The perfect mix of action, exploration and story with screen-filling bosses, unique platforming elements, and innovative puzzles.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (723 reviews)
Release Date: May 31, 2012

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"The Origin story of the Ys series. Ys Origin tells the tale of three individuals that climb a mysterious tower. The battlesystem is action-oriented."
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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
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 22
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 16
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.7 hrs on record
One of the best soundtracks, great gameplay, great graphics, lot's of actions!

It's between an action rpg (the controls are like diablo), and a visual novel. You can't scip dialouges, but they are worth reading.

Really enjoyed every seconds of it, and some bosses are harder than a usual Dark Souls boss.

Posted: October 17
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Very addicting gameplay and the soundtrack is amazing.
I highly recommend people to try this.
Posted: September 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
100.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
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.

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.

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.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
92.5 hrs on record
Whether you played the other series or not, this game is not to be missed for any JRPG fans.
Yes, this game does not have an insane number of customisable skills, stats and equipments, or any potions you can keep for that matter, like Final Fantasy or the like. But you'll be too busy mashing the attack button to realise.
This game is also fun and compelling enough to play through all the characters for their individual stories and skillsets, even if you're not an achievement hunter. Note: Be prepared if you're an achievement hunter though, this game is totally unfair on the hardest difficulty setting.

Final words of advice if you get this game. Take breaks when playing this game, as in go do something else for the rest of the day. You just might not get carpal tunnel like I did. I had that much fun =D.
Posted: September 26
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
In my impatience, I couldn't get through the unskippable intro. The graphics also look a bit archaic, but it might be older than I remember? If you're a fan of the Ys Series, or JRPGs in general and have patience, try it, but it might take its time.

To be fair, it was ported fairly well from what i saw
Posted: October 15
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16.7 hrs on record
I've seen this game series on one platform or another for a while and never touched it. Wasn't until I was able to demo this one that I was hooked. Interesting story and gameplay; I definitely want to try the others!
Posted: October 19
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11.1 hrs on record
A really fun 3D platformer RPG. The enemies and characters are almost all 2D sprites with a very interesting art style, remeniscent of Super Mario RPG, with GIANT and wonderfully difficult 3D bosses. While many ma find the RPG elements annoying, they are very good, generally if you kill most enemies you wil be a suitable level to survive well, with me only having to grind once. There are also three different characters to play as, which is pretty good and adds replay value.
Posted: October 18
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3.9 hrs on record
Its fun and short
Posted: October 16
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26.3 hrs on record
My favourite game!
Posted: October 20
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8.7 hrs on record
This game moves really, really well. The combat flows very easily. It can get button-mashy at points and there are some pretty nasty difficulty spikes but it's generally a good experience. The UI is kind of weird though and playing on a gamepad requires a bit of configuration before it all works properly, and the game uses default prompts in its tutorials no matter what you change the bindings to. It stops being an issue with a bit of practice though.
Posted: October 6
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26.0 hrs on record
Adding RPG stats to an action game always weakens the game, but despite that flaw Ys Origin has some of the best hack and slash boss battles on Steam outside of Ys Oath in Felghana and the bosses alone make the game worth playing. Each is a brutal brick wall requiring a lot of learning and retries to get all the patterns down, and, yes, unfortunately, a touch of grinding is required sometimes. There are levels you are meant to be at, as the boss time attack mode makes clear, and sometimes you don't get to those levels without going back and bashing mooks for a while. Still, at the right level, you can treat Ys like a real game and not yet another RPG grindfest.

Other problems, it's flatly worse than Ys Oath in Felghana. The mook combat is more interesting but the addition of multiple characters with different styles screws the balancing all up.

The story tells an "origin" that doesn't really ever justify itself. The priests of Ys had no grand mystery behind them and other than locking you in a dreary endless tower and throwing a lot of redone Ys 1 and 2 enemies at you, this story ends up offering no real insight to the Ys story, nor does it ever really get interesting enough to justify the freakishly long unskippable cutscenes. Oath had a bloated tale too but at least it was a rollicking good adventure. Origin isn't even that.

Still, if you liked Oath and want another helping of those amazing boss battles, Origin is worth your time. Even if the balancing is off, the variety is here in spades. If you haven't played Oath yet, go get that.
Posted: October 2
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12.7 hrs on record
Tremendously fun! Can be really difficult though. Kind of like Mega Man, easy after some experience. Probably a your mom joke there but whatever.
Posted: October 2
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53.1 hrs on record
Fun and the back and slash aspect is addicting. Note this game is pretty challenging and you will die a lot from bosses till you learn their patterns. No healing either unless u found standing still but that's useless in boss fights. Highly recommended this game if you are looking for a decent challenge =D
Posted: October 4
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20.7 hrs on record
One of the best game on Steam. Criminally overlooked. There isn't a series that does Action RPG better than YS.
Posted: October 4
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23.6 hrs on record
A nice, simple and fun game!
It is challenging without being overly complex.
The first run was really enjoyable, and i am planning more runs in the future with other characters on higher difficulties, as my first run was on normal.
If you like Action RPG/Adventure games, i am sure you will like this game.

P.S.: The OST is amazing!
Posted: October 4
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45.7 hrs on record
I absolutely love this game. As many have already have said, there are two characters to play as initially, with a third being unlocked after you beat the game with either of the first two. I recommend playing the game at least three times, once with each character. The order I played in was: Yunica (close/medium-range), Hugo (medium/long-range), then the secret character (very close-range). All three have interwining stories, and you only get the full picture after beating the game with all three.

The story itself is interesting, and makes you want to keep playing long after the credits roll. The good thing about Ys Origin is that you don't need any backstory from the previous games, due to this title being a prequel to the rest of the series. The combat is addictive, with the environments and enemies changing often enough so as not to get repetitive. The soundtrack is sublime, and will make you want to listen to it even outside of the game.

I played the game on Normal difficulty, and doing so will probably net you 8-10 hours of game for each character. However, I recommend playing on Hard, because grinding even a little bit on Normal will make the game obscenely easy. Overall, if you like action-RPGs, a great soundtrack, and a great story, you can't go wrong with this one.
Posted: October 3
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