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Long, long ago, there was an ancient kingdom called Ys which prospered under the auspices of two heavenly Goddesses. Over time, the kingdom came to be known as Esteria, and its divine history was largely forgotten by all but the descendants of those who once preached the Goddesses’ will.
Release Date: Feb 14, 2013
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Long, long ago, there was an ancient kingdom called Ys which prospered under the auspices of two heavenly Goddesses. Over time, the kingdom came to be known as Esteria, and its divine history was largely forgotten by all but the descendants of those who once preached the Goddesses’ will. The only reminder of this lost lore was a cursed spire at the foot of a giant crater, which locals came to regard as “The Devil’s Tower.”


Eventually, the men and women who called Esteria their home began mining a uniquely radiant silver from the nearby mountains, and development boomed. Towns were built, and the land became rich with life.


Then, all at once, monsters began to appear. Only a few at first – but soon enough, the land was swarming with them, and the Esterians had no choice but to hide in fear, remaining ever vigilant just to stay alive.


Our story begins with a young man who’d heard rumors of these misfortunes, and strove to verify them with his own eyes; a brave swordsman with an adventurous spirit bolstered by his own youthful naiveté.


His name was Adol Christin.

With no regard for his own safety, Adol set sail toward Esteria through a heretofore impassable barrier of neverending storms. There, he was destined to become ensconced within a 700 year-old mystery that would ultimately take him to a long-lost land nestled amongst the clouds...

Ys I & II Chronicles+ is the most modernized and up-to-date remake of Falcom’s classic franchise-spawning action RPGs from 1987 and 1988. Come see how the story began, and witness the birth of a legend!

Key Features

  • Classic buttonless “bump” combat receives a full analog-enabled upgrade for gamepad users, and is augmented in Ys II by a robust magic system.
  • Soundtrack selectable from among the original 80s FM-synth, an early 2000s MIDI-style remix or a modern studio performance by Falcom’s in-house rock band.
  • Character art selectable from 90s-style portraits or more modern anime designs.
  • Four selectable difficulty levels and optional boss rush mode grant players a true old-school challenge (if desired).
  • Transform into a demon to speak with any and every standard enemy in the game, creating unparalleled depth that still impresses even to this day. (Ys II only)
  • Unique Steam Achievements plus Steam Cloud support and leaderboards.
  • Adjustable high-resolution PC graphics with a smooth, consistent framerate.
  • Greater viewing area than in previously-available Ys I & II Chronicles editions.
  • Decorative screen frames available from the earlier Japan-only Ys I & II Complete PC release, in addition to the more modernized full-screen viewport of previous Ys I & II Chronicles editions.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Pentium III 866 MHz
    • 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:Windows XP, Vista, 7 (64-bit supported)
    • Processor:Pentium III 1.6 GHz or higher
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:64 MB VRAM, 3D accelerator compatible w/ DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:Compatible with DirectX 9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
176 products in account
27 reviews
4.9 hrs on record
Even on the easiest level of the game - it still has a high level of challenge and difficultly but the way you attack enemies is different - you must bump into them. A plus is that you can recover HP if you are standing still in most places. If you are familiar with Y's Book 1 and 2 on PC Engine, you have a pretty good feel for this story , however some elements have been reworked to provide an element of challenge in order to advance to specific portions of the game. Some early bosses - You will find out quickly that you have to level up so high in order to beat them. That may take a long time but in the end, your Gold Level will rise high and you can buy some of the more expensive items from the get go.

Another plus of this game is the choice of soundtrack. You have Chronicles, Complete and PC-88 to choose from. For nostalgic purposes I turn it on PC - 88 because I love the retro music.

Being that I own Y's Oath in Felghana and Y's Origin , I had to play this. I had realized that this was also released on PSP but never owned a PSP.

