An Action RPG driven by fast-paced combat and paired with an intricate puzzle-filled world
User reviews: Very Positive (399 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
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
68.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 28
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Game's hard as balls and fun as hell.
Posted: September 29
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.3 hrs on record
PLAY IT
Posted: October 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Soundtrack is unreal, spent 3+ hours looking for the sheet music to the first song.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
This game is my kind of game, it doesn't cater to the casuals and doesn't make it easy for you (and reward you for doing practically nothing like a king).

Not even 20 minutes in the game I am faced by the first boss and BAM, I'm stuck for longer than it took me to get there.
This is A-MA-ZING, it tries to give you a hard time whenever it can, although I do admit some of the later bosses are pretty easy.

If you're in for a game that is genuinely hard and has a nice combat system, then this is a game for you.
If you're a fan of the dark souls series, then this is also a game for you.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
3rd game in a series of 4. I did not know this so i started with the 3rd one. I hear it's not much of a continuation from the other 2, so it's fine to start on this one.

Pro:
Hack and Slash with a few rpg elements with armor and upgrading. Enjoyable
Music is pretty good. It just reminds me of the JRPGs i played long ago.

Con:
-Some frustrating bosses. The game itself is pretty easy to handle if geared. The bosses are tricky though and some compare it to Dark Souls. Once the pattern is figured out, it's pretty awesome beating them. It's a nice acomplishment.
-Some grindy elements. If you're underleveled and having issues, you'll have to grind out some levels and then it gets easier.

Game length can vary. There's an achievement for under 5 hours and one for over 10 hours. It took me a little over 10.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Entertaining, but I have not really bothered playing much as it is not too interesting for me.
Posted: October 8
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Beware, the game contains a lot extremely frustrating platforming sequences (think of the meat circus in psychonauts): 1) The controls are not sensitive. 2) There are many pixel perfect jumps, doubly jumps, etc. 3) Some of them take place on ice: even with antislippery shoes, you still slip a little. So good luck. 4) You can only save at checkpoints, but the checkpoints are few and far between. Did you just happen to die after that platforming sequence? Do it all over again.
Posted: October 11
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54 of 56 people (96%) found this review helpful
35.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 4
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87 of 125 people (70%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Harder than Dark Souls.
Posted: May 16
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
55.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 22
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
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
Posted: July 15
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 21
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Tips for Ys: The Oath in Felghana:

- Play on Nightmare
- Git gud

Repeat until climax.
Posted: July 11
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
It's like Dark Souls had a child with his Cute Anime senpai.
Posted: July 12
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 24
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
35.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 1
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ this game is hard

I LOVE IT
Posted: July 19
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
This game is really fun, with a great soundtrack and nice levels. The combat is interesting and the bosses are fair but a little difficult at times. It's a solid game with a lot of replayability
Posted: June 21
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Wow, what a game! As much my thirteen year old self would hate to hear this, I'm not the gamer that I used to be. Fifteen years later, now an adult with a full time job, I don't have the devotion for gaming as much as I used to have. This game though allowed me to relive my experience of those days where I would stay up to the early hours of the morning, not at all concerned with sleep or the work that I had to be at in a few hours time.

I had recently picked this up on a sale. As it looked intriguing and was 75% off, I figured that I would give it a go. Going from its Metacritic store, I figured that it would be a 'Meh' kind of game. How wrong was I. This was easily the most enjoyment I've gotten out of a game this year.

Enough rambling, on with the review.

This is an action-RPG with a very satisfying combat system. Within minutes of starting, you're quickly thrown into it. Although the game has a story, a fairly good one at that, you won't be clicking through endless amounts of dull dialogue before you get to the action.

It's great fun as you run from screen to screen cutting down the monsters that face you. Although there is no way to heal on demand, when I first started playing, I didn't find this to be very challenging even on the normal difficulty, but it was still very satisfying.

When I reached the game's first boss, I got my ♥♥♥♥ handed to me, several times over. Here I initially thought that the game wasn't balanced properly. After a character level and learning the boss's patterns, I was finally able to get pass it, barely.

This is where that game's core challenge comes from; boss battles. Difficult but I wouldn't call them unfair. Once you're able to defeat them, you're bound to be able to repeat it. The game doesn't factor in luck much. It's a very rewarding experience to get through them.

In terms of playtime, it took me a little under 14.5 hours. I'm a gamer who tries to I try to find everything I can so it could probably be finished a lot quicker. In fact, there's an achievement to finish it in five hours or less. Could be completed over a weekend, or two in my case. To me, the length was just right, not too long nor too short.

Once completed, a boss battle mode is unlocked, and the game has five difficulty levels so it has some replayability. There's a number of side quests as well, some of which I somehow had missed so I'll be replaying it.

The game has a great soundtrack. Normally I'm not one to even notice this unless it's really good which I'm pleased to state is the case here.

I found the story to be better then the average JRPG. This is helped greatly with the range of characters, none of which are nameless or a palette swap of another, which are great contrasts to each other. The weakest would be protagonist who doesn't utter a word, with only a narrator describing his actions.

It's worth mentioning that for those who buy this, take a look at the forums as someone was able to extract the voices, which are only found in the PSP version of the game, working on this version which greatly adds to the game's atmosphere. It would be good if they're included by default though. Hopefully they'll be patched in in future.

With all the praise, it's not without its flaws though. This may not apply to the easy difficulty levels but I did spend a bit of time grinding. While cutting down monsters is fun, much more then a turn based RPG, when your EXP bar is rising very slowly, it can become repetitive.

You're bound to die a number of times on bosses. Mostly while trying to figure out their patterns and then some more after that. At times, I needed to take a break from this as it was becoming frustrating. On the other hand though, once you do get through them, it's very gratifying.

It's flaws are minor compared to the overall enjoyment I got from it though. I highly recommend this game.
Posted: July 19
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