Phantasy Star 3 - Generations of Doom

a game by Sega

Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis

Genre: Adventure/RPG

See also: Phantasy Star Games

Phantasy Star 3 - Generations of Doom

"A few months ago, a woman washed up on a nearby beach. Like a pebble dropped into a still pool, this minor event rippled through your world, triggering an epic adventure..." And so begins the third in the now-classic role play series, Phantasy Star. At the beginning of this one player Genesis title you discover that all of civilization was destroyed during the Dark Times when brave Orakio and his cyborg army battled evil Laya in her quest to rule the world.

Now, 1,000 years later, you as Prince Rhys, a young Orakio warrior, set out to rescue your kidnapped bride-to-be from the Layans. The different experiences you have and the choices you make determine the outcome of the game as you explore seven different worlds and two moons. To finish the game you must play through three different generations of characters who age, marry, grow old, and die during the game. In fact, the choices you make, such as deciding which of two different women to marry, alter the flow of the game, determining which characters you will become in the second and third generations and ultimately leading you to one of four different endings -- all of which tie in with Phantasy Star II.

That Old Familiar Feeling

The style of game play is familiar to fans of the Phantasy Star trilogy. As you journey throughout the countryside you view the action from a 3/4 overhead perspective and then a first person perspective when you go into battle. You've also got easy access to standard RPG windows that enable you to arm your characters, decide how to fight, use spells, and just plain strategize!

In each of the three different generations you and your companions (who you'll meet along the way) wander from area to area in classic role play style, searching for special items and clues to help you solve your quest.


  • The Sapphire is one of the first prizes you search for. You'll find it in a cavern on the island south of Yaata. Inside of the cave head in a westerly direction.

  • You meet your first companion, Mieu, near a lake northeast of the town of IIan. Mieu, a cyborg with special abilities, remains in your party through all three generations. The captain of the boat in the port town of Yaata won't take you sailing until Mieu is in your party.

  • To defrost Aquatica journey to the town of Hazatak, near the center of the desert world of Aridia. Here you're joined by two new companions, Wren (find Wren in a cave west of Hazatak) and Lyle. Wren is the only one who can fix the weather control system located in a tower to the east of Hazatak.

Along the way you'll do battle with hordes of all-new frightening creatures in some of the most difficult battles yet in the Phantasy Star trilogy, including creatures such as the deadly Moos and the poisonous Glowtoad. Your battles with these devastating enemies enable you and your party to build up your experience points, weapons, and levels of strength in order to survive ever increasing perils. It's up to you to arm your characters and decide how to best use their unique strengths, including spells, to successfully battle your foes.

  • When you reach the town of Shusoran buy a Ceramic Shot for Wren as quickly as possible.

  • Near the end of the first generation just before you battle the King of Cille, give all of Lyle and Lena's equipment (except for the basic necessities) to Mieu and Wren. Since Mieu and Wren continue with you into the next generation they can hang on to equipment. Anything left with Lyle and Lena is lost!

Three Strikes and You're Out?

Fans of the series won't be disappointed with this latest epic adventure. The gorgeous 3-D graphics, including beautiful landscapes and wonderful animation, are enhanced by an above average sound track. Is this the best Phantasy Star adventure yet? The answer to that question is up to you! Will there be a Phantasy Star IV? Only Sega knows for sure but we're willing to bet 1,000 Mesetas that there will be. (P.S. Sega will be providing a hint book with clues and maps to help guide you through each of the three different generations.)

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  • Manufacturer: Sega
  • Version: Genesis

Reviewing Phantasy Star III is a piece of cake! I'll just smile mysteriously and give a big thumbs up to all the PSI and PSII players, and they'll know exactly what I'm saying.

Fill space? Oh, okay. You'd probably like some details anyway.

Phantasy Star III is, as anticipated, more of the same, only better. Subtitled Generations of Doom, PSIII picks up 1,000 years after PSII and spans three generations of heroes. The land is again beset with bizarre creatures. One swoops down during your marriage ceremony and carries off Maia, your intended. As Rhys, you hack and slash your way around three planets, looking for Maia and enlisting the aid of other characters. You can add up to four characters to your party for a total of five, but that number fluctuates as characters turn against you, get desk jobs or whatever.

