An Action RPG driven by fast-paced combat and paired with an intricate puzzle-filled world
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Overwhelmingly Positive (662 reviews) - 95% of the 662 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 19, 2012

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About This Game

When redheaded thrill-seeker Adol Christin and his eternal blue-haired companion Dogi make an unannounced visit to Dogi's homeland of Felghana after an eight-year absence, it quickly becomes apparent that things have changed dramatically. Hordes of violent monsters roam the outskirts of town, a long-dormant volcano has suddenly sprung back to life and the new lord of the land has begun mercilessly and inexplicably extorting money from its long-suffering citizens. While Dogi seeks out his former combat master for answers, Adol tends to the townsfolk -- and finds himself embroiled in a world of political conspiracies, ancient legacies and unthinkable taboos.

A complete 3D reimagining of the 16-bit console classic "Ys III: Wanderers From Ys," Ys: The Oath in Felghana is a fast-paced action role-playing game with tight controls, Metroidvania-style exploration elements, intense combat with epic screen-filling boss battles, and a thrashing, percussive arranged soundtrack that's been heralded by many as one of the best of all time. Based on the original 2005 PC release, this classic is finally officially available in English with added Steamworks features such as achievements and cloud saving.

Come see why Falcom fans the world over regard this game as "Ys, Perfected"!

Key Features:

  • Six difficulty levels ranging from "Very Easy" for casual players to "Inferno" for true old-school gaming masters.
  • Unlockable "Time Attack" and "Boss Rush" modes for anyone looking to show off his/her boss-taming abilities.
  • Over 30 unique Steam Achievements as well as Steam Cloud support.
  • Adjustable high-resolution PC graphics with original blood effects intact.
  • Gamepad support in addition to standard keyboard and mouse controls.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium III 800 MHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 32 MB VRAM, 3D accelerator compatible w/ DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX®: 8.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB HD space
    • Sound: Compatible with DirectX 9.0c
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: Pentium III 1 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 32 MB VRAM, 3D accelerator compatible w/ DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB HD space
    • Sound: Compatible with DirectX 9.0c
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Overwhelmingly Positive (662 reviews)
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gahram
( 32.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
What an absolutely wonderful game! This is the game that proves that you dont need high end graphics to make one heck of a game! Characters are unforgatable, the gameplay keeps you at the edge of your seat, and the story is thick and juicy! This is all the elements i love about video games. FPS are so overated! oh and the soundtrack! OMG THE SOUNDTRACK!! who plays that violin!?
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hotdog Ɛݙ 🐝 Bzzz
( 15.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Falcom makes really good games and this is no exception.
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Sajko
( 22.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
Ys: The Oath in Felghana is a very challenging action-RPG game. While the story and RPG elements are quite basic, everything else is just great. Fast, action oriented gameplay with fluid controls along with epic soundtrack makes you feel like a badass while fighting through numerous monsters and unique boss fights. The bosses are varied and there are lots of them. Learning their patterns and patience is key to success here. After you beat certain difficult boss and your heart is still beating like crazy, you get that same great feeling like beating a boss in Dark Souls. Make sure you also try Time Attack mode after you finish the game!

This was my first YS game and I played through it on Normal difficulty and had a tough time in certain parts of the game. If you are newcomer to the series I recommend starting with either Very Easy or Easy difficulty. Overall I had a blast with this and will definately give other games in the series a try.

Highly recommended!
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JumboG
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
Bosses are stupidly hard. Game is a fun challange leading up to the boss where you fight all the small enemies, then you have to back track and grind for another 5 levels to even hope to beat the boss once in 50 tries.
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Artamis
( 12.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 20
The difficulty settings should read more like:

Easy
Are you tryin' to say you're better than me?
No
Well if you say so
Idiot... you better be one

Kinda cute.
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Ron Paul
( 19.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 17
This game is ridiculously hard. I had to pay my 50 year old butler to grind my level to 60 for the final boss. God bless America.
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DANGO KING DANGO
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 16
This game is great except for the boss fights, and the fact that at certain points you will be unable to go back and grind for better gear.

