The perfect mix of action, exploration and story with screen-filling bosses, unique platforming elements, and innovative puzzles.
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Release Date: May 31, 2012

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700 years before the events of Ys I & II, the land of Ys was on the brink of destruction. Demons came in droves and forced the twin Goddesses who ruled the land to whisk their subjects away from the surface, into the safe embrace of the clouds. The demons were persistent, however, erecting a massive tower in pursuit. The battle that raged upon the ground had begun ascending for a second round up above.

One day, amidst this turmoil, the Goddesses stole away into the night, vanishing from Ys altogether. And there's only one place they could have gone: the Devil's Tower.

A search party of knights and sorcerers was hastily formed and dispatched to the surface in hopes of retrieving these runaway deities. Among its members were apprentice knight Yunica Tovah and troubled sorcerer Hugo Fact.

This is their story. Or at least, it's how each of them remembers it.

Expanding upon the gameplay elements introduced in Ys: The Ark of Napishtim and further developed in Ys: The Oath in Felghana, Ys Origin perfects the formula by adding different styles of play and new features never before seen in the Ys universe. Best described as an arcade-like platformer RPG with Metroidvania elements and a complex, multi-faceted narrative, Ys Origin is the perfect mix of action, exploration and story. Screen-filling bosses with complex AI, unique platforming elements, innovative puzzles and a deeply involving mystery await within the wildly varied confines of this classic Ys dungeon.

Come see how long you can last in the Devil's Tower...

Key Features:

  • Officially available in English for the very first time.
  • Three unique playable characters in story mode, with additional variations (and characters?) unlockable through other modes.
  • Five difficulty levels ranging from "Very Easy" for casual players to "Nightmare" for true Ys masters.
  • Unlockable "Time Attack" and "Boss Rush" modes for anyone looking to show off his/her boss-taming abilities.
  • Unlockable Arena Mode pits players against massive hordes of enemies for unique gameplay rewards.
  • Over 40 unique Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud support and hundreds of highly competitive leaderboards.
  • Minutely configurable high-resolution graphics with true widescreen support.
  • Fully adjustable controls supporting virtually any USB gamepad, as well as a standard keyboard and mouse setup.

System Requirements

    • OS:XP
    • Processor:Pentium III / 1 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:64 MB VRAM, 3D accelerator compatible w/ DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:Compatible with DirectX 9.0c
    • OS:XP, Vista, 7, 64-bit compatible
    • Processor:Pentium4 / 1.3 GHz or higher
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:64 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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155 of 169 people (92%) found this review helpful
54.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2014
Ys Origin does a great job explaining the past, it also features interesting characters that you can finish the game with (each one having their own unique game-play, equipment, short storyline and so).

For those who don't know, Ys is an old school action RPG (from the late 80's) that luckily didn't got extinct in today's modern video game industry (That strives to approach to the masses), the surviving series features a very solid and hardcore experience for those who delve in to it (No hands are held here, not suitable for some casual players).

Without delving that much in to the storyline, I'll start by saying that the whole game is set in a massively big tower with tons of floors where you'll actively explore till you reach the top, all because due to the fact you're part of a team that is looking for two mysterious female angel like characters who have disappeared and also they are fighting a mysterious evil that suddenly appeared on their land.

Just like the first of the series, it is based on your character progression (Status), based on your skill and how well prepared and equipped you're, you'll fight tons of different minions and bosses through out the game.

The game is fast paced, if you're used to a slower and less action based game, then do not delve in to this one, you'll have to be quick and prepare yourself to evade any possible attacks and at the same time plan how you'll attack your foes quickly before their defense is up again.

You're forced to play the game to unlock new areas as you progress but do take in mind that you're not only forced to a narrow path, you'll have some freedom of exploration to farm and grab new items.

As for the game soundtrack you'll be delighted, it is so memorable!
In terms of art style and UI they are all professionally done and will set in motion your connection to the game, giving you a taste of immersion (You'll have a good read, the game has a big script), character wise; some are forgettable but overall your experience with them is quite positive.

