Phantasy Star IV – Day 1

Hm…

I had a bit of a headache so I only put an hour into the game tonight, but I’ve got to say I’m not feeling it. Like, it’s hard because I can really see how this game could have been appealing to Genesis owners back in the early 90’s, but let’s be honest, Final Fantasy IV was out years before this game.

From a technical standpoint it just feels a little sloppy. Movement is a touch too fast and seems a little inaccurate. Pressing the action button when nothing’s in front of you prompts the ever-annoying “There’s nothing here!” message. Items and abilities are completely cryptic with no descriptions, save for items and only in a shop. The dialogue is totally cheese ball thought I really do appreciate the efforts put into giving the characters some sense of personality.

Still, I’m feeling no attachment to any of them, and very little interest in their quest. The game is functional enough that I don’t feel like it’s a burden to be playing it (yet) but its flaws are definitely frustrating.

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