Every single boss fight has at least one attack that can kill you in 1-3 hits so be prepared to practice.
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Boogeyman
( 15.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 15
This game is a very well made part of the Ys-series. Inspired by "Ys: Ark of naptism", the combat system developed to an very well made gameplay-style.
The story and the character are also very interesting and well made.
A big plus goes to the music which always keeps the tension up when slashing through monster hordes.

Pretty much the perfection in the development of the Ys remakes, which differ very much in playstyle/ graphics etc.
Recommend this even for full price.
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Paul Kersey
( 22.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
Would give this game a 10/10 if the Boss fights were no complete shitfests...
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Kev
( 23.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
Ys: The Oath in Felghana is a fun game, a really fun one, so much so that you can even overlook its storytelling flaws, those moments Nihon Falcom dropped the pen. The music will have you humming and nodding to the beats.

You can read the full review on The Mental Attic: http://thementalattic.com/2015/12/02/review-ys-the-oath-in-felghana/
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Calamity Blaster
( 25.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 6
This game broke me

10/10
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The Nicolonel
( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 27
While the main character quickly falls to the wayside and they focus more on his cute red-haired boyfriend, this game is still a very fun, fast-paced entry in the Magnificent Adventures of Dogi franchise with Falcom's renowned JDK band providing more kickin' rad musical arrangements. We can only hope Dogi gets more screen time in the newer upcoming titles in the series.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhueKrgu8b0
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Izaiyo
( 17.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 23
this is the first ys game i've played and its pretty dope. highly recommended.
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DigitalWanderer
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 23
If you like old school Zelda games come meet the awesome cousin.
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Valkrynnus Krynnus
( 35.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 18
No nonsense ARPG. This is what all RPGs should strive to be. No melodrama. No sissy boy main characters. No overly dramatic crap. No desire to be a movie masquerading as a barely playable game. No "OMG look at these graphics" to distract you from how much crap the rest of the game is. Here it is the rest of the game that wows you.

The plot is simple and I like that. It doesn't take itself seriously. What this game does take seriously is the gameplay. The combat is fun. You can avoid enemies. No random encounters. No crap loot either. Everything has a purpose. You don't need to waste your time doing inventory management. No useless items. No useless spells. It is a finely balanced game.

After playing this game, I wonder, why the hell are all other games not like this.

Where other games randomly generate crap loot for you to search through. This game has a very very limited inventory, all useful during the time they are available to you. You don't need to manage inventory, wondering if you need to drop X to make room for Y.

Where other games randomly generate dungeons for you. This game gives you hand crafted dungeons that require some good platforming to get hidden treasure.

Where other games throw a million abilities and spells at you; half of which are useless against the majority of enemies, this game gives you 4 abilities. All of them useful.

This game is a masterpiece. You cannot take away anything from it without totally ruining. And if you were to add anything you would probably just ruin the precise balance of it.

If you enjoyed Dark Souls/Demon Souls. These games are a level of precision above those.
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ZombieFood
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 8
I found the controls for this wonky, so much so i never really got into the game. Sadly I purchased this before the recent addition of a sane refund policy.
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styldchaos
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 7
This game feel great!
You go along just button mashing through regular enemies thinking ok this is kinda easy, then you meet a boss and he or she hands your ♥♥♥ to you, again, and again, and again, until you finally beat them with only a pixel of health left.
This is not a friendly game totally an understatement, but I keep wanting to come back to it after I pick up the controller I threw across the room. I could not recommend this more.
Cons
-Punishing!
Pros
-you feel so good when you finally beat that dang boss! everytime!
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>GW2 Players< Aribaka - Martin90
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 6
For people who likes retro rpg games :)
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|D.H.E| Leahcim
( 16.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 4
STOP LOOKING HERE AND START GRABBING THIS GAME.

