The perfect mix of action, exploration and story with screen-filling bosses, unique platforming elements, and innovative puzzles.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (743 reviews)
Release Date: May 31, 2012

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"Awesome short-form JRPG. Definitely belongs on this list because holy moly the dialogue is so anime. A+ replayability. Give it a shot :D"

About This Game

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
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
60.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This is one of the rare gems of RPG video games. This game is outstanding. The game is fairly long about 15-20 hours and three different characters to play through with their own story and skills. Gameplay is extremly fast paced, and enjoyable. Definatly recomend
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
160.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Fast paced, mash em up anime type game.

Nice little story, with a pretty good soundtrack, considering you're going to be hearing the same tracks a lot.

Some games have frustrating OST's like Banjo Tooie. Where the only reason to finish the level is to change the music. (Lookin at you Glitter Gulch Mine)

But yeah the ost is great.

When I bought this, I wanted sort of a steam version of Tales Of Symphonia, which is sort of what it turned out to be. Really just because of the anime stuff plus the mash buttons strat ya gotta employ.

It's got a lot of replayability with it and it's tantalizing to see the end of the story.

So basically,

1. Keeps you interested (Storywise)
2. Decent soundtrack
3. Doesn't p!ss you off
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
-Wonderful Japanese Action Role-Playing Game.
-The game is beautiful and the controls work wonderfully. Perhaps a controller would be easier to navigate but so far the keyboard hasn't been too frustrating.
-The enemies all seem to be unique and pose different challenges.
-The boss battles are so far very well crafted and takes some skill... again easier with a controller.
-You unlock skills as you progress similar to how you would in say metroid... which I will mention because whenever you -Whenever you open a chest you get the wonderful metroid new upgrade sound effect.(That's what it sounds like to me!)
-Music sounds great and well done.
-Storyline so far is interesting and enjoyed the usage of the Sosarian Runes, which i know from the old Ultima games.. and is similar to Dwarven Runes from Lord of the Rings. All being based off of the Germanic languages. (So far not needed to know during the game, but provided some extra interest.)
-Great save point locations so you don't waste too much time from deaths.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
this game if you watch videos of gameplay in youtube maybe you can think..... mmmmm don't look great that game, but once you start playing by yourself you are going to say, magnific game!!!! worth it!!!!! amazing!!! i love it!!!!!!

also ys oath of felgana it's 95% similar to that game if you like ys origin you will like ys oath of felgana and viceversa.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Ys Origin is an excellent game. I was expecting an average action rpg but it ended up being one of my favorite action rpgs to date. The game can be quite difficult at certain points, especially boss battles, even on the easier difficulties. Also the entire soundtrack is superb.

So far I've finished the game with Yunica and I've started playing the game as the other two characters (the second of those two must be unlocked by beating the game with either Yunica or Hugo). Each character plays differently from the others and the story for each character is also different (although your going to be running through the same areas and fight most of the same bosses as well).

After beating the game with a character it unlocks an arena mode for that character, other unlockables are also unlocked after beating the game with all three of the characters.

I'd recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of action games or action rpgs, I'd say its a must buy.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
60.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
One of the best action/rpg i have ever played. This is what dark soul inspired itself from, to make their bosses. Ys does not relent, the action is fast and rarely stopping. The music is great and gets you going for hour. the difficulty is present and will challenge you, this particular game is a little more easy than Oath, nothing that putting it on Nightmare cannot fix. The game plays like a rpg in the way of magic, equipment and character development, but everything else play like an action rpg, perharps a bit like zelda too, if he could turn super sayan! This particular one challenge you with multiple playable characters each with their touch and varying stories.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
An Awesome Action-JRPG with typical JRPG tropes great gameplay and multiple characters encourages multiple playthroughs.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
  • Probably harder than Dark Souls
  • Runs better than Dark Souls
  • Cheaper than Dark Souls
  • Less confusing story than Dark Souls
  • Actual PC support, unlike Dark Souls
  • No GFWL (like Dark Souls)
  • Plays almost like a metroidvania, instead of being just linear.

