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Ys Origin

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Following a devastating demonic invasion, the twin Goddesses use their magic to bring the inhabitants of legendary Ys safely into the sky. While the demons work to construct Devil’s Tower and reach the humans’ new abode, the Goddesses disappear. As a mighty warrior or a cunning mage, you must seek the Goddesses in Devil’s Tower. With your swordsmanship and spells, can you banish evil from the land of your ancestors? 3 playable characters, each with unique skillsets and powers. Several exciting environments. 3 game modes: Story, Time Attack, Arena Mode. Numerous artifacts and powerful relics to use. Breathtaking art direction. With its captivating story, stirring soundtrack, and epic boss battles, Ys Origin remains one of the best action-RPGs of all time!
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

What happens when you mix challenging action combat, light metroidivania elements, high energy OST and cute, but non-intrusive story?
Ys happens.

Review from Steam

After finishing all three character campaigns, I am glad to have finally finished Ys Origin.
In my humble opinion: I don't consider Origin to be one of the best Ys games. While it is certainly a great game with fantastic music and gameplay, it is simply too repetitive. Having to replay it three times over again to get the full story sours the experience for me. Especially when only one of the routes is canon.
Be that as it may... I still recommend this game! Whether you are a fan of Ys or just getting started, it should still be experienced at least once. Regardless of it's shortcomings, it's still fun to play and one of the most important Ys games in the lore.

Review from Steam

Ys Origin is a really nice game for multiple reasons:
- It's an action platformer with RPG elements, so you can compensate skill with levels and vice versa
- Note that there is some equipment to get, but its more like upgrades than loot
- There are multiple difficulties to choose from so it can be made challenging no matter how good you are
- 3 different characters to play as which share the same storyline from different angles and have different styles of gameplay, so you can play through the game 3 times and still learn new stuff about the story. They also have different spells.
- Some nice rewards for playing through all kind of modes with all kinds of characters
- A well arranged story with some twists, which means you can pick it up after some time and still get into it easily
I guess it takes about 8 hours to play through it once, so given the 3 characters its 24 hours just to play through one difficulty once. There is a bit of platforming but its not unforgiving hard. It's also quite linear for the most part, so not much metroidvania in that sense (although you occasionally need items to proceed).

Review from Steam

Although the game is fun, I have to point out:
They don't let you customize controls at all. I nearly asked for a refund because of this. I went and got a gamepad, thinking that it'd at least have standard controls that way, but for some God awful reason you're stuck attacking with what should be the jump button and jumping with what should be the skill button.
Infuriating.

Review from Steam

Played through one character's story and have no desire to play through again for the other characters but the game was enjoyable if a bit of a throwback. To get the most out of this game you'll want to do the following:
* If you're doing single digit damage against any boss you either need a weapon upgrade or levels. Only stop leveling up in each area when it's noticeably tedious.
* Make sure you're getting a weapon upgrade every 2 to 3 floors after it is explained to you. These MUST be found if you want to do enough damage to the bosses, they are mandatory.
* Armor upgrades come every few floors, find these as well.
If you come in to this game with those expectations of what you need to do you'll have a pretty good time. There are a few annoying bosses but overall it's an enjoyable older Ys game.

Review from Steam

this game is cool i wonder what it would be like if french people were real

Review from Steam

Ys Origin is an excellent game about cute girls murdering everything in their path

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