Well, ok, if you want my two cents about it... One of the Best ARPG/HacknSlash games there is, FALCOM is really known as a company that goes beyond the tropes and thorws in some hard difficulty on the bosses and on the gameplay that will really grind your gears. (specially on harder difficulties =z) The Original Soundtrack is terrific, the boss battles are insanely fun (and soul crushing), the story is great and the level design is blissfully awesome! Seriously, Ys is an excellent series and Oath In Felghana is definently one of the best of the series!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Ys: The Oath in Felghana is a very challenging action-RPG game. While the story and RPG elements are quite basic, everything else is just great. Fast, action oriented gameplay with fluid controls along with epic soundtrack makes you feel like a badass while fighting through numerous monsters and unique boss fights. The bosses are varied and there are lots of them. Learning their patterns and patience is key to success here. After you beat certain difficult boss and your heart is still beating like crazy, you get that same great feeling like beating a boss in Dark Souls. Make sure you also try Time Attack mode after you finish the game!

This was my first YS game and I played through it on Normal difficulty and had a tough time in certain parts of the game. If you are newcomer to the series I recommend starting with either Very Easy or Easy difficulty. Overall I had a blast with this and will definately give other games in the series a try.

Highly recommended!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
What an absolutely wonderful game! This is the game that proves that you dont need high end graphics to make one heck of a game! Characters are unforgatable, the gameplay keeps you at the edge of your seat, and the story is thick and juicy! This is all the elements i love about video games. FPS are so overated! oh and the soundtrack! OMG THE SOUNDTRACK!! who plays that violin!?
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2015
It's a game where you swing a sword and things die while you collect coin and xp while exploring places that look different from each other.

Then you fight a challenging boss.

Not exactly groundbreaking or "chinematick" as the kids like their games nowadays, but if you want to play FUN, CHALLENGING video game with a rad soundtrack, this is very fun.

Maybe one of the funnest in the land.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
No nonsense ARPG. This is what all RPGs should strive to be. No melodrama. No sissy boy main characters. No overly dramatic crap. No desire to be a movie masquerading as a barely playable game. No "OMG look at these graphics" to distract you from how much crap the rest of the game is. Here it is the rest of the game that wows you.

The plot is simple and I like that. It doesn't take itself seriously. What this game does take seriously is the gameplay. The combat is fun. You can avoid enemies. No random encounters. No crap loot either. Everything has a purpose. You don't need to waste your time doing inventory management. No useless items. No useless spells. It is a finely balanced game.

After playing this game, I wonder, why the hell are all other games not like this.

Where other games randomly generate crap loot for you to search through. This game has a very very limited inventory, all useful during the time they are available to you. You don't need to manage inventory, wondering if you need to drop X to make room for Y.

Where other games randomly generate dungeons for you. This game gives you hand crafted dungeons that require some good platforming to get hidden treasure.

Where other games throw a million abilities and spells at you; half of which are useless against the majority of enemies, this game gives you 4 abilities. All of them useful.

This game is a masterpiece. You cannot take away anything from it without totally ruining. And if you were to add anything you would probably just ruin the precise balance of it.

If you enjoyed Dark Souls/Demon Souls. These games are a level of precision above those.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
While the main character quickly falls to the wayside and they focus more on his cute red-haired boyfriend, this game is still a very fun, fast-paced entry in the Magnificent Adventures of Dogi franchise with Falcom's renowned JDK band providing more kickin' rad musical arrangements. We can only hope Dogi gets more screen time in the newer upcoming titles in the series.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhueKrgu8b0
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
"People think this game is hard? This is easy... probably just a grind fest"

*Get to first boss fight*

"WHAT THE, WHO THE, HOW THE, **** DO YOU THIS"

*Gets first acheivement, Is game telling me to go look at the FAQ because i'm so bad*

*Beat boss, get first real upgrade*

*Screen filled with fireballs. Feel like a god*

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-Has good "control feel" buttons easily remap to any config you want. Controls are extremely responsive.

-Visually appealing. Settings are colourful, colours are very rich.

-wicked soundtrack. Game doesn't spam one genre of music at you,

-Wide array of difficulty settings. General combat isn't easy, but is fun and enjoyable, and avoidable. Bosses are difficult, but relatively pattern based. (This is based on fighting two bosses so far... fyi)

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-You probably NEED a game pad. I'm a keyboard and mouse person and I need a gamepad for this. I'm sure it can be done though ;)

-A tad grindy at first glance, but enemies respawn when you move into a new area, areas load quick, and you can find sweet farming spots.

