In English for the Playstation 2
From reading the forums on the Phantasy Star Cave it seems to me that playing the English translated Phantasy Star Generation 1 with the Playstation 2 emulator PCSX2 is a good option for a lot of people. For myself when I first tried PCSX2 it worked but there were graphical issues. These issues I experienced were not show stoppers but the game world looked like a puzzle made up of squares that weren’t quite touching; giving it a disconnected grid look. The PCSX2 emulator is a bit complex and before I was willing to mess with (aka learn) it, I wanted to see if I could get the translated game to run on my modded Playstation 2 instead.
The good news is all the work is already done. From the Phantasy Star Cave downloads take your pick of the Lutz or Noah edition of the translated game. The only difference between the two is that in one the Esper (Wizard) character is call Lutz like the original Japanese version and in the other version the Esper is called Noah like in the original English version.
Write your version of choice to a CD and you’re ready to play it in your modded Playstation 2!
And to be fair you should already own an original copy of the Japanese Sega Ages 2500 Phantasy Star Generation 1.
*Your Playstation 2 does have to be modded in order to play a game that is on writable media (a blank CD).
For myself I made my own ISO image of Phantasy Star Generation 1 from my own Japanese original disc (I made this ISO image with ImgBurn). Once I had my ISO image of the game I download Delta Patcher lite and the Noah English edition patch. Patching my ISO of the Japanese game with the English changes was very easy to do. Below is a screen shot of what it looked like.
The next step was to write this now patched ISO image to a CD using ImgBurn. I used a Verbatim CD and wrote it as slow as my writer would allow; which was 16x (I also set ImgBurn to verify the disc). The game is just over 68 MB so in just a few short moments the burn was done.
I inserted the patched and burned game into my modded Playstation 2 and I was honestly surprised when it actually worked.
My Burned English PSG1 for PS2
Check it out… it actually works 😀
Oh no, we’re not done yet. Check this out. It looks like more fans have started on translating the Japanese Sega Ages 2500 Phantasy Star Generation 2 into English as well 😀
Screen shot from PCSX2 Emulator
I skimmed over a lot of the fine details about creating an English PSG1 on CD so if you have any questions feel free to leave a message here or send me an email. I’m happy to help if I can.
And don’t forget that everything you need is here Phantasy Star Cave PSG1.