Review: Ys The Oath in Felghana

After his adventures in Esteria and Celceta, Adol’s good friend Dogi convinces him to take a side-trip to Felghana, his homeland. What they thought would be a peaceful vacation turns into another adventure, as Adol’s trouble-magnetism strikes again. Continue reading Review: Ys The Oath in Felghana

Let’s Play Ys: The Oath in Felghana

I’ve mentioned in the past how much I like the Ys Series. I like the stories, the world and I love the music. So as I’ve been streaming from Monday to Friday, it occurred to me I should play more Ys games and hopefully get more people to play them as well.

So that’s what I did. I started a new Let’s Play, to replace my already finished Stealthy Nicey Jensen run for Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and while I take a little break from the Tomb Raider series before I hit the next one, Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation. Continue reading Let’s Play Ys: The Oath in Felghana

Ys Series Review

In the past few months I’ve discovered a new game series which I may have mentioned a dozen times by now. They’re not new games; in fact they go way back to the 80s.

Ys

Developed by Nihon Falcom, Ys is a long series of eight games released and re-released in the span of 20+ years. While most games in the series never made it out of Japan, thanks to the good fellas at XSEED Games, we’re slowly getting most of them on this side of the pond.

I first found out about the series not through gaming sites or any such media, but through Steam Specials and Sales, and saw The Oath in Felghana on sale. At the moment I didn’t buy it, I was so broke I couldn’t even afford this relatively inexpensive game. Then Ys Origin released and at another sale I nabbed them both. I decided to give Origin a try. I loved it. I’ll get into details later on. I was about to go into Felghana when I found out it was a remake/reimagining/epic-scale-upping of Ys III. I had a dilemma, how could I play this game without I & II? Luckily for me, Ys I & II Chronicles+ released on steam a few months later, so I bought it at once and started playing through it. I finished Felghana and Ys II a couple of months ago, so I’ll review them while my mind is fresh with the memories of hours spent addicted to the mechanics and story and characters.

Let’s being with Ys I & II Chronicles+. Continue reading Ys Series Review

In Defence of the Silent Protagonist

Silent heroes are a video game staple, from the days when there wasn’t really much of a choice to the modern days where their use is deliberate. Some silent heroes make sense while others don’t, and I’ll go through a few of them in this piece, as well as explain why the Silent Hero is such a good thing, why we need silent heroes in video games.

Silent Heroes such as Link, Gordon Freeman, Adol Christin and Crono from Chrono Trigger to mention a few have been used in the past to enhance the immersion of the player. Some characters aren’t completely mute; they react, like Link silently answering the question “What’s your name?” which makes him seem he’s telepathic or something. Same with Adol Christin from the Ys series, he never says anything, but when prompted, a text-box appears saying “Adol explained the situation and introduced himself” or something similar. You never get to see him actually saying things, but you know he’s saying them. In fact, Link could use that as well, give at least some indication the guy’s talking. Some others, like Crono, Freeman and the Marine from Doom, never say a single word and if they do (within the game world), you’re never given any indication it actually happens.

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