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

    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
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pepsimanvsjoe
( 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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toddy
( 152.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
happy 10th birthday ys origin

your cutscenes are still long af and I wish you were oath in felghana but you alright
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Furry
( 51.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
♥♥♥♥in awesome. The Ys games are some of best arpg's when it comes to gameplay and controls (not counting the first games). Responsive and quick. Not for the unskilled pleb.
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esq
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Fun and fast paced gameplay. Fantastic soundtrack and charming characters.
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Landstalker
( 65.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Incredible game
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ParselMaster
( 13.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
This is, so far, one of the most satisfying action games that I have played in recent years. It is deceptively simple in its mechanisms, but it adds layers of different components and tricks as time goes on. The gameplay is intense, but strategic. The music is equally intense. The game rewards you the faster you cut down foes by rewarding additional XP per hit, but that counter will decrease as time goes on; this encourages you to keep progressing. The boss-fights are intriguing, and are (deservingly) much more difficult than the enemies around them. This requires a more tactical approach than just mashing buttons; you may end up dead before you can blink if you don't pace yourself. The platforming elements require timing and focus.

Your mileage may vary on a few of these next details, but I think that they are good to note. The game doesn't force you through several of the immersion-breaking and random overworld fetch-quests that can detract from other JRPGs, but at the cost of no overword (that I have seen) to explore. I see it as a pro for this particular game as the world around the tower is a wasteland rather than a varied environment to explore. Due to the facts that the game only appears to take place in a tower, that it is an action game based on a relatively simple to use combat system, and that the game is fast-paced, I suspect that some playing this would tire quickly. Play on Nightmare difficulties for getting the most out of the game: truly exhilarating boss-fights.

All in all, an excellent game that I recommend highly.
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Ellipse
( 13.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Cute anime girl beats up monsters and does flips n ♥♥♥♥, I like it. No idea about the story, skipped everything, never beat it either. Bailed after a few days of play, so honestly, it might be ♥♥♥♥. Still, it's probably like two pennies now.
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Xenrathe
( 15.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
This little gem of an ARPG doesn't do a whole lot but what it does, it does extremely well.

The story & setting are similar to the likes of Dredd and/or The Raid: Redemption in that this game takes place in a single tower. You start on the first floor as one of three characters (only two initially unlocked) and fight your way up, to deal with the baddie at the top. Along the way you can appreciate some awesome...

[1] Boss fights. The Ys series is known for its boss fights and these are no exception. They're tough, without ever feeling cheap.

[2] Pacing. The game typically involves 2 or 3 floors of regular enemies (who can be quite challenging!) between each boss fight. You'll usually need to explore these thoroughly in order to find the key to the boss and any equipment upgrades. Yet these intermediate sections don't overstay their welcome. And it's entirely possible to run through them if needed.

[3] Polish. The camera works. The controls work. The game provides proper feedback. Everything feels smooth and responsive, which makes the game a joy to play purely at the tactile level.

[4] The music. Ys music is awesome.

On these strengths, I give the game a thumbs up. If you like old-school ARPGs, this one is sharp and sleek. It'll provide about 10-15 hours of gameplay for the first playthrough. If you really like it, it's then got two other characters as well as boss attack / timed modes (though, big surprise!, the leaderboard is dominated by cheaters).

Do keep in mind, however, that this game doesn't offer as varied an experience as other RPGs. Gear progression is strictly linear. Though each boss and its levels have different environmental themes (sand, lava, etc), there's ultimately not much variety in setting. You certainly aren't doing any globe-trotting. The story is serviceable, rather than inspired. So know what you're getting into.

