About twelve years ago, a relatively small company named Falcom, created
a masterpiece called Ys for the MSX computer. The game became extremely
popular in Japan, and Falcom decided that it would make another port for
the game, which lead to Ys for Sega Master System in 1988. Again, Ys
turned out to be extremely popular, and, once again, Falcom decided that
it would, once more, make another port, only this time, it would be for
the new NEC PC-Engine. Only this time, thanks to the tremendous
storage power of the CD, Falcom thought it would be in their best
interest to use a real band for the soundtrack, instead of the lowly FM
midis and PCM which were currently being used by most videogames at the
time. Only it didn't stop there; instead, Falcom also decided that it
would add animation, as well as voice overs to give Ys a more realistic
atmosphere. When the finished product was released to the public, it
hit the charts in Japan like wildfire - unfortunately, however, that was
not the case for the US market. Ys was relatively unknown in the
states, which was one of the main reasons why 'Ys 4 - The Dawn of Ys'
never reached our shores, which is enough to make any fan of the series
Thankfully, after all these years, Falcom is still producing games, and
in late 1997, they released Ys Eternal for the PC. Though Ys Eternal is
a rehash of Ys book I and II for the Turbo Duo, it is a 32 bit
counterpart compared to the inferior 8 bit game of the ancient past.
There are many changes in Ys Eternal, as well. For instance, Ys book
I and II consisted of Japanese animation stills, but Ys Eternal uses
complete animation sequences which usually last about a minute or
longer, which, in my book, is a gift from the heavens. Ys Eternal also
consists of animation stills, which are usually shown when meeting an
important character in the game, which also is a thing to drool at,
considering the animation is about 100 times better than it was with
original Ys Book I and II. However, the best thing about Ys Eternal is
the soundtrack. Ys has, by far, the best soundtrack you will ever hear
in ANY videogame to date. The Falcom JDK is the best music maker in
the world, and in this game it clearly sticks out. The music alone is
enough to buy the game.
As for complaints about the gameplay and control, there are none. The
mistakes which existed in the original Ys Book I and II, no longer
exist. For instance, Adol, the main character, is drawn with great
detail, and so is most of the other characters and monsters in the
game. Also, the layout of is a lot bigger than the original was.
The one complaint I do have, however, is that the game is still too
short! The beautiful story and the brilliant music made me wish that
the game consisted of three CD's instead of one. I was almost in tears
when I beat the game and had to shut it off because there was nothing
more to play.
Ys Eternal, as well as the Ys series, in general, are the best RPG's
ever made. I know many people would say that they can't be the best
RPG's ever made because they are 'Action/RPGs', but to say such crap
would be complete ignorance. The Ys series completely destroys the
competition with the overwhelmingly pathetic Final Fantasy series, as
well as most of the rest of the RPG redundant crap which seems to be
floating around the market these days. If you never played the Ys
series, my suggestion is you buy it, after Working Designs gets the
license from Falcom and translates it. Afterwords, you might just
agree with me that Ys is the best game ever made.
|Beautiful Anime in Hi-Res, you gotta love it.
|One of the best soundtrack EVER made for a game.