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Phantasy Star II

February 18, 2016

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Phantasy Star II is an epic classic RPG for the Sega Genesis.

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Alternate Titles 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
Genre RPG
# of Players 1
Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega
Release Dates March 21st, 1989 (JP)
January 1990 (NA)
February 1991 (UK)
? (AU)
March 1996 (BR)
? (KR)
Release Prices ¥ 7,000 (JP)
$ 69.95 (NA)
£ 39.99 (UK)
? (AU)
R$ 59,99 (BR)
₩ (KR)
Product IDs G-5501 (JP)
(NA)
(UK)
? (AU)
048170 (BR)
GM6066JG (KR)
Barcodes 4974365555016 (JP)
010086013016 (NA)
4974365613013 (UK)
? (AU)
7891196048173 (BR)
? (KR)
Rating N/A

Phantasy Star II Overview

Phantasy Star II (ファンタシースターII 還らざる時の終わりに) is a rather epic role-playing game for the Sega Genesis. The game was an early instant hit on the platform and made the most recent Dragon Quest game look fairly primitive in comparison.

Sat 1,000 years after the ending of the original Phantasy Star, PS II stars a government agent named Rolf. Mother Brain, a computer system that controls the environments of the Algo Star System, has started malfunctioning and he is sent to investigate why. The story has a few twists and turns, featuring a tragedy that’s remembered by players decades later. Aeris who? Who cares!

PS II features overworld and town environments in a similar fashion to it’s predecessor, but ditches the 3D dungeons for the same birds-eye view seen in the rest of the game.

The game requires quite a bit of grinding to overcome obstacles, which is a turn off for some, as are the bosses you can’t simply spam the confirm button to steam roll.

All in all, the game can be completed in just a bit over 30 hours, which is nearly twice as long as the first game in the series. Phantasy Star II was every bit the game the original was and then some. A Genesis classic and must play for fans of the genre!

Phantasy Star II Screenshots

Phantasy Star II Videos

Genesis - Phantasy Star II Intro
Phantasy Star II Sega Genesis Retro Commercial Trailer 1988 Sega Japan
Phantasy Star II ... (Sega Genesis)

Phantasy Star II Wallpapers

Phantasy Star II Artwork

Other Media

You can download the North American hint book that was included with the game in PDF format here. It is just 14MBs and can be saved to your HDD for repeat reference.

The Japanese manual is available in PDF format here and the Brazilian manual can be found here.

Here is a North American print ad for the game.

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Phantasy Star II Merchandise

Obviously, you can find some PS II art and information in the Phantasy Star Compendium (ファンタシースター公式設定資料集 , Phantasy Star Koushiki Settei Shiryoushuu) published by SoftBank (ISBN # 4890527826) in October 1995. You can find some scanned translations of the book here.

Phantasy Star Koushiki Settei Shiryoushuu front cover

There is a little bit of PS II content in the 25th Anniversary Phantasy Star Visual Chronicles (25th アニバーサリー ファンタシースター ビジュアルクロニクル) book released on March 30th, 2013 and published by Enterbrain (ISBN #: 4047288853). A good bit of it’s 192 pages are devoted to the more recent Phantasy Star Online 2, though.

25th Anniversary Phantasy Star Visual Chronicles front cover

Released in Japan during December of 1993, The World of Phantasy Star is a 130 page book focused primarily on Phantasy Star I and II,. It was released to help promote Phantasy Star IV.

You can find a number of scans from it here.

the world of phantasy star dust jacket cover

Music from Phantasy Star II (as well as PS I + PS III) is available in Phantasy Star Collection Sound Collection 1 (PHANTASY STAR COLLECTION サウンドコレクション I) album from Rock-Za (Catalog #RS-1). It was published in November 1993 for ¥ 3,700 and is a 2 disc set. The first contains music from the games and the second features arranged versions. A second release from Rock-Za features music from PS IV only.

Ports & Remakes

It was released in the Saturn’s Sega Ages: Phantasy Star Collection (SEGA AGES ファンタシースターコレクション) in Japan on April 2nd, 1998 for 4,800 yen. It has all four of the main Phantasy Star games with a bunch of enhancements and options. You can play the games in katakana or hiragana and there’s an optional speed increase for party members in Phantasy Star III. Some omake features were included on the disc, with arranged music, art galleries, and Japanese commercials for the games.

Sega Smash Pack was a 1999 compilation of Sega hits for the PC that featured Phantasy Star II. The games were emulated by a version of the emulator KGen and the end result wasn’t that great. The release was initially published by Sega, then later re-released by Expert Software.

Sega Smash Pack Volume 1 is a Dreamcast compilation of earlier hit Sega games that contained Phantasy Star II as well. It was released on January 31st, 2001 as part of a bundle with the Sega Dreamcast The audio emulation was fairly miserable.

It’s also in the GBA Phantasy Star Collection released in the US on November 26th, 2002 and in Europe on March 7th, 2003. This compilation features the first three main games in the series. This compilation has an exclusive feature the others do not: the chance for the first game to crash when saving. Yuck.

Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 17: Phantasy Star Generation: 2 (SEGA AGES 2500シリーズ Vol.17 ファンタシースター generation:2) was a 2005 PS2 remake of the Genesis and Mega Drive classic. It featured updated graphics and sound, new item creation and training features for teammates left at home base, and a challenge indicator for measuring an enemy’s ability compared to your own. There’s also many other changes to the story and game world. It was later released on PSN for the PS3.

The remake was being planned for a North American and European release in the first quarter of 2005 as part of a Phantasy Star Trilogy package by Conspiracy Entertainment, but the project was cancelled and the rights went back to Sega.

You can download a currently in-progress fan translation of this remake here. They are also working on a patch for the PSN release on PS3.

