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Ys The Oath in Felghana
Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
Excerpt: Ys The Oath in Felghana on the Playstation Portable (PSP) is a remake of Ys III. Remakes can be fantastic things, or they can show how far a series has come. A lot of time, effort, and energy went into Ys The Oath in Felghana. Fans of the original should appreciate it. As a critic I found things to like, and things that I was not so pleased with. Patience my friends, we will get to it.
Conclusion: If you like the sensibilties and styles of JRPGs but you want something faster-paced and more hands-on, Ys: The Oath in Felghana is a fantastic choice. It’s fast, looks great, and the enhanced features of the remake clean things up into a great experience. It seems that Steam is the perfect platform for niche games with cult appeal like this to find a wider audience, so we hope XSEED will keep it up with more releases of Ys and other cult classics.
Excerpt: Before 2010, all the Ys series was just another unpronounceable (Eees, by the way) Japanese RPG series that I'd heard of once or twice and had never made a splash here in the states. I also knew that less than half of the series ever made it to the U.S., and was about as interested in it as I was all the other games that one or two out of every hundred gamers high praise for.
Excerpt: Most of the early Ys games have by now received some kind of updated remake, but the scale of the renovation done to Ys III is sizable. What was a side-scrolling platformer on all three 16-bit machines in the early 90s got Falcom's extensive attention, using the 3D overhead engine of Ys VI , and the result is only barely recognizable to a veteran of the original rendition.
Summary: Ys: The Oath in Felghana is a fun action RPG with platforming in the vein of Ark of Napishtim . Like other games in the series, it has an amazing soundtrack, and the option to choose between three different versions of said soundtrack was a great inclusion. It’s obvious XSEED put a lot of love into the release, from the bonuses that come with the premium version to incorporating the fan translation to adding in the option to switch between soundtracks at will.
Conclusion: With only a month left in 2010, I have no qualms with saying that Oath in Felghana is one of my favorite games this year. It is a rare release which uses modern technology to enhance an old game, rather than to scrub the old out. The story is expanded, but it isn’t chatty. The quest is longer, but it still isn’t overly long (my first playthrough was around 15 hours, without a moment of boredom).
Conclusion: Ys: Oath in Felghana is an excellent addition to the series, and for western fans eager to gobble up the whole story, this is an opportunity that cannot be missed. Growing up I always knew of the existence of Ys, but it was never very big (or easy to find) in my area. I’m willing to bet by the time Nihon Falcom and XSEED are through, Ys 1-XX will be on the PSP for all to enjoy with English text and terrible (terribly AWESOME!) dub voice acting.
Summary: Ys: The Oath in Felghana once again follows the adventures of friends Adol and Dogi who find themselves making an unannounced visit to Dogi’s hometown of Redmont in the land of Felghana. Since his departure eight years earlier, Dogi finds himself returning home to find that things have changed dramatically, and not for the better.