script or something closer to vanilla (with much needed corrections in many instances) you’ll find it here.

With such a fragmentary and divisive canon as Phantasy Star has, such contrasting dualities are necessary and well understood by the author, and indeed, it is the best way to play what is arguably the finest game in the franchise and one of the very best on the system.

It’s impossible to return to vanilla standard now; wholeheartly recommended.

Version 5.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
PS4 goodness for every kind of personRed Soul06 Jun 20205.0Yes
It makes the dialogues way more interestingRafasilvakrav504 Jun 20204.6Yes
I agree that the tone of some characters seem offisoacc30 May 20194.0No
Great RelocalizationMerton09 May 20193.5Yes
Feels like a Working Designs translationbutane bob01 Feb 20193.1No