I have played a lot — a lot — of RPGs over the past 20 years. There are a few series I feel bad about having missed out on in that time, but none so much as Phantasy Star. Admittedly, the series never really had much cachet in its native Japan, which is probably why the single player iterations of the series are far less numerous than the multiplayer. But hey, if that aspect of the series had to die, Phantasy Star IV was by all accounts — including this one! — a brilliant flame-out.