Ys I and II Chronicles (PSP)

By Moe Rantala

Published on Saturday, April 16, 2011

Graphics: 8.00
Sound: 9.00
Gameplay: 8.00
Replays: 7.00
Gamelength: 6.00

Ys I and II Chronicles brings two exciting Ys games to the PSP in one disc!

Ys I and II Chronicles is two games, both remixed for better graphics and sound. You can choose from a variety of sound options, with the most modern having some very sick guitar work. The music, no matter which one you go with, is amazing. It’s some of the best I’ve heard in a while, honestly. Very, very good stuff. In terms of gameplay, there are towns, the fields with monsters, and dungeons with other monsters. The towns are were a large portion of the story takes place, with lots of background info about happenings going on around town, around other towns, and you also receive quests in the towns as well. There are also weapon and item stores.

Now as far as battling goes, it is not turn based at all. It’s much more similar to Legend of Zelda, in that you walk around and hit them with your sword to kill them. Your sword is always “out” though, so it’s just a matter of running into them from behind/an angle to do the most damage. The game does a really good job at explaining most of the aspects of battle, experience, and all things related. The only real issue with gameplay is that it seems a bit rushed. Only a few hours into the game and I was pretty much already done with it.

The ring and magic systems are pretty fun, swapping between them on the fly to use the most effective ones in different situations isn’t really all that complex, or difficult in any way, but it gives you more to do than just smash enemies with your sword.

As far as graphics are concerned, they’re pretty good. They aren’t mindblowing, but they’re as bright and vivid as any I’ve seen on the PSP, and Adol looks great, in both games. The story itself is pretty stereotypical jRPG fare, but it works really well for the medium it’s being conveyed in and the retelling of the original Ys games is pretty fantastic.

All in all, getting two games for the price of one is always an awesome thing, and this is no exception. Two great games, solid gameplay, amazing music and vivid visuals will keep you playing until you beat it, and it is a fine addition to any PSP library.

Full Disclosure: Review copy provided by One PR Studio

Overall Rating: 8.00

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