25th Anniversary Phantasy Star Visual Chronicles

I picked this book up on my honeymoon in Japan in 2014, so it’s weirdly special in that sense. The book was originally released in 2013, and covers every game in the series, with a focus on the (then recent) PSO 2. There is art and information about each pre-PSO 2 game. A few interviewsContinue reading “25th Anniversary Phantasy Star Visual Chronicles”

Phantasy Star Online 2 – Impressions After 20 Hours

Phantasy Star Online 2 has finally received a proper English release, and it has been a long time coming. I’ve been playing on Xbox One (X) since the closed beta and have A LOT OF THOUGHTS, so I’m going to collect them in chunks over the next few weeks (months? years?). It’s gonna be aContinue reading “Phantasy Star Online 2 – Impressions After 20 Hours”

Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity (packaging)

While my feelings on Phantasy Star Universe are… complicated, I absolutely adore the portable spinoffs, Phantasy Star Portable 1&2 on the PSP. I especially fell in love with the second game, and to this day is remains my most-played PSP game. A sequel/expansion to Phantasy Star Portable 2 was released, but stayed, in Japan. IContinue reading “Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity (packaging)”

Phantasy Star Soundtracks Available on Streaming Services

These days, most of us are using some kind of “service” for getting music. SEGA has released quite a few soundtracks across these platforms (including, most recently, the Panzer Dragoon series), but the Phantasy Star selections are a bit thin at the moment, consisting of only three official soundtracks on Spotify and Apple Music. TheContinue reading “Phantasy Star Soundtracks Available on Streaming Services”

SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis Collected Works

SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works, written by Keith Stuart and designed/edited by Darren Wallis, is a book from Read-Only Memory chronicling the hardware, games, and stories from the console’s heyday. It’s not a “comprehensive” guide of every game, but rather a “behind the scenes” guide. I’ve been slowly devouring it over the course of theContinue reading “SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis Collected Works”

Welcome to Rocket To Motavia

In 2011 I wrote a blog post on my now-defunct Sega fansite Blue Skies Daily about hearing music from Phantasy Star Online 2 for the first time. I didn’t say much, but I was pretty dang stoked. Nine years later, the game has finally officially launched in the West on Xbox One, with a WindowsContinue reading “Welcome to Rocket To Motavia”