Excerpt: To be honest, when I first turned on Legacy of Ys: Books I & II I expected it to be disgustingly ugly. Call me pessimistic, call me a hater of the DS's 3D capabilites — it's the truth. So I was shocked when the remade 3D world of Ys looked decent. Falcom avoided the 3D blockiness of other DS games by wisely leaving every character and monster as a 2D sprite. It makes me wonder why Square Enix didn't do this with its visually maligned Final Fantasy remakes.
Summary: One of the most heralded action RPG franchises of all time, Legacy of Ys: Books I & II delivers the first two epic adventures of the famed saga on one cartridge, presented with a series of never-before-seen enhancements.
Excerpt: Buried under Legacy of Ys' redesigned graphics, music, and touch controls still lies a very old game. Legacy revolves around wanderer Adol Christin and his search for a legendary Atlantis-like land of Ys. Gamers raised during the Thundercats era of cartoons might remember these Japanese RPGs, but both games have been re-localized with new, albeit still brief, scripts. Many other relics of '80s game design persist as well.
Summary: While Legacy of Ys is a solid remake of the 16-bit classics, that doesn't mean it holds up particularly well. The unique gameplay keeps the action fast and exciting, but the cliche story and silly cinemas leave a lot to be desired. On the plus side, it does come with some of the best video game music ever composed! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
Conclusion: Even the remake feels dated and may not appeal to the new generation of gamers. If you can ignore the archaic feel, you’ll find a good RPG at its core. There’s no compelling reason to buy Legacy of Ys if you own the originals.
Excerpt: Name: Legacy of Ys: Books I & II Genre: Action RPG Platform: Nintendo DS The Nintendo DS has no shortage of role-playing games, between the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest remakes and new titles being designed specifically for the handheld. Despite the crowded genre, Atlus is trying to add another game to your RPG playlist with Legacy of Ys: Books I & II .
Excerpt: The back of the box says "this ultimate translation delivers the most substantial version of the famous story to date". It also refers to "new enemies and equipment". For North America, this is true.