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.
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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
12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
This game has one of the hardest boss of all time Dark Fact. Dark Fact has no mercy to the weak soul. If you are a fan of the JRPG genre this is a must have to your collection. And if you are a hardcore gamer, Dark Fact is waiting for you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
The Ys games are small, short JRPGs. What really makes them stand out is the combat. Instead of turn based, selecting your move from a list, Ys instead adopts a mechanic wherein you “bump” into the enemies. This is done by walking into the enemies either off centre in the first game or at a diagonal in the second game.

The games overall are relatively simple. Bump into enemies, level up, continue on your quest. If you can no longer damage enemies you need an equipment upgrade or to level some more. The story is also pretty simple in both games as long as you pay attention to where you need to be heading, otherwise you can find yourself getting one hit killed by encountering certain enemies too early.

Both games have a great soundtrack, are bundled at a cheap price and are JRPGs that don’t take 60+ hours to complete. A warning though, the bosses in the second game are more bullet-hell so make sure you are prepared.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Classic. Remember sitting watching my brother-in-law play Ys I on his Turbo Graphix as a child. Ahhh 1989. This game gets an upgrade from the original Turbo Graphix version in terms of graphics otherwise it remains the same. Keep in mind if buying that this game is now 25 years old just with enhanced graphics and it's still a treasure. Ys II is my favorite of the two, but you should play Ys I for the story of course. Ys I and Ys II will always hold a special place in my heart <3
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
The music, the character interactions and the small touches make this a very good game with attention to detail expected of Japanese developers.
Whether you will love this game or hate it, though, ultimately comes down to if you like the combat system or not.

If you are considering buying this game, educate yourself. Look up videos that show off the combat so you will know whether you like it or not.

I personally think the combat makes the whole game more fast-paced and the sound and graphic design makes it extremely satisfying.
However, if the combat does not appeal to you, you will throw away money if you buy this game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
An enjoyable classic RPG bundle, both with interesting stories, cool graphics and music, and simple yet fun gameplay which will drag you in, even if you aren't the biggest RPG fanatic ever, like me. Definitely a great way to get into the series if you haven't been introduced to the original games.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Almost as good adventuring game as Zelda games, musics are high class, graphics are perfect for game such this and story is amazing. All you need for a perfect game.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
you run into ennemies to kill them, Regg own a well in his basement. 10/10 would fap to again
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Haven't played it yet but looks good so far
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2 of 19 people (11%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I don't play the games for the weapons or fighting style but for storyline, atmosphere and immersiveness.

The storyline in this game looks almost like satire of the worst and most predictable plot in a JRPG. You're a chosen hero who needs to defeat the lord of evil. Sounds familiar? And let's not even go into the way the game delivers your quests. "Hi, I'm the sorceress Mary and I have been waiting here all my life to give you this quest so you save the world. here, take this sword and go kill the lord of evil". Whoa, that was a bit anticlimatic.

Plot just sucks, characters are nonexistent. There is three small towns and a few random villagers. I imagine it might have been a masterpiece in the 80s before I was born, but it's just sad in 2014/2015.

I thought the battling style was actually fun and different unlike most people here.

Not recommended except for nostalgia.
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0 of 15 people (0%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Do not miss any equipment. The game is impossible to beat without all the equipment.
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4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Bought this last year during the sales with the intention of playing it with my 8 year old daughter. Just started it with her now and she loves it! Classic JRPG game with a great story and enough challenge in the boss fights to force you to think the fight through to win and progress.

My daughter gives it 2 thumbs up and played it with me for 3.5 hours before relucantly going off for dinner. Hell I give it a big seal of approval as I have had a ton of fun with it so far as well.

If you like true old school JRPG's then you would be crazy to not buy this game.
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16.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
i really like the setting and story of thiese games, but they do have some quite step difficulty curves when it comes to bosses, (First game) it begins with the 3:rd boss that sometimes uses an attack that can spread to the whole room making it impossible to avoid and at higher difficulty you can die from a few of these, the other bosses are managable until the last dungeon where it has some of the best and worst examples of bosses i have seen in a long time,
Bad
1 boss you have to simply rush to defeat,
1 with destructible floor that breaks when you attack him so you can't attack all the time but he also practicly drains your health every second with fireballs so you don't have much time to kill him, he does follow a path but he is faster than you so you can only strike him a few times every cykle and with the floor broken, maybe not at all. very frustrating boss that needs 90% luck.

Good,
1 you have to have patience and only strike at certain times making it nerve wrecking when it's almost dead,
1 that follows a certain pattern and you can only attack him after he has attacked and if you are carefull can be beaten with full health remaining.

the second part is more forgiving but it also has a few bosses that are anoying but not close to part 1:s last boss.
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40 of 49 people (82%) 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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12 of 14 people (86%) 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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11 of 13 people (85%) 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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10 of 17 people (59%) 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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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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
This game is a "blockbuster" hit made back in 1972 featuring Adol Christin and Hugo Fact Jr Jr Jr Jr. The objective is to make sure the white dot doesn't go behind the white paddle by running the white paddle into the white dot. For it's time, it had a rockin' soundtrack but this was countered by the lack of lives if you missed the white block. I think Ys is the score at the top of the screen and the middle line is the Darm tower.

Good game 7/pong

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Okay, on a serious note:

I had just finished Ys II. Ys I wasn't much of a mystery since I had already completed Ys Origin. However, this allowed me to see the undercurrent of how things developed and where they were going. I know this led me to care a lot more about Reah and Feena in the first part than the game probably meant. This aside, my viewpoint may be a bit different than someone who experienced this outside of Origin. Oath in Felghana is a DEFINITE pick up for me after what this series has done so far.

Now on to how I actually feel about this.

Mechanics: Ys I starts off feeling like a recreation of its past self. That doesn't necessarily mean it’s a bad thing but the bump mechanics take a bit to get used to. Mix this with the game not easily spelling things out for you as you go. As long as you’re a fan of more hardcore/older RPGs, you’ll find the entire thing refreshing and intuitive *IF* you get used to it. If you can’t get used to it after at least leveling up a few times, you’re probably going to want to drop this and see if you can approach Ys from one of its newer titles where the bump mechanic has been removed.

Story: Ys I feels fairly like an introduction leading up to something. I would consider it more of a ‘wind-up’ into Ys II. If it weren’t for how the plot plays out into the second one, the first one should have almost been treated as the same game. The plot is steady through the first game as it builds up plot and gives you a chance to make the connections as it goes. This unfortunately was already spelled out after meeting a certain homeless bard in an alleyway (thanks Origin). Ys II picks up the pace of things and vastly expands the story. Ys I still serves as a mandatory part of II since a lot of the story later relies on things you understand from I. Ys I isn’t very long, and there wouldn’t be much of a reason for you to skip Ys I to being with.

Immersion: This is something I found buckets full of in Ys II but not as much in I (see “introduction” above). Ys II is substantially larger. Plot is much more relevant and requires a bit of thinking on occasion. When you do make those connections, it makes progress feel rewarding. The story flows together nicely and Ys always manages to strike the right melody with the mood. The art style was also updated in Ys II so you don’t feel like you’re looking at the same textures through each area. Updated and added mechanics such as magic make the combat feel a little less like tackle football.

Overall, I would have loved to give Ys I more attention it deserved. While it was still good, it felt disappointingly short when held on its own or next to Ys II. When Ys II came to the rescue, I enjoyed it substantially more. The bosses could have been a tad bit more intuitive (some were quite already). But other than that, Ys I & II presented a solid 9/10. This is definitely something to pick up if you enjoy older/hardcore RPGs.
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