Ys is a series that gets far less attention than it deserves. There are many reasons for this, but the main one is that Americans have not really gotten to experience as many of the adventures of Adol the Red as their Japanese counterparts. There are also some people that are probably turned away simply by its title; it’s not exactly intuitive to pronounce it as ‘ease.’ Regardless, Nihon Falcom and XSeeD are determined to rectify the first issue by releasing more games stateside, hoping to give Americans more time with the top-down action RPG series. That’s where Ys Seven comes in, and as it takes the series in many new directions, there’s a lot to like. Continue reading ‘Ys Seven – Staff Review’ »
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XSEED just launched the official website for the PSP-bound Ys Seven, located here. Apart from the usual menagerie of background info, preorder links, and collector’s edition extras – CD soundtrack, 60-page art book, and cloth map – the site lists the game’s release date as August 17. The standard and downloadable versions will cost $29.99, while the CE will retail for $49.99.
As the North American release of Ys Seven draws closer, the developers have launched a promotion-slash-contest for fans to submit their names as possible in-game quest characters. From now until June 11, anyone who joins the Ys fangroup on Facebook will have their name entered in the drawing; a total of 14 names will be picked at random.
Further details, such as legal requirements for participants, can be found on the official Ys Series Facebook page.
Coming straight from XSEED is the announcement of a partnership with Japan-based developer/publisher Nihon Falcom, with the intent of bringing the latest three installments in the Ys series to the PSP. The ports of the titles in question – Ys Seven, Ys: The Oath of Felghana, and Ys I & II Chronicles – will see a US release, though no date has been announced.
The deal also allows XSEED to release the next three chapters in Falcom’s Legend of Heroes series, the Trails in the Sky trilogy. As with the above Ys games, release dates are not yet known, though the titles will be brought to the PSP for North America.
Y’know, I’m not much of a Japanophile. Not really. I’d like to visit the place, trying to learn to speak the language, maybe watch an anime or two – they keep breaking my heart, but I keep giving them chances, it’s like some sick relationship that just won’t die. But I can say with a straight face that Vocaloid is one of the best things they’ve ever made.
Seriously, Miku can de-angst the most hardened man in time. Oh, you might balk at it initially, but she finds a way in. She finds a way.
But enough about me, let’s talk media. In today’s update: Disgaea 3 DLC, Summon Night: Tear’s Crown, Ys Seven, Princess Antiphona’s Hymn: Angel’s Score Op.A, and Blood of Bahamut. Observe: Continue reading ‘Mass Media 08/02/09’ »
Falcom Japan has already announced that they have plans for some new and interesting things for Ys Seven, the newest installment of their flagship series, Ys. Now they have finally divulged some details on the biggest addition: the party system. Up to three different characters can be in the party at any one time, one of which will be player-controlled. The other two will operate on AI. Players will be able to switch between controlling any one of the three characters at any time. With the addition of party members comes the addition of different kinds of attacks. Each character’s weapon will specialize in either slicing, striking or piercing attacks. Accordingly, enemies will be weaker or stronger to these different attacks.
Along with the party details comes the introduction of three new sub-characters who will be key players in Adel’s journey. First is Kymarl, the wise king of Altago. Hearing rumors of Adel’s adventures, he does what’s within his considerable power to help Adel out. Also introduced are Elk’s grandmother Fatima and Mustafa’s ailing younger sister Crshe. The official site says she is the victim of fevers, but it seems obvious the poor girl also has a vowel problem.
Ys Seven is due out on the PSP in Japan on September 17.
Hold up there folks, this day ain’t over yet! More media than you can handle, if your computer was assembled in 1996: Cross Edge, Summon Night X, and Ys Seven. Check it out: Continue reading ‘Mass Media 07/09/09 – Part 2’ »
Man, I don’t know if I want to live in a world where Duke Nukem Forever is truly no more. It was like Schödinger’s Cat in game form, only we now know for certain that there never was a cat in the first place, and they were just showing us pictures of other cats. Of course we kinda knew all along that something was up but were going with it anyway because it made for good joke fodder, and who knows? Maybe there really was a cat in there the whole time and it’d be a really awesome cat. A cat with attitude and strippers. Oh well. Another hallmark of our pasttime gone by the wayside.
Anyway, here’s some completely unrelated media for you: Knights in the Nightmare, Blood of Bahamut, Ys Seven, Inazuma Eleven 2, and Trinity Universe. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 05/10/09’ »
Y’know, I just watched the video for Psychobilly Freakout a few minutes ago, and I wanted to somehow incorporate it in this update. Alas, I don’t know how. But Reverend Horton Heat is awesome; this, few can deny. Anyway, some screens and drawings for you people! Diablo III, Dragon Quest IX, Final Fantasy XIII, Infinite Space, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, A Witch’s Tale, Ys I & II Chronicles, Ys Online: Call of Solum, and Ys Seven. Continue reading ‘Mass Screenshots, Artwork 04/01/09’ »
Nihon Falcom has announced two more Ys games today, both for the PSP. Ys I&II Chronicles is, as the name suggests, a shiny new version of the first two Ys games with updated graphics and sound. It’s due out in Japan this coming July. Ys Seven is a new addition to the series and promises some sort of multiplayer options. It’s heading to Japanese store shelves in September.