The perfect mix of action, exploration and story with screen-filling bosses, unique platforming elements, and innovative puzzles.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (771 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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
135 of 148 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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17 of 20 people (85%) 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.

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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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14 of 20 people (70%) 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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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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6 of 8 people (75%) 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 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
这个游戏只要在加个steamcard就会变得热门了
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9 of 14 people (64%) 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Ys Origin is an original JRPG/Hack & Slash game with really good fighting mechanics, a decend story and Metroidvania style levels.If that's not enough praise, let me say it's one of the best games I've ever played.

You first (first because you can unlock more characters) play as Yunica Tovah, a young woman who has sworn to protect the godesses of her world; a girl who is looked down upon by all the other guards because she possesses no magical powers whatsoever. A girl, that proves to be more than valuable and capable without magical powers in rescuing the godesses and the whole world in the course of the story.

The gameplay feels really slick, it's not simply a matter of button mashing but you have to react to what enemies do and figure out strategies to effectively kill each one of them. They have certain movesets that are predictable and thus can be learned - something I really appreciate. There is no buIlsh!t going on with the enemies. If you fail, it's your fault - it's quite Dark Souls'esque in this regard. Especially noteworthy are the bosses that are all very unique in their mechanics and that are thoroughly fun to fight. Each and every one of them has move-sets that are to be learned and understood if you want to defeat them. It's not too difficult to figure out what to do because each of their movements can be predicted by the animations they have - to me it seems that's one of the biggest strengths that Japanese/Asian games have over western games (the rules to beat the game are very clear - it's still tough).

The level design is great. There may be some backtracking involved but it's really only if you didn't check everything properly in your first run-through. Everything is connected in a consistent and logical manner and there are various styles of areas.

The sound design is great as well. The feedback you get for your actions is quickly ingrained into your brain, and helps you understand what's happening even if you can't take in all the visual information at the time - perfect. The soundtrack is pumping and very well done, suits the overall game.

The graphics are not top notch but they suit the kind of game Ys Origins is. They are probably even perfect for what the game tries to achieve. They are simplistic but nice to look at, everything fits together and there is nothing that sticks out as ugly or unfitting. Especially noteworthy are the character models that look very nice.

My one problem with the game is that if you are underleveled, you will have a really tough time against some of the bosses. An unnecessarily tough time that may force you to go back and grind 2-3 levels. Which doesn't take too much time but is tedious nonetheless and could've been circumvented by making levels count less and making items count more for the overall strength of your character.

All in all - who woulda thunk it after reading what I just wrote - Ys is one of my favorite games of all times.

I won't give you a stupid random number for this game though - judgements of games are always subjective.

If anything, I'd give the same rating Conan O'Brien gave for Tomb Raider:

Edit: Sorry, but it doesn't start you at the right time, even though I linked with time. Jump to 7 min, 30s for the rating :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCe8-1dbXZc&t=7m30s
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
165.0 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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5 of 7 people (71%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
109.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
I think the Ys series is really underrated, or maybe it just hasn't had the advertising it did overseas. These games go way back and there have been several remakes of the originals, including Ys 1 and 2 that are available on Steam. I recommend anyone that is a fan of action or RPGs to take a look at these. If you want a more modern game then go for Oath in Felghana or Origin; Ys 1 and 2 have a much different gameplay but I still thoroughly enjoyed them.

For the most rewarding experience, play them on Nightmare difficulty.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
I followed this game from the psp releases.

If you want an action/rpg game cause you miss the old days, this is one of the highly recommended.

Possitives:
Nice game play and terrain, as they used to be on Ys series.
The character skill progress develops pretty cool as you find gems that match the skill's origin gem.
Different flavored characters, which are making the game experience totally different from one to another.

Negatives:
Graphics could be a little better, but it's not really a thing.

If you are looking for a game which is HARD to finish, along with much grinding to find 100% of secrets, this is the one for you. Especially for the hardness part, on highest difficulty you will really get annoyed from pressing the f'ing "Retry".

Have fun all.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Most people, if you ask them to name a 25-year-old game series in which you explore dungeons and fight monsters, will likely say “The Legend of Zelda”. Even though the Ys series is as old as Zelda and has enjoyed immense popularity in Japan since the first game, Ys 1: Ancient Ys Vanished (1987), the series has never been that popular outside the Orient.

A few entries did make it west on PS2 and PSP, either through Konami in 2005 with Ys VI: Ark of Napishtim (the first English release of the series in thirteen years) or XSEED’s masterful handling of translations starting with Ys: The Oath in Felghana. XSEED released Ys: The Oath in Felghana, a remake of Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (1989), on Steam in March. This is the first time most PC gamers get to experience what is (in terms of number of game releases) the largest Eastern RPG series second only to Final Fantasy.

Released on Steam in May, Ys Origin is the seventh game in the Ys series and a prequel. It takes place first in terms of chronology, 700 years before the events of “Ancient Ys Vanished” (Ys I & II). As you explore a huge vertical dungeon known as “Darm Tower”, the game elaborates on much of the series’ backstory, including characters, mystical artifacts and locations.