If you like Anime and you like oldschool games that are fast paced and hard, then this is the game for you!
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63 of 65 people (97%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
142.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2015
When I bought this game, I didn't expect too much. Like may be it can kill couple of hours of boredom. Most reviews are of some grand praise but how actually this could be any good, YouTube videos quite meh, nothing amusing.

So without much anticipation I picked some girl with axe and started in nightmare difficulty. Control was good and responsive; there are some instruments in your arsenal on how to wreak havoc on your enemies. However, your enemies aren’t going to watch you kill them, some immune to this, some immune to that, some shoot barrages of projectiles, some charge without rest, some come in swarms, some bestow loads of status effects. All of them share one thing: they want you DEAD RIGHT NOW.

Terrain is quite simple, however made well in its simplicity: every zone have unique feeling about it, not like “I can watch landscape forever” of course, but certainly adds to game.

Music was to my liking, which does not necessarily mean that you would like it, but this game strong point is that tracks come in huge variety. Orchestra, piano, violin, harmonica, metal, electronic stuff – game has that all. If you played through whole game and did not like a single track that would be a huuuge “WOW!” from me.

Plot is not complex and has nothing unexpected in it but still makes you feel for characters. If you’re new to YS, it would make a nice introduction, so you won’t have “what’s happening?” feelings, if you’re veteran, some why’s and what’s would be answered.

So like I said, I picked girl with axe and started playing. Shortly I came across that guy – Velagunder, he is boss of first subsection. And he killed me… repeatedly… for six hours straight… WHAT THE F…?! I sure am not “high skilled” player or something, but I was able to finish battletoads, TNMT, contra, rollergames and such titles on NES in my childhood. What is this guy? He surely is enjoying watching me struggle, shouting angry words and writhing in agony. Six hours after he decided to surrender and I was like: “YEAH! DIE! YOU ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥!!! HA! HA! HA!” running around the house like an idiot. Great feeling of completion over some pixels dead body, really not what you would have often nowadays.

And what I would like to say all of this guy's friends share his hobby. This not much anticipated game gave me hell of a journey. May be not the best game I ever played, but one of most memorable for sure. I liked it so much, so I bought other YS games available on Steam, and expecting more to come. YS is great franchise forged for over 20 years already and doing great on delivering suffering and spanking to people.

In conclusion, if you’re YS veteran, I wonder why you haven't bought it already, YS Origin lives up to YS series standards in any way possible and if you’re new to YS whatever you like this game or not is up to you but it is sure worth a try.
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85 of 103 people (83%) found this review helpful
151.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 30, 2014
Ys Origin is quite possibly my favorite game on Steam.
It might be because I was already a big fan of the Ys series before I played it, but still! It's a great game.

Ys Origin is an action RPG, with a hack and slash styled battle system. There are 3 playable characters, the 3rd being unlocked when you clear the game the first time with either of the first two characters. Each character has a very specific playstyle. To avoid spoilers, I'll only detail the initial two.

Hugo Fact is a ranged caster. He is very powerful, firing off spell bullets from his wand and his twin artifacts known as the "Eyes of Fact" that hover at his side at all times. His is very agile, but he cannot fire while moving.

Yunica Tovah is a melee attacker. Armed with her handaxe (and later greatsword), she excels at close combat. She is very quick, dealing fast, hard damage to her opponents.

When you start the game, you get to choose from many different difficulty settings (Very Easy, Easy, Normal, Hard, Very Hard, Nightmare), as well as choose which character you want to play as. Each character has their own storyline, though all three of them are intertwined. Playing each character is highly recommended, as each storyline offers more and more insight into the overall picture.

Gameplay consists of your typical RPG fare: battling monsters while exploring your surroundings. In Ys Origin, you are tasked with exploring a giant tower that extends to the heavens. The tower is broken up into segments, with each segment offering a different environment to do battle in and explore. They are varied enough to where sometimes you forget you are in a tower and are instead traversing a dungeon located elsewhere. At the end of each segment (and sometimes in the middle) you are presented with a boss. The end of each segment is always a screen-filling boss, and these are the most fun parts of the game, each requiring some strategy to defeat.

