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The Ys series is one of the longest running series in gaming, but hasn’t received a lot of mainstream love, with much of its storied history coasting under the radar while big-name RPG franchises such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest steal all of the thunder. However, regardless of how widespread (or not) the game’s reception has been, the series is still very much alive and kicking, with the latest entry, Ys SEVEN, now available for the PSP. Ys SEVEN is an old-school action-RPG that features some familiar trappings from the salad days of the Japanese RPG genre, including a light story, huge bosses, and relatively simplistic gameplay that doesn’t stir the pot much. The game has a few downfalls that won’t let it sit well with fans of more modern JRPG fare, including cheap boss fights and a healthy amount of backtracking, but overall, it is a solid entry to the Ys franchise. Ys SEVEN finds series regulars Dogi and Adol at the Capital of Altago looking for adventure. Once there, they get a request from the king to investigate a series of earthquakes, and quickly find themselves wrapped up in a battle against the forces of evil to save the kingdom. The main characters find themselves in a plot that leaves a lot to be desired.
The most annoying thing about modern Japanese games is how long they take to get to the interesting parts. Ten years ago, games that plodded through an hour of tedious exposition before loosing you upon the world were in the minority, even among RPGs. Now, compare Final Fantasy VII's rousing intro to the way its most recent sequel begins. Final Fantasy XIII takes hours to build up steam as opposed to minutes. It's not like Square's alone in stumbling this way, though -- it's an industry-wide trend. Frustratingly, this tendency has even crept into the one series that you'd expect to be the last bastion of no-nonsense, old-school design: Ys Seven. Developer Falcom seems to have fallen prey to the collective delusion that its game has an interesting story (it doesn't) told in a compelling way (it's not) that players will be eager to sit through for a seeming eternity before the quest begins in earnest (we aren't). I've never been a huge fan of the Ys games, but I respect the series' no-nonsense nature. Ys is about laconic protagonist Adol Christin waking up in a new land, learning of an ancient prophecy or looming peril, and promptly setting out to round up an arsenal of magical powers with which to save the kingdom du jour.
Adol the Red has a pathological need for adventure. This enigmatic hero has been traipsing around a number of far-flung lands during the long tenure of Falcom's Ys series and has laid down scores of monsters with the edge of his sword. Rather than a franchise that is built on extensive storytelling, Ys is built around hacking and slashing and not much else. This is both an advantage and a detriment, with the result that if you love a singular focus on dismembering monsters and stealing all their stuff, Ys Seven will satisfy. Assuming the role of Adol, your adventure gets underway as you and a companion, Dogi, arrive in Altago City, a bustling port that has only recently earned victory in a conflict with a neighboring country. As outsiders, the two travelers are viewed with hostility and suspicion by the Dragon Knights, the city's guardian force. The king has fortunately heard tales of Adol the Red, and you are soon asked to investigate some activity at a nearby ruin. For a figure of such world renown, Adol Christin is pretty much a blank slate. You don't get a sense of what he does besides kill monsters, travel, help random people with their problems, and enjoy Dogi's company.
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It won't be hailed as 2010's deepest role-playing experience, but what Falcom's Ys Seven lacks in narrative and character depth it more than makes up for in entertaining and engaging combat-heavy gameplay. I'll admit, I'm happy for Ys fans. After years of missing out on even remakes like Ys I & II Eternal for the PS2, XSeed's decision to localize not one but three Ys games must seem like mana from heaven. Even better, the latest game in the series is a solid RPG in its own right, and certainly a worthy entrant in the long-running series. Ys Seven marks the latest adventure of Adol Christin, the red-haired protagonist who has appeared in every game save Ys Origins. This time around, Adol and his companion Dogi roll up on the distant land of Altago -- roughly equivalent to the real-world's Carthage -- and soon get caught up in the local politics. In time, Adol discovers that an ancient evil has been awakened, and that it's up to him to stop it. What I just described is pretty much every Ys game ever, but the Ys series has never been one for complex narratives. All you really need to know is that it's a standalone adventure that doesn't require prior knowledge of the other games to enjoy.
Ys Seven is like well-cooked rice, simple and plain but rare enough in occurrence that the firm and supple flavor is worth savoring down to every last morsel. It's neither the most innovative nor the the most captivating action JRPG, but it's readily accessible and the combat is quick enough on the draw to fit the pick-up-and-play mold of the PSP. And if there's anything that the action JRPG genre needs, it's getting back to basics. As such, the story returns to the classic but borderline clich JRPG structure: Island continent of Altago. Silent protagonist with red hair and a swashbuckling desire for adventure. Muscular companion with blue hair who plays the lovable idiot with fists of steel. Five elements. Five tribes. Five additional party characters. Five dragons. Five dragon altars. Fragile flower girl. Even frailer deaf mute. A mysterious girl in a robe. A mysterious guy in black. The aristocracy and the military discriminating against the poor and defenseless. Unexplainable anomalies. World destruction. Chaos. Order. Hope. Despair. Life. If you've played any semblance of old-school JRPG set in a fantasy world, you won't be surprised at the twists and turns in the story.
I've played too many Japanese role-playing games to count. When working out, I actually see experience points drifting up above my head, and I'm pretty sure the frog I accidentally killed with the weed whacker in middle school left behind some gold coins. All kidding aside, I consider myself well-versed in the JRPG universe, but I've somehow missed out on the Ys series -- a long-running franchise from developer Falcom that revolves around the heroic exploits of Adol Christin (or, in more heroic fashion, "Adol the Red"). Ys Seven, which hit Sony's portable this week, is one the latest entries in the series that's actually coming to the United States. Ys Seven is an action-packed RPG that once again documents Adol's journey, along with his close companion Dogi. When Ys Seven begins, Adol and Dogi land on Altago and are soon tasked with investigating the mysterious phenomenon that are plaguing the land and its people. This includes plenty of scary earthquakes, rampaging monsters and other things that would totally ruin someone's day. Although it takes a little while for the action to pick up, the rest of the experience is fast and battle-heavy, which works perfectly for how Ys Seven is designed.
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