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Rewind Review: Ys: The Oath in Felghana (PS Vita)

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Ys is a series that has been around for quite a while and seems to have a niche fan base. It has an amazing premise and I completely understand why it has become such a treasured franchise. This game was made for the PSP and came out in 2010 in the US (I played this on my PS Vita). In light of the new Ys game (Memories of Celceta) coming to Vita, I thought I’d give this a try and I wasn’t disappointed.

The Story- The game starts by giving some back story about the main character Adol. It is very interesting and made me immediately fall in love with the series. Adol is an adventurer who goes all over this fictional world in search of…well…adventure. The way the intro starts it makes total sense as to why there are so many of these games and it makes me want them all. In this particular story Adol and his companion Dogi return to Dogi’s hometown to pay a visit. What awaits the two catapults our hero into…you guessed it…AN EPIC ADVENTURE! A tyrant king is taxing the poor people to death and Dogi’s childhood friend has gone to the dark side. There are twists and turns in the story, but it is very easy to follow. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to dive into another Ys game.

Game Details

Title: Ys: The Oath in Felghana
Genre: JRPG
Developer: Nihon Falcom Corporation
Platforms: PSP (PS Vita Compatible)
Price: $14.99
Rating: Teen
Release Date: November 2, 2010

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PRAISE:

  • Zelda? Is that you?- If you’re looking for a great action RPG on the Vita that will help curve your appetite until Zelda for the 3DS then look no further. The puzzles might not be as intense but the collection of powers and weapons will definitely seem familiar.
  • Old School- The graphics are a great mixture of 3D environments and Super Nintendo RPG sprites. There are many different environments to explore and they’re all a blast to be in. I really the art style and it looks great on the Vita.
  • CCCOMBO BREAKER!- This game has a wonderful battle system with various difficulty levels. I like that you can map the buttons any way you want (in-game) so you can play how you’re use to playing an action game. Fighting monsters is fast, furious, and satisfying.
  • Sweet Sounds of Falghana- Its my understanding that this is a re-release to this system and so they revamped the soundtrack. It sounds amazing! I really like all the songs and they fit perfectly with the game. Each score makes you feel like you’re in the adventure.
  • Man This is Hard- There are a variety of difficulty levels and they range from every button you press better make something happen to button mash away. I like when games go into detail with their difficulties. It makes it fun for everyone. Just be warned the harder difficulties are seriously hard as balls!

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AWKWARD SILENCE:

  • Can you repeat that?- The voice acting isn’t very good. It has its ups and downs, but the good thing is that you can turn it off. It is fun to think of how much better the story might have been with a good cast though.

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WELL-DESERVED CRITICISMS:

  • Where the hell am I?- The map system is non-existent. There is a map to major points on the world area but in the dungeons you are on your own. This can be a little frustrating an tedious when you walk in circles trying to find the way to the next major area. I just feel like it would have been really easy to put a map in here.
  • Hop-Scotch Blues- There is quite a bit of platforming in this game and the 3D environments can make it very difficult to get through some of the harder segments. It doesn’t help that when you fall you have to climb your way back to the top and try again. It gets annoying and super repetitive.

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CONCLUSION:

If you haven’t been introduced to this series there is no better introduction than this game. It’s fairly cheap on the PlayStation Network and works perfectly on the Vita. I highly recommend this to any action RPG fans out there. Its fun, fast, and it will leave a lasting impression. For now I’ll let you get to it so i can work on my next review…YS: SEVEN! As always comments are encouraged so tell me whats on your mind.

Hey guys my name is Steven Mari. I'm a 25 year old lifetime gamer. I love games and I love technology. I study at Idaho State University and I work as a Certified Surgical Technologist/Certified First Assistant at our local hospital. When I'm not gaming I work out or go mountain biking. What am I talking about?...I'm always gaming! Feel free to post me your comments good or bad I'm here to listen and get feedback so I can better steer you in the right direction in your future gaming/technology investments...PEACE!
  • http://www.geekrevolt.com/ DeShaun Zollicoffer

    Nice review! I bought this back in the day, but I never got around to finishing it. Sigh, thats the story of my life when it comes to most of the games I buy lol

    • Sphyriel

      Ya its a pretty long game but I was really surprised at how cool it was. I’m super excited to start playing Ys: Seven and the new game for Vita.