> Phantasy Star III is similar to Phantasy
Star II but the stories are almost completely unrelated. Both
games take place in the same universe but the stories are independent of
each other. Like the previous game, Phantasy Star III is
a top down 2D role playing game with turn-based random battles.
> There's a lot I can say about PSIII. Suffice it to say,
PSIII is the worst game in the Genesis series
in my opinion. The main reason is because Sega changed the
battle system. When you enter a battle you no longer see your characters
from behind. Instead you fight battles completely from a first person perspective.
Needless to say, it's just not the same. PSIII doesn't build
on the success of PSII in terms of gameplay and art. Instead
Sega took the game in a different direction. If any Phantasy
Star game needed a remake it would be this. Feel free to disagree.
> Phantasy Star III's story is more medieval than the previous
games which are mostly science fiction merged with sword and sorcery. Phantasy
Star III has a medieval fantasy setting that's set in a futuristic
world. That makes it extremely unique. While I don't like how the developers
changed the battle system, the story and setting make up for it. PSIII
is like a medieval fantasy game but with advanced technology, cyborgs
and biomonsters. The game itself is set on a giant space ship wandering
through space. The people of the world are surrounded by advanced technology
that they've long forgotten how to use. There are so few people in the
world that it creates a depressing atmosphere.
> You play the role of prince Rhys, the prince of Landen and direct descendent
of Orakio. According to legends, Orakio was a swordsman who fought against
a dark witch called Laya who controlled armies of monsters 1000 years ago.
The war ended when all combatants were killed in the final battle and both
Orakio and Laya mysteriously disappeared. Their bodies were never found,
but before Orakio and Laya left for the final battle they ordered their
people not to kill each other ever again. Your kingdom has lived in peace
ever since. The world is divided into two clans. One is called the Orakians
and the other is called the Layans, named after Orakio and Laya. The Orakians
use cyborgs in battle and the Layans use biomonsters. Although 1000 years
have passed since both Orakio and Laya disappeared, their memory has echoed
down through the generations. But peace is not to be.
> A strange girl with light blue hair named Maia washes up on the shores
of Landen with no prior memory of who she is. Rhys and Maia fall in love
and soon plan to marry, but on their wedding day Maia is kidnapped by a
dragon knight from a Layan kingdom. Filled with anger, Rhys vows to wage
war on the Layans to retrieve his beloved, but remaining true to Orakio's
wishes, the king locks Rhys in a dungeon to calm down. He is set free by
Lena and his journey begins. "This seemingly minor event sets an epic adventure
> The graphics seem less colorful than PSII and rougher around
the edges. PSIII seems like a different game compared to
PSII which was sharp and very colorful. PSIII's graphics
are more diluted than the previous game. The character portraits are a
different style than before and look rougher and more grim-dark. Whether
you like the art or not is subjective and therefore a matter of taste.
There are many unique locations including castles and flying cities and
places filled with advanced technology, which creates the impression of
a clash of old and new, but overall the graphics are rougher around the
edges and have lost their charm. It's a new style of art but with technically
inferior graphics. PSIII's graphics have lost their unique
colorful sci fi charm compared to PSII. The art makes you
wonder if PSIII is a Phantasy Star game. Overall
the graphics are good but not great.
> Sega changed the battle system for some inexplicable reason
and not for the better. The battle system is a lot different than before.
Your characters fight from a first person perspective (through your eyes)
instead of a third person perspective (from behind your characters), so
instead of seeing a character attack an enemy by leaping onto the screen
you will see a sword or a claw slash the screen. This detracts from the
entire experience IMO because your characters don't feel like they are
there. It dehumanizes your characters. This works for a first person RPG
but this isn't a first person RPG.
> I will give Sega credit for trying something different
but there was nothing wrong with the battle system in Phantasy Star
II (except for battles lacking backgrounds). Phantasy Star
III fixed something that wasn't broken. It pains me to say it,
but it has to be said. Instead of building on the success of the previous
game, PSIII went in an untried and untrue direction.
> Everything else is menu-based and easy to navigate. Your characters move
slowly which might frustrate players but otherwise everything runs at a
fairly smooth pace.
> The music is more medieval and grim dark than PSII. It's
hard to describe the music. It's a much different style compared to the
previous game. The music is composed of synthesized electronic and classical
instruments. The dungeon music sounds like organs at full volume combined
with rising and tapering piano keys. PSII had more fast beats
and the music sounded more electronic which suited the futuristic world.
> The music changes to suit different situations. The town music is calm
yet melancholy at the same time with slow synthesized electronic keyboard
melodies and flowing bells that reflect the simple lives of the people.
In battle the music will change pace from one moment to the next. I mean
the music will literally change from one type of music to another depending
on whose turn it is. Overall, it's not bad. One thing I like is whenever
another person joins your party the overworld music changes slightly to
reflect it. Once you have a full party the music changes completely. That
was quite innovative.
> PSIII lost the sci-fi atmosphere of the previous game and
has a different battle system that leaves much to be desired. I think the
battle system is worse. It seems like the series went backwards, not forwards.
Nevertheless, it's worth playing if you're a fan of the series. PSIII
isn't a bad game when judged on its own merits. Sadly it could
have been so much more. Still, the game has a few redeeming qualities and
unique elements that make it worth playing. The medieval theme alone makes
this game worth playing. The theme is so unique that it won't quickly be
forgotten. Fans will enjoy PSIII if they give it a chance.
Unfortunately this game isn't for everyone.
> Like the previous game, there are tons of unique enemies and bosses to
fight and mazes to explore. Also like before, it's easy to get lost unless
you are good at memorizing locations. You have been warned. This is an
oldschool RPG in the truest sense of the word and therefore not for people
who want instant gratification. PSIII doesn't herd you in
the right direction, so it might frustrate you. PSIII is
so oldschool that only true RPG fans will truly appreciate it. However,
don't be surprised if you are tempted to give up early.
> When Rhys finds Maia he is given a choice between marrying her or another
woman. Marry the love of my life or some random stranger I just met? In
any case, the game gives you a choice and whoever you marry has a son who
continues the game. And it doesn't end there. Rhys's son can also choose
who he wants to marry and you can see where this leads. PSIII has
four possible endings depending on who your character marries. This can
change the story completely. One moment you are an Orakian, the next you
are a Layan which turns old allies into enemies. This is another unique
feature in PSIII that's worth exploring if you enjoy immersing
yourself in an adventure instead of just reading the entire story online
in 5 minutes. The choice, my friend, is yours.
> This is why Phantasy Star III is called Generations
of Doom. Your destiny is handed down from one generation to the
next. You need to explore each character's family tree to see the whole
game. It's fascinating to see things from different perspectives.
> I only recommend Phantasy Star III to fans of the series
because it's such a drastic departure from PSII. I wouldn't
say that it has nothing to offer though. If you can look past the different
battle system then this game has many redeeming qualities. Knights versus
biomonsters and cyborgs. This was a great idea that was implemented poorly,
and yet I keep coming back. The medieval theme set in a futuristic world
draws me in like no other game. Overall, I think the good outweighs the
bad. Phantasy Star III's theme alone makes this game worth
playing. It's not a bad addition to the series but it could have been so
G. Duke ~
7.9/10 | Graphics: 7.5 | Control: 8 | Sound: 8 | Fun: 8