Live-A-Live Part Three: Living Legacies

May 3, 2011: Live-A-Live, how I have missed thee.

The old master had to kick his pupils’ butts. They learned some of his moves from being on the receiving end of them. How cool is that?!

He had them train atop the mountains to build their endurance and in the forest to train their reflexes. That night, after Li and Sammo passed out went to sleep, the old master caught Yuan training alone outside. Aww.

You do not get an equal number of training sessions with the three students. The reason why is soon revealed. Continue reading Live-A-Live Part Three: Living Legacies

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Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Final Stats, Thoughts, and Trivia

Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom is a game with a solid concept saddled with less-than-solid execution. The game was not made with the help of Phantasy Star co-creator Rieko Kodama, and the game was rushed.

The Story

The story is lacking much personality and characterization. Note how we get so much exposition in the third gen that finally explains the backstory and introduces the big bad, Dark Force. Another sign that the game was rushed?

If I was to ask you what PSIII is about, what would you tell me? Does the game really have any overarching themes? I could tell you about the themes of Dragon Age II (family and the conflict between the templars and mages) or Final Fantasy XIII (the veracity of free will), but for PSIII, the biggest theme I get is the problems brought upon by previous generations being left to the next generation to clean up. But the game never really delves into the emotions that such conflicts would believably invoke.

Remember Lyle? He actually died in gen two, but I forgot to bring it up. It was a missed opportunity to add characterization to the relatives that knew him.

The generation system is the game’s main gimmick, but the women are barely established, so the decisions can be hard to make. Heck, the princes are barely established as well!

The game would have been better if it had more cutscenes like the one at the end.

To the translators’ credit, Generations of Doom is a much cooler title than Successors of Time.

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Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Part Six: End of a Generation

April 21, 2015: Welcome to Terminus

We made it to Lashute on planet Terminus. One of the women there said, “We wanted Siren and Lune to start another war, but we needed Rhys to bring Satellite back. And that’s exactly what that old fool did!”

The women at the start of the city told us that our deaths awaited us here.

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Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Part Five

April 1, 2015: Castle of Silence

We found Laya’s Pendant in the Castle. Even though Laya can’t equip it, I still gave it to her to hold.

We went to the temple. It reacted to Laya’s Pendant and teleported us to the planet Elysium, which Siren programmed to plunge into the sun of its system.

We went to the town of Aerone and found the hidden path to the moon known as Dahlia…

There, a guard told us to find the Aero Parts for Wren down the stairs. “Use them to reach the sky city on Frigidia.” Oh, boy. “There, you may find the strength to combat evil.”

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Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Part Four

March 14, 2015: Terror in Techna

Our new weapons – wow. I thought Sari hit hard before…

In Techna’s castle dungeon, we met an old man who said that our Power Topaz proved our courage and worth, and that we had earned the right to see our “true world”.

Somehow, I got two details wrong in this conversation: I misidentified the old man as a woman, and power instead of courage as the virtue that the Topaz proved we had.

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Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Part Three

August 21, 2012: Let’s try to start Ayn’s quest properly by talking to everyone in Agoe.

Ugh, time to relearn what everything is/does.

So, we’re supposed to find “the legendary Satellite”.

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Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Part Two: Cille Season/Fighting Evil by Moonlight, Winning Love by Daylight

August 18, 2010: Special thanks to Phantasy-Star.net ‘s strategies page for helping me over the hump.

Now that we’ve got Lyle in the party, I think the overworld music has changed.

Lyle joins Rhys’ party in exchange for help repairing the weather control system in Aridia, the desert region.


August 19, 2010: Ugh. After a tough dungeon, Lyle inexplicably leaves the party, only to challenge Rhys in combat in Shusoran. He’s easily dispatched, despite his spe- excuse me, TECHS

Then, you reunite with Lena, who was the one that set Rhys free at the outset of the game. She tells you that you must insert the Moon Stone and Moon Tear into Aridia’s satellite control system to realign the moons.

Lena joins you along with Lyle. She has no techs and little HP, so she’s bringing up the rear.

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Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Part One: Orakian My Brain

Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom

Japanese Title: Successors of Time: Phantasy Star III

Developer/Publisher: Sega

JP Release: April 21, 1990

North America Release: July 1991

United Kingdom Release: 1991

When I was a child, I liked to reread this Prima Games strategy guide that collected two-page guides, tips, and codes for several dozen Sega Genesis games that were popular in the early ’90s. Among these were Phantasy Star II and PSIII. I was interested in PSIII because its premise promised three generations of storylines to play through, with branching paths and different characters depending on which hero chose which love interest to take as his wife at the end of each generation. I later read in magazines that PSIII was considered the black sheep of the franchise because of its gameplay differences and how it shared little in common with Phantasy Star and its sequel. The story of why and how it became a black sheep is due at the end of this LP. :3

I did not get to play any PS games until I got the Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection in 2009. I started a playthrough of PS, which is on hold after getting… maybe halfway through it?I started a game of PSII, which is also on hold. Then, in summer 2010…

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