DIFFICULTY RECOMMENDATION: Ys games can be tough, but provide a variety of difficulties to compensate. This one has very easy, easy, medium, hard, and nightmare. I, personally, wouldn't recommend ANYONE play below medium. If you don't want a challenge, then play a different game. As a veteran gamer, I chose to start on hard. A good choice. Challenging, but never insurmountable. I had to look up only one boss fight - mostly because I misunderstood a mechanic. When I did the boss attack mode on medium after, I beat most fights on my first try. I wouldn't recommend Nightmare for your first playthrough. It'll be tough to learn the fights while simultaneously worrying about timing, aim, and movement.
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TouragE
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
I'm stronk but I can't kill the turtles =/ feelsbadman
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FLeX
( 52.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
10/10 play it.
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babeh
( 18.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
8/10 Great art style and fluid gameplay
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videogamemasterzach
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
very good game its fun and country to what some say is repetitive a very intresting and creative experience
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Zerunuik
( 20.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
This game is extremely underrated. Go and buy it!!!!!
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Phayzon
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
A Succint Review:
Good story
Good character playability variety
Well designed levels
Well designed shootyshooty smackyslashy combat
Boss fights are fantastic
It all takes place in one tower, so replayability feels.... dead
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Final King
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
An amazing prequel to the Ys series, which uses many mechanics from Oathe in Felghana and pits you against the classic Ys bosses with 3 playable characters. A must play for any Ys fan
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gahram
( 19.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Awesome prequel. This is what happened before Y's 1... kinda got me thinking that Adol is Hugo's decendant or something. Anyway. game is very nicely made. another one that proves you dont need the most advanced graphics to be a good game. This is like a Triforce.... A harmonious union of Gameplay, story and graphics. Otherwise known as... a video game.
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hotdog Ɛݙ 🐝 Bzzz
( 32.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
People will argue whether this or Felghana is the better game and nobody is actually wrong because they're both great.
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<<Accelerator>>
( 14.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 13
Damn one of the best action JRPG what i ever played....i'm really happy what i'm bought something from YS series, guys its not waste of money. Try and play that cool game, with good story!
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sseymour85
( 67.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
A fun little action/RPG to kill time with, especially if you are a fan of the series as a whole. The music is good and the graphics are good for a game that was developed over ten years ago. Only problem is that the game is repetitive and that there is not much difference in gameplay if you are playing multiple playthroughs Still a solid game nonetheless

9/10
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
152.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
happy 10th birthday ys origin

your cutscenes are still long af and I wish you were oath in felghana but you alright
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
This little gem of an ARPG doesn't do a whole lot but what it does, it does extremely well.

The story & setting are similar to the likes of Dredd and/or The Raid: Redemption in that this game takes place in a single tower. You start on the first floor as one of three characters (only two initially unlocked) and fight your way up, to deal with the baddie at the top. Along the way you can appreciate some awesome...

[1] Boss fights. The Ys series is known for its boss fights and these are no exception. They're tough, without ever feeling cheap.

[2] Pacing. The game typically involves 2 or 3 floors of regular enemies (who can be quite challenging!) between each boss fight. You'll usually need to explore these thoroughly in order to find the key to the boss and any equipment upgrades. Yet these intermediate sections don't overstay their welcome. And it's entirely possible to run through them if needed.

[3] Polish. The camera works. The controls work. The game provides proper feedback. Everything feels smooth and responsive, which makes the game a joy to play purely at the tactile level.

[4] The music. Ys music is awesome.

On these strengths, I give the game a thumbs up. If you like old-school ARPGs, this one is sharp and sleek. It'll provide about 10-15 hours of gameplay for the first playthrough. If you really like it, it's then got two other characters as well as boss attack / timed modes (though, big surprise!, the leaderboard is dominated by cheaters).

Do keep in mind, however, that this game doesn't offer as varied an experience as other RPGs. Gear progression is strictly linear. Though each boss and its levels have different environmental themes (sand, lava, etc), there's ultimately not much variety in setting. You certainly aren't doing any globe-trotting. The story is serviceable, rather than inspired. So know what you're getting into.

DIFFICULTY RECOMMENDATION: Ys games can be tough, but provide a variety of difficulties to compensate. This one has very easy, easy, medium, hard, and nightmare. I, personally, wouldn't recommend ANYONE play below medium. If you don't want a challenge, then play a different game. As a veteran gamer, I chose to start on hard. A good choice. Challenging, but never insurmountable. I had to look up only one boss fight - mostly because I misunderstood a mechanic. When I did the boss attack mode on medium after, I beat most fights on my first try. I wouldn't recommend Nightmare for your first playthrough. It'll be tough to learn the fights while simultaneously worrying about timing, aim, and movement.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
78.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Ys Origin tells a wonderful and engaging story about a group of heroes that journey to a war torn world below to find their missing Dieties.

I would absolutely reccommend this game. The gameplay mechanics are pretty well developed and the game itself has quite a bit more depth than I had initially believed.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Fun and appropriately challenging button masher hack'n'slash, but gets very repetitive very quick.

It has incredible music, so it saves this from getting a negative recommendation.
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
For god sakes those who say this game is not recommeded I don't know if you are a freaking person.

Glad this is overwhelmingly positive reviews the game deserves it.
Hope all Y's Games will be on steam and sale or not definitely worth the penny.

