Phantasm/ファンタズム (Saturn) Playthrough – NintendoComplete



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 One warning: “Take a Stand,” the song in the credits, has been replaced by generic JPop.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

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20 Comments

  • American game dubbed in Japanese

    Nintendorak Yamato
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • "BOOOOOOOYYY!!!" Oh, never mind it's not related to the movie Phantasm. 🙁

    Masked Badass
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • Seems the murder scenes are censored more than in original. Look 2:04:30 at the end of the scene, it is repeating instead of showing the dead face. Would be interesting to see the other murder scenes, as they have implemented.

    kasi7777
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • Wow… Shitty game… All censored… this game is ridiculously… Only talk to some people and a final runway scene…
    The best of game are the gore that are censored in this version…. There's a lot of brutal murderer scenes… All gone…. Sorry for the people that play this version….
    And phantasmagoria 2 for pc is the same thing… Just talk with a easy game… The best of it are sex and death scenes too.

    Eric Torres
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • 0:00 – 0:04 "All righys Reserved" Good.

    Clásikū
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • Hi NintendoComplete, I have two questions. Dose this game have the save game option? And Before the disc change, Will it save the game first? I was curious about saving the game progress. Comment Me Soon. See you later.

    Samuel Gallagher
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • Even Consumite Furore… The Main Theme is been changed too…

    William Abogado
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • xD really? this game is in Japanese? xD

    Pappetsu
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • Is there no way to get The english of Movies Converted to The Saturn files to Unterstand at last something

    Horror Lost Places
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • Sega Saturn ports had more to them than meets the eye. If they seemed to falter in one respect, they would make up for it by adding something extra. Damn, I think they did that since the SNES/Megadrive days to make up for some of their weaknesses relative to SNES like colour capabilities. Correct me if I'm wrong but the PC original Phantasmagoria does not have music videos or 'making of' videos added to it. It is not the most important feature by far but it's certainly a nice touch and gives the entire disc some replay value.

    mies vailla nykyisyyttä
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • Et, rien d'autre ?

    Faal Feel
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • The game sells for so much on Ebay in terms of the Saturn version. But it is intriguing nonetheless. Apparently they say there is a Saturn port of the sequel as well but I have never seen it for sale. I'm calling hokey on that one unless I see it!

    Stealthborn
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • The biggest Sega Saturn game (with 8 CDs!)

    Mr. Aruruアルルさん
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • The fact that this only came out on Saturn (other than the PC original of course) makes me proud to be a Saturn fan. I have never got my hands on the Saturn version myself as it's hard to find and/or sells very high but I hope to be able to afford it one day.

    DancerInTheHeart
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • does this version even have the chapter 5 death scenes, even a censored version of them? you seem to skip them. quite like the music in this version, and the full screen and separate screen for inventory is pretty cool, also they added an easy mode? can this game get an easier? lol

    James Martin
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • The biggest deal to me about this port is the music. some of it's actually really good! some of those recreations ain't half bad when compared to the PC version. however, the first area theme is awful. the chorus affect was done pretty well but that's about it.

    did this verion feature a skip option like the original? since the menu isn't on screen anymore I can only wonder. also, why the censoring? that gore was literally the game's selling point lol

    ResidentRuben
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • NintendoComplete before I watch this, are there uncensored deaths?

    DanDoesNothing GD
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • And I was just getting ready to thinking about purchasing this but after reading that it'll be censored to death there's no reason of buying this anymore unless someone makes a modified isos of all 8 cds retaining all of the scenes from the PC original (If that ever happens someday) then I'll consider downloading those instead of obtaining the retail release.

    MrDmoney156
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • Can you upload death scenes of this game?

    zacharylunsford2
    Posted June 25, 2020
  • This game sounds hilarious in spanish. So much emotion in the voice acting.

    crunchywhale
    Posted June 25, 2020

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