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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Nazumu Kazune
29.8 hrs
Posted: August 25
This is the first YS game that i've ever played, and, i gotta say that this game is, incredibly impressive. Ys Origin is a 3D Action RPG game, a fast paced one at that, developed by Nihon Falcom.

In Ys Origin, you could play as either Yunica, a girl that wield a heavy battleaxe, or Hugo, the prodigy of magic. (There's a 3rd playable character, which is unlockable after you complete the game with either Hugo or Yunica)

So, now to the review as always !

Pros (+)
- Story, it's pretty decent i would say ! Each characters have their own stories (and playstyle), which is awesome. There's a lot of reason to do another run in this game. I personally love Hugo's storyline.
- Playtime, There's 3 playable characters, it takes about 10 hours more or less to complete the game, also, there's some extra after finishing the game, so, no need to worry.
- Soundtrack, it depends on each own preferences, but i gotta say, you'll most likely, loves the soundtrack. It really fits the game and adds a lot to the immersiveness.
- Controls, the controls feels really responsive.
- Challenging, the difficulty feels right. The boss fight is totally fair, there's no unfair attack that leads to sudden death all out of nowhere. It's required to learn the behaviour or pattern of the enemies here. There's also difficulty option.
- Progression ! Level, Move based artifacts, blessings, you will find a new playstyle along the stories.
- Artstyle, again, it depends on preferences, but personally, i find it to be unique and ended up loving it a lot.

Cons (-)
- This game could be, a bit... grindy. If you're not good at this kind of games. At least, that happens to me, ahaha.
- The enviroment feels a bit monotonous, well, we're inside a tower so.... yeah.

Conclusion :
So to sum it up, this game has, a good story, awesome soundtrack, great amount of playtime, good enemies & boss design, and the progression also feels nice.
Pretty much, it has, everything you need to make a good RPG games !

So if you love a fast-paced, 3D action games, i totally recommend it for you.
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dokks
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 23
Klunky interface, lazy game design and subpar play. Would not recommend.
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Kho
14.8 hrs
Posted: August 22
Great combat, fantastic boss fights.
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TonySnow
16.4 hrs
Posted: August 20
This game is truly amazing. I enjoyed it from start to end. It offers a well balanced challenge.
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aJek
21.9 hrs
Posted: August 19
My first Ys game, since I came to know the series late... I figured I would play the games in chronological order.

I'd heard lots about the Ys music and even heard some from watching twitch streams/youtube videos of the other games. But I never expected to feel the way I did watching the opening cinema, fighting the bosses and overall beating the game. Much of the excitment and enjoyability of the Ys games is their music, and this title certainly delivered and surpased my expectations. Another staple of the frnachise is its incredibly difficulty, especially on the boss fights. I decided that for my first playthrough I would choose the "normal" difficulty, and my overall consesnsus was that it felt like what any other game would try to pass as a hard mode. However, grinding and searching for all secret items will help TREMENDOUSLY. Overall this was an amazing experience... I love the lore of the Ys franchise so far and can't wait to dive into the first game. I would highly reccomend this to anyone regardless of if you've played another Ys game or not.
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seangcns
4.0 hrs
Posted: August 18
great action RPG with great music and great Gameplay
plus you can only get this game on the PC and no other console's
falcom/xseed or who ever has the lessoning rights please release pc ports of
YS memories of celceta(the Ys 5 mask of the sun remake) Ys4,Ys3,Ys7, and Ys 8 Lacrimosa of Dana when you have a English translation.
plus also game like tokyo xadanu, the legend of heroes trails of cold steels 1 and 2 plus Others from the falcom RPG Game library wound be nice Two.
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Kabosky
23.1 hrs
Posted: August 18
Ys Origin is a nice hack and slash to where button mashing is the way to go! The enemies you fight are a challenge when you first encounter them, but after 2-3 level ups with them and they barely stand a chance against you. The boss fights are very challenging, but they get a lot easier later on in the game (even the final boss was a lot easier than some boss fights early in the game).

I recommend this game definitely to any jrpg fans that want to beat the ♥♥♥♥ out of some demons.
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Alwees Hutch [ATF]
5.1 hrs
Posted: August 18
First Impression:

The Skillset is simple, the mechanics are accurate the Bosses are extremely rewarding, at least to me.
About the story... Well, it seems to be well written so far but somewhat generic.

I started on nightmare with Hugo, without ever playing any Ys Game. Everything was going smooth till I met Epona 'Epona's the name buttr*pe is the game' the Darkling. Tears of joy and despair were shed, mainly despair .

That being said. It's safe to say that this game is a bit of a grinder and that you need to observe your foes closely to make your way to the top of the tower.

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медведь тигра
22.6 hrs
Posted: August 16
♥♥♥♥ mantis
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WL
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 11
Looks great, heard great things about it, but IT JUST WON'T START AFTER CHARACTER SELECTION. The longer I wait, the darker the black screen looks, and the more memory it takes up (had to switch monitors to see task manager). I cannot even get a refund for it because it took me too long to get to try this game.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Got around doing the game... I regret not doing it sooner. The game so far is amazing! At first time playing (Literally, got the entire Ys series but started with this first) I got that Playstation vibe from the graphics, which really brought back nolstolgia.

