Phantasy Star IV has become infamous in recent years for what is known as the level 99 glitch. If a character were to reach level 99, that character's stats and abilities will glitch with mixed results, including lowered stats and lost abilities altogether. Recent digital re-releases of the game have reportedly fixed this problem.
In the United States, the game originally retailed for almost $100 dollars in 1995.
A convenient feature this game is widely known for is its macro system, which allows the player to preset battle commands for each character from the main menu and execute them in that order during battle. This feature is also what makes combination attacks possible.
The cover art for the American and European release of the game was illustrated by artist Boris Vallejo, who also designed the covers to the English versions of Ecco the Dolphin and Alisia Dragoon. Vallejo is a publicly known artist who has also designed movie posters such as Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
The instruction manual of the American release lists 15 possible combination attacks but only 14 are known. An unused technique called "feeve" which can be found by hacking the game is frequently believed to be the lost 15th combo attack.
While the cover art to the American and European releases are identical, the image is inverted between both releases.
Believe it or not, reception to Phantasy Star IV was very mixed in the United States and received a lukewarm response when it was first released. Retrospective reviews have since been overwhelmingly positive.
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