You never forget your first RPG. While the shooters, platformers, and adventures crack and fade, there's an odd sentimental attachment to that first epic step into the world of role-playing. Whether it was Phantasy Star, Dragon Warrior, or Final Fantasy VII, gamers cling to these memories long after discovering games with better gameplay and better stories.
IGN can't say with objective honesty that Phantasy Star remains to this day one of the best RPGs of all time, and it took them many years to come to terms with that reality. But given its due context, it remains an earth-shattering title, among the finest of the 8-bit generation, and the high-water mark for the genre for years to come.