The first time I played this game I wasn't expecting much of it.
Phantasy Star 3 wasn't all that great and I was used to play
the Shining Force saga, which are great games. Man, was I in for
a surprise... Phantasy Star 4 is brilliant!
Although graphics aren't essential to a RPG, Phantasy Star 4
features the best graphics I've ever seen in a Genesis RPG (even
better than Shining Force 2). The sounds and musics are ok (here
the Shining saga is better) and the control method is simple and
effective. But where this game wins points is in the story. A
superb story, with amazing story-telling screens in manga-style.
I can't stop thinking that this story with these pictures would
make a wonderful manga (japanese cartoon) book. They really place
us in the game...
But let's move on. The game has lots of characters, although
you can only have a maximum of five at the same time. Shining
Force (I know that I keep comparing PS4 with SF2, but it's
impossible not to... they are the best examples of what a
RPG should be... in a Genesis, at least) features more characters
but PS4 places them better in the game. Each character is part
of the story.
As for the story itself, sometimes it's simple and sometimes
it's complex. The story begins in Motavia, with Chaz Ashley going
for his first Hunter's Guild mission. Little does he know that
because of this mission he will use several vehicles and travel
through space to planets and space stations... The game is set
in the future, but even an ADND fan will like it. Even if you
prefer strategic battles (like SF2) to turn-based (like PS4)
you'll like this game!
Well, what else is there to say? Play it!