Music is awesome fits the scenery well especailly close to the ending, gameplay is fun with 2 (soon to be 3, no spoiling. ;)) characters with different playstyles (Hugo the Sorcorer and Yunica the Warrior), can be played well with the gamepad, though confusing at first (for the record... you access the menu by pressing the Right Analog), but once mastered. Story is pretty damn good as well, and may shed backlight on the previous Ys games(In lorewise, this game is the first).

Top it all off it's fast-paced, and challenging, given no potions to heal you except drops from enemies. Definatly worth trying out!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
My first Ys game, since I came to know the series late... I figured I would play the games in chronological order.

I'd heard lots about the Ys music and even heard some from watching twitch streams/youtube videos of the other games. But I never expected to feel the way I did watching the opening cinema, fighting the bosses and overall beating the game. Much of the excitment and enjoyability of the Ys games is their music, and this title certainly delivered and surpased my expectations. Another staple of the frnachise is its incredibly difficulty, especially on the boss fights. I decided that for my first playthrough I would choose the "normal" difficulty, and my overall consesnsus was that it felt like what any other game would try to pass as a hard mode. However, grinding and searching for all secret items will help TREMENDOUSLY. Overall this was an amazing experience... I love the lore of the Ys franchise so far and can't wait to dive into the first game. I would highly reccomend this to anyone regardless of if you've played another Ys game or not.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
This is the first YS game that i've ever played, and, i gotta say that this game is, incredibly impressive. Ys Origin is a 3D Action RPG game, a fast paced one at that, developed by Nihon Falcom.

In Ys Origin, you could play as either Yunica, a girl that wield a heavy battleaxe, or Hugo, the prodigy of magic. (There's a 3rd playable character, which is unlockable after you complete the game with either Hugo or Yunica)

So, now to the review as always !

Pros (+)
- Story, it's pretty decent i would say ! Each characters have their own stories (and playstyle), which is awesome. There's a lot of reason to do another run in this game. I personally love Hugo's storyline.
- Playtime, There's 3 playable characters, it takes about 10 hours more or less to complete the game, also, there's some extra after finishing the game, so, no need to worry.
- Soundtrack, it depends on each own preferences, but i gotta say, you'll most likely, loves the soundtrack. It really fits the game and adds a lot to the immersiveness.
- Controls, the controls feels really responsive.
- Challenging, the difficulty feels right. The boss fight is totally fair, there's no unfair attack that leads to sudden death all out of nowhere. It's required to learn the behaviour or pattern of the enemies here. There's also difficulty option.
- Progression ! Level, Move based artifacts, blessings, you will find a new playstyle along the stories.
- Artstyle, again, it depends on preferences, but personally, i find it to be unique and ended up loving it a lot.

Cons (-)
- This game could be, a bit... grindy. If you're not good at this kind of games. At least, that happens to me, ahaha.
- The enviroment feels a bit monotonous, well, we're inside a tower so.... yeah.

Conclusion :
So to sum it up, this game has, a good story, awesome soundtrack, great amount of playtime, good enemies & boss design, and the progression also feels nice.
Pretty much, it has, everything you need to make a good RPG games !

So if you love a fast-paced, 3D action games, i totally recommend it for you.
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154 of 168 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
54.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2014
Ys Origin does a great job explaining the past, it also features interesting characters that you can finish the game with (each one having their own unique game-play, equipment, short storyline and so).

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you like Anime and you like oldschool games that are fast paced and hard, then this is the game for you!
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62 of 64 people (97%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
142.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2015
When I bought this game, I didn't expect too much. Like may be it can kill couple of hours of boredom. Most reviews are of some grand praise but how actually this could be any good, YouTube videos quite meh, nothing amusing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highly Recommended

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86 of 110 people (78%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
56.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2014
A thorough evaluation of how bad you are at video games.

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

Yunica has pretty cute oven mitts.

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

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

Featuring the Wolverine from the Marvel universe.

Has a boss rush mode.

Bosses will bully you.

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

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

I actually have no complaints about this game for real.
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55 of 66 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Well here we are a few days into June 2012, and the gaming year couldn't be going better.. E3 is in full swing, with publishers announcing their latest and greatest titles. However quite frankly I'm finding myself distracted from all the excitement. Why, do you ask? It's because I have found my personal Game of The Year, and I don't think anything else that could come out right now could possibly top it. You can take your Diablos, your Modern Warfares, your Max Paynes, and you can file them all away for some other time and place. I'm too busy saving the ancient land of Ys from demonic hordes hellbent on the destruction of humanity!

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

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

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

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

After you finish the main quest in Ys Origin there's still plenty to do. A host of unlockables including Time Attack, Boss Rush, and Arena modes round out the package, offering hours of gameplay beyond the main story. If you yearn for an epic story with brutal bosses, complex character development, and a truly hardcore soundtrack, look no further than Ys Origin. Newcomers will find an engaging start to a new series, and Ys veterans will find plenty of references to their beloved series, and even answers to some burning questions that they may have. At a solid asking price of $20, Ys Origin is an unbeatable value. Pick it up today!
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35 of 35 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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43 of 49 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2014
This is one of the best action RPGs available, with one of the best combat systems ever made. The game is also very challenging, but you can put it on an easier difficulty. Normal difficulty will cost you many deaths, especially during the difficult boss battles. The game will last you around 12 hours to play through the storyline portion, but it has high replay value. You can choose from 3 characters (1 is unlockable) and they each have their own storyline. I would say Hugo and the unlockable character have strong storylines, while Yunica has a weak one.
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