A beginning to end playthrough of Outrigger’s 1997 Japanese-only Sega Saturn adventure game, Fantasm (ファンタズム), ported from Sierra On-line’s 1995 PC game Phantasmagoria.
The only version of Phantasmagoria to hit a dedicated gaming console, Phantasm was a result of the longtime partnership between Sierra and Pioneer, meant to bring great Japanese games to American shores and vice-versa.
This is a fairly impressive and thorough port with the majority of the game remaining intact . The video quality is a fair amount grainier due to the Saturn’s complete lack of video decoding hardware, unlike the PS1, and the game now spans 8 CDs instead of the original PC version’s 7. Almost all of the digital music has been replaced with entirely new tracks, and the game’s speech is now dubbed entirely in Japanese.
The controls made quite the successful jump, though the reduced resolution required that the control panel that originally occupied the bottom part of the screen is now relegated to a pause screen (with a map of the current area, for some reason. Not really necessary, but…)
Most of the scenes have been retained, though the more controversial ones have been shortened, pixelated, or removed entirely. Unfortunately, this means that the intro’s side boob, Carno’s wives’ deaths, and the more graphic bits at the end are gone.
Otherwise, this is quite the novelty for US fans unfamiliar with the game in its Japanese form. The voices are pretty hilarious in some parts. One warning: “Take a Stand,” the song in the credits, has been replaced by generic JPop. The “special features” from the game, including an English “making of” video with Roberta Williams, some girl making awkward gestures in a swimsuit, and the aforementioned JPop song’s video. Wee!
One final note: I was planning to subtitle this, but after I got through the first chapter, I didn’t see the point. Most of the Japanese dialogue is translated quite literally from the English version (to the point where it’s incredibly awkward and stilted at times), so if there is a scene that you’d like to hear in English, just refer to
No cheats were used during the recording of this video.
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