An Action RPG driven by fast-paced combat and paired with an intricate puzzle-filled world
User reviews: Very Positive (413 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 19, 2012

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"A fun hack and slash with rpg elements...The combat is tight and the controls are great, progression is at a good pace aswell."

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
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
56.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
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.

10/10 Very Highly Recommended!

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Ys Felghana plays very similarly to Ys Origin, so if you played and enjoyed that already you're sure to like this one too. If not, you're looking at a solid, fast-paced (but always manageable) 8-12 hour action RPG, perhaps most easily compared to games like Kingdom Hearts.

Although Oath is technically the third game in the Ys series, newcomers can feel comfortable jumping at this point- the game barely references the previous games at all, in fact the only carryover are the two protagonists and all you need to know about them is readily apparent. The story won't shake your world but it's serviceable enough to give Adol an excuse to rampage through the world destroying the entire population of monsters in fluid and satisfying melee combat.

It's an Ys game, so of course the soundtrack is superb. Lots of noisy high-tempo epic-metal to roll around to, but it never gets obnoxious. Personal favourite is the Valestine Castle theme.

Speaking personally I preferred Ys Origin and would recommend that one above this, but the truth is they're both solidly built games and it probably just comes down to which you play first is the one you prefer. Many who played both feel Origin bogs itself down with story while Oath is a lot less story-centric and thus more replayable. It depends what you want from your RPG, but you can't go wrong with any of XSEED's superb localisations of Falcom's Ys titles.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
As a sequel for YS I&II Chronicles, a great game. A little changed artsyle and play style in general has changed, so it looks a little bit more like modern Final Fantasys than original Zelda games. Still, worth of it's price.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
YEEZUS PRESENTS: CRUEL FELGHANAN SUMMER
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3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
This is the first Ys game i have ever played, and i do not regret bying it at all, the graphics are good and the music is phanamonal i deffenitly recommend it if your like me and havent played a Ys game yet i say pick this up and give it a try i garentee you wont regret it.
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
55.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
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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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Ahh yes.... they dont make good rpg's like these anymore.

Ys is one of my most favorite Rpg series, because of many reasons, that it sticks with the story and with the same RPG elements and graphics and artwork.
i dont really know what more i can say this game pretty much speaks for itself through screenshots and videos but if maybe you are unfamiliar with it and have your doubts then.

Know that this game is a very good Action/Rpg ( no its not turn based its action )
The story is really good and emotional to some sort.
The Fight style is good, switching between spells and jumping and stuff, If you may know ( Alundra ps1) This is very like it.
The game is fairly long and going to secrets and leveling up and boss fights will just make the game longer and longer
Nightmare mode is pure hell you WILL replay every single boss at least 10 times ^^ it is for hardcore gamers everything is extremely hard in it and i like it lol.

Edit :
Finished the game, very satisfied with the ending kinda bummed out my hero did not get to bang that hot chick altho i saved her life like 95 times .... well...

The ending was quite good and ( feels ) Took me a while to Get all the achievements i have about maybe 23+ hours in this game but mostly offline so its not recorded
altho i have to say this

If you're not a Fan of the YS Series or just want to play one and not ( 1 , 2 , 3 )
Play YS origins that is by far my most favorite, because you can choose between 3 characters, each is different with the story and ending and the gameplay and spells and attacks and everything

each has its own unique story and purpose so YS origins is the best one so far i guess
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
It's like Dark Souls had a child with his Cute Anime senpai.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Tips for Ys: The Oath in Felghana:

- Play on Nightmare
- Git gud

Repeat until climax.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
70.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
An excellent action-RPG that will grind the meat off your bones make you love every moment of it.

This game is a remake and expansion of the Sega Master System's Ys III: Wanderers from Ys. Combat is fast-paced and difficult, and boss fights are complex and brutally unforgiving -- but in (almost) every case it's readily apparent what you're doing wrong, and you feel like such a badass when you eventually make that one clean run and come out on top.

There are a few notable flaws, mostly on the highest difficulties. Certain boss mechanics (Chester's teleport spam, or Gyalva's tile flipping on Nightmare) can randomly screw you and there's not always any clear difference between a failed run and a flawless one. These are very rare, however, and a solid battle plan and execution will get you through almost everything all the way through the highest difficulties.

For those less adept at the genre, don't be afraid to start out on Easy. Ys is a series rooted in the 8-bit era of difficulty, and this game's idea of Easy is right about where most other franchises would place Normal.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
35.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Probably the best Japanese game on Steam that isn't Resident Evil 4. Tight controls, fun boss fights, and great music. XSeed said they would publish more Ys games onto Steam, but they got higher aspirations at some point. Boob Ninja Strip Cooking for the Playstation Vita.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Excellent game, fast paced 3D action. It is in fact a remake of the great Ys 3, available in multiple platforms (I remember liking the SNES one very much). Great difficulty balance. Replayability is okay.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Best adaptation of A Fistful of Dollars I've ever played.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Just a well-done hack and slash game. It's difficult as all hell but it's pretty satisfying to finally beat that boss that keeps destroying you.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ this game is hard

I LOVE IT
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Game's hard as balls and fun as hell.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Great game. Support Xseed on steam so we can get even more games!!


MAKE SURE YOU DOWNLOAD THE AUDIO FOR IT!!
http://steamcommunity.com/app/207320/discussions/0/846944689792535521/#p3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Died ten times trying to proceed through the first section of the second dungeon on hard and ragequit 10/10 will play again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
I hate video games and I still play this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Seen an action-RPG lately that features a combo meter for experience points? Welcome to Adol Christin’s world. The long running Ys (“EEEs”) RPG dynasty has not been well-known outside Japan until recent years. Plucky import specialist XSEED is changing that by bringing the original PC games to the west.

A remake of the 16-bit era Ys III: Wanderers From Ys, Oath in Felghana is as close to a 16-bit action adventure game in 3D as you’re going to get. While humble in technology, Oath nails the character of a Mega Drive game to the wall. Wandering hero-dude Adol lives only to find new lands, people in trouble, and murder what’s troubling them. It’s pretty much expected of him. Here, he glides through hoards of monsters and demons, leaving a literal shower of fragments in his wake. Experience racks up, multiplied by keeping your kill count up. Dungeons are simplistic until the last third of the game, but offer satisfying platforming action to offset the killing. Bosses are huge, with patterns right out of an old school arcade game.

Sharp controls and a driving electronic orchestra finishes off the package. It acts as both nostalgic trip, and introduction to a simply satisfying franchise that’s been pushed by fans for a reason. But a quality gamepad is prerequisite - you are warned.
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