One of the most important Role-Playing Games in the 16-bit era turns 35 and that game is Phantasy Star 2.

The first Phantasy Star game was released on the Sega Master System in 1987 to huge fan fair and introduced a new type of JRPG to the world, and was the Master System sawn song as the Mega Drive (Genesis in the USA) was released in 1988, Sega needed a hit game out the door on day one and Phantasy Star was one of the games they wanted on day one. The PS team was working on one PS2, but for the Master System, and was told to move the game to the Mega Drive, and in 1989 the game was released on the Mega Drive, and in 1990 the game was released in North America and Europe as well.

One of the major changes to PS2 was that the PS team dropped the first-person view for both the in-game battles and dungeons that were used in the first game. The team made the whole game via a top-down perspective for both the overworld and in dungeons and the battles are now in a third-person view and these changes made the game stand out in a good way. The graphics and music were on a whole new level and the storyline was something we never saw at the time and still stands the test of time.

The story takes place 1,000 years after the events of the first game with a new protagonist named Rolf who is a government agent who is on a mission to find out why Mother Brain, the protector of the planet Mota, has started malfunctioning, which will lead the players on an adventure unlike any other.

While the game is long and hard at times, it is worth your time to play this classic game, do yourself a huge favor and find a copy of PS2 and enjoy it, if you want a recommendation on how to play this game, either find the latest Sega game collection that was released for your console. The other option is to find a copy of the Phantasy Star Generation 2 which was released only in Japan as part of the Sega Ages back in 2005.