  • Harder than Dark Souls
  • Made me break a controller
  • Stole my bike
  • This isn't really a con
  • Dark Souls isn't a PC game, so why compare these two?
  • I doubt if the actual people who made these games are getting any money for it anymore (publisher politics, ugh)
  • I don't particularly care for strawberries, they are too tart.

All joking aside, I love this game, and can't wait to actually finish it. The bosses are unforgiving, expecially if you pick the melee character to start with. And I like Dark Souls, I just hate the awful port that is on Steam. Go play it on a Playstation.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Simply amazing. 10/10
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
it's good
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12.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
This game is what happens if you take the dungeon crawling part of Recettear, remove all the annoying parts, improve all the fun parts, and give it a nice coat of paint. That is to say, it's one of the best action RPGs I've ever played. I reccommend it highly for anyone who likes the idea of fast combat, and who doesn't mind a little bit of a grind (but really, just a little bit.) The level design is normally fantastic, although there were one or two times in the game where I wasn't sure where I should go next (really just one or two, though, and both times I had put the game down for a couple of days.) Beating the game once just unlocks more game to beat, which adds to the already great value proposal of this game. If you see it on sale, don't hesitate. It's a great game.
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48.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Red-head MIA
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115.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Probably the quickest I've ever gone from demo to purchase.

As Ys tends to go, it's a ballbuster, but a damn fun one. Combat is surprisingly flexible for its simplicity. The set piece boss fights are creative, complex, and completely unforgiving, but for the most part tuned very well -- a player who's practiced up can take them down reliably and feel like a total badass in the process. Experience gain is tuned to scale based on the level difference between you and your opponent, so you catch up very quickly when underleveled but can always crank out an extra level for an edge against something.

There are exceptions, of course. Kishgal is capable of randomly screwing you depending on which moves he does in succession, and a couple bosses (Gelaldy, Pictimos) are long and tedious enough to stop feeling fun after the first half of their HP bar. The latter third of the game is extremely melee-unfriendly, and poor Yunica is largely reduced to spamming one special attack.
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128 of 140 people (91%) found this review helpful
54.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
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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41 of 54 people (76%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
This game has lots of possibilities as far as completing the game. You really have to explore everything in order to obtain all of the items. While I did complete the game without finding all the the items, there is something if your at a certain level you need to obtain to drastically reduce the amount of damage you get in the final boss scene before taking them on.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Ys Origins is one of these great games you've never heard about and that has been lying on steam unknown, its worth unrecognized. Hier of a presitigious part gaming series that exists since the 80ies, Ys origins is a solid title If you don't mind anime art style and story tropes you'll have a solid isometric action RPG, with excellent bossfights and a demanding, nervous very satisfaying gameplay typical of japanesse games that has been embodied recently by darksouls.


Ys Origins est ce genre de jeu qui traine sur steam, un peu perdu et oublié. Héritier d'une grande saga ayant commencé au cours des années 80, Ys origin est un titre généreux a condition de ne pas avoir d'alergie style manga que ce soit d'un point de vue esthétique ou narratif, par-ce que les clichés, vous allez en bouffer, chose qui n'empêche pas le jeu de conserver un certain charme et d'être une petite tuerie au niveau de son gameplay : boss-fights intressants et exigeants, très bon rythme de progression. Voilà du jeu japonais bien fichu et nerveux qui n'est pas sans rapeller Darksouls, même si la comparaison entre les deux s'arrête là.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Use a controller, this game will be 10x better.
+Amazing soundtrack
+Action packed
+Bullet hell dodging
+Game does a great job of making you feel like a badass when you've mastered its controls

If you liked this game try Ys: The Oath in Felghana even though it came out earlier than this title did. Lots of fun I have beaten it & not regretted anything; If anything I need to play this game even more.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
65.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
It was fun. Not really the 8 hour game I expected.
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