Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA Review - PlayStation 4
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA
- Platform: PS4 (reviewed), PSVita, PC
- Players: 1
- Achievements: Yes, trophies
- Steam Trading Cards: Yes
- Controller Support: Yes, Full
- Retail Price: $59.99 (PS4 & PC), $39.99 (PSVita)
High-Level Premise – Fast-action open world RPG
Graphics/Style – A beautifully animated world full of detailed environments bring the Ys universe to life in this latest installment
Music/Soundtrack – Excellent, memorable soundtrack with many fast-paced tunes that fit the bill with regards to the action oriented gameplay
Story – Take on the latest adventure with Adol Christin as he becomes shipwrecked with an entire crew on the fabled Isle of Seiren!
Replay-ability – High: Ys VIII offers a lot for the completionist to master by providing a variety of difficulty settings, making subsequent playthroughs necessary for the trophy hunter.
Time Commitment – Ys VIII is a large-scale adventure that will likely take well over 50 hours for the player to see all that the game has to offer
Value – Very High; The sheer amount of gameplay variety & memorable moments in this AAA adventure will have the player not only entertained for weeks, but also thinking about this game for a while
Favorite Element – The riveting story has left a positive impact on me ever since it began!
In just a little over a year, the latest entry in the Ys series is finally arriving on western shores. Thanks to NIS America, the rest of the world is receiving an exceptional localization of this masterpiece just weeks past the dawn of its first anniversary. When developers Nihon Falcom originally promised fans a grand adventure towards the beginning of its development, it was hard to believe anyone outside of Japan would experience Ys VIII in any sort of a timely manner.
In a nutshell, the short wait has more than paid itself off, as Ys VIII arrives in full force bringing a massive adventure, complete with lightning fast action-oriented gameplay to the table. All of the RPG elements you would expect from this series are intact, only modified for the course of this story. Without divulging too much, your party will have more than enough means to craft & customize your items and equipment to ensure you stay within or above the ranks of your enemies. Characters gain experience and levels and develop abilities (skills) to further enhance the overarching fast-paced gameplay the Ys series has been known for as of lately. Mastering these skills comes with a bit of a learning curve, as you switch between multiple members of your party to maximize your overall performance among your more difficult foes.
Ys VIII also contains an insightful story about an entire crew of strangers brought together through happenstance. Protagonist Adol Christin returns once again, embarking on his latest adventure which eventually takes a turn for the worse after the ship he has sailed upon is mysteriously attacked by a giant creature of the sea. What begins as a few strangers shipwrecked on a mysterious island shortly becomes a story of family, teamwork, and survival. As the cast of survivors begins to grow, you immediately sense how this isn’t just a story about Adol, but rather that of a family of individuals from all walks of life. Like all families, these characters tend to argue and bicker, all the while learning to overcome their differences by coping with their unfortunate circumstances together. Even more so, they become appreciated as their strengths begin to show how each of their roles is equally important in their pursuit to get off of the island alive. You as the player have the opportunity to strengthen your relationship with this family through story driven side-quests and choice-based responses among the dialogue.
The Ys series is a remarkable success in video game history. Like many other RPG giants, the series has withstood the test of time by evolving in strides since the early days. Ys VIII barely resembles its origins, yet all the while retains a strange familiarity through its action based gameplay, along with its unique and memorable universe. It truly is hard to believe that this is an installment in the same series I enjoyed as a child with Wanders from Ys III on the SNES. Make no mistake, the series has come full-circle once again, bringing us a timeless classic and delivering in such a way that we all hoped it would since its initial revealing. Included is an adventure full of conflict, struggle, and excitement, along with gameplay so rich you will make it your part-time job to master it. And for the icing on the cake, we even get a handful of excellent mini games built in that grow in complexity with progression. Seeing as Ys VIII runs alongside the greatest within its genre, it is nothing short of a miracle that they fit this onto the Vita. Kudos to Falcom for delivering an adventure of epic proportions, and kudos to NIS for the stellar job in sharing it with the rest of the world!