Ys Origin includes a neat Arena Bonus Mode and a Boss Rush/Time Attack Mode. In Arena Mode, you choose a character and fight wave after wave of monster in a specific location. As you defeat enemies, you accrue SP. You can then use this SP to unlock a variety of things for this mode, such as extra costumes and even a surprise guest character! In Boss Rush Mode, you can choose to either battle one Boss at a time, or every boss in the game consecutively.

The music and sound effects are top-notch. The Ys series is known for their amazing soundtracks, and Origin is no exception. After awhile I found myself whistling along as the music played! You may be inclined to find and purchase the soundtrack online...just a warning! :P

Overall this is just an awesome game. I got it on sale for about $7, but in my opinion the original, full price is WELL worth it. You get a lot of game for the price.

Highly Recommended

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88 of 112 people (79%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
61.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2014
A thorough evaluation of how bad you are at video games.

The music starts pretty grape and actually gets better the higher you go up.

Yunica has pretty cute oven mitts.

If you die it's probably your fault because controls and movement are solid.

The platforming actually doesn't suck (wow!).

Featuring the Wolverine from the Marvel universe.

Has a boss rush mode.

Bosses will bully you.

Higher difficulty actually adds stuff to bosses instead of just health and damage.

11/10 would play again (because the game needs multiple playthroughs to unlock everything).

I actually have no complaints about this game for real.
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37 of 37 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
When you think of action-RPGs you probably think of Diablo, Torchlight, and all those other games where a player’s worth is measured in the loot that they acquire. Monsters are essentially piñatas that when killed will explode into an array of multi-colored pieces of equipment. After spending so much time on games such as these, my mind dulls to the point where I stop caring about saving the world, or performing some heroic and death-defying feat. All I really want to do is look at numbers rise. I need an intervention. I need to refocus. I need Ys Origin.

All you really need to know about the Ys Series is that everyone fights with an un-matched level of veracity. Imagine a thousand buzz-saws being shot out of a thousand cannons, and everything they shred also gets set on fire. When the series was still very young, the early games required the player to kill monsters by running at them and striking either of their sides. In a way the later games such as Ys Origin are an extension of this basic design. In the interest of balance, the improved controls and maneuverability means players have to contend with more intense battles. A plethora of difficulty settings assist the player in finding a level of challenge that suits them. The hardest settings deliver an experience akin to a 2D shooter, where the entire screen is flooded with death.

As you’d expect from the title, Ys Origin establishes the roots of the series. Fans will quickly note all of the references to the first entry, which include characters, events, and even boss-battles. In fact, the entirety of the game takes place in Darm Tower, which is essentially where most of Ys 1 also took place. Still, aside from the boss-battles none of this is particularly exciting. This game was originally released in late 2006, and even with the update to Steam, an option to skip cut-scenes was never developed. The dialogue is fairly good, but the story is very traditional and there are certain events that have to be sat through. The time spent outside of combat, tends to be really dull.

There are three playable characters in this game and each of them has a different fighting style, a few unique bosses to contend with, and their own path in the story. Yunica Tovah is the token cute-girl-with-a-big-axe. Her companions and adversaries are quick to point out her lack of magic ability, but I can’t tell the difference, when she’s summoning firebirds that lay everything to waste. Hugo Fact on the other hand is all about the spells, though his style of play can best be described by the classic arcade shooter Mercs. Expect to run & gun your way through the tower if you play as this wizard. Big brother Toal Fact is unlocked after beating the game with either of the other two characters. His fighting style resembles Wolverine. Basically you go pork or bacon on enemies and claw your way to success. Each adventure should take around six or seven hours to complete, although this can be slightly effected by the difficulty setting.

Darm Tower is a lot like Dracula’s Castle in that the forces of evil can shape it to fit their whims. I’m absolutely certain that when I scoured this tower in the first game I did not have to deal with swimming through flooded corridors, jumping over spike-traps, and dealing with that always-necessary lava level. Each level has a theme and by the second or third you’ll figure out everything you need in order to progress. This adventure is almost entirely linear; however you’re free to backtrack in case you missed anything. Unfortunately even though you get some cool powers like the ability to double-jump there really aren’t any instances where you can go back to prior areas to find items you couldn’t get to earlier. This is the same case for all three playable characters, so once you learn the layout, all you have to focus on is the methods for dealing with the demons.

