Long overdue review is overdue. I definitely haven’t forgotten about reviewing RPGs, although I’ve been taking a minor break due to school work.
Developer: Nihon Falcom
Year: 2005 (PC version), 2010 (PSP version)
After falling in love with Falcom’s Kiseki series, I’ve decided to try to delve into their even older franchise, Ys. In contrary to the slow-moving, story-heavy Legend of Heroes, the Ys series consists of fast-paced action RPGs. The Ys series has been around since 1987 for some outdated Japanese computer, and has 7 main installments up until now, with a variety of ports, remakes, reimagings, and all that other stuff you get with a long-running series. It’s also one of those things that despite being around for so long, nobody had heard of it or played it. XSEED’s partnership with Falcom has probably brought in many new fans (me, for example), but it’s still not very well-known outside of niche gaming sites or GameFAQs’ RPG boards in the West. You mention Ys somewhere filled with regular people, and nobody will have any idea what you’re talking about. Or at least that’s my experience anyways. I guess I shouldn’t give my interactions with normal people too much credit though.