There are three playable characters (one is initially locked until you beat the game once with either of the other two), each has their own story and combat style. Yunica, a young knight, uses an axe and sword for close-range melee. Hugo Fact, genius magician and all-round ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, shoots bullets and is the easier of the two to play. We’re not going to spoil the third character for you.

Combat is fast and action-packed, with enemies having clear and recognizable patterns to their attacks. As you hack-and-slash your way up the tower, there are some mild puzzles to solve and mild platforming elements to jump through. There’s a kind of momentum system to keep you pushing forward: as you kill enemies without stopping, you gain a bonus to the rate at which you get experience points and “SP”. The “SP” points are spent to permanently buff your character, such as increasing resistance to negative effects like poison or confuse , or to upgrade your armour.

The boss fights are where the game (and series) really strut its stuff. While mowing through general enemies is pretty easy, boss fights require focus. You’ll need to learn their attack patterns, figure out which skills to use against them, and if you’re really into that kind of thing there are Time Attack and Boss Rush challenge modes.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
Responsive gameplay, great music and amazing boss battles. A fun game overall but be aware achievementhunters, this game has the "finish the game a lot of times" kind of achievements which might put you off.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
It's cool ! . Very Fun . U must buy it if u can .
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
战斗方式超级棒!!玩了就停不下来!!买买买!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
all in all, playing through this game has been one of the most enjoyable single player experiences i've had in a long time.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
I tend to be weary of japanese game ports. The PC gaming market is small over there, and it's common for developers to misunderstand PC expectations. Moreover, these types of games attract a passionate fanbase, who will often overlook technical flaws in their reviews.

Good news: none of this applies to Ys Origin.

The game runs at 60 frames per second without a hitch. Widescreen resolutions are properly supported. There is minimal letterboxing on menus, but devs have added additional graphics on the sides (rather than black bars), a nice touch. 7 hours in, I haven't been able to spot a single bug or glitch. Keyboard controls are implemented and the various tutorial screens actually reference these keys rather than gamepad prompts.

As for the gameplay itself, other reviews give a good overview so there's hardly any need to expand on this. Personal recommandation, don't let your ego get in the way of a fun experience. As someone who finds the Dark Souls series' reputation for punishing difficulty to be largely overblown (and I love all Dark Souls games), Ys Origin's demo boss still handed my ♥♥♥ to me several times on Normal difficulty. Picking Easy for my real playthrough after buying the game, so far it has been appropriately challenging.

Also worth noting leveling seems to be important in this game. Sometimes, getting two extra levels can be the difference between hitting a boss for 1 damage per hit or 10 damage per hit (those numbers might seem paltry either way, but when you think about it, the latter hits ten times harder). On Easy there hasn't been any need to grind experience so far.

Overall, an excellent game. -75% discounts come and go on a regular basis, and at that price it's a steal if you're even remotely interested in the genre. Heck, I don't even like anime, but one can only stay grumpy for so long in the face of sheer fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Just bought this game because it was on sale and figure I'd give a chance. Never played the franchise before but I have been pleaseantly surprised so far. If you love action rpgs like castlevania:sympothy of night or Top down action games like Zelda: Link to the past then try this game out. They blend the genres really well. Despite its 2d aesthic the game is actually 3d so you can also jump around, adding potential for greater puzzle/platformig depth and exploration. In the end it's great mix of action,puzzl/platforming, and rpg. Has that charming old school vibe to it but with extremly fluid controls. And the music is great and the sound effects help bring you back to that old school action jrpg genre nostalgia. Great game and I'm only 2 bosses and 1hr plus in. I can all ready tell I'm gonna love this title.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Okay, let's just get the obvious out of the way right now: The intro to this game is LONG. LOOOOONG. Like, possibly the longest intro to an RPG I've ever played.

HOWEVER, once you get past the intro, you're introduced to the meat of the gameplay, and holy hell is it satisfying! The combat in Ys: Origin is fast placed hack n slash that seems mindless at first, but if you just mindlessly spam attacks with no thought, you will die. A lot.

In fact, even if you're careful, you will most likely die a lot, because this game is HARD. The normal enemies are usually no trouble, though there are indeed cases where they can chump you if you're not careful, but the real meat of the difficulty lies in the boss battles.

If you're at all familiar with the Ys series, than you probably know that one of the series' most lauded aspects is the incredibly designed, incredibly difficult boss fights, and Origin is no exception. You will most likely die to a boss at least once before you learn how to deal with them. And each boss as their own styles, attacks, and strategies, so each boss feels fresh and exciting.

Also, did I mention the music? Because HOLY HELL the music is amazing. Quite possibly one of the best soundtracks I've ever heard.

All in all, if you're looking for an RPG with fast paced action, an interesting story, amazing bosses, amazing soundtrack, and a difficulty level that constantly keeps you on your toes, then Ys Origin is for you. In fact, give the whole Ys series a try. Its a great series, and Falcom and XSeed are great companies that deserve your support.
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