You will need a Genesis emulator to play Phantasy Star II and a PlayStation 2 emulator to play the remake. You can download them from my emulators page. If you need assistance with any of the emulators offered on my site, check out my emulation help subsite: Video Game Emulation for Newbies.
Phantasy Star II
The original Sega Genesis/Mega Drive version of Phantasy Star II. This is the North American/Europe version of the game.
Phantasy Star Generation 2
The remake of Phantasy Star II released for the Sony PlayStation 2. This game was not released outside of Japan, but the download I offer here is pre-patched with the unofficial English translation.
A variety of hacks that make the original Phantasy Star II easier, harder, fix bugs, or provide a whole new experience!
What is “Pre-patched” and ”Patch”? ROM hackers release their works as patches. In order to experience their hacks, you must apply their patch to the original game. With the ”Pre-patched” download, I've saved you the trouble and patched the game for you. But if you insist on patching the game yourself, you can download just the patch with the “Patch” download. I have patching instructions in my patching guide.
There's always room improvement. Devote Phantasy Star II fans felt the original English release was horribly translated. If you wanted a true experience of the game, here's a full retranslation by “Naflign's Ego.”
Bug fix and enhancement mod geared toward rebalancing the underutilized characters and implementing gameplay quality upgrades. Also available on Steam.
- Addenda for 2x experience and meseta, approximations of original character names, and no red flashes when characters take damage.
- Script update with lore term consistency.
- Mixed case enemy names, techs, items, menu labels, location labels; characters can be named with lowercase letters.
- Bug fixes galore. Weapon stat fixes.
- Faster walking speed.
- New equipment: SilverClaw, Wave Shot, Cyber Vest.
- Nei, Amy, Hugh, and Shir's techs rebalanced.
The purpose of this hack is to mitigate many of the flaws of Phantasy Star II in order to create an overall play experience more similar to that of Phantasy Star IV. This means decreasing the amount of level and money grinding, increasing the number of references to other games in the series, script improvement, bug fixing, and more. Major changes include: character niches and specialties are enhanced, technique arsenals are improved and mastered more speedily, shop and treasure chest contents are streamlined, characters join with better equipment, useless items are retired in favor of better ones, enemy names are expanded and made more consistent with the other games, etc.
This easy hack multiplies all experience and meseta gains from battles by 4. Neat, huh? You can fly through the game with this patch!
This patch aims to fix bugs and oversights present in the original game, and in addition the game script was revised a little by removing typos, using correct spaces between words and punctuation marks, replacing some poorly translated lines with those taken from the Japanese version, using full names for the planets like the other installments of the series, etc. Besides some windows were enlarged in order to accommodate full words for the entries, like GIVE instead of GIV, or RIGHT instead of RGHT. A very small feature was included for the cursor on the naming window. Apart from these changes, this patch contains no enhancements: it's exactly the same as the original in terms of gameplay and difficulty.
Are you frustrated with navigating the difficult dungeons of Phantasy Star II while your character is walking so slow? No more! This hack doubles your walking speed. The speed of the Jet Scooter is unaltered.
This is a thorough alteration of Phantasy Star II for the Sega Genesis that changes nearly every facet of the game. It slightly lowers the difficulty from the notoriously difficult original, it now ties-in better with the rest of the classic Phantasy Star series, with a completely rewritten story, and the great surprise veterans have wanted for over a decade! So newcomers and veterans alike, come enjoy the Numan Revolution! Features:
- Every piece of equipment has had some alteration done to it, from a different strength or opened to use by new characters. There are even many new ones!
- All the characters learn more Techniques.
- The guns have been given major improvements to be better than many bladed weapons and some award defensive bonuses.
- An all-new storyline!
- Every shop inventory has been changed.
- All the enemies give double Experience and double Meseta in comparison to the originals to speed the pace of the game.
- Each character levels up at a different rate, and the weaker ones get massive boosts from level 35 and up.
- Brand new monster sprites and a new enemy!
This hack builds on top of Numan Revolution (above) by making the game harder! Everything you love about Numan Revolution is in this version. But hell broke loose because there's a 50% increase in difficulty, 4 new enemies, many new monster encounters, and altered monster abilities. Not for the feint of heart! But those ready for challenge, get ready for the Evil Overload!
Phantasy Star: Retranslated
This is the unofficial official fan retranslation of the original Phantasy Star. It includes 2-line naming terminology, narrative formatting, window expansion, replaces the 8×8 font, reworks the name entry screen, and allows FM/PSG switching (press Pause on the title screen).
Phantasy Star Gaiden
Game Gear's own Phantasy Star title. Its style is similar to that of the original Phantasy Star. This game was not released outside of Japan, but it's available in English thanks to fan translators. If you want to see how it's like, check out this gameplay footage.
Phantasy Star Adventure
A Phantasy Star text adventure released for Game Gear. The fact that it is not a traditional RPG turned people off, leaving this game obscure and unpopular. It was not released outside of Japan, but it's available in English thanks to fan translators. If you want to see how it's like, check out this gameplay footage.