In Ys: Memories of Celceta, developer Falcom revisits the land and characters of Japanese cult favorite Ys IV for its first ever North American debut. This re-envisioning of the fourth installment in the Ys series takes a brand new approach, changing and framing the story of Ys IV within an all-new tale of conspiracy, deception and mystery. Featuring an updated version of the party-based battle system from Ys Seven, as well as the largest and most varied overworld in series history, Ys: Memories of Celceta brings a greater sense of adventure to the Ys universe than has ever been seen before.

What we have in Ys: Memories of Celceta is a game that has dated graphics and an okay presentation, but phenomenal music and gameplay. This is one of the finest action JRPGs I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. Don’t let its immediate blandness fool you, this is a must play that should stand by giants like The Legend Of Zelda and Final Fantasy series. It’s only 2/3 the price of an average game, and comes with a soundtrack and art cards. What more could you ask for?

In spite of an ending that leaves much to be desired, Ys: Memories of Celceta is a great action-RPG that re-contextualizes a decades-old franchise for a modern audience. Adol’s adventure mapping out the Great Forest of Celceta is an excellent introduction for newcomers, and a competent re-release for series veterans. Complete with dual audio and 60fps gameplay, the PS4 release is the definitive version. On a design level, the opening hours aren’t as strong as they should be, but after the halfway point this finds its groove. An emphasis on exploration, layered dungeon design, excellent boss fights, and a generous amount of customisation, keep combat gripping throughout. The title might not be the series best, but Ys: Memories of Celceta is a love letter to one of the RPG genre’s premiere franchises.

Ys: Memories of Celceta is a game where it’s more about the journey than the destination. Every portion of the map presents a new discovery, and that becomes wildly satisfying across the 20 hours runtime. The story elements and flimsy side-missions don’t always help with the overall engagement, but that doesn’t really matter when the battle system is just so much fun. Still, if you’re looking to play the best version available, I’d point you to the PC release, but either way, this is one adventure that I encourage you to go on.

Although this is probably not the best version of the game (the PC one has better graphics and the original on Vita was portable), Memories of Celceta remains a fast paced action RPG good for all seasons.

A perfectly serviceable if underwhelming remaster that brings the Vita game to the PS4. A fine RPG that will keep you entertained but it’s definitely not the best the Ys series has to offer. A bit of a missed opportunity.

Ys: Memories of Celceta improves on the issues the Vita had in regards to performance. However, the way the game on a home console isn’t quite as forgiving as it was in its original form. This is still a fun Ys romp, as all of them have been, but it changes so very little.

Y’s games are not for everyone. The unique style of these fast paced action RPGs often go underrated. I’ts unfair to leave the work of Nihon Falcon Unnoticed everytime, and thisnspecific game is a great start for anyone interested in medieval fantasy games. The most interesting feature is the combat system. Very appealing, responsive dynamic and fun. The music is outstanding as always and the story has a neat topic: the akashik records.

Love the game. Great story. The story revolves around exploring and discovering ancient ruins. Side quests are great and all of them are unique. Some are hilarious. Combat is real time action. There ae 6 playable characters and each of them are unique. They have their unique weapon and abilities which can be used during combat or outside combat that can creat new paths. The downside is the graphics. The graphics are dated. But it didnt stop me from enjoying the game. Another problem is the camera. You have no control over the camera and can inly zoom in or out. Its not a big problem but it restricts your freedom from fully enjoying the environment.

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