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.
User reviews: Very Positive (505 reviews)
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
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
This game is a blast from the past. I played the original series from the older generation consoles. The game itself has nice characters, wonderful story, good os, and a nice animation tone to it. There are variations however the game is truly lived to it's run. The series has met what it did before and transferring it here for those who can't get it, helps out a lot and a bundle to. I loved playing these treasures from ways ago. If you like this, you may like Shining Tears and Suikoden as other series that have many other rpg respective elements. However this game series was one piece of my childhood 10 out 10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Ys1:

Since The review is for both games, mine will be incomplete until I finish the second.

There is an interesting story to be hhad with this game. It is perhaps the only thing that may keep you playing as the combat isn't really engaging.

The combat is you running in to monsters untill they die. There is not strategy or fun really to be had there. Its not bad but it doesn't really add anything to the game. I think if the game had been any longer than it was it would have gotten old. I am hoping the second one adds something to this system as im sure I am not going to like it if it is the same thing for another 4 hours.

There are also a lot of strange solutions to progressing in this game that you are going to need a guide for if you dont want to be annoyed.

The soundtrack is very good. I enjoyed all of the music that played even if at times it didn't fit what was happening well.

Ys2:

*Coming Soon*
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
RUN INTO THINGS TO WIN!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Classic, every person that likes rpgs should play
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
The key to push forward in any Ys (pronounced eese) game is to grind to level up and also save ALOT. I saved immediately after I get items and stand in front of a bosses door. And as for leveling up, some bosses are hard if you don't level up.

As for the game itself, there was something lacking with this version versus the TurboGrafx version that lost it's charm, however it is still a fun game to play. The list below metions some of the bad parts of the game.

- Why isn't there a front entrance to Minea?
- Triggers to make the game progress are SO ANNOYING (ie. Jeva, Feena)
- Why must I EAT the Rhoda tree seed? This was not in the original.
- The last thing is the annoying amulet you must get in the tower after climing all the way up to the top. This also annoyed me in the original TurboGrafx version.

Overall, the music was spectacular, but still doesn't compare to the Turbo Grafx version. Something is just missing.

Great old school game!! But play the Wii/Turbo version if you want a better game.

And as for all you whiny babies who need to swing a sword and stopped playing because of it, give it another try! There is nothing like ramming into monsters when you are fully powered and acting like you are playing Zelda on crack.

I give this game an 8.5. The TurboGrafx/wii version a 10.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
If you can get past the bump battle system which may seem a little strange at first, you will find a great (but short) rpg with lots of interesting lore and dialogue and extremely challenging bosses.

Worth a playthrough on nightmare for those seeking a nice challenge.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Ys I - While fun for parts, several of the boss battles are far too chance based (rather than skill based). Also, you're going to waste a bunch of time unless you play it with a guide because it there's usually not a clear logic as to what you are supposed to do next. Other than that it's kinda fun, but the randomness of the bossess really ruins it for me. I felt like I was just following a recipe as I used a walkthrough to beat it, which detracted from it.

Ys II is probably better in terms of randomness, but I don't know if it's really worth suffering through Ys I to play Ys II.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Very mediocre RPG with a throwaway story, terrible level design that is painful (making me turn to a walk-through, and even then being confused by some of the solutions). Really can not recommend on any level other than people looking for a dose of nostalgia. The gameplay is also pretty much non existent. Run into enemies... no block, no attack, nothing, just run into them. So bad.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
not so clasic ?RPG? why am i playing his...OMG so hard BOSES! 15 hours 20 HOURS, no sleep... must kill it....
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0 of 9 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
waste of money cant get the game to work
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1 of 17 people (6%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
more like no 1 wtf is this weaboo ♥♥♥ game
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8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Awesome retro gameplay experience. Highly recomendet!
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8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
A very energetic, fast-paced action RPG. With great music, awesome pixel art, and a healthy dose of challenge, Ys I should keep you entertained if you're in the mood for an RPG, but you don't wanna dedicate 40+ hours to it. However, the "bump-based" combat takes some getting used to, and the game can leave you feeling lost at times if you aren't using a guide.
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4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Classic Game that took 10 years to come to north america for computer or something like that.
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Haven't played it yet but looks good so far
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40 of 48 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
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.
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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
27.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
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.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
An old school rpg with a unique style of combat that may not appeal to those used to turn based combat. In this you bump your character model into the enemy at angles and deal damage according to said angle, taking damage if they're directly facing you. Soundtrack is top notch, and the sprite work is pretty nice for a game over 30 years old. The story overall is your average fantasy tale, once you start playing it isn't hard to see where it's going to end. Worth picking this and the second game up for continuity, neither are particularly long, which is fine for the price you can pick both up for.

Since both games are tied to the same review apparently I'll continue with the second game. Like the first, the combat mechanic carries over using their bump system, so if you hadn't played the first which I'd recommend just for understanding the characters and what is going on with your situation, then you get to now. Honestly, this game is just more of the same and just finished the whole story off. If you liked the first, you'll like the second.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I really enjoyed this game, but it IS quite different from most JRPG and even Action RPG games. Make sure you look up the bump style combat and the history of the original games before you buy, as it may not be your thing.

That said, it makes for a fun, short, and easily replayable adventure that ends up feeling more like a Zelda-esque adventure game than anything else. The skill based combat, tough boss fights, beautiful art and cutscenes, and great soundtrack make this a solid 7 out of 10 for me. No regrets with my purchase or play time.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
I honestly didn't like this game (Ys I).
The level cap was too low, I hit it about half way through the game.
The shops became useless almost immediately since their stock never changed. Money was very easy to come by and (in spite of that) you found some of the gear that you will use in the final fight before you had enough money to buy the best the shop had.
Any fight that wasn't a boss fight was generally very easy and the boss fights were exercises in frustration. The method to kill them was generally unclear, requiring you to die repeatedly (or use a guide) to figure it out and even once you had figured it out, it was difficult to believe that you had because, more often than not, skill was at best half of what you needed to win, and the other half was luck. I finally just gave up on the last boss because I don't care enough to put up with a fight that is 90% luck and 10% skill. This game simply isn't worth the frustration.
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