The combat is by far the greatest aspect of the Ys series, and the same can be said for this entry. All fights move quickly and multiple types of foes all attacking at once is a regular occurrence. To keep things fair the demons have a “tell” when they’re about to attack (they blink white for half a second). Also, while all demons are capable of hitting very hard, as long as you’re exploiting weaknesses they go down just quickly. If you’re not doing enough damage, usually a level-up will balance things out, and a second or third might even make you slightly overpowered. Still, don’t expect to grind through bosses as experience points drop to about one per kill, which will force you to move on. The boss-battles in this game are especially great, probably among the best in the series. At first I was worried that every boss was going to be a weak-point mashing affair, but each encounter is varied and just awesome. Some demons like The Creeper are not only relentless but can also induce serious headaches by healing themselves in mid-battle. Unlike a few of the other Ys entries there also aren’t any herbs, potions, or elixirs that can be purchased to bail you out. But hey, all this difficulty adds to that feeling of accomplishment.

Replay value in Ys Origin is certainly high. After completing the game with all three characters you’re given access to the time-attack, arena mode, and bonus shop. The time-attack is a boss-rush where you can face off against any or all of the major demons for the possibility of a spot on the leaderboards. Arena mode has you dealing with waves upon waves of monsters, if you survive you can use the points you earn to buy prizes from the bonus shop. You can always head back to the tower and attempt the harder difficulties as well. There are plenty of achievements and getting them all practically requires that you master the game.

Really there’s not a whole lot that can be said about Ys Origin. There’s no hidden meaning to be found and this is not some life-reaffirming experience that I could write thirty pages on. This is simply an excellent action-RPG that despite being more than a few years old it still contends with among the best the genre has to offer. On the other hand if your experience with the genre has never gotten beyond breaking open monsters and collecting all the armors, swords, and belts they were stowing in their nether regions, then steer clear. This game keeps it focused and judges the player entirely on their ability to evade and strike, luck isn’t a factor in the slightest.
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55 of 66 people (83%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Well here we are a few days into June 2012, and the gaming year couldn't be going better.. E3 is in full swing, with publishers announcing their latest and greatest titles. However quite frankly I'm finding myself distracted from all the excitement. Why, do you ask? It's because I have found my personal Game of The Year, and I don't think anything else that could come out right now could possibly top it. You can take your Diablos, your Modern Warfares, your Max Paynes, and you can file them all away for some other time and place. I'm too busy saving the ancient land of Ys from demonic hordes hellbent on the destruction of humanity!

It has been a mere three months since XSEED made their Steam debut with the smash hit Ys: The Oath in Felghana. In that short time their crack squad of programming gurus and translation wizards have been working overtime to bring us more Ys goodness, and this time they've takes us back to the beginning with Ys Origin. This entry in the series is actually a prequel, taking place 700 years before the events of the first Ys games. This of course means that Adol Christin has to sit this round out, however do not despair! This time around we have THREE playable characters to fill out the roster, and each of them brings their own story and unique gameplay style to the table.

If you have played a Ys game before (and I'm sure you have) then you should feel right at home with Yunica Tovah, our first playable character. She's a tough but compassionate young girl who has dedicated her life to protecting the goddesses. Do not underestimate her abilities because although she cannot use magic, she can swing around a massive battle axe as if it were a feather duster. Players new to the series should start with Yunica, as she is very easy to handle in combat. Once players feel comfortable they can tackle Hugo Fact, a magic user who plays out like a bullet hell shooter. The third (and secret) character will unlock once you finish the game as either Yunica or Hugo, and suffice it to say he's only for experienced players.

