Conclusion: The thing is, while I think the characters and the narrative hurt the game, I know they’ll probably help it appeal to the larger audience Falcom is aiming for. Ys Seven is the jRPG equivalent of a pile of Pixie Stix, a pure sugar high with no real substance.
Summary: Ys may not have the clout of a Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest game, but this seventh installment proves the series is as much fun as it ever was. Ys Seven is a great looking game that offers huge boss battles, fast-paced gameplay and a lengthy single-player experience.
Excerpt: There are few role playing game franchises that I personally enjoy. Ys and Mega Man Battle Network are the two that comes to mind. Neither is perfect, but both are generally safer for families than the other franchises that are being sold. I also have quite a bit of history with the Ys franchise.
Summary: Years before Final Fantasy VII turned heads on the PlayStation; there was another disc-based role-playing game that was set to take the nation by storm. Ys Book I & II rode a wave of critical praise and hype, instantly becoming the killer-app for the TurboGrafx-CD.
Summary: Ys Seven is the latest installment in the long-running Ys series which first debuted on PC in 1987. This is the first iteration to be built specifically for the PSP system, taking full advantage of the widescreen format and hardware for beautiful graphics and virtually no load times.
Conclusion: The developers at Nihon Falcon continue to show us that just because a JRPG isn’t mainstream, does not mean it is any less enjoyable. Ys Seven isn’t for everyone though. It was made for hardcore Ys fans and for fans of JRPGs.
Adol the Red is Back and This Time He Brought Friends
9 September 2010
Excerpt: They say time waits for no man—not even for a cult video game icon like Adol Christin. Christin, better known as Adol the Red, is the hero of Falcom's Ys (pronounced like "eese" in "geese") series of action role-playing games.
Pros: Bringing down a boss that has over 100K hit points in short order thanks to the fluid and fun combat system.
Cons: Whenever the game forces players to stop killing things and advance the uninspired story.