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Twenty years ago Phantasy Star was born. Sega differentiated the series from archetypical console RPGs by switching to a futuristic setting and having a female lead. Neither sounds revolutionary now, but in the damsel in distress NES days the latter was quite progressive. After a great fourth installment on the Genesis, Phantasy Star faded away until it was designed as an online game for the Dreamcast. Sega has had some success with Phantasy Star Online, but the series is far from its apex. There isn't really much fanfare about Phantasy Star turning twenty and Phantasy Star Universe's PSP port is barely getting attention.

 

Perhaps, Sega should revert back to the good old days of Phantasy Star Offline. Fill the void of sci-fi RPG epics with a tale of combat cyborgs, Dark Force and broken marriages. Do you think this will happen before the series 25th birthday? Better question, would you buy a new Phantasy Star game in the vein of the original ones?

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