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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
Have you ever thought Zelda was too easy?

Have you ever thought that Dark Souls was too easy?

Then this is the game for you!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
this is the first ys game i've played and its pretty dope. highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
Arguably the greatest game in the Ys series.

Ys takes nearly all the extraneous elements of RPGs and tosses them all out in favour of a super streamlined action battle system with some of the greatest bosses gaming has ever seen. I'm not exagerating here, Ys really does have some of gaming's greatest bosses.

There were 3 ys games to use this style of engine. The ark of Napishtim (which was the first), The oath in Felghana and finally Origins.

Felghana has the greatest soundtrack of them all and arguably the second strongest soundtrack in the entire series (In a series famous for it's soundtracks (look for a psp or psvita for Ys 7 if you want the best soundtrack)).

Felghana, on it's hardest difficulty has some spectacular bosses. However the game doesn't put it's best foot forward at the start. Initial bosses are pretty simple and hardly inspiring, which is unfortunate because the later bosses are absolutely spectacular. Thematically unique bosses all with their own interesting quirks and unique mechanics make each big baddy feel wholly unique and incredibly satisfying to down.
In fact Felghana and Origins are spectacular examples of good boss design (with a few very obnoxious exceptions).

There's also a bit of exploration and secret discovering involved in Ys, and because a number of your abilities give both combat and traversal options there is some fun platforming to be performed in the game.

So this all sounds super positive, are there any negatives then? Actually yeah, quite a few.

This game isn't pretty, I mean let's be fair it's old (2005) but that's gonna be a turn off for some people.

Then there's the plot, Ys' localization is about as good as it can get (Xseed is really good at that) but this isn't a plot that's likely to do anything for you, and not much time is spent on either it or its characters.

The game is also very grind heavy, especially on it's higher difficulties. Levels and weapon upgrades in Ys make a huge difference, to the point where a single level can make your attacks do almost twice the damage and can turn some boss fights from cruel jokes into fun encounters. but there are humungous experience penalties once you start over levelling, and even then you're going to have to farm normal mooks just to avoid being underlevelled, which may have been alright except for the game's final weakness, fights that aren't bosses.

Ys's combat is simple, but the way it blends with each bosses unique mechanics make it incredibly satisfying. This doesn't occur with normal enemies though, which means for many, normal combat in Ys isn't very satisfying, which is unfortunate because you'll need to do a fair amount of farming basic enemies to be able to afford upgrades and avoid
being underleveled.

So to sum up:
+ Awesome soundtrack
+ Awesome bosses after the first couple of dungeons

- Not very pretty
- Grindy on higher diffculties
- Fighting basic enemies isn't that fun
- Playing on easier difficulties wont let you appreciate it's great bosses properly

Ys will appeal extremely strongly to a certain crowd, and that crowd absolutely SHOULD play it, because it's one of the best examples of it's genre. But most other people will likely find the game to be more trouble than it's worth.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
I'm not very good at putting my thoughts to words, but this is one of the best games I have ever played. The story might be light and the world not so large, but the time spent playing it feels fantastic. The action is fast, the controls are on point, the music rocks, the graphics are sharp for their age (older 3D with 2D sprites). Great game.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
This game is ridiculously hard. I had to pay my 50 year old butler to grind my level to 60 for the final boss. God bless America.
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60 of 62 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2014
This is my personal favorite game in the Ys series. It has my favorite combat system and Adol is your playable character for this Ys game. I love a good challenge and this is the most challenging game in the Ys series. Many people won't ever complete it on Normal difficulty (you can choose an easier difficulty though). The boss battles in this game are extremely challenging, yet not cheap in the slightest. You need to learn how to dodge all enemy attacks and you will feel great about doing it with this fantastic combat system.

Theres nothing special about the storyline or graphics in this game, its obvious that everything was spent on developing the combat system and boss battles. You have a main town that you visit for supplies and forging new equipment, while traveling the world for new dungeons to explore. Theres lots of secrets, upgrades and new abilities to find throughout the game. Theres also some small sidequests you can complete for achievements and other rewards.