Of course it would not be an Ys game if it didn't have big badass boss fights, and Ys Origin delivers in spades! As usual each boss has it's weak point and a pattern that you can exploit, and half the fun is figuring out how! Unlike other games that have impossibly punishing bosses, in Ys Origin if you're dying frequently you can simply level up and try again. Also be sure to check out the upgrade menu at save points, though they may seem minor, the right enhancement can save your life. Also be on the lookout for rare cleria ore, as it can be used to temper your weapons.

The music and graphics are of course as stunning as you would expect from a series of such a high caliber as Ys. From the stirring violin strains of the opening theme which give way to choral chants and guitar riffs, you can guess from just that track alone that the soundtrack is something special. And it truly is, with a wildly diverse soundscape of orchestral music inlaid with the finest hair metal that Falcom Sound Team J.D.K. has to offer. Just ad rich are the gorgeously rendered 3d backgrounds and lush sprites that make up the visuals.

After you finish the main quest in Ys Origin there's still plenty to do. A host of unlockables including Time Attack, Boss Rush, and Arena modes round out the package, offering hours of gameplay beyond the main story. If you yearn for an epic story with brutal bosses, complex character development, and a truly hardcore soundtrack, look no further than Ys Origin. Newcomers will find an engaging start to a new series, and Ys veterans will find plenty of references to their beloved series, and even answers to some burning questions that they may have. At a solid asking price of $20, Ys Origin is an unbeatable value. Pick it up today!
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44 of 50 people (88%) found this review helpful
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2014
This is one of the best action RPGs available, with one of the best combat systems ever made. The game is also very challenging, but you can put it on an easier difficulty. Normal difficulty will cost you many deaths, especially during the difficult boss battles. The game will last you around 12 hours to play through the storyline portion, but it has high replay value. You can choose from 3 characters (1 is unlockable) and they each have their own storyline. I would say Hugo and the unlockable character have strong storylines, while Yunica has a weak one.
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42 of 48 people (88%) found this review helpful
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
YS Origins, a lost gem among rpg's?

Ys Origins is a prequel to a series named Ys which I had never even heard of, which I was suprised considering my love of rpg's. Ys Origins feels a lot more like a very fast legend of Zelda title mixed with a dungeon crawler, as in you navaigate dungeons while solving puzzles and killing a lot of enemy demons rather than a Final Fantasy type game with it's turn based battle mechanics. The game consists of three characters Yunica, Hugo and Toal, the game must be completed once to unlock Toal.

The three characters have very different distinct play styles and abilities which really makes the game feel fresh even though you are revisiting the same areas each time, also each time you will see a different side to an interesting story. The entireity of the game is spent climbing a tower, with your surroundings, traps and enemies varying from floor to floor. You will solve puzzles while fighting hundreds of demons which will give you experience to level up to get stronger and sp to enhance other abilities.

Along with the three characters the game also contains a time trial mode that times your climb of the tower and an arena mode which you fight waves of monsters increasing the replay value, which you can unlock other versions of the three characters and the main character from the other Ys games.

Enemies are very varied, but every few floors you will face a gigantic boss, the boss's are very challenging needing different tactics each time and extremely rewarding when you finally finish it off.

I really enjoyed playing it as all three characters and will be purchasing the other ys games on steam and reviewing those too.

- Nice graphics feeling retro and new at the same time
- Interesting storyline and characters
- Lots of replay value
- Fun gameplay
- Very action packed
- Amazing boss fights

- No world map, entirely in the tower
- The inside of the tower barely changes for each character
- Some of the steam achievements didnt seem to unlock although im sure I met the criteria

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33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2014
So, an RPG franchise from the 80s-2000s that completely flew under the radar for me until now. Ys Origin, being my very first Ys title makes a VERY great impression on me as not only an RPG obsessed gamer, but a huge fan of the ARPG as a whole.

Having only experienced Yunica's story thus far, the game itself is beautiful in nearly every way. The art style is what you would expect from the older Final Fantasy games and is greatly complemented by the stellar soundtrack. In fact, during cutscenes during major plot points, the music actually adds a powerful layer of emotion, which really made the game complete for me. The story keeps you wanting more, and you're always itching to progress some more, to see what happens next.

