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  1. A Modern Guide to Ys - Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA

    by , 01-12-2020 at 01:17 AM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)

    YS VIII: LACRIMOSA OF DANA

    If it's not clear by now, I adore the Ys series. I love how purely fun these games are, I love the simple sense of adventure, and the sense of genuine mystique from uncovering the lore of ancient places of legend. I love the way Falcom humanizes their characters and really makes them feel 'real' in a way other studios' JRPGs struggle to match. And whatever I may have said about Celceta it still is a game that has a lot of that. ...
  2. FF6 progress

    I'm towards the end of Final Fantasy VI, I still have a few loose ends to wrap up. Currently trying to even out my character's levels so that they are all around level 40. My main squad reached LV40ish but it turns out I am going to need to split the party up if I am going to stand a chance against some of the dungeons that require to split your party. I'm debating on whether going all the way to fully equip my party before the final confrontation against Kefka.

    If I finish FF6 I would ...
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  3. A Modern Guide to Ys - Ys: Memories of Celceta (Ys IV)

    by , 01-03-2020 at 11:09 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)

    YS: MEMORIES OF CELCETA (YS IV)

    Time for a quick history lesson! Ys IV's history is a strange one indeed. Back around its initial release there were actually two games that were Ys IV, there was "Ys IV: Dawn of Ys" by Hudson Soft on the PC Engine (TurboGrafx-16) CD-ROM, and then there was "Ys IV: Mask of the Sun" by Tonkin House on the SNES. How did that happen? Well Falcom were in a bit of a situation at ...
  4. A Modern Guide to Ys - Ys Seven

    by , 01-03-2020 at 02:37 AM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)

    YS SEVEN

    Heading into the final era of Ys games and in the series' timeline the chronologically last of the localized games so far we have Ys Seven. Released for the PSP in late 2009 and ported to the PC years later, this game marks a heavy departure from earlier titles in the series in terms of graphics, gameplay and storytelling alike. The shift was met with mixed reception, but given all that came out of it, I couldn't be ...
  5. Check me out!

    As I return, I reminisce over the past.

    It wasn't a long task, a few clicks and I was done with that. Impulsive? Maybe, but what are the ramifications of such, of prolonging such a strenuous task?

    It feels weird to be back, I don't know anyone. I still miss BarleySeeAtAll or whatever her name was.

    But she left in like 2010, the beginning of the decade.

    Whatever, I'm here and it's the beginning of a new decade. Let's try not to mess this up. ...
  6. A Modern Guide to Ys - Ys Origin

    by , 12-31-2019 at 11:03 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)

    YS ORIGIN

    Now for perhaps one of the best-known games in the series, Ys Origin has gained quite a bit of notoriety especially on Steam, probably mainly because its Steam trailer is super hype. Does it deserve it? Well, to put it very simply... hell yeah it does.


    As mentioned already, in Ys Origin you do not play as Adol. That's because this game is a prequel to the Ys I & II duology, ...
  7. A Modern Guide to Ys - Ys: The Oath in Felghana (Ys III)

    by , 12-30-2019 at 11:55 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)


    YS: THE OATH IN FELGHANA (YS III)

    The third Ys game was known in the SNES era as "Wanderers of Ys", and was the game to introduce a lot of the western world to the series. Its reputation overall has been mixed, being a sort of "Zelda II: The Adventure of Link" of the Ys series, ditching the overhead view for a sidescrolling adventure and as already implied not really being about the land of Ys at all anymore, ...
  8. My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra

    by , 12-30-2019 at 10:56 PM (Wolf Kanno's Crazy Ramblings and Incoherent Statements)
    Top 100 List Blah blah blah…. I ended up re-writing this entry because the original was a little more bitter and more like just a genuine rant than a review. With that said, a little backstory is in order.
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    Continuing my trend of snubbed entries in franchises, we now come back to a series that was very near and dear to me. At this point in time, the story of ...
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  9. A Modern Guide to Ys - Ys VI

    by , 12-29-2019 at 07:32 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)

    YS VI: THE ARK OF NAPISHTIM

    Ys VI first came out in 2003 and marked a sort of revival for the series after an 8 year long hiatus following Ys V. It features an entirely new engine which was also used as the basis for the next two games on our list, as well as tying older games together lore-wise a lot.


    The game begins as Adol finds himself stranded on ...
  10. A Modern Guide to Ys - Ys II Chronicles

    by , 12-29-2019 at 11:35 AM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)

    Ys II Chronicles

    As previously mentioned, Ys II resumes right where Ys I left us, with Adol being beamed up into the sky onto the floating island that is the old land of Ys. He wakes up outside of a small place called Lance Village without any of his equipment (how convenient) and without wasting any time gets roped into having to save the local doctor from a cave-in in a nearby monster-infested mine. At the same time the cave is intertwined with an old sanctuary ...

    Updated 12-29-2019 at 12:13 PM by Karifean

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