Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium is a role-playing video game Gameplay: Phantasy Star IV is an archetypal role-playing video game, featuring the staples of exploration, NPC interaction, and turn-based combat. Like the previous games in the Phantasy Star series, individual characters each have their own statistics and equipment that determine the character’s performance in combat, improving their statistics by gaining experience levels (achieved through victory in combat). Additionally, non-android characters have access to “Techniques” (i.e. magic spells), the use of which draw upon a character’s pool of “Technique Points” (TP), with new techniques being learned as a character gains levels. Phantasy Star IV takes place 1,000 years after the events of Phantasy Star II and 1,000 years before the era of Phantasy Star III. After an event called the Great Collapse, much of the once-thriving planet Motavia has reverted to a desert, and life has become progressively more difficult for the planet’s inhabitants. To make matters worse, there has been a marked increase in the numbers of the “biomonsters,” a catch-all term for the strange and violent aberrations of Motavia’s flora and fauna.