Ys 4 gets back to its roots as a top down RPG, and it looks to me like the graphics are improved. It still has the funky Falcom box around the action, a questionable decision, but the music is apparently as good as ever. I've left my headphones at home, so I can't offer up an opinion sadly. Otherwise, this is more of the same. If you like Ys (and many do), you'll probably enjoy this.
Everyone's favourite PC Engine RPG(s) Ys I and II. I don't actually know why they were released together (were they ever released separately?), but they were, and look at them go. They appeared at a time when RPGs were still feeling themselves out, so it feels like a mix of other RPG styles to me - the overland maps are a mix between Zelda and Final Fantasy, with a slight lean towards the former in terms of action. But I was never a fan of the bump into stuff to kill it vibe, it seems a little... skill-less. Still, action was never Ys's strong point, it's more to do with story and pacing of the game. I didn't actually get into Ys much myself because I didn't like the action component, but I probably should go back. The game also features some fine music and voice acting (!) as well as those ridiculous Falcom borders.
I have to go for Ys I & II for the legacy and historical importance. I think Ys IV is a more fun game, but it also benefits from several years of extra experience on the console and additional memory. Ys I & II was pretty darn great for when it was released and it made a massive impact in Japan and the US.
Fave PCE Shooter: Mr. Heli, Salamander, Truxton Fave PCE Platformer: Bonk's Revenge, Liquid Kids, Parasol Stars Fave PCE Game Overall: Bomberman 93 Fave PCE RPG: Ys IV Dawn of Ys, Dungeon Explorer Currently Playing: Fatal Fury Special
YS IV is a much longer game with more dungeons, better graphics and way better cut-scenes. Soundtrack isn't quite as memorable but still really solid. The jazzy ice-world theme is amazing.
There just isn't any reason for Ys I and II to win this poll, unless you want that "historical" perspective...of maybe like the complexity of Darm Tower more...or if a soundtrack is that important in liking a game more
Unlike Dawn of Ys, you can find several superior versions of I and II out there (Saturn, Steam, PSP)
_jash: SLG= Silly Lunatic Games/
Feb 2, 2023 19:04:13 GMT
tron: I hate strictlylimitedgames jash even more so when they get the rights for physical release of anything by taito.
Feb 5, 2023 11:22:34 GMT
spenoza: It occurs to me that this same limited physical release approach has hit other hobbies as well, like tabletop role playing games. Companies in that space that aren't Hasbro are all small and so they tend to do limited prints of books and then lean on pdfs.
Mar 8, 2023 20:23:43 GMT
spenoza: Yeah, get some Richter up in that house.
Aug 9, 2023 14:06:01 GMT
audreyhepburn: I for one, enjoyed Castlevania Nocturne
Nov 8, 2023 23:15:11 GMT
tron: Lately hasbro is in bad shape spenoza.Beside there price increased for there toys and they still have distributing problems and recently they had a massive layoff and now there licensing out there ips. www.cnbc.com/2023/12/11/hasbro-layoffs-weak-to
Jan 4, 2024 9:12:15 GMT
spenoza: Yeah, but Wizards of the Coast is the one division that's actually profitable and making good ROI.
Jan 8, 2024 15:31:11 GMT