Excerpt: People got their Dragon Quests, and Final Fantasy's. I have always enjoyed the Ys series. I remember Ys I & II from my days playing the Turboduo. This game is an action adventure role playing game that put Zelda to shame in so many ways. Yet few give it the props it has earned. Well I am hoping to help with that imbalance. The movie cut scenes were a step above anything else from that era.
Excerpt: As the name suggests, Ys I & II Chronicles features the first two games in the Ys series, two games of which are directly related to one another on a narrative level. It allows you to experience the beginnings of a long enduring series, albeit with upgraded visuals and higher quality sound. Ys introduced series hero the armour clad and red headed youth Adol Christin, a character very much in line with Zelda’s link in the way that he never has much to say for himself.
Excerpt: Remakes and re-releases are always tricky business. Nostalgia is a powerful thing, though some games are better left as memories. Ys I & II Chronicles is, as the name implies, a collection featuring redone versions of the first two Ys games. Over the last 20 years, the series has maintained a loyal following, and although newer games have helped to expand that following, the remake may not appeal to newer fans the way it will for older ones.
Summary: Ys I & II Chronicles is a nice revamp of the first two Ys games onto the PSP. It has a new localization of the dialogue and some great audio and visual options, and if you’re getting the disc version you get the soundtrack as well, which is a nice bonus. The gameplay and story may seem a bit dated to some, but if you’re willing to overlook that and check out the more than affordable price tag with it, you’ll get a solid and simple action RPG that hearkens back to the...
Excerpt: During the late '90s, hundreds of thousands of gamers were turned into RPG enthusiasts. This was quickly evidenced by the enormous sales figures for the original Parasite Eve, among other RPGs that followed the release of Final Fantasy VII. At the time, classic games like Breath of Fire and Lunar: The Silver Star were given new life as players searched for greatness within the genre. Still, there was one franchise that stayed in the shadows: Ys.
Conclusion: Ys is a fantastic and timeless series that I hope to see made and remade for another 20 something years! The brutal challenge, fast game play, anime style, and delightful fantasy setting make this series quite endearing. I’m always amazed that more people don’t know about it, and I often remark that it’s one of the most enjoyable titles you’ve never played!
Summary: The Ys series revisits its roots with a re-imagining of the very first two games in Ys I & II Chronicles. Newly redrawn artwork and remastered musical scores are paired with the simple, classic yet elegant "bump" buttonless combat system as Ys I & II Chronicles combines the two classic titles into one retail package.
Excerpt: Nearly twenty-five years and more than half a dozen ports later, Falcom has once again taken up the Ys mantle with a compilation of the first two games in Ys I & II Chronicles. The PlayStation Portable collection is based off of the 2001 PC remake Ys I & II Complete, though the PSP release is the first updated version directly from Falcom to hit North America.