A full rundown of all of the changes made to the game for the remake by Jack Power can be found here.

Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 32: Phantasy Star Complete Collection (SEGA AGES 2500シリーズ Vol.32 ファンタシースター コンプリートコレクション) was a PS2 compilation released on March 7th, 2008 in Japan for 2,500 yen. The game would later be available on the PS3’s PSN service on December 19th, 2012.

This compilation features all four main entries again along with the Game Gear and Mega Drive side games, all emulated and collected on one disc. It has some additional options, like speeding up the walking of your party in the first Phantasy Star.

The PS3 and Xbox 360 saw the release of Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection in North American, Europe, and Australia; all released in February of 2009 and containing Phantasy Star II.

Phantasy Star II can also be found on the Wii’s Virtual Console service, iOS, Xbox Live Arcade, and Steam.

Direct Sequels

PS II proved to be so popular that Sega decided to further expand upon the game’s characters and world with a series of eight text adventurers for the Mega Drive’s Sega Game Toshokan modem service in Japan. They were later bundled together on the two Game no Kanzume compilations for the Mega CD and ultimately on the PS2 compilation Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 32: Phantasy Star Complete Collection.

The games are: Phantasy Star II: Amia’s Adventure, Phantasy Star II: Anne’s Adventure, Phantasy Star II: Eusis’s Adventure, Phantasy Star II: Huey’s Adventure, Phantasy Star II: Kinds’s Adventure, Phantasy Star II: Nei’s Adventure, Phantasy Star II: Rudger’s Adventure, and Phantasy Star II: Shilka’s Adventure.

You can download fan translations for all of these here.

Random Information

-In the book The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1, Hitoshi Yoneda is interviewed about his work and had this to say about the cover of Phantasy Star II.

J Szczepaniak: Wow, this is from Phantasy Star. How did you come to work for Sega?

Hitoshi Yoneda: Sega directly asked me to draw illustrations. In order to counter Nintendo, Sega put on the market the Mega Drive. But they didn’t have enough power within the company to challenge Nintendo, so they decided to ask external people to help them. Such as myself, for illustrations.

JS: I have a difficult question. Phantasy Star 2 had the cover changed when coming to the US market. Some of the worst art I’ve ever seen. Did you know that?

HY: No, I had no idea!

JS: Perhaps we can use our smartphones to look up the US cover for Phantasy Star 2 and ask what Yoneda-san thinks?

HY: I think that my illustration was perhaps not appropriate for the foreign market.

-A few fans have collaborated to do a more accurate English translation of the game. You can download it here. It is not perfect, but does a better job at explaining some events in the game.

In addition to the new English translation, you will find some for French, German, Russian, and Spanish!

Guides

Dalez’s FAQ for the game has just about everything you could need.

Cheats & Secrets

No Random Encounters
You can avoid random enemy encounters by spamming the A button as you walk. You’ll have to deal with seeing the “There seems to be nothing unusual here” window, but if you are hurting and just need to get somewhere, this will work.

SPOILERS
The following trick involves a pivotal point in the game. To help minimize spoilers, I’ve reduced the font size and chosen a slightly difficult to read color. You’ve been warned!

Resurrect Nei
Even though Nei will be killed while fighting Neifirst, it is possible to bring her back to life while the three remaining characters are fighting. Before going to Climatrol have Shir steal some Moon Dew. Give it to one of the characters, except Nei. After Nei is killed, and during the fight with Neifirst, use the Moon Dew to bring her back to life.

Game Genie Codes

Using these prevents you from being able to save your game! You will need to use the Master Code on later model Genesis units.

Master code
00024E-6004
Everthing is free 00D01C-600C
No HP loss from physical damage 002B0C-6012
No HP loss from venom damage 002C14-6012
No HP loss from damage zones 00716E-6014
No TP taken when using battle magic 00252A-6014
No TP used for field magic 00A60A-6008
Battle magic twice as strong 002848-0032
Battle magic four times as strong 002848-0036

Pro Action Replay Codes

This code will only work on the PAR, not the Game Genie.

Infinite HP for most characters FFC0030029
FFC0430027
FFFD370001
FFFF5F00B6
FFC0830038

Credits

Written and Directed by
Chiemshi (Akinori Nishiyama, 西山彰則)

Assistant Director
Psyche (Hiroto Saeki, 佐伯 広人)

Art Director
Chaotickaz (Kazuyuki Shibata, 柴田 和幸)

Character Design
Yoshibon (Toru Yoshida, 吉田 徹)

Mechanical Design
JudyTotoya (Yasushi Yamaguchi, 山口恭史)

Designers
Phoenix Rie (Rieko Kodama, 小玉 理恵子)
Choko (Takako Kawaguchi, 川口 貴子)
BigIsland (Naoto Ohshima, 大島 直人)
Ichiemon
Wakasama
Stresteless
Yonesan (Hitoshi Yoneda, 米田 仁士)
Gen (Gen Adachi)

Musical Composer
Bo (Tokuhiko Uwabo, 上保 徳彦)

Sound Effects
Nav (Kazuhiko Nagai, 長井 和彦)
Tarnya (Chikako Kamatani, 鎌谷 千佳子)

Assistant Programmer
Tapkara Sat

Software Programmer
Com Blue

Produced and Programmed by
Muuuu Yuji (Yuji Naka, 中 裕司)

Presented by
Sega

Japanese Cover Illustration by
Hitoshi Yoneda (米田 仁士)

External Links

Discuss this game on our forums!

Wikipedia Page

Hitoshi Yoneda’s Website

Buy Phantasy Star II on Amazon

Search for Phantasy Star II on eBay

Special Thanks / Sources

PS Cave found the Pro Action Replay codes.

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