Beginners and seasoned Y's players will find a variety of stuff to do in both of these games and its a bargain for the price that was paid for the game. You don't see quality console RPG Games like this on PC that much.
Posted: June 14th, 2014
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
157 products in account
6 reviews
5.1 hrs on record
This is a good game. I like the bump attack system. The bosses are challenging, and the story is good. The only downside to it is that it can sometimes be hard to figure out what to do in these two games, which is why I had to constantly refer to a walkthrough to beat these games.
Posted: April 19th, 2014
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
444 products in account
80 reviews
27.1 hrs on record
Played this game on the PC Engine CD and it's nice to see it in Steam with update graphics, better movement, FMVs and revamped GUI.

Tread lightly specially in the final boss where the difficulty jumps from 5 to 10. It seems that the battle scenario writer is a bit S in nature.
Posted: May 17th, 2014
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
41 products in account
2 reviews
7.3 hrs on record
I bought this game during the latest sale at the recommendation of one of my friends, but it was also on my wishlist to begin with. If you'd like to see a video detailing everything I'm discussing here (review with a bit of humor), there's a link here for your viewing pleasure.

http://youtu.be/h5idM1yFCy8

If that's not your style, here's the short version. By the way, most of this will focus on Ys I.

YS I

For a remake of a game dating back to 1987 (and also remade before), Ys I remains a fun excursion. It goes to show that some games can stand the test of time, even if their more current competitors are more high-toned and fancy. For instance:

*The "bump" combat is a refreshingly simple system. While appearing simple, it did have a considerable amount of minutiae to keep it engaging.
*The musical arrangements now come with three options and styles. I personally chose to listen to the Chronicles version, and I enjoyed many of the songs.

However, there is a darker side to these same points.....

*At times it feels like the "bump" system relies a little too much on luck. While it looks like you hit the enemy just to the side of head-on, the foe will still get a counter-attack in like you hit them head-on. This is particularly concerning early on in the game while you are weaker than the enemies.
*Due to the limited programming options of the original release, there is not much variety with the music, which means you may get tired of hearing the same songs over and over again.

Other pros and cons to take into consideration are:

*Pro: The graphics look amazing, considering the source material.
*Con: At times the difficulty is low, and then suddenly there is something disproportionally challenging.
*Con: At times it can be difficult to figure out what you have to do, or there is a specific order that things must be completed in if you want to progress.
*Pro: While I had difficulty understanding some facets of what I had to do at times, there was a very rich backstory.
*Pro: The game's clarity improved over time.

Even with these flaws, I found myself enjoying the game considerably. In addition, many of these issues are improved or corrected in Ys II.

YS II (currently in progress)

Ys II is a lot like Ys I, except for several key facts:

*It's much clearer than its predecessor in terms of what to do.
*There's magic now, which offers a brand-new dimension and means by which to combat enemies.

These changes create a much easier to work with game, and I am enjoying it more than the first one. So if you like action RPGs, I recommend taking a look at these classic Ys games, and have fun bumping off some foes.
Posted: July 16th, 2014
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
183 products in account
12 reviews
7.8 hrs on record
Sure, the battle system is a little weird, but these two games have a great story, great music, and are genuinely fun to play. There's a ton to do, lots of side quests, some genuinely funny writing, and some twists that are actually pretty surprising.
Posted: February 4th, 2014
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74 of 86 people (86%) found this review helpful
273 products in account
14 reviews
13.5 hrs on record
Ys I is a simple, fast-paced action game disguised as an RPG. Maybe too simple for a generation who're used to combo systems, collecting a dozen new abilities, and other new hot features adopted by the genre (and later games in the series). But I like that simplicity! It's a comfortable old friend of a game, with just enough interesting use of its one mechanic (ram the other guy off-center) to last the duration of the adventure.

And then you can play Ys II, which throws in a bunch more toys to play with in a larger world!

Make sure you play in the original 4:3 mode: the zoomed-in mode doesn't quite match the aspect ratio of the original game window, and areas designed around it will feel cramped if you have to scroll more.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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