SEGA Tunes Vol.3 “End of the Millennium”

The long, long struggle of ancient times finally ended…
The victor sacrificed the vanquished to the heavens.
Four bells tolled. Four torches were lit.
And the world continued for thousands of years…

Phantasy Star: End of the Millennium is an epic journey of Self Discovery and finding purpose in life and most importantly, learning the value of love and friendship. Arguably one of the most memorable games from the Genesis in terms of Graphics and Gameplay was your typical JRPG, featuring the usual dungeons and the old school 2D top down camera angle. What elevated the game to the next level was the deep and fleshed out story, complete with the finest character development in video game history.

This tale of epic proportions was paired with some classic tunes that, nearly 2 decades later, fans fondly remember and remix. While there literary are thousands of remixes and arrangements out there, we share some of our favorites with you today.

Let’s kick things off with the familiar opening tune “The end of the millenium”.

It is a fairly solid track, but did you ever wonder what end of the millennium theme would’ve sounded like if Yuzo Koshiro got his hands on it?
Well, this might help flesh your imagination out.

  • Game: Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (Sega, 1993, GEN)
  • ReMixer(s): djpretzel
  • Composer(s): Izuho Takeuchi, Masaki Nakagaki
  • Song(s): ‘The end of millennium
  • Check out OC Remix’s official YouTube Channel for more Phantasy Star Goodness.

  • Game: Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (Sega, 1993, GEN)
  • ReMixer(s): Ecomag aka RuneWalsh
  • Composer(s): Izuho Takeuchi, Masaki Nakagaki
  • Song(s): ‘The end of millennium
  • Posted: 2000-07-28, evaluated by djpretzel
  • While Playing Phantasy Star, the tune you would hear more than any other is the Field Motivia tune, which plays through the background for roughly 50% of the game, so naturally it is the one that’s ingrained into the memory of every fan.

    The most memorable track from the game, and without going into spoiler territory, “Breath” is a hauntingly beautiful track and it played in the background of the first scene in video game history that made me shed a tear.

    The scene that takes place here can be compared to the opening act of Shenmue, however the only difference is that when Ryo lost his primary care giver in front of his eyes, his life found a new purpose (REVENGE). Whereas Chaz loses his purpose in life and must question what he fights for.

    I don’t know how to explain the emotional impact of this game without giving to much away, but the story in this one is definitely rewarding.

  • Game: Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (Sega, 1993, GEN)
  • Composer(s): Izuho Takeuchi, Masaki Nakagaki
  • Song(s): ‘Her last breath’
  • This beautiful arrangement was part of PS4’s official soundtrack. The original track has aged fairly well, but had the game managed to find its way on to MEGACD this is the track we would’ve heard.

    Well this brings Volume 3 to an end, share some of your finest memories with PS4 in the comments and join us next week for Vol.4, which is going to be something really special.


    7 responses to “SEGA Tunes Vol.3 “End of the Millennium”

    1. cube_b3 says:

      Dedicated to forum member SEGA URANUS may you have find the strength to reach the end of the millennium.

    2. Fallout911 says:

      This is what PS should have continued on from, not an MMO.

    3. CrazyTails says:

      PS is great as an mmo as well. It just wasn't nescesary to do away with the original take on the series. I hope they'll make one heck of a story based PS game one day. Turn based preferbly.

    4. ezodagrom says:

      The beginning of the Title Music of PS4, I had a feeling I heard that in a newer Phantasy Star game, and now I remembered, it's in a Phantasy Star Portable 2 track:

    5. Sega Uranus says:

      Ah, cool article, and dedicated to me no less? I am blushing man, thanks! I will dedicate the next Classic SEGA Music article on my site to you, how about that? 😀

      The theme song is just wonderfully dark, something SEGA has a hard time achieving in their games outside of Yakuza now I think. I have had this song on my Xbox 360 for years now and love to play it during some games, it fits really well with more titles than most would suspect, which really tells you how fantastic the song is overall.

      I will definitely finally complete this game this year. No matter what.

    6. cube_b3 says:

      @ Ezodagrom: No. The notes are far to different and that track is a disaster.

      @ Sanus: Just beat the game buddy! Tell you what, you do this and i'll do Skies of Arcadia: Legends.

      @ Matty: FUCK!!! My ears are bleeding, I see the similarity but Alys's outfit isn't made of plastic.

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