The game will last you around 15 hours and you unlock a Boss Rush aftering completing the game. If you like action RPGs, this is a must buy.
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59 of 67 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Ys: The Oath in Felghana is a rare beast on the PC... well it is to me. Before I broke down and bought it I stared at its gameplay video in steam. I stalked the title for months on end. I was delighted to see a JRPG on Steam. Would my delight be broken, or would I take the oath and never look back?

First off I must say I played this game to completion with a gamepad. I never even once tested out the keyboard ad mouse controls. This type of game just screamed use a controller to me haha. The game controls perfectly with a gamepad. Every little command I used worked, and never were the controls broken. A++ on that.

Sound design in Ys is all about the music. The sound effects are very basic and serve the game well, but do not stand out at all. The musical score on the other hand does stand out. Each piece was moving, and the guitar driven battle themes fit perfectly. Never once did I feel like I wanted to put on my own soundtrack while playing the game. If it's any testament to the games music, I would even go into the options menu just to play the games soundtrack a few occasions.

The story of the game is its weakest area. The game uses nearly every JRPG trope. I knew of every upcoming plot twist and action. This made me really sad as someone who enjoys a good narrative. I must admit though that not once did the narrative become convoluted. It served its purpous rather well, and that was to transition from dungeon to dungeon and the awesomely addicting gameplay.

The gameplay of Ys is where it's at. A simple mixture of semi strategic hack n slash with a dabble of platforming and RPG light elements. Combat is fast, fluid and when you get hit it's ultimately you're fault. The game doesn't offer that much in terms of different combos. You can perform only basic ground and air combos. You can't knock an enemy into the air and combo them further. What you can do is cancel combos to get in more hits. There are 3 magic in the game, but playing on normal I didn't find much use for them. The most useful if magics is the earth dash as it nullifies enemy attacks. Once you get this magic it'll be you're go to magic. This is because the game doesn't feature a shield or dodge roll which some may find annoying, but I understood it as part of the game.

Level design is simplistic and yet very well done. That being said, there are a few areas where you can enter a new screen keep holding the same direction, and move yourself back into the previous area. It's a personal annoyance to me. These areas are few and far between so it's not that big of a deal. The platforming segents mainly located towards the end of the game are well thought out. I initially believed I was going to have trouble with them until I realised your character shadow does appear on the ground. This way you could at least tell where you might land. For people who fear platforming there is a mode in options to make it even easier, and even at that there no fall related deaths in the game.

The bosses are where the game really shines. Each boss fight presents a new challenge and build upon eachother as the game progresses. You're first time playing the game the bosses will kick your ♥♥♥, unless you're an uber-gamer, don't get discouraged. Their attacks hit hard, and require precise timing to dodge. There is also limited time to hit the bosses. That window becomes less and less as the game goes on forcing you to get better with your attack dodging. This type of progression is saught after by me, because no matter how much someone could power level, you still need the skill to back it up. Speaking of leveling in this game, I didn't have to grind more than one time, and the combat is so fluid and fun it didn't even feel like grinding and lasted all of thirty minutes anyways.

Ys: The Oath in Felghana isn't an expierence I'll soon forget. Nearly all elements of the game blend harmoniously into a polished hidden gem just waiting to be stumbled upon. I thought I was risking $15 paying full price for the game, but my apprehension was laid to rest quickly.
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30 of 31 people (97%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
Ys games are all action RPGs where you control one character (usually Adol, though Origins has no Adol and I think Seven has multiple character options?) against the world in a story-moderate environment. (moderate compared to Falcom's other RPG series, Legend of Heroes) Grinding is generally expected to some extent, but that'll only ease the pain so far -- especially as you get to the end bosses. They're also known for their amazing rock/metal soundtracks.

As for this particular Ys game...one word: Brutal.

I've played Origin, I & II, and VI on Steam and this one still annihilates me...on NORMAL. What separates most of the difficulties is simply damage caused by enemies and enemy health, and the enemy patterns can be difficult to make out after your first 10 or so attempts at a particular boss. Just a fair warning -- you need to be in the zone while playing to stand a chance...or you just need to be better than this reviewer.

