This is the same game as Ys Eternal
, except that I'm guessing that ALL of the Japanese has been translated, and not just most of it First, what is Ys?
Ys Book I and II
is a game made for the CD-attachment for the game console, Turbo-Grafx. As far as I know, the Turbo-Grafx was the first gaming system to use full-sized CDs for games. In looking for a download, I've seen it described as a "cult classic". I guess I fall into that category, as I LOVE it!
At first glance, Ys is your typical throwback game, with chibi (little) characters that run around doing quests to collect experience (so you can go up levels) and gold (so that you can buy new equipment). This game does have a much deeper level to it, though. This is the first console game I ever saw with animated cutscenes - and at the time, they were amazing
! They still don't look bad today!
There are intermittent voice overs, and the cutscenes all have voice overs, as well. There is a driving story that takes you seamlessly from Book I to Book II (If I recall correctly, they were on different disks... either that, or it took a different loading cycle - I'll come back to that, though).
I'm going to talk here about Ys Eternal, as I have not played the Turbo-Grafx version for several years. So, what is Ys Eternal
, you ask? Ys Eternal
is a wonderfully extended version of Ys Book I and II. There are whole new scenes to visit, new characters, new monsters, extra storyline, and
new ways to interact with characters.Story
- Adol Christian is the red-headed warrior who will save the land of Ys. from destruction. Along the way you will fight evil demons, help villages, save kidnapped people, find ancient relics and become a conduit for the twin goddesses. You'll even become... Well, I don't want to give too much away Combat
is very simple - all you have to do is "run into" the enemy. Sounds easy enough, but there is some strategy to it. If you hit them at an angle (diagonally), you're much less likely to get hit, yourself. You can actually kill enemies that are much higher level than you by using this technique. Running straight-on at an enemy will quickly spell your doom if you're low level. In Book II you will use not just your sword, but learn magic and be able to use fireballs against your enemy.Character Interaction
- Again, simple!
Bump into someone to talk to them. I mentioned a new way to interact with characters, too. This is for Book II only, as I recall. If you equip certain items before talking to someone (flowers, apples, herbs, rhoda tree fruits, etc), a though bubble will pop up with a picture of the item in it. If you click Give (or Yes, or whatever it asks), you will give the item to the person you're about to talk to. This will make them like you more. The more they like you, the more information they'll share... and sometimes they will give you things that you can't get in the game, otherwise! You can change how the main female character reacts to you by the number of flowers
(or other items) you give her, and it will change the ending of the story!TIP:
Save the game before offering items to people. Sometimes it takes four items for them to give you something in return, sometimes they won't do anything special for you at all.EQUIPMENT
- Like any RPG, you will find and/or buy new equiptment as you progress through the game(s). You MUST REMEMBER
to equip your sword, armor, special items and/or magic wands! If you don't manually equip them, you're not using them!!!ITEMS
- There are two types of items in the Ys games: The kind you can use in combat, and the kind you can use at any other time (although there are some all-the-time items you can use in combat, too, such as healing herbs). You will have two screens - one for Equipment and one for Items. If you "equip" an item from the Items
screen, you can usually use it in combat. You can also offer that item (some of them) to other characters in the game, as described above in Character Interaction
will show your armor, the item you currently have equipped and (in Book II) any rings you might have. The rings work towards resisting damage, slowing down the enemy, upping your protection, etc. Memory is slightly fuzzy, it's probably been over a year since I last played Soundtrack
- Really good. The music changes depending on where you are and what you're doing. I think it's lovely.LENGTH
- I don't see any way you could make it through even Book I in a single day, much less the entire game. This is a nice LONG game, and one you can walk away from for a while if you need a break. (Though it's compelling, it's hard to stop!)
This game is almost a gigabyte in size, and worth every bit of space it takes on your hard drive. In Ys Eternal
, Book I
and Book II
are loaded separately. You do not carry forward equipment or items, but there is a VERY good and logical reason why you don't, hence the perfect break between Book I and Book II.
If anyone decides to play the game, be sure to look for a walkthrough or ask for tips here in this thread. DO NOT enter Darm Tower (in Book I) without saving first - you can't get back out, and... something else that I won't go into unless asked, just a warning A comprehensive Ys site: http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/ys/ys.htm
They do a wonderful job explaining the world of Ys - much better than my attempt. PLUS there are MP3 downloads from the game and more!...
Now, why do I bring this up?
Because in approximately 18 minutes, Steam's Community Choice deal will be Ys I & II Chronicles for $3.75!
It's truly one of my favorite RPG's, and though I have Ys Eternal, I will be getting this version, too. $3.75 is just too good to pass up!