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. I fondly remember this franchise all the way back on the Turboduo. I like Ys way better than the Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest franchises.
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. Even if you can’t stand most of the genre’s tropes, you’re likely to get hooked, but when all is said and done you won’t want to go back to it any time soon, nor will it stand out as a memorable experience.
Summary: Ys Seven is the latest entry in Falcom’s most famous series… even though only a fraction of the games and their plentiful remakes have hit US shores. Ys Seven itself isn’t graphically impressive and the plot is little better than pabulum, but it boasts one of the best soundtracks of the year and the gameplay is solid, if simplistic. Fans of the franchise will definitely enjoy the game while newcomers will find it a bit lacking.
Excerpt: Adol the Red has a pathological need for adventure. This enigmatic hero has been traipsing around a number of far-flung lands during the long tenure of Falcom's Ys series and has laid down scores of monsters with the edge of his sword. Rather than a franchise that is built on extensive storytelling, Ys is built around hacking and slashing and not much else.
Excerpt: We had the chance to dive into the new series of Ys games being released on PSP, during this year's E3 show. It was really exciting to see a company committed to bringing great RPG content to the PSP. For my money, Sony was the undisputed leader for console RPGs, before the release schedule thinned out and the PSP lost its way. Games like Ys SEVEN represent more than revival fare; they are a reason for gamers to stay or come back to the PSP.
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. Sure it relies a bit too much on adventure game cliches, but that doesn't keep it from being a top-tier PSP game! This product was submitted by the publisher for review.