Aside from that, it's a loose remake of Ys III, the one "platformer" of the series and as such, this one has a lot of platforming elements. Thanks to the fixed camera, though, the 3d platforming is pretty simple and straightforward.

One disappointment worth noting: Some PSP features like New Game+ (which itself was very minor) and refining gear up to level 9 are gone from this port. Seems strange, especially since the achievements beg "replay", but it's not anywhere near a deal breaker.
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100 of 147 people (68%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
Harder than Dark Souls.
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
80.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
Best in the series. An excellent game where it's polished for the highest difficulty. Nothing is as satisfying as struggling through this game on Hard, then coming back to play on Inferno and see that everything has become harder (while not being unfair) but so did I, and it was manageable. There are more than a dozen bosses in the game and there's like 1-2 bosses that's actually feel obnoxious. Also the kickass music, great level design and a lot of other things just flow so well together.

If you want to choose between this and Ys: Origin, I'd recommend this. Origin has more things (3 characters) and more stuff to do with, but some of its bosses have healing abilities and pretty much you to mash buttons constantly. It's still an excellent game, so buy both.
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2015
Rarely does a game get so many things right: Art, Music, Story, Mechanics, Polish... Not only did I have a lot of fun throughout the experience, the ending truly left me inspired!

I don't want to nitpick an otherwise great game, so there: 9.8/10
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34 of 45 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
65.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Adol Christin has wandered back into our living rooms with a familiar tale: The Oath in Felghana is a full-fledged remake of Wanderers From Ys. And, when I say "full-fledged," I really mean it. From the storyline, sound, gameplay and graphics, every aspect of the original game has been completely enhanced. The result is an experience far more ambitious than Wanderers From Ys, the most commonly criticized installment of the series, would have ever dreamed of becoming.

In terms of storyline, Wanderers From Ys was relatively simple and straight-forward. After the complete liberation of Esteria and Ys (as observed in Ys Books I and II), Adol and Dogi decide to visit the Town of Redmont, Dogi’s hometown. Upon their arrival, they realize that, gasp, the land has been overrun by monsters. The two heroes meet up with Elena Stoddart, a childhood friend, who eagerly explains the recent events. To further complicate the situation, the local mayor has been kidnapped, and Elena’s brother, Chester Stoddart, has abandoned the town. Since becoming knighted in the service of King McGuire and Valestine Castle, his demeanor has changed, and the general public suspects that he’s become involved in something sinister. And, naturally, what could be more sinister than the resurrection of an ancient god of destruction? Thankfully, The Oath in Felghana completely expands upon this old storyline, fleshing out each of the classic characters, adding new ones, and seamlessly weaving each into the tale.

As expected, The Oath in Felghana shines in the gameplay department. Those who have played Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim will easily recognize similarities. Adol hacks and slashes a bloody swath through countless monsters, always with speed and precision. Oath, however, introduces a new 'combo meter' which serves as an experience multiplier; for each successful hit, the meter rises and an experience bonus is granted. This bonus can climb as high as 1.99x the original experience granted from defeating an enemy, resulting in nearly double experience. If the chain breaks, however, the bonus is reset to 1.00x. Interestingly, Adol is no longer able to use/stock healing items; rather, enemies drop them in battle and provide instant recovery. In addition to healing items, enemies also drop Strength, Defense, and Magic Potions which provide temporary enhancements to the respective traits. Similar to the combo meter, these have a timer attached, so defeating enemies quickly is the key to maximizing their benefits. Adol also has a "Boost" feature at his disposal; after having dispatched a certain number of enemies, he will be granted the ability to Boost, which provides a temporary increase in attack speed. As you can see, speed and accuracy are the keys to success.

