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Ys Origin Review

 

Ys Origin is a game that you may not be familiar with. Another installment to the popular Ys franchise. Origin is a prequel taking place before Ys 1 & 2. Until the end of May, Ys Origin was a Japan exlcusive title. Thanks to XSEED it has been brought to the US via Steam.

Something that should be noted about this game, like the other games in this franchise is that it is notoriously short compared to other Action RPG games. While a game being short is not a big deal if it is good, it does kind of suck when you beat a game too fast. However, Ys Origin does not disappoint.

Taking place 700 years before the events of Ancient Ys Vanished, this game tells much of the backstory of Ys, Darm Tower, the Black Pearl, the twin goddesses and the six priests. The game revolves around three characters as they journey through Darm Tower: Yunica Tovah, Hugo Fact and Thor Fact. Each character has their own motives for climbing the tower and playing through with all three characters will reveal the entirety of the events taking place.

Judging by the name Ys Origin this games does well to play as an origin story to help expand the Ys universe. You would see characters in Ys 1 & 2 talk about the twin goddesses and it is nice to see the backstory expanded. What is also refreshing about this title is the ability to play as characters that aren’t in other Ys games. I love to see recurring playable characters as much as the next guy, but this shows the variation in terms of gameplay. I did not play Ys Origin like I played Oath in Felghana. Who likes playing the same game with a different name over and over again?

What exactly makes Ys Origin different compared to a previous title like Oath in Felghana? Well it is the introduction of three playable characters each with their own play-style and story. The three characters are Yunicca, Hugo and The Claw. Yunica is a knight in training and she is the close combat brawler. Her weapons include an axe and sword. The axe is for quick combos and the sword is for wide attacks. Hugo is a magician and uses long ranged attacks to fight his enemies. He uses a staff and two satellites called The Eyes of Fact. Finally, The Claw, who is shrouded in mystery and is a close ranged character. While being close range like Yunica he is faster and he moves differently. Each character offers something new to the table and you can even play as Adol in the Time Attack and Arena modes.

Like the previous Ys titles, Ys Origin offers a brilliant mix of platforming and fast paced combat. Despite the combat so amazingly polished it makes the game feel shorter than it should. Even with the difficult boss fights and copious amounts of dying the game feels like it should be longer. You will still have fun regardless. It is nice to play a game that does not hold your hand.

I cannot stress the ambience this game gives players. The music is some of the best I have heard in RPGs and most games. I cannot help but enjoy the music in the opening scene and even the background music. When you combine this with a welcoming art style you have one damn good looking game. I give Ys Origin a 8.75/10. 

 

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