Eventually you'll rescue Maia, but here's the first twist: you must choose between marrying her or marrying one of the female members of your party. Depending on your choice, the game will change completely! In either case, you become a king, and the game skips ahead about 15 years. The planetary system is faced with a new threat. Now you're the son of Rhys and his wife, and you undertake a new adventure. Later on, you'll again have a choice of brides. You then assume the role of the new couple's child - thus you play out the roles of grandfather, father and son over a period of over 30 years. Truly an epic adventure.

As you play, you'll find the world has expanded to comprise seven "planets", two moons and countless dungeons. You'll confront Dark Force, the ultimate evil (familiar from earlier adventures). He takes up three- fourths of the screen and is so large you have to attack his claws separately! At the end of the game - there are four possible endings, depending on your marriage choices - you'll learn the heretofore unknown history of the Algol system.

Due to the four variations, the innumerable plot twists and assorted surprises, the game is truly repayable on a grand scale. Finishing a single game will probably take you at least 50-60 hours, so this is one cartridge guaranteed to give you your money's worth, even at its higher price. The battery backup saves only two games, so it'll take skillful management to avoid having to play each of the four possible adventures from scratch.

The graphics are slightly improved over those of PSII. In combat, your enemies - many of which are huge - are crudely animated against appropriate backgrounds (no more grids). Some backgrounds even feature multilevel scrolling. The dungeons no longer have the confusing grid overlaid on top, and none are more than two or three levels deep. Unfortunately, there's no first-person perspective like in PSI dungeons, which is a shame, since it was spectacularly smooth.

You have to love combat to love PSIII. As in earlier episodes, every few steps end in a battle sequence. The combat system is convenient, offering both computer-controlled and step-by-step strategies. But the computer never uses your "techniques" (magic spells), so if you want to use these abilities, you'll need to program combat piecemeal.

As in PSI and PSII, there's not enough variety in the music; in fact, there seems to be less music than in smaller Genesis games. Then again, it's hard to include 200 hours' worth of music in one little cart.

In summation, Phantasy Star fanatics will be delighted with PSIII, as will anybody in search of a great role-playing game. It's more than a game, actually; it's an obsession and a more delightful one than ever.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Sega
  • Version: Genesis

By the Time You Get through Phantasy Star III, You'll Get Married, Grow Old, and And Die Three Times

Get a life. Actually, get multiple lives, and a couple of wives, and some kids too. It's up to you. Welcome to the world of Phantasy Star, the new role-playing odyssey from Sega that spans three generations of characters. It's big, real big.

What do you expect? It's from the same people who gave you mind-benders like Phantasy Star II and Sword of Vermilion. And take our word for it, you're in for the long haul with this one. Phantasy Star III will take you hundreds of hours to complete, if you're lucky.

Besides, you can always buy the hint book. Which could come in handy with a game that unfolds into four different endings. Of course, finishing Phantasy Star III will take a lot more than a hint book. It'll take endless skill and intense concentration. Not to mention a good chunk of your life.

reggie posted a review
  • Theme: RPG
  • Players: 1
  • Difficulty: Average

The saga continues! This time the action spans over three generations as your characters get married, have children, grow old, and die. All this and much more in this very unique cart!

reggie posted a review

Phantasy Star -- you loved it the first time, you couldn't get your hands on the sequel fast enough, just imagine how you're going feel about part III! Yes, Phantasy Phreaks, the epic role play saga continues. This time, however, it's bigger and better than ever. As you travel through the seven Journeys (including nine different Worlds and Moons), you'll have the pleasure of becoming even more deeply involved with the characters as you share in their life experiences, such as marriage, aging, and even death. Set aside hundreds of hours to complete this mega-star adventure. If you think you were hooked before, just wait until you enter the third Phantasy dimension.

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