As for the gameplay, it is nothing but awesome. Even though Origin takes place in one location only, each new floor you ascend to varies from the previous floors, so you never end up feeling bored, or feeling like you're on a slow grind to the summit. Enemies are varied, environments are varied, and nothing really seems to be reused. It's hack n' slash style gameplay is also fast, and furious, and there's little to no downtime between enemy encounters, which keeps the flow of the game fresh and constant, which is a must in an ARPG.

Boss fights are unlike anything you'll see in today's generation. Boss fights have multiple mechanics to each, and force you to learn the mechanics until you're doing that fight like clockwork. Some boss fights become intense endurance matches, and when you see the boss fall to your feet, the feeling of victory is nothing short of amazing.

Overall, if you love RPGs, or you're just looking for an intense hack n' slash game that will keep you busy for quite a while (Between playing through all three storylines, time attack, boss rush, and Arena), give Ys Origin a try. You seriously won't regret one moment of it.
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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2015
This is certainly an interesting game, it starts a little slow and just throws you in but thats pretty standard for a JRPG or a Hack n slash game.

Now the combat has three styles depending on the charecter that you are using, the first uses an axe and physical skills, three skills and each of those skills have charge ups depending on how much power you which to throw at the bad guys. The second charecter is a little slower but they can use magic, its pretty much the same but different ranges/speed/damage etc. The third charecter is a secret you will have to find that yourself because its a spoiler if I tell you. Expect the gameplay to be vastly different for each of these charecters, you can also get various varients of the charecters which changes the way it all plays out.

The artstyle is pretty old fashioned, its immersive though so it doesnt really matter. In the various dungeons that you are in you will find various artstyles depending on what theme that area is going for. Its pretty cool and the soundtrack that goes with it helps a lot.

Onto music which we touched on before, at the start you would think that its a little cookie cutter but after a while you understand that the music goes with the various themes and the emotions of the game. For this reason they seem to compliment eachother very well and it sort of amplifies the emotions that you feel throughout the game.

Storyline of this game isnt the most complex one ever id say, that being said ive only done a singe playthrough and its designed for you to play the three charecters because they each have different viewpoints in the story, they each lead to the same point but you will have to face various challenges to get to your end goal. At some points you will question what your protagonist is thinking or what their motivations are. Its well thoughtout id say but the introduction into the game was a little poor. As i understand this is the first in the series so i imagine it is meant to lay down a good foundation to the rest of the series so think of it as a prologue, a very long prologue. Its about 10-12 hours to finish the story for a single person, i imagine its the same or faster with the others.

Difficulty, this is the meat of the game because holy hell is it hard. Just go into the discussions and you will witness the poor souls that have come close to throwing all sorts of hardware out the window, at the wall or at a sibling due to how hard this can get especially the bosses. The normal difficulty of this game is hard, the easy difficulty of this game is challenging, hell even in very easy you will struggle at times. Its not for the faint of heart but that is a good thing because its pretty rare to get a fleshed out game with those sorts of scenarios anymore. It also leads to the 400+ types of monsters that you will occur, some are strong, some are weak, some resist fire, some arent. You will encounter all sorts of rabble but they all want to kill you.

