Ys Origin (PlayStation 4) review
"Even on the PS4, Ys Origin doesn't miss a beat. And DotEmu has proven itself capable of producing a solid product."
Ys games have been ported many a time over the years, so it came as no particular surprise when DotEmu announced that it was working to bring Ys Origin to new platforms. Originally released in 2006 for Windows-based PCs, the game served as a prequel to the long-running series. It offered three separate stories, and together those set the scene for the events once depicted in Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished.
As a prequel title, Ys Origin played its role very well. XSEED Games published it on Steam in 2012, but seems recently to have lost its rights to the overall intellectual property (as evidenced by NIS America's announcement that it will be publishing the upcoming Ys VII: The Lacrimosa of Dana). I was worried about the change of hands when I heard about DotEmu's track record, but Ys Origin on PlayStation 4 seems to have served as the second chance that team needed. The port is very well done indeed (with a Vita version on the way, but not yet available), and the core game itself is no slouch, either.
Freelance review by Eric Kelly (March 15, 2017)
Eric Kelly likes writing about RPGs, reading non-fiction (usually academic in nature), watching anime, and listening to mostly video game music. So a total nerd.
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