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Phantasy Star Generation: 4 - A Relocalization

Hack of Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium

Description:

Phantasy Star Generation:4 is a comprehensive relocalization (and for most of the story text, a retranslation), incorporating fan-translated PS scripts, PS team interviews, and other PS resources.

As SEGA canceled “Phantasy Star Generation:4″ many years ago, this project aimed to create a definitive, series-ending Phantasy Star experience.

Goals:

  • Restore every mistranslated connection to the other PS games
  • Best express Japanese creators’ intent (story, dialog and themes)
  • Make the script more colloquial, fun, and emotional (from NPCs to main story)
  • Add PS lore gathered from PS team interviews and official SEGA resources
  • Add depth to character relationships
  • Explain character actions that had been given no in-game reasoning (see project site for details – spoilers)

Graphics/sound are unmodified from SEGA’s English release, besides adding in monsters present in Japanese that were censored from the English release. A few changes with items/weapons (nothing major).

Please visit the project website for more screenshots and “director” notes. (PSIV.GamesDoneLegit.com)

“Found in Fanslation” podcast recently begun - interviews w/ key contributors to this project and to PS English-speaking fandom.

Let’s Play Director’s Commentary on YouTube coming soon!

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There are three versions of the patch. Please see notes for recommendations:

1. “Generation 4 - “Working Designs”

  • Expands upon NPCs’ dialog.
  • Added comments from main character on the world of PSIV
  • A few modified/added lines of story dialog

If you’re a fan of Working Designs-style RPG writing (specifically Lunar and Lunar: EB on SEGA CD), you might best enjoy this. Or, if you’ve played PSIV before and would like an expanded look at the universe, try this.

2. Generation 4 - “Purist”

  • Removed most editorialization added to NPCs from WD script
  • Removed a few added dialog exchanges
  • Removed some dialog that fits the characters but isn’t in the Japanese script.

If you prefer a more straight-laced localization, this version removes most of the added color, leaving the naturalized English dialog, fixed PS references, more accurate story translation, and added PS background and story. This is closest to the literal, original Japanese script.

A number of variations also exist – please contact the author about making a patch with the character/tech/item names that you prefer, since all the EN localizations did things differently.

More project info, screenshots, etc. at: PSIV.GamesDoneLegit.com

The author welcomes all feedback, good and bad. Make your voice heard so this can be even better! More than 2 years of feedback has helped make this project what it is today.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Phantasy Star IV (USA)
  • CRC32: FE236442
  • MD5: 84CBD0FF47F3C8E9D21D2C2FC39185FA
  • SHA-1: BC7FF6D6A8408F38562BC610F24645CAD6C42629

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Screenshots:


Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
GhaleonUnlimitedHackingRewriting, editing, coding; series research; ongoing updates
vivify93Script Editing/RevisionPS series references; project advice & support; original Proper-caser mod
lory1990Original HackingCreated original disassembly (made this possible); Bugfix mod; Post-release testing/editing/coding/c
bgeOriginal HackingHelped add project credits
SquirrelScript Editing/RevisionTons of typos fixed & grammar help