An Action RPG driven by fast-paced combat and paired with an intricate puzzle-filled world
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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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Da Killah Genius
( 26.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Super Fun, Retro Feeling
whoever this company is, I hope they bring more releases on PC or Steam.
10 out of 10 (Under-rated)
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old dirty hep
( 22.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
I played the obscure Turbografx-16 Ys3 Wanderers from Ys and the PSP Ys Oath in Felghana, so I am a fan of the different versions of this game. Its difficult to say which version is my personal fav, they are all good. This version is much like the PSP version of the same name, old school overhead Action-RPG type of game similar to many Zelda games, but unlike Zelda there really aren't complex puzzles or an open world type approach. It is very linear, focused on action, simple, and a lot of fun.

Sountrack like every Ys game is about as good as you will find in an original game sountrack. I have to admit I like the TG-16 sountrack better to these tracks, but that is not a knock on this game's amazing soundtrack, just a preference in which version I like more. Gameplay is simple, but fun and addicting. You will grind like in RPG's, but will have some platforming too. My biggest gripe is the grinding, its a bit tedious, but small nitpick for an otherwise good game.

Good game worth getting and a good entry point for those that never played an Ys game before.
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( 12.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
After playing and beating Furi (a game that came out recently which has a similar vein of difficult), I didn't think this game would be that bad. Then I played, and got wrecked. But I love overcoming reasonable challenges.

All the Ys games I've played so far (I - IV) have been stellar, and Oath in Felghana is no different. The gameplay is simple but fun. Boss fights are challenging and sometimes you might think it's impossible. However there is just one mechanic to utilize that is difficult to find, and that goes for all bosses. Finding the mechanic to beat the boss is as enjoyable as beating the boss itself.

I'd recommend this for anyone wanting a good challenge and knows they like JRPGs. Don't let the fact that this is the "fourth" entry deterr you from playing - all Ys games are fine starting points.
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Theophilius
( 18.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
This is a game I have had on PSP and loved it so much that I HAD to get it for Steam. So yes, I paid money that I didn't need to pay JUST to play this game on my PC. If you're into JRPG's, there's no better starting point than here and that's not a cliché!

Do you like running around with a sword and shield and kicking butt? Do you like an absolutely phenomenol musical soundtrack? Dude. Buy it. :p The series is fantastic!

RPG-ing at it's best!

The only downside to the game is the voice acting that was excluded in the steam version, however, that is not a reason to not buy this game!
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BattleBuddy
( 15.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
This game is so damn good. I have the attention span of a goldfish and this game kept me playing till the end. Did it without looking anything up like the good old days and had an absolute blast. There are a couple of story triggers you have to pop or you end up wondering wtf you are supposed to do. Ended up so overleveled on that mountain before I realized I needed to escort Elena that the 'Furies' only hit for a few damage. The combat is simple yet fast and fun. The boss fights were unique and challenging, and that final fight was just plain awesome. I swear I remember playing this as a side scroller. The soundtrack is boss. It's so good I'm going to have to do it all over on hard. And hopefully not cry. Much. Highly recommend this game.
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Pre Zombie
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
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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TheIVAce
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Very good! The areas, bosses, and combat is fun.
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Murderlol
( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
Ys: The Oath in Felghana is a remake of a remake, with the original being Ys III: Wanderers from Ys from the 16 bit console era. Instead of the old sidescrolling gameplay, this game has updated top down hack and slash gameplay with an updated and expanded story, all new art, and basically just more of everything. It's a great update to a great game and any fan of the series should play this one, as it's one of the best.
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Hero of Justice
( 15.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 1
♥♥♥♥ this disgusting weeaboo piece of ♥♥♥♥ trash. Save your money by pirating this ♥♥♥♥ game instead.
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..............
( 67.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Remake of THIRD entry in the YS series.

Much better than original and have many,many,hours of FUN=)

PROS
+Battle system from YS VI which was improved in many good ways
+No HP potions.You can only heal from level ups and randomly droped herbs
+Epic boss battles
+Amazing music,which was written for this game!
+Nice story with many twists

CONS
-Not much side quests

I completed game on NIGHTMARE difficulty and this was very fun!I didn't saw major cons in this game.
I will recommend it for both NEWcomers and FANS=))
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
This game is so damn good. I have the attention span of a goldfish and this game kept me playing till the end. Did it without looking anything up like the good old days and had an absolute blast. There are a couple of story triggers you have to pop or you end up wondering wtf you are supposed to do. Ended up so overleveled on that mountain before I realized I needed to escort Elena that the 'Furies' only hit for a few damage. The combat is simple yet fast and fun. The boss fights were unique and challenging, and that final fight was just plain awesome. I swear I remember playing this as a side scroller. The soundtrack is boss. It's so good I'm going to have to do it all over on hard. And hopefully not cry. Much. Highly recommend this game.
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62 of 65 people (95%) 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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63 of 72 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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107 of 156 people (69%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
Harder than Dark Souls.
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32 of 34 people (94%) 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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32 of 35 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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24 of 27 people (89%) 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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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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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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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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