Hoo boy, I’m in a mood to re-play (or at least BEAT) a Sega Genesis game called Phantasy Star IV. This particular game will always hold a special place in my heart because it’s pretty much the first RPG I was ever introduced to. I was in fourth grade (sometime before September 1995), and I was at my best friend’s house. Unlike me, she had a Sega Genesis system — back then, I only had the PC as my gaming device. Anyway, she had Phantasy Star IV, and she introduced it to me.
Honestly, I don’t remember much about the game . . . but I do remember seeing Rune and thinking he was HOT. My best friend then told me that Wren was even hotter for something non-human! Ah, even back then, I was attracted to the bishounen guys . . .
Anyway, I digress. Since then, I’ve played it, er, illegally, in my middle school days, but I think I stopped playing when I got to Dezolis. Then I got the Sega Genesis Collection for the PS2 several years back. I reacquainted myself with the game, got all the way to the final boss, and then stopped because that whole place, the boss, and the music was creeping me out. I should really dig it out and beat it, or at least re-play it again. I’m just in the mood to play something that’ll take me down the nostalgia lane! To me, Phantasy Star IV epitomises JRPGs; it’s like the grandfather of any modern JRPGs. It has good anime-style graphics (for its time), a pretty engaging storyline, great cast of characters and character development, and awesome music — which are all factors that make a good game for me.
Really, I adore this game. I’ll always credit Chrono Trigger as THE game that has got me into serious RPG gaming, but Phantasy Star IV is probably what really started it all for me.
What about you, readers and fellow bloggers? What is that one game that really holds a special place in your heart? (And any of you NokoNoko folks played this game before?)