In the end this is a game that i can recommend to anyone, if you dont want to break anything then play on very easy and then work your way up, it certainly is addictive and you get one hell of a euphoria after you beat what seemed like an unbeatable boss at first(looking at you mantid)
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22.1 hrs
Posted: October 20
Wasn't much of an Origin story at all. Great game though. As a fan of the games since the first Ys, which I played on the Sega Master System way back in the day, I can say they did a great job with the Tower and enemies/items/weapons/etc...The only thing I would have liked is an actual Origins story. You start at the Tower, which is the whole game, and Ys already exists in the sky, and the goddesses already exist, and the pearl, demons, etc...How did that all happen? When did the goddesses come into existence? Who are the six priests and why were they chosen? When did they write the books? When does Adol, the savior swordsmen, come into the prophetic existence? What was the land like before the catastrophe happened? Who the hell is Dalles and where did he come from? What's the deal with the Fact bloodline? What's up with the Roda trees and why are they sentient? Why are they called Roda trees? There are literally so many questions this game doesn't answer and it's supposed to be an Origin game. It's a fun JARPG, but don't go into this as a fan hoping to see the beginning of the world of Ys. It's just like the other games only further in the past, but not quite the beginning. There needs to be a game that takes place before this and answers all of the questions I posed above and many more that I did not.
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6.1 hrs
Posted: October 20
FC的大作之一吧 可以说是救社神作了
然而并不全,轨迹也空轨只有FCSC 后面的呢……
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164.1 hrs
Posted: October 17
Ys Origin is an action JRPG game from famous Ys Series, it's actually one of a game that really hard and challegne. In a nutshell your reflex and speed will be put into test. Ys Origin also considered to be the best of series. This is also only game where "Red Hair Swordman" isn't main character, but instead has more than one main characters with different point of view on one grand story flow. A Story in this game is a pre sequel to all those other Ys games and can be played at any order you feel like.

Gameplay is all about beating enemies solo and at the same time avoiding their attacks, you'll have to be quick and ready to evade every possible enemy attacks and ready to strike back anytime before their defense are up again, you'll have to exploring dungeon for items and equipment, leveling up your characters to strengthen their power, and at last an unforgiveable hard boss fight. It plays similarly of those famous torture action RPG game like Dark Souls, Demon Soul or whatever you can name of and feel like a real hardcore gamer. Luckily for those who're not good at this kind of game, there're very easy and easy mode for easy story experience and get used to it at acceptable pace.

Ys series has their own charm, an impressive scenery, catchy soundtrack and several difficult monster and boss battle, good arts and characters design. A plot of story however is not something mind blow as a game's mostly made for just gameplay experience. For this game, you start with selecting character you want to play and then listening to some prologue storyline before they throw you into exploring tower duty where you go in and solo every floors, including beating monsters and immerse boss creature. As you explore, you will encounter more and more events as they reveal a secrets and purposes of the tower, characters's own trauma pasts and their desires. There're cute and silly moments but non of them are obtrusive. The level design is quite simple like a platform game, you jump, walk, run, destroy just to find part and continue, combine the use of each skills given as you process through tower to further strengthen your movement ability to reach an even more platforms and grab some hidden items, avoid traps or enemy ambush etc.

Depend on your difficulty setting and your skill with a game, you may die a lot from just one boss battle trying to figure out the way to beat him by your own, there's FAQs about boss fight but even with those you will still have hard time fighting them first try. There's no healing in this game, if a boss can kill you in just 4 hits, then you can only take 4 hits of mistakes at most, no more. Boss's hell bullets, attack powers and patterns are also different depended on difficulty setting means that you can't completely refer Hard mode boss to Nightmare boss, they don't just increase their HP and stats, they also add even more harder to dodge movesets or special buff to those bosses, in short it's not some cheap spike in diffculty like other hardcore action game. Most bosses can also heal themselves overtime in which you have to interrupt them or all your hardwork mean nothing.

Ys is actually short game, 10 hours would be more than enough to complete each playthrough, however to actually complete main story of a game you need at least two playthrough and to complete all the achievements; it gonna drain a lot of your playtime. There's one big feature and only feature that can determine who's actually a skilled player, it's boss rush mode, in a nutshell you're put into series of boss battles from start to end without resting, this mode is also required for 100% complete achievement, it's a most fun and frustrating of all.

