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.
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 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. However, something to keep in mind: the bosses can be INSANELY difficult. Yet they are still really fun encounters.
So if you like action RPGs, I recommend taking a look at these classic Ys games, and have fun bumping off some foes.