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Submission #6728: janus's Genesis Phantasy Star IV "all sidequests, Blast from the Past" in 1:56:50.98

Console: Sega Genesis
Game name: Phantasy Star IV
Game version: any
ROM filename: Phantasy Star IV (4) [!].bin
Branch: all sidequests, Blast from the Past
Emulator: gens11a
Movie length: 1:56:50.98
FrameCount: 420117
Re-record count: 72633
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Author's nickname: janus
Submitter: janus
Submitted at: 2020-04-20 23:36:59
Text last edited at: 2020-05-27 10:40:08
Text last edited by: feos
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Status: published
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In this final installment of the famous Phantasy Star series, the protagonist, while out on a routine assignment, uncovers evidence pointing to a sinister threat to the entire solar system. One thing leads to another and he and the rest of his party eventually find themselves fighting the root of all evil. No reason to rush things though, right? In addition to completing all sidequests, the author also uncovers every single reference to Phantasy Star I, II and III in the game.

Hello gamers! Since I had improved the original run so much, I thought I could improve this run too - it was using the old, obsolete methods of fighting like using a macro against Igglanova.

If you haven't see the original run, know that it includes every single sidequests (explanation here), but also every possible reference to the Phantasy Star Universe (explanation here.)

Here are the highlights

However, I needed to catch up Chaz' level to compensate, so I fought slugs in the cave to Kadary. But I was still -619 frames ahead when entering Zio's fort. Then...

Possible improvement: more luck, especially against de-vars and Profound Darkness.

Suggested frame: 8320, Lubetz' bust

Memory: Judging

Memory: Unclaiming for now

Memory: Reclaiming

Memory: Optimization seems good.

This goal is quite unusual for TASVideos. The all sidequests objective is obviously not too out of the ordinary but viewing all references to previous Phantasy Star games is quite out there. Most goals I have seen are more related to gameplay objectives of some sort. This represents more of a tour of sort of trivia pieces more than anything else. It was also found out that "all references" was actually more specific than initially implied. It strictly excludes fighting enemies that appeared in previous Phantasy Star games and is said to focus more on "cultural references".

This could still be acceptable but raises the issue that actually verifying that all (cultural) references were viewed could be quite difficult. The best approach is to simply treat it as a sort of speed/entertainment tradeoff as it was treated in the past.

This run had good reception but if a more traditional sort of full completion were to receive better reception, we'd obsolete this run with that.

Accepting to Moons to obsolete [2335] Genesis Phantasy Star IV (USA) "all sidequests, Blast from the Past" by janus in 1:59:19.4.

feos: Pub.

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