Since this game is all about difficult, it's hard to recommend to everyone but it's one hell hard of a game that some people who seek only some frustrating can enjoy for a meantime. Of course some moment of this game story is actually touchy too so even people who enjoy reading text can have some fun. This game can be played with both keyboard and controller. I had completed every achievements on this game with keyboard and mouse all alone so playing with those are perfectly fine, if you die in this game, it's all your fault because this game control is solid and every boss fights are possible to beat with no damage taken.
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17.4 hrs
Posted: October 15
Hard as %$&#
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1.7 hrs
Posted: October 13
The game's controls are difficult to grasp and are not fluent. The game itself seems to have poor splits between cutscenes and gameplay with frequent crashes at the start. The beginning zones are difficult to navigate with little explaination of where to go.
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9.4 hrs
Posted: October 12
This is a game I really want to like, but it's just too flawed. The bosses I played were very creative and possibly some of the best I've seen in a game of this genre. So why don't I recommend it? First off, unskippable, long, unnecessary intro. Supposedly you can skip it if you've beaten the game - still not acceptable. The next major beef is the bizarre leveling system. One character level can mean the difference between unbeatable boss and wow, that boss was easy peasy. Finally, the boss and area that made me pretty much quit early was the Construct. Cool boss design, but I'd like to damage him successfully. The fight is pretty much you play for like 2-3 minutes to be able to take off a tenth of his health bar. It's an easy fight, but the patterns are so predictable that it just feels like a massive waste of time. The next area, I don't know what happened. Maybe I shouldn't have been able to beat that boss, but the standard enemies just became massive damage sponges. Went from dealing like 40-60 damage per hit to 2-7. Just completely unfun. It could have been a great game, but balance issues run amok it seems.
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15.1 hrs
Posted: October 12
This is the first game of the Ys franchise that I've played and, frankly, I didn't expect very much from it. The idea of some janky JRPG with 3rd person action combat has always sounded weird and, from what little I've experienced, didn't work out too well. I come from the Final Fantasy line of games and use that as the barometer for whether or not a JRPG will be good, and look for those elements, and was less than optimistic going into Ys Origin, and on through the opening credits, but once the gameplay started, I was hooked.

The controls are tight, everything is useful throughout the game, and it takes skill more than anything to make progress. A certain amount of grinding is necessary for your average gamer (read: everybody that isn't doing a speed playthrough and min/maxing like crazy), and knowledge of enemy attack patterns is crucial, but knowing character limitations and being able to execute around enemy patterns trumps everything. On top of that, the game is damn hard; I played through on normal and got lambasted. I can't remember a boss that I beat on the first try, and there were two difficulties above that, meaning that whenever I give nightmare a shot is going to live up to its name.

As for the story, it's not on par with what I associate with an RPG, but it also doesn't feel like it's trying to tell a large, dynamic story, but instead just introduce a handful of characters and set the background for the other Ys games (it is Origin so I'll have to confirm any of this by playing the other games). From Yunica's perspective, it's a classic coming of age "I can't do anything and basically become a God by the end" kind of story.

The in game art style reminds me of Final Fantasy Tactics with more stuff going on, while the character portraits and cut scenes are appealing without being obtrusive. The music is also on point, keeping with Japanese gaming tradition.

Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised by this game. It was a small investment during a steam sale, and now I want to go back and try out the rest of the Ys franchise. I recommend Ys Origin with a 8.5/10; it doesn't try to do too much in terms of story or gameplay, and opened up a whole new franchise to me.
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44.4 hrs
Posted: October 11
The Ys series is one of the longest running franchises around. As far as RPGs go, there isn't really another series to compare with this. Ys Book I & II was one of (if not the 1st) action RPGs. And even today, there aren't many other games that do it better. Even though Ys Origin was released many years after I & II, Origin stays true to what make an Ys game, an Ys game. You can always expect brutal boss battles, a compelling story, an absolutely amazing soundtack, enjoyable characters, beautiful visuals, & unforgiving gameplay.

I fell in love with this series back in the late 80's on my TGCD. I just about crapped my pants when I heard Ark of Napishtim was being released on PS2 & made it an immediate purchase. Now years later finding a treasure trove of Ys games on Steam... how am I supposed to resist?

The Ys series may not get the recognition of the Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest franchises(at least not in the US), but it ought to. Being the 1st game in the Ys series(timeline wise), Origin is a great way to be introduced to one of the best RPGs around. I highly recommend it.
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26.3 hrs
Posted: October 10
The absence of the "measurement" ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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14.7 hrs
Posted: October 4
I have always loved the Ys games, and remember playing Book I and II with my dad while growing up. This installment definitely doesn't disappoint as a long time fan of the series. The gameplay is fun and the story is great!
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