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Phantasy Star

Sega Master System

Game Description:

Phantasy Star is a role playing game for the Sega Master System, and the first in the Phantasy Star series. It’s also one of the earliest JRPGs, and considered a pioneer in the genre. It was critically acclaimed for its scope, lush graphics, animations, 3D dungeons (a first for JRPGs), and for its blend of science fiction and fantasy elements.

Translation Description:

This patch retranslates the original Japanese game to give a whole host of improvements:

  • More faithful to the original Japanese script
  • Expanded script
  • Expanded menus and item names
  • Sound test and sound chip selection
  • Built-in cheats to make the game a little less tough/slow
  • Two custom fonts, with upper and lowercase letters
  • Expanded save slot names and three additional save slots
  • Fully compatible with old saves, the original cartridge (with ROM replacement) and of course for play on real hardware
  • Optional “original names” version with mostly original names for some characters, spells and items

This update includes wider dialogue boxes, bug fixes and groundwork for further translations.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Phantasy Star (Japan)
  • No-Intro: Master System (v. 20180825-190228)
  • ROM SHA-1: C9A40DDD217C58DDDCD6B5C0FE66C3A50D3E68E4
  • ROM CRC32: 6605D36A

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
z80gaidenHackingCore hacking and programming
MaximHackingProject manager, final hacking/programming
Paul JensenTranslationScript translator, editor
satsuTranslationAdditional translations
Frank CifaldiTranslationLocalization

User Review Information

Considerably better than the original translation

Reviewed By: cccmar on 09 May 2021

Comparing some bits and pieces of the text, this is written in a much more competent way than the original, which had some typos and lots of typical 80s/90s awkwardness in terms of dialogues. While PS 1 is very important historically and (IMO) still holds up fairly well to this day - especially the Switch version with automapping - the original translation does not. There’s not much story anyway, but this version is written considerably better than the original. I’d probably still recommend the fan-translation of Phantasy Star Generations over the MS game (quite a few QoL improvements, expanded script etc.), but if you want to play the original - play this version and never look back. Additionally, there are so many fixes/QoL to this patch that there’s just no reason to pass up on this version.

Version 2.1 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Considerably better than the original translationcccmar09 May 20212.1Yes
Incredible QoL ChangesPentV27 Sep 20202.00Yes
Don't believe the claim of a "more faithful" translation.SmashTheElder11 Sep 20202.00No
You must play 2.0!KalasZX22 Jul 20202.00Yes
New 2.0 versiond0pefish30 May 20202.00Yes
The Pride of Algol (Update for 2.00)vivify9330 May 20202.00Yes
Don't even play the original translation anymoreAnimation Guru05 Mar 2012N/AYes
Incredible!obscurumlux0125 Feb 2011N/AYes
Why the game was retranslatedrlafonte29 Jan 2009N/AYes