Ys Seven (PSP)

By Moe Rantala

Published on Monday, October 11, 2010

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

The ever popular Ys series returns with Ys Seven for the PSP, bringing awesome action RPG gameplay to the handheld system.

Ys Seven continues the saga of Adol, and chronicles his adventures in the land of Altago. The story is pretty solid, and more or less standard for Adol’s “right place right time” attitude.

The gameplay is pretty standard, you move around the screen and interact with objects, fight enemies, etc. The enemies appear on screen as you get closer to them, and since the battles occur in real time, there is very little loading. The combat system consists of a rock paper scissors kind of element. Slashing attacks are good against enemies with soft bodies, but not against enemies with hard shells. Crushing attacks are good against enemies with hard shells/bodies, but not against soft enemies or lighter, flying (think bug/pixie) monsters. Piercing attacks are good against the flying types. As you progress through the game and unlock more skills and weapons, as well as abilities, your tactics will change drastically, and an enemy that once required a hit and run tactic or even just a “run away do not fight this guy oh crap” enemy will fall victim to your efficient offense.

There are a good deal of side quests to unlock, and the journal item helps you keep track of all of them. There are quite a few side quests that you can ignore, but some of them you will discover just by walking into a room or talking to someone in a town/on the road. The time frame to complete some of them is limited, but generally it isn’t too hard to complete them on time.

There is no real voice acting, but you can turn the characters’ battle cries on or off in the options. The overall sound is good, the music is absolutely fantastic. The music is the best part of the sound, honestly. Each town, each place has its own feel and vibe to it, largely in part due to the music found within them. Overall, the graphics are pretty good too but sometimes they look fuzzy, or not as sharp as they probably could.

What really makes this game great is the gameplay, and the story. The character development is awesome, as is the overall game itself. It definitely deserves a buy.

Full Disclosure: Review copy provided by One PR Studio

Overall Rating: 8.00

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