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700 years before the events of Ys I & II, the land of Ys was on the brink of destruction. Demons came in droves and forced the twin Goddesses who ruled the land to whisk their subjects away from the surface, into the safe embrace of the clouds. The demons were persistent, however, erecting a massive tower in pursuit. The battle that raged upon the ground had begun ascending for a second round up above.

One day, amidst this turmoil, the Goddesses stole away into the night, vanishing from Ys altogether. And there's only one place they could have gone: the Devil's Tower.

A search party of knights and sorcerers was hastily formed and dispatched to the surface in hopes of retrieving these runaway deities. Among its members were apprentice knight Yunica Tovah and troubled sorcerer Hugo Fact.

This is their story. Or at least, it's how each of them remembers it.

Expanding upon the gameplay elements introduced in Ys: The Ark of Napishtim and further developed in Ys: The Oath in Felghana, Ys Origin perfects the formula by adding different styles of play and new features never before seen in the Ys universe. Best described as an arcade-like platformer RPG with Metroidvania elements and a complex, multi-faceted narrative, Ys Origin is the perfect mix of action, exploration and story. Screen-filling bosses with complex AI, unique platforming elements, innovative puzzles and a deeply involving mystery await within the wildly varied confines of this classic Ys dungeon.

Come see how long you can last in the Devil's Tower...Key Features:
  • Officially available in English for the very first time.
  • Three unique playable characters in story mode, with additional variations (and characters?) unlockable through other modes.
  • Five difficulty levels ranging from "Very Easy" for casual players to "Nightmare" for true Ys masters.
  • Unlockable "Time Attack" and "Boss Rush" modes for anyone looking to show off his/her boss-taming abilities.
  • Unlockable Arena Mode pits players against massive hordes of enemies for unique gameplay rewards.
  • Over 40 unique Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud support and hundreds of highly competitive leaderboards.
  • Minutely configurable high-resolution graphics with true widescreen support.
  • Fully adjustable controls supporting virtually any USB gamepad, as well as a standard keyboard and mouse setup.
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Developer
DotEmu
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Nihon Falcom
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Nihon Falcom Corporation
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XSEED Games
Age rating
13+ Teen
Website
http://www.worldofys.com/yso

System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • OS:XP
  • Processor:Pentium III / 1 GHz
  • 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:XP, Vista, 7, 64-bit compatible
  • Processor:Pentium4 / 1.3 GHz or higher
  • 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
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Ys Origin reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Deutsch
THIS VERDAMMTE SPIEL!!! Even I'm hanging on to this Game and it pulls me into its fading, "Ys Origin" is such a damn Beautiful game. Even if the world is completely 3D, you play with a fixed camera, which makes fighting challenging. For new beginners I would recommend the difficulty level "Light" Pulled. For people who already have some experience I would rather recommend "Normal" because the Game always remains very demanding. The Graphics in the Game remind me a Lot of an Anime, it still looks damn beautiful, even with poor quality the Game still looks beautiful. The whole Game reminds me a lot of "The Legend of Zelda" because despite cool "Boss fights," it also "Jump & Run" and "Puzzle Tasks." It offers a lot of outward healing and a gripping Story. The beautiful thing is that you need to know "Ys1 and Ys2" in order to understand the Story, It captivates you just like that. Ys Origin knows only one drawback, the game comes from a Japanese developer and thus only gives on "Japanisch/English French" what makes playing a bit more difficult for Gamers who can only German, nevertheless I would recommend this Game to everyone. It really is a wonderful Game and is just right for all "The Legend of Zelda" fans. I would give the game 9 out of 10 to score as I lack the German language. Don't Let that dissuade you though, it's enough to play the Game Mfg: Freaky
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Class. Ys Origin is an absolutely brilliant little game. The Majority of The time is spent with Hack & Slay, getting the Tower further up. Entire Monster Hordes are transformed into Wind wire Ropes into Loot Using Attacks, Special Attacks and Magic. The Monsters are diverse and often particularly susceptible to certain Types of Damage. From giant Knights whose big Shield blocks all Attacks from the front to flying something, the Monsters are varied and sometimes even sophisticated. The boss Battles are counterpoint. They are sophisticated and you have to internalise the Tactics of the Bosses. Jumping at The right Moment, going back at the right Moment, who just runs in, dies. Some Bosses are so demanding that you can spend Hours laying them down, but personally I never felt cheated, but resented my own Mistakes. If You think Ys Origin seems too heavy, you'll find an easy Way to make it easier for yourself in the Level system. If a Boss with Level 23 is too heavy, it can help to blow down level 24 simple Monsters and you can do more Damage to the Boss yourself. You shouldn't forget to save, though, because Ys Origin doesn't do it for the Player. Oldscool. Some Criticism: Unfortunately, the Difficulty cannot be adjusted in the Game, but only at the Beginning of the Game. Whoever played 4h and Partout doesn't manage the Boss might have an Alternative here. Also, the Game is pretty linear. Last Point of criticism: Japanese Games you have to like. Gods captured by Humans? Belongs to the Story, as if it comes to asking why! Oh, and why the little Pelty creature in the Corner has the most powerful Robe in the Game? WEIL HALT! I should Mention the good and atmospheric Soundtrack and the sometimes brilliant Artwork in the Cutscenes. Oh, yes, the Game can be played with three ground different Characters. Knight, Wizard and Hook Type. Since everyone has their own Story, it is extremely strong to play through again. But You should call a Controller a Own, with the Keyboard the Game is pretty hard. Verdict: A Pearl. Brilliant. Really good.
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