Very Best of Ys


Review by · December 14, 1999

Here’s an important piece of information regarding me and the Ys series of games: I’ve never played any of them. In fact, I never even noticed the series at all until I read reviews of some of the games in the series across the internet, and here at RPGFan. The first thing I noticed most of all in the reviews though, is that the audio is red book, i.e. the music is directly read off the CD, so you can basically play the music in any CD player (exception goes to the cartridge-based Ys games). After reading much about the series, I decided to snag this CD to get a taste of what Ys has to offer.

Much to my surprise, what I’ve heard so far is some of the best music I’ve ever listened to. Ranging from upbeat guitar rock, to beautifully ochestrated piano themes, along with a few vocal songs, I was impressed, especially considering the fact that this music comes from a series made in the late 80’s, early 90’s, when most of us had our faces glued to the blips and bleeps of the music on the Genesis and SNES. Sound Team JDK, the group that performs all of the songs, performs some of the best electric guitar sounds in videogame music history.

This CD is extremely easy to find in various online game music stores. I highly recommend you make a point to get this soundtrack.

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Jason Walton

Jason Walton

Whether he was going by Parn, Synbios, or "Jason," (that one must be fake), his love of music led him to hosting the short-lived RPGFan Radio, but vitally, launching what is now called RPGFan Music. The thousands of album reviews we have today might not exist at all if not for Jason kickstarting the project.