The excuses for negative reviews

No pauses in boss battles (just like online games) so don't bother on your keyboard to press it all because it is disabled in this game
Super overwhelming challenging bosses (another reason for negative reviews just because it is not an easy RPG that you always love doesn't mean its already negative? ergh !?
The infamous unskippable cutscenes ! (the most stupid reason for negative reviews) One guy there give this a negative just because its unskippable and did not play the game. Wtf!? Insane humanity is nowaday. BAW GAWD ! help us.

Now to move on why this game is highly recommeded

Great music nostalga soundtrack - Yup the feels sometimes I stop grinding and going to my inventory to listen some piece of great music.
Grinding/Lvl up/Mobs- The least best on this game for me but still an awesome dungeon crawler game.
3 Playable characters- Not like other ys games this is the most polish and well made ys gamer ever (for me) !
Godlike badass bosses-The boss from start to finish is insanely hard even in very easy difficulty. You must study the bosses power and trick to beat them takes time and patient to beat all bosses. Special mention the boss fight music is insanely badass. Downloaded ys origin OST ! download it too if you want . :)
Story/Art/Graphics- Well written amazing art nostalga graphics. Not just that the story slighty change when you play a different a character.
Overall Gameplay Experience- Amazing one of the best JRPGs that I've ever played the best Ys game ever. I love dungeon crawling I love the dungeon challenges and mostly I love the search party crew. If you don't like challenges,trial and error and nostalgic feeling then stay out of this game.


11/10 One of the best games I've played.
Price is just about right but recommeded buying it on sale or not :)

Still hoping all ys game will be on steam. :3

Sorry for my english and grammar I'm an asian please spare me :D
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
97.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Just about everything important is well made in this game. The gameplay is satisfying with its RPG elements, action based combat and simple platforming, the soundtrack is absolutely great and fitting for the gameplay, the main characters are surprisingly interesting and the bosses offer plenty of challenge, really requiring you to learn their patterns and time your attacks correctly especially on higher difficulties. Even the story has its moments despite never being invasive, and the graphics are pleasant enough in all their simplicity. My only slight gripe with the game comes from its few heavily compressed animated cutscenes which could've looked smoother.

The game will initially take you about 8-12 hours to finish, but it has three different characters with different storylines and slightly different events, and I strongly suggest that you take the time to finish the game with every character if you want to get the most out of it and its story. As such, the replay value is strong especially if you're going for achievements which the game is almost designed for with its multiple difficulties, unlockables and the boss rush mode where you fight all the bosses of the game in a marathon setting. If going for full completion though, the replay value eventually depletes and the process turns into more of a grind towards the end of it.

The combat consists of slashing and blasting through numbers of enemies with a combination of regular and special attacks while jumping around platforms and structures, avoiding enemy hits and collecting the currency and temporary power ups that they drop, all while the speedy and melodic soundtrack is playing at the background. Most of the depth and challenge comes from the tried and true mechanic of dodging and timing, which is very apparent in the several boss fights the game will throw at you. On harder difficulties you'll have to retry several times to get the patterns down properly, and while you can overlevel yourself by one or two levels with some extra grind to make many bosses noticeably more doable, in boss rush you have no such luxury. On the other hand if you just want to sit back and chill, the game has easier difficulties as well.

Overall, YS Origin is a simple but solid ARPG that I can recommend to anyone.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
159.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Ys Origin is an outstanding game. As an action/adventure, it lets you crawl run through dungeons with awesome music and big, bad bosses. The combat is fast-paced and satisfying, so much that you may want to grind even if you don't have to. Bosses range from challenging to hard, though you can choose them to be pushovers or soulcrushingly difficult depending on the difficulty level.

The clear main focuses of the game are combat and boss battles, both of which are amazingly well done. In higher difficulties, bosses don't just get more health and damage; their abilities work differently and have shorter recovery times.

Compared to Oath in Felghana, Origin has three playable characters in story mode, bonus modes such as arena, and is overall more polished, though it's a little more linear and less RPG-y.

Hacking and slashing monsters has never been so much fun before.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2015
This game has enlightened me to one of the most amazing game series ever @_@
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
44.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
As a native French speaker, the girl speaking French with the Japanese accent at the beginning of the game gets me every time. 10/10. Would listen to Frenchanese again.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Recomended for peoples that wants an old school fast paced action game.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2015
Just beat my third Ys game. Prior to this I beat Ys: The Oath in Felghana and Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim.
Thus ends the modern Ys games on Steam. Seriously bring more of these games on here!

