Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished Jun 8, 2011 21:02:29 GMT -5
Post by Bytor on Jun 8, 2011 21:02:29 GMT -5
Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished (イースI Īsu Wan) the first installment in the series was released on many consoles over the years. The first release was for various PC's and developed by Falcom between June and December of 1987. In order to both save time and not have to overwhelm with various dates and systems here we are going to focus on the PSP release. The PSP release was published by Xseed games and developed by Nihon Falcom Corp and released in Japan on July 16, 2009 and in North America on February 15, 2011. The music was composed by Yuzo Koshiro and Mieko Ishikawa and is considered by many to be one of the best soundtracks released for any RPG.
The story is focused on a young warrior named Adol Christin who awakens in the city of Minea in the land of Esteria. where he meets a woman named Sara who has read the future and found that he is destined to possibly be the savior of the land. But first he must discover the lost books of Ys and gain the power to defeat the enemy taking over the land.
The game mechanics are relatively simple, rush an enemy and engage in combat by basically running into it and engaging in an attack which happens automatically, as does defending, basically battles are simply battles of attrition. Armor and weapons are equipped in a separate screen as are items, although pretty much items are equipped one at a time. Exploration takes place on the same area map whether it's the "world" or the cities and most areas are relatively straight forward.
The game definitely shows it's age, but it still has a die hard core of fans who fell in love with it years ago and still manage to keep the series at least somewhat popular, although thus admitted it is certainly more of a hardcore RPG niche gamers type game, certainly not appealing to the general gamer.