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24 February 2005 @ 11:15 pm
Ys, I missed you!  
You ever notice how whenever someone starts somthing with "Don't take this the wrong way, but..." it's ALWAYS gonna be bad? And it's usually somthing that makes you feel like crap for a long time, too. Especially if it's somthing that's been bothering you for a while.


Ys: Ark of Napishtim is out for PS2. Buy it!!!

For those of you who never had a SNES, you missed an awesome adventure RPG that everyone hated except for me and my brother, apparenty. It was Wanderers from Ys: III. As in the 3rd in the series. Awesome game. I loved it so much. The gameplay was simple. It was run, jump, slash, and use item. It was great! And it was HARD. The bosses were NASTY. You felt accomplished when you got somthing done in that game!!

Anyway... That was a long time ago. Before college, and before highschool, even.

When I had my Xbox mod'ed, I got the SNES emulator on there, and started playing Ys III again. An you know what? It was awesome, and exactly how I remembered it. When I heard there was going to be a new Ys on Ps2, I was really excited, but I was pretty certain that it wasn't going to be ANYTHING like the SNES one. You just can't make a successful 2D action RPG on a next gen platform. People hate you. I figured it would be 3D with generic menu system, and not as much action.

It IS 3-d ish, but it's so great! You know what it reminds me of the most? Secret of Mana. And it has all the old Ys gameplay elements. There was this cheesey music it would play whenever you got a really awesome item.. and they played that music in the PS2 version! I had a real fangirl moment. In any case... it's got some really well-rendered sprites. They basically took the power of the Ps2 to make some excellent backgrounds, characters, and character animation, without making everything blocky and massive. It's obvious they couldn't have managed it on PSX, or SNES, but it's still got that oldschool feel to it.

The gameplay is still simple, but they've added a lot of new sword techniques that are easy and fun to perform. It's so great! I'm so happy I picked this game up. It's got the same great addictive gameplay, same level of difficulty (I've died multiple times already,) and a lot of the best ideas from the previous games.

You know what's really cool, though?? Everyone you talk to has a voice! Even the most random NPCs and level bosses! They all have a voice actor or actress behind them. It's very nice. You can tell they had a lot of fun with it, too... since many people have different accents, different speech patterns, and even speech impediments. Adol still doesn't talk, but I think it's better that way.

There are also lots of little things I've noticed that have really impressed me. This is honestly the first game I've ever played that has realistic cloud cover. While you're playing, you can see shadows of clouds on the ground as they pass by overhead. It's amazing! This game is so nostalgic. I'm going to go mess with it some more right now.

In other news, and idiot at work told me that the Nintendo DS and Nokia NGage games should be compatible since Nintendo made them both.


What is your Final Fantasy Story? by evildennis
Final Fantasy
You're Job (as the Hero)Samurai
You're partner:bevo
Name of the AirshipRuntzy
Cid (played by):elya_chan
Moogle (played by):deathtoall
Chocobo (played by):naked_bandit
New Summon for this game:An Iron Chef
You're Villain:archer_artemis
Villain's Plans:Kill the hero.
How the game ends?A bug crashes the game at the final boss.
Quiz created with MemeGen!
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
lemoned_sakura on February 25th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
Geez....now why don't they do that to Valis!!! I've beaten all my old 2D games thousands of times and I still yearn for something more....like kicking the idiot who thinks nintendo ds and nokie ngage should be compatable in the nuts!
HIDE your facekyonomiko on February 25th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
Well, apparently this Ys game was a PC game in Japan. The GAmeFaqs BBS posters make it sound like it was only released on PC in Japan, and Konami ported it over to console for us. I <3 Konami so much. Anyway.. they made a new CG opening, and cut out the anime one, and redubbed all the voices in english to localize it, but you can unlock the Japanese voices and anime cutscenes with a cheat code in the cheat area before you start the game. I'm very happy with this port :)
Fulbright Kuzunoha XXVsecret_plot on February 25th, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC)
yeah, ys6 has been out for a few years now, and i was dying for it. the konami US port was just a rumor for about a year.

i'd love a new valis, or a new exile, or a new anything by telenet. they went bankrupt around 1997 and started developing pachinko machines, but now most of them have left to form namco tales studio <3
lemoned_sakura on February 26th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
Cool. I'll have to pick it up then! Still, I also want to get the Growlanser Generations pack...Working Designs forwent releasing anything for two years so it better be fucking good.
Fulbright Kuzunoha XXVsecret_plot on February 25th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
ys 3 was classic, yet nearly impossible. i'd always have to succumb to game genie to beat it.

ys 4 for turboduo was recently fan translated, but magic engine has decided to stop working for me now :(

haha the token ys item music has never made a departure. thank god.
HIDE your facekyonomiko on February 26th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
omg u hav noo jurnal!

I loved Ys3 so, so much. I found this great place to grind in the lava level, killing those stupid fire birds by the door, and then running left one screen, grabbing my free herb, healing, and grabbing another one. I had to do it that way, or I'd never beat that stupid fire dragon at the end of the stage :(
Fulbright Kuzunoha XXVsecret_plot on February 26th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
i'm such a tard, i thought you knew! i've had you added since i made this back in june :O

haha, that fire dragon was atrocious. getting past those big yellow flames across a large room to meet him was bad enough, but then having to traverse the room again as they went in the opposite direction was even more despicable!

that miniboss theme 'death's shock' was A CLASSIC CHOON though. i think the megadrive rendition of it is the best of all.
HIDE your facekyonomiko on February 26th, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)
I didn't know.. lol. I remember thinking... "Damn... I wonder where he went... he never posts on his journal anymore"
And then after that, I got distracted by somthing. Sorry :X I probably should have made a better effort to track you down. (You know, like pay closer attention to the new people that add me XD )

Anyway, yeah.. much love for Ys III. Now I'm stuck on Ys VI, and I have to grind my way up to my next armor set so I can beat this mini boss.... <3

The music in this one is very nice as well. Since the level format is a little different, it looks more like a more modern RPG, but it doesn't have that annoyingly repetative world map or battle music. The level music is nice, but I really like the tune when you first enter the trials area.

You finished Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne yet? The new Digital Devils game is coming out next month!
Fulbright Kuzunoha XXVsecret_plot on February 27th, 2005 11:48 pm (UTC)
nocturne locks up every 5 minutes on my shitty ps2

i cry

i need to buy an american ps2 when i can spare the cash, mine plays american games like shit.