+Graphics are hugely improved over Oath (Backgrounds, attack animations, cut scenes.)
+Great Sound Track (As usual.)
+Fast and fluid combat (On par with Oath.)
+Intersting Story (Who playes this for the story anyways?)
+I can still play with 2 different characters with different play styles (Played as Yunica = Similar to Adol.)
+Challenging boss fights (Everything besides bosses are easier than Oath.)
+Nice additions to combat such as SP and that Doble Boost thing.
-Your in a tower and it's pretty linear. No towns or villages.
-Can't skip scenes (Gets more irritating near the end of game.)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
Forget how Anime or cutesy it looks - this is one of the best action adventure platformers i've ever played. The combat is fast and fulfilling and the boss fights are incredibly fun and very challenging - you MUST like boss fights or else the gameplay won't have much appeal to you. The game kind of reminds me of Zelda in that you fight your way through differently themed stages/levels (dungeons/temples) with the sole objective of reaching the level's boss. Although don't go thinking that the game offers anything more than pure, fast-paced action and a lightish story.

This is the first Ys game I've played and now I'm hooked. I can see why the Ys series has a dedicated following. On to play The Oath in Felghana next!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
85.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
I can't recommend this game enough, I just love it. From the music to the art to the simplistic, yet endearing story, this game is a must have for every action jrpg player.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
Outside of an awful RTS spinoff on the DS Origin was my first real taste of the Ys series, and it was a taste so good I've continued to buy up all subsequent releases on PC. An action RPG comprising of three separate character journeys through a rather large and complex tower, featuring many natural obstacles and puzzles to overcome. The game is certainly challenging with a combat system that is easy to get used to and offers layers of options to your fighting. You're likely to die to each boss as you figure out the tactics, making it so satisfying when you do break through. There are few other games that have demanded so much attention and kept me hooked throughout the way that Origin has done.

You can read a full review of this game here.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
72.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Ys Origin is built on what is possibly the best ARPG engine out there, featuring fast and tense combat with responsive controls that requires a little strategic thinking. On top of that, the graphics manage to be impressively beautiful while retaining excellent system performance. The plot's pretty good, too - about as straightforward as you'd expect in a game like this, but I think the character development carries it, and the fact that there are three slightly different versions of it (one of which is unlocked by clearing the game once, has you initially fighting against the other protagonists, and includes additional plot revelations) improves replayability.

I do feel, though, like Falcom made a mistake with the difficulty levels and achievements - many mistakes, actually. For starters, SP (points for buying ability upgrades) gain rates are tied to difficulty level, and some upgrades are so exorbitantly expensive that getting the related achievements is only feasible by playing through and farming on the lowest difficulty level, which is so easy as to be boring. That's not the really crazy part, though. The crazy part is the extra outfit for one of the characters - let me say that again: it's just an alternate sprite, and an achievement to go with it - that requires beating the game at least 6 times, including 3 on nightmare difficulty, plus spending a lot of time in Arena Mode. Even if you just want to fight the unlockable optional boss, which I kinda do, you'll still have to do the 3 Nightmare runs and the grinding in Arena Mode. Now, I do have to give Falcom credit for making the higher difficulty levels challenging in ways that are a little more creative than damage dealt/taken adjustments. I already mentioned the SP gain rates (I think EXP is also affected to a lesser degree), and your special abilities have longer cooldowns, but the most noticeable difference is in the enemy AI: on higher difficulty levels, enemies will attack more frequently and aggressively, with bosses in particular saturating their lairs with hazards to your health, making the game not just more difficult, but also more exciting. Unfortunately, though, your chances of surviving still come down to experience level. A single level gain makes the difference between a boss fight you have absolutely no hope of winning and a boss fight you can probably clear with your character just barely still breathing if you practice a few times. Upgrades, of course, help too. And, remember, farming is slower on higher difficulties. What this means is that a Nightmare playthrough is basically a long, tedious grindfest punctuated by occasional intense boss battles. It doesn't help that all the dialogue, which ordinarily I'd appreciate, is all unskippable, and there's sometimes a lot of it immediately before a boss. I had been planning on getting as close to 100% completion as I reasonably could (Caress of Steel? Ha, ha, NO.), but having beating the game once with each of the three characters, including one Nightmare run, and cleared all but the last arena stage multiple times, it's gotten too repetitive, and I'm kinda sick of it now. Uninstalling for my own sanity.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
A real gem!!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2015
do you want to play something more difficult than Dark Souls?
well then, Ys Origin is your game!
10/10
+ full controller support
+ amazing story
+ challenging
+ great port
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
Another entry in the 3D Ys series in the vein of Oath in Felghana. If you like the current Ys, this game is for you.
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