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What is Phantasy Star?

Phantasy Star is the best multi-game story in classic gaming, spanning 3 main games, side story “gaidens”, tons of lore, and even text adventures.

The PS series tells a sweeping tale of good vs. evil but also explores complex and melancholic themes and characters. Each main game was far ahead of its time, and it was SEGA’s flagship RPG series in the ’80s and early ’90s.

But even today, PS’s impact is still not fully appreciated, though PSIV remains one of the finest 16-bit experiences, with its:

-Extensive anime cutscenes
-Breezy pace and difficulty
-Unique fantasy/sci-fi world
-Strong character development and party banter

As SEGA canceled Phantasy Star Generation:4 many years ago, this project aimed to create a definitive, series-ending Phantasy Star experience that can also be better enjoyed by modern players.

Download the Phantasy Star Generation:4 patch here. (Or Steam, via the Genesis/MD collection)

No time to play it?

Check out the Creator’s Commentary Let’s Play – Full Playlist:


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If you’re interested in the Found in Fanslation podcast I started — the first few eps are about this project, the rest about awesome people doing big things in the fan-translation romhacking world — listen to them here!

Phantasy Star Generation: 4 (PSIV Retranslation/Relocalization) Project Goals:

  • Restore every mistranslated connection to the other PS games
  • Best express Japanese creators’ intent in both story & themes
  • Make the game’s script more colloquial, fun, and emotional (from NPCs to bookshelves to main story)
  • Add PS lore
  • 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.