|Not impressed? You should see it action.|
An example is the talk command, which isn't used to talk to people in town; it's used to try to talk to enemies in battle (the option is only available in battle). However, this command is useful so infrequently that I had completely forgotten about it during my fight with Dr. Mad where it might have actually worked. Even with that in mind at the time, I probably would not have used it because it takes up the entire party's turn for that round. There are spells that Myau and Noah get to communicate with a wider variety of enemies (Chat and Tele respectively), but they also take a full turn away from everyone. With no way to recover MP in the field, I'm not about to use these spells loosely.
|Ooo~! New spell! Tele... port?|
I've run across this before in other games. Trial and error is the norm, and back in the day I would play following these steps: save, try something, and reload if I didn't like it. It's how these games trained me to play. This brings me to a point about learning a game because as players we need to put real world logic aside, and re-learn how things work using the game's logic. Reading about it in the manual is one way (not that much fun), a tutorial that explains it all is another (tiny bit more fun than a manual, or boring if we already know), and trial and error (fun or frustrating) is the fallback. The problem is game developers expected players to have the manual, which wasn't always the case.
|I've always wanted a Laser Sled!|
In Phantasy Star, it follows the logic that more expensive things have a higher attack or defense, and this is confirmed if we check character stats when equipping each weapon and armor. The abbreviations can make this difficult when I'm looking at the type of thing an item is, but it mostly works. However, there's only way to tell who can use a piece of equipment, try to equip it. A perfect example is a Glove in the weapon shop. Who can use this? I'm not entirely sure, and the only way to find out is for me to buy it and see. Possibly it's a studded glove for Odin to attack with, or replaces his shield, or maybe it's for Noah, or it's an item I need for a later quest, or... who knows. At 3000 mesetas, it's not exactly an easy buy at this point without knowing more.