Phantasy Star IV is a bona fide Genesis classic, and people are still finding all kinds of new ways to play it. After so many years, it’s great to see interesting hacks done to improve everything from the font to the difficulty level, even alter a major plot twist! We’ve checked a few of them out, so get ready to return to the Algol Star System!
Hacks & Homebrews
Brave Battle Saga: Legend of the Magic Warrior may borrow assets from other games, but it puts them to spectacular use. Part hack and part homebrew, it combines new and old elements to create a fun and engaging RPG that has finally been translated into English. Fans of the genre owe it to themselves to give this one a try.
Every console has hacks and bootlegs. The Genesis is actually home to quite a few good ones, some good enough to pass for licensed retail releases, with original sprite work and designs. Contributor Greg Jurkiewicz examines some of the best to see which are actually worth tracking down.
Disney’s monster hit The Lion King racked up sales in both movie theaters and game stores. The Genesis adaptation is considered by many to be a classic, and that adulation has motivated some to go as far as to create unofficial sequels. Two such bootlegs found their way to Sega’s 16-bit console, but the question is: are they worth checking out? Most bootlegs aren’t, but these might just surprise you. Read all about them in the newest installment of our Hacks & Homebrews series.
As time goes by, more and more people are returning to Genesis hardware to hack and probe at existing titles, resulting in some interesting results. Our Hacks & Homebrews series looks at such pieces, and the latest installment examines fighting games, most of which have even been sold as bootleg carts! There’s a suprisingly large number of them on the console, and the article Fighting Pirates features some of the more notable ones. Read the full article and don’t forget your eyepatch!