When the Sega Genesis was released, Sega was pretty much operating on a clean slate with most of the fans that bought it. Their previous console, the Sega Master System was not much more than a cult hit in the United States (while it rocked in other countries). This was due to a lot of things that held the company back from success- many point the finger at shady activities by Nintendo at the time. Nonetheless, Sega was able to create some iconic franchises. Phantasy Star being one, and a role playing game at that. On the Genesis, the sequel, Phantasy Star II was well received. Too bad Sega ignored what made the first two games popular when they released Phantasy Star III Generations of Doom in 1991. Personally, I liked Phantasy Star III- it is the only PS game I have beaten.
As the title suggests, you are going to be playing a few generations of characters. Depending on who you pick in the story as you progress you got access to different weapons and items at different times in the overall story. This was an interesting take on the role playing genre and something that was new to console role playing games. Sure, on PC’s gamers had been playing generations of heroes for years but on consoles, you had no real control over your offspring as the next generation of the family was fully contained in an all new game. Your mating choices also affect the ending that you receive upon completion of the game.
Generally well accepted by the media of the time, Phantasy Star III Generations of Doom is not all that well received by a lot of fans. This could be because of the major cliff hanger at the end of Phantasy Star II and the complete change of setting for the third game. Phantasy Star III Generations of Doom went for a more fantasy based world rather than the futuristic styling of the rest of the series.
All in all, Phantasy Star III Generations of Doom is considered the worst in the series but that is still a high watermark for many other series. If you have not played this one grab a copy off of Ebay or check out the Bundle Stars package going on right now.