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Phantasy Star II

"This is Motavia, a beautiful, beckoning jewel - gripped by madness."

“This is Motavia, a beautiful, beckoning jewel – gripped by madness.”

Year: 1989
Genre: JRPG
Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Platform: Sega Mega Drive

Phantasy Star was a success for Sega. The game sold well enough for a sequel to be made quite quickly, and while one would be forgiven for expecting it to be a direct sequel again starring Alis, it turned out to be something else entirely and just as important to the growth of Japanese Role-Playing Games.

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Phantasy Star

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The time: Space Century 324.
The place: The Algol Star System.

Year: 1987
Genre: JRPG
Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Platform: Sega Master System

Phantasy Star has an odd legacy. The series is generally remembered for its (admittedly amazing) online outings.  The original games Phantasy Star Online was spun-off from, however, are secretly very important to the evolution of Japanese Role-Playing Games as they are today – for better or worse.

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Puggsy

Total Object Interactivity™

Total Object Interactivity™

Year: 1993
Genre: Platformer

Developer: Traveller’s Tales
Publisher: Psygnosis
Platform: Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega CD, Commodore Amiga

Traveller’s Tales have an interesting history in that though they’ve been around since the early 90’s and have developed a lot of great selling games (i.e., the Lego series of games), they’ve never actually had their own intellectual property – they’ve always done work for other people. They started off working with Psygnosis (now known as Studio Liverpool and sadly made defunct by Sony Computer Entertainment) on Leander, an Amiga game similar to Shadow of the Beast and a game based on the movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula for the Mega Drive and Super Nintendo (other console versions were handled by Probe Entertainment or an internal Psygnosis team). Their third game, Puggsy, is something special.

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