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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
68 of 79 people (86%) found this review helpful
258 products in account
13 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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26 of 36 people (72%) found this review helpful
486 products in account
1 review
10.3 hrs on record
great old school action rpg game, like zelda but faster. Something like not many people like is that you can't attack with a button, you only run towards and enemy and with this you damage it. The graphics are like the snes/16 bit era and the soundtrack is awesome!
Posted: December 1st, 2013
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
51 products in account
2 reviews
4.3 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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19 of 33 people (58%) found this review helpful
30 products in account
1 review
12.3 hrs on record
this game was really good I love the soundtrack and the story. Its got me hooked. The anime scene in the begining was awesome.
Posted: December 5th, 2013
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48 of 89 people (54%) found this review helpful
92 products in account
21 reviews
5.4 hrs on record
I feel that the original two Ys games, regardless of any degree of modernization, were something you simply had to experience when they released in the late 1980s in order to enjoy fully. The games are brief experiences, even when paired together, so luckily this history lesson does not take a long time to convey. Equipment and story progression is fairly single-track and are not very deep in and of themselves. It’s impressive when you factor in the time and situation in which the game originally released, but it just doesn’t hold up.

The art and music are great, and there is just enough story to hold everything together. It was quite interesting to see the “callbacks” to Origin, having played them in the chronological order instead of the release order. I probably derived more enjoyment from these ties rather than from the game itself. The music is fantastic, and I probably enjoyed this soundtrack here more than that of Celceta. It makes the ho-hum battle system more enjoyable in any respect, anyway.

4/10
Posted: December 17th, 2013
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