Aside from combat, Wanderers From Ys' equipment system has been subject to revisions as well. The infamous 'Five Magic Rings' have been replaced with 'Three Magic Bracelets.' Each bracelet grants an elemental power, one of Fire, Wind, or Earth. In addition to being useful in battle, utilizing the power of these bracelets becomes simply indispensable when searching for many of the game’s secrets. The Fire Bracelet allows our hero to light torches and melt ice. The Wind Bracelet allows him to whirlwind over large gaps, and otherwise impossible jumps. The Earth Bracelet allows him to break walls and other natural barriers. You can also switch between these abilities on the fly; it becomes an essential element of success in many of the game’s more challenging boss battles. Aside from bracelets, Adol is also able to purchase new swords, armors, and shields. These can be statistically enhanced by delivering them to Adonis, the town blacksmith, who will customize them using rare crystals known as Ravals. Early in the game, Ravals are fairly hard to come by, but enemies drop them semi-frequently in the last two dungeons.

But, does it have replay value? Tons of it. How about two unlockable difficulty modes, Hard and Nightmare? How about Boss Rush? Those who have completed Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim will be quite familiar with this time attack mode, which allows the player to consecutively battle against all of the game's bosses. And how about the countless side quests and hidden items, such as the War God’s Talisman and the Augite Brooch? There’s always something to do, especially for completionists, who will be hard-pressed to unearth every secret on their first time through.

Finally, in case it wasn’t obvious: Sound - 100%. That’s right, absolute perfection. Ys: The Oath in Felghana has, quite possibly, the most amazing soundtrack in the history of video games. There are no audio issues or ‘filler tracks’ to speak of. They’ve managed to take an already superb soundtrack and make it even more awesome. Each track, exceptionally remixed from the original compositions in Wanderers From Ys, simply rocks. In particular, "Valestine Castle" stands out among the crowd. In true Soundteam JDK fashion, it is exceptionally heavy on the electric guitars and more-than-competently weave in the perfect amount of synth. Speaking directly to fellow fans of their music, I never would have thought that any version of Valestine Castle could overcome/surpass JDK Band 1... I was sorely mistaken. In fact, it’s difficult for me to navigate through the castle at times; when the solo at 2:02 kicks in, I can’t seem to avoid setting the controller down, closing my eyes, and allowing myself to become entranced by the music. It’s that good.

Ys: The Oath in Felghana is a remarkable remake which never cuts corners. It’s the best remake ever produced. It’s (debatably) the best installment of the Ys Series ever produced. And it receives my absolute highest recommendation.

Highly Recommended

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Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2013
If you ever needed a game to make you feel like a man, this is that game. If you need hair on your chest, and adventure in your heart, this is that game. If you need a game that will make you moist, this is that game. Like Terranigma or Zelda on steroids, Oath in Felghana grabs you by the plums and squeezes until you cry. Blazing fast sword stabbing action. Perilous platforming. Nightmarish challenge. This is the game you must own, you need to own, you DESERVE to own. And you will, surely. And eventually, you will rise to the challenge. You will conquer Felghana like the righteous man you are. Walls will be destroyed, monsters slain. Will you rest? NAY. For your true love, your precious heart, Adventure, calls. And like Adol, you must move on, seeking that mistress that is always out of reach. You must go to the Origin, and then to the Chronicles. Your hunger will not be satiated, but you will have a further taste of that precious nectar. Adventure awaits. Let her in. You'll be glad you did.
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127.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Oath in Felghana is a phenomenal action RPG. It is the third game in the Ys series, and a remake of the original Ys III. While the original Ys III was a good game in its own right, it was also a flawed game in many ways (don't take that to mean it wasn't a heck of a lot of fun). Oath in Felghana not only rectifies every flaw of the original, it also improves upon Ys III in every way, all while remaining faithful to the core essence of what made Ys III such a fun and memorable game.

Pros:
- Phenomenal soundtrack
- Great battle mechanics
- Unique boss fights
- One of the best Ys stories

Cons:
- The beginning feels a bit slow
- (No Volcano)
- No easy way to access bonus bosses (even if you beat them)

A distinguishing feature of all Ys games is outstanding music, and this is true even for the original Ys III. In Oath in Felghana, the music has been upgraded to entirely new levels of awesome. If the soundtrack was the only good thing about this game, I'd still recommend it at full price. Fortunately for us, the music comes with an awesome game as well.

