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

About This Game

700 years before the events of Ys I & II, the land of Ys was on the brink of destruction. Demons came in droves and forced the twin Goddesses who ruled the land to whisk their subjects away from the surface, into the safe embrace of the clouds. The demons were persistent, however, erecting a massive tower in pursuit. The battle that raged upon the ground had begun ascending for a second round up above.

One day, amidst this turmoil, the Goddesses stole away into the night, vanishing from Ys altogether. And there's only one place they could have gone: the Devil's Tower.

A search party of knights and sorcerers was hastily formed and dispatched to the surface in hopes of retrieving these runaway deities. Among its members were apprentice knight Yunica Tovah and troubled sorcerer Hugo Fact.

This is their story. Or at least, it's how each of them remembers it.

Expanding upon the gameplay elements introduced in Ys: The Ark of Napishtim and further developed in Ys: The Oath in Felghana, Ys Origin perfects the formula by adding different styles of play and new features never before seen in the Ys universe. Best described as an arcade-like platformer RPG with Metroidvania elements and a complex, multi-faceted narrative, Ys Origin is the perfect mix of action, exploration and story. Screen-filling bosses with complex AI, unique platforming elements, innovative puzzles and a deeply involving mystery await within the wildly varied confines of this classic Ys dungeon.

Come see how long you can last in the Devil's Tower...

Key Features:

  • Officially available in English for the very first time.
  • Three unique playable characters in story mode, with additional variations (and characters?) unlockable through other modes.
  • Five difficulty levels ranging from "Very Easy" for casual players to "Nightmare" for true Ys masters.
  • Unlockable "Time Attack" and "Boss Rush" modes for anyone looking to show off his/her boss-taming abilities.
  • Unlockable Arena Mode pits players against massive hordes of enemies for unique gameplay rewards.
  • Over 40 unique Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud support and hundreds of highly competitive leaderboards.
  • Minutely configurable high-resolution graphics with true widescreen support.
  • Fully adjustable controls supporting virtually any USB gamepad, as well as a standard keyboard and mouse setup.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:XP
    • Processor:Pentium III / 1 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:64 MB VRAM, 3D accelerator compatible w/ DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:Compatible with DirectX 9.0c
    Recommended:
    • OS:XP, Vista, 7, 64-bit compatible
    • Processor:Pentium4 / 1.3 GHz or higher
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:64 MB VRAM, 3D accelerator compatible w/ DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:Compatible with DirectX 9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Use a controller, this game will be 10x better.
+Amazing soundtrack
+Action packed
+Bullet hell dodging
+Game does a great job of making you feel like a badass when you've mastered its controls

If you liked this game try Ys: The Oath in Felghana even though it came out earlier than this title did. Lots of fun I have beaten it & not regretted anything; If anything I need to play this game even more.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Ys Origins is one of these great games you've never heard about and that has been lying on steam unknown, its worth unrecognized. Hier of a presitigious part gaming series that exists since the 80ies, Ys origins is a solid title If you don't mind anime art style and story tropes you'll have a solid isometric action RPG, with excellent bossfights and a demanding, nervous very satisfaying gameplay typical of japanesse games that has been embodied recently by darksouls.

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Ys Origins est ce genre de jeu qui traine sur steam, un peu perdu et oublié. Héritier d'une grande saga ayant commencé au cours des années 80, Ys origin est un titre généreux a condition de ne pas avoir d'alergie style manga que ce soit d'un point de vue esthétique ou narratif, par-ce que les clichés, vous allez en bouffer, chose qui n'empêche pas le jeu de conserver un certain charme et d'être une petite tuerie au niveau de son gameplay : boss-fights intressants et exigeants, très bon rythme de progression. Voilà du jeu japonais bien fichu et nerveux qui n'est pas sans rapeller Darksouls, même si la comparaison entre les deux s'arrête là.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
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.

10/10
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0 of 30 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
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
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45.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
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.
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3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Its fun and short
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11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
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.
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10.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
This is an amazing RPG! Rather than following standard turn based actions, you play it in real-time. Amazing story, with plenty of variation and plot twists. The only downer was waiting through a 5 min. unskippable intro. Besides that, amazing game! 4/5 stars
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26.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
My favourite game!
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26.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
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.
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12.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Tremendously fun! Can be really difficult though. Kind of like Mega Man, easy after some experience. Probably a your mom joke there but whatever.
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8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
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.
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55.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
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
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20.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
One of the best game on Steam. Criminally overlooked. There isn't a series that does Action RPG better than YS.
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23.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
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!
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16.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
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!
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137.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Fast paced, mash em up anime type game.

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

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

But yeah the ost is great.

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

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

So basically,

1. Keeps you interested (Storywise)
2. Decent soundtrack
3. Doesn't p!ss you off
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128 of 140 people (91%) found this review helpful
47.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Ys Origin does a great job explaining the past, it also features interesting characters that you can finish the game with (each one having their own unique game-play, equipment, short storyline and so).

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you like Anime and you like oldschool games that are fast paced and hard, then this is the game for you!
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76 of 81 people (94%) found this review helpful
62.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
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.

In short:

Gameplay 10/10
Story 9/10
Music/Sound 10/10
Replayability 9/10

Definitely recommend!
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42 of 48 people (88%) found this review helpful
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
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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