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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.
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Release date
Feb 22, 2011
Developer
Nihon Falcom
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Nihon Falcom Corporation
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XSEED JKS Inc
Publisher
XSEED Games
Age rating
Not rated
Website
http://www.worldofys.com/ysc/

System requirements for PC

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
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Ys I & II Chronicles+ reviews and comments

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Ys I: An absolute Classic and, on top of that, the Starting Gun for a great action RPG series! It's quite amazing how well this Game has held up. It is certainly a Remake, but the Basic Framework Is still based on the original Ys, which Anno was released in 1987. The fast Gameplay is second to none and offers an excellent Balance between Simplicity and Entitlement. You can rush straight into the Game without pushing through any Instructions, but if you want to play Through Ys, you should already bring a certain Amount of Skill and Mind. In Short: A true retro classic and absolute Mandatory Title for every retro player and Friends of the action Role-playing game! Pro and Kontra: Pro:-very brisk gameplay-simple and ingenious "Anrempel" combat system-beautiful Sprite graphics in 16-Bit style-cool J-Rock soundtrack with earworm warranty-requires Initiative in Researching the Game world and Solving the Item puzzles-numerous, sympathetic supporting characters-fluid and configurable keyboard And controller control Neutral:-about 5-7 Hours of Playtime-offers only a small But open game world-a classic Plot without any real Special Features Kontra:- For some, it could be too "retro," because you just have to look at where you stay-the "Anrempel" combat System probably does not please everyone either-some boss fights seem unfair, because you can often not prevent Inlaid damage and it is not even allowed yet Inserting Aids such as healing Potions in a Boss fight = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Consistent Continuation Of a Classic Who liked the first Part will also like the Second. The Core Game Elements that made the Predecessor so good have been retained and supplemented by new Things. So Adol gets a few Spells provided and the Scope of the Game has just been doubled. Away from some minor Changes that fall within the Realm of personal Taste anyway, only the Soundtrack can actually be cited as a real Point of criticism, and only because it doesn't match the earworm brilliance of the previous Game. However, this is Metering At a very high Level, because Ys II is also a great action Role-playing game, which will give Fans of retro games and action Role-playing games a lot of joy. Ys I & II Chronicles + is simply an excellent Remake and a great Compilation for all those who have always wanted to experience the Beginnings of this beautiful action RPG saga. The Price of £11.99 is also very fair. Those who do not strike here are to blame themselves. Pro and Kontra: Pro:-the Benefits of Ys I also apply to The Sequel-the game principle has been expanded to include spells-the Duration of The game has been increased to about 10-14 Hours-further Details (gift system, higher level cap, ...) Neutral:-Ys II does not offer an Open World like its Predecessor, but is structured-a classic Plot without real Specifics-the Degree of difficulty has been changed, fights are now lighter, but the adventure elements for this Sophisticated Contra:-could For some to be too "Retro," because you just have to look at where you stay-the "Anrempel" combat system probably does not please everyone-the new Soundtrack does not come close to that of the Predecessor The full Review: http://www.gamecontrast.de/ys-i-ii-chronicles-review/#more-60361
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The game itself is pretty small by today standards but if you keep in mind that there is no map the size is quite fair. Graphics aged really well and playing in the Complete mode with art and sound from 2001 is bringing an unforgettable sense of nostalgia.

As for gameplay and story: there is 20-30 minutes learning curve but after that, the experience is very captivating and the story makes this small pixel reality vibrant and alive.
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