The gameplay mechanics of Felghana are some of the best, with controls that are tight and very refined. There are difficulty settings for every kind of player, be they casual or hardcore. Regardless of setting, the game is very encouraging of exploration, but for any difficulty above easy, it's loaded with intense action. Even some strategy comes into play concerning certain enemies and scenarios. Boss fights are varied and unique, and each boss requires a different method in order to defeat them. At higher difficulty levels, boss fights can be very challenging. While there is a random luck factor, for the most part, beating the bosses is a little bit of know-how accompanied by pure mad-skills (and it's very satisfying once you beat them).

Oath in Felghana is a bit of an oddball in regards to story. Most Ys games begin with Adol washed ashore after some great struggle. Here, Adol leisurely sails into Felghana with his long-time friend Dogi. Most Ys games feel epic and grand from the get-go. Oath in Felghana feels like a sidestory you could skip over (you’ll regret it if you do though).

The story has a pace that is uniquely its own, and VERY different from any other Ys game (that I’ve played at least). It ends on a powerful note, but it takes its time getting there (despite being a surprisingly short game). Even though it feels slow, there is always a driving energy that pushes the story forward; you can always feel the hidden danger, even if you don’t fully understand it. And when the story finally hits the turning point, everything comes together perfectly, leading to one of the most powerful moments in any Ys game.

Ys stories have depth, but they go by so fast that you may miss some of the more thought provoking themes and ideas being explored. Oath in Felghana, in particular, is an exploration of human weakness. The theme is explored through several characters, all of them strong individuals. And all of them having fallen to human weakness. That said, it is not just the strengths or failures of these characters that make them, in particular, so interesting.

Like the game itself, the story doesn’t give any answers; it shows you what you need to know, and leaves the rest to you.

While the slow pace of the game is one of its good points (it matches perfectly with Dogi returning home to family), it has the consequence of making the beginning feel too slow. This is because the beginning isn't interactive enough to offset the slow pace. More interaction means more immersion; experiencing rather than watching.

If you've had the opportunity to play the original Ys III, then you might remember the Volcano in the background of the Illburns Ruins. And it was AWESOME! I know this isn't really a 'negative' per say, and the Felghana version of the Illburns Ruins is clearly amazing without it. But... this should have made it into Felghana because it was just that cool.

While more of an annoyance than anything, there is no easy way to access the bonus bosses, even if you've beaten them before. It would be nice to have a means by which to easily access the two bosses once you've unlocked them. What makes this more annoying is that the bosses are quite fun and challenging, and not deserving of such obscurity.

Oath in Felghana is available for both the PC and the PSP. The PC version is, decidedly, visually superior to the PSP version. However, the PSP version has some exclusive content that should not be overlooked.

PSP Exclusives:
- Voice Acting: While mediocre (sometimes hilarious), it definitely has its own unique charm. And for the most part, I liked it. Unfortunately, the voice acting choices made for the final boss destroyed the atmosphere; it gave the boss more ‘human’ qualities (made it less monstrous) when it should have done the opposite.
- PSP Version is More Forgiving: Double Boost (regenerates health after boost), Room Retry (retry in the room you died in), Retry Boss at a Lower Difficulty.
- Selectable Soundtrack: You can choose between the Oath in Felghana Soundtrack or the Original Ys III Soundtrack.
- Inferno Time Attack: With double boost, this is probably about the equivalent of Nightmare Time Attack for the PC version. By the way, am I the only one who things Inferno Time Attack should be added to the PC version?
- Easier Access to Bonus Bosses: (Random Eye Twitch).
- Museum: This is a collection of unlockable art for the game (not unlike the Ys VI Materials Collection).
- Prologue Novella: As it turns out, the manuals for the Ys games included a Prologue to the main story. I actually think the Ys prologues should be included with their respective games is all cases (even if it’s as a PDF in the game folder) since they are a part of Ys lore.

While the PSP version decidedly has some nice exclusives, I don’t believe it has anything that makes it ‘superior’ to the PC edition. Both is an excellent choice (I might be evil).

Oath in Felghana is a phenomenal game. It is so polished and well executed that it is easilly one of the best action RPGs on Steam.
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