An Ys-y Choice for RPG Fans
For those who missed out on having an abundance of RPGs easily accessible to them last generation, all they had to do was look towards handhelds like the Nintendo DS and the PlayStation Portable. There you could find a veritable cornucopia of RPGs for all tastes. The Ys series was one of those series that was available on the PSP in multiple games. The final Ys title to be released on the PSP was a brand-new Ys adventure, Ys Seven. Is the game seventh heaven for RPG lovers?
Series protagonist (though not the same exact person in each Ys game-- think Link from The Legend of Zelda) Adol Christin and his traveling companion Dogi head to the land of Altago searching for adventure. In an altercation with the capital city's Dragon Knights, they wind up in a jail cell. However, the king knows of their heroic exploits and requests that they investigate the various earthquakes that have been occurring across the land. Although the story is simple in concept, it offers plenty of twists, rising actions, climaxes, and falling actions to make for a plot that is seldom, if ever, yawn-inducing. It's an enjoyable story overall, and it makes you want to keep pushing through the game to see its conclusion.
|Let this be a lesson to all heroes:|
save a flower girl, go to jail.
|Battles can get quite chaotic, especially |
with more than one enemy to deal with!
|Some bosses can make Adol and company|
look like ants in comparison!
|Ys Seven offers a different kind of perspective|
compared to past games in the Ys series.
|Use character skills to help take down|
enemy health more quickly.
Quests are an entirely optional part of Ys Seven. However, completing each quest usually results in acquiring money or a helpful piece of equipment or item that can't be found anywhere else within the game. Whether the quest is finding a series of synthesis materials for someone or taking out a certain boss, quests add some replay value to an already 15-20 hour game.
Altago features many unique landmarks and destinations throughout its borders. From towns to dungeons, caves to shrines, there's a lot to venture through in Adol and the gang's adventure. The land is fairly large, but the eventual ability to fast travel makes journeying much less tedious than it would be otherwise.
|Ah... A Kodak moment.|
|Ys Seven's dungeons are fun|
to explore and better to find treasure in.
Overall, Ys Seven is one of the best installments the Ys series has to offer. From its engaging combat system, to its interesting story, to its beefed up presentation and copious amount of exploration, Ys Seven delivers on nearly every front. Some technical issues and excessive backtracking mar the experience, but those issues are relatively minor in the grand scheme of things. For PSP owners and/or fans of great RPGs, Ys Seven really is an Ys-y choice for a game to add to your collections.
[SPC Says: 9.25/10]