Nihon Falcom’s JRPG Ys Seven makes the jump to PC

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Nihon Falcom’s flashy slashy JRPG Ys Seven [official site] is now out on PC, eight years after it first arrived on the PSP. It’s largely the same game as the handheld version upscaled for bigger screens, just with a refreshed translation from the Japanese original. It should run at 60fps at a variety of resolutions and it supports both keyboard-and-mouse and controllers. All good stuff.

You’ve got control of a three-man party exploring a large world that offers a 20+ hour main campaign. The focus is on combat and, unlike some JRPGs, there’s no split between exploring and fighting. I watched publisher Xseed Games stream a bit of it a few months ago and the combat looked smooth and satisfying.

It’s the sixth game in the Ys series to come to western PCs after Ys I, II, III: The Oath in FelghanaVI: The Ark of Napishtim and prequel Ys Origin. It’s talked about as one of the best of the bunch, so it might be worth having a looksie. The early Steam reviews are promising, too.

Check out the launch trailer here:

As for the story, it starts with adventurers Adol Christin and Dogi as they weigh anchor at the port city of Atalgo.

“The people of Altago are still distrustful of foreigners, and the land is crawling with monstrous creatures who are invulnerable to standard steel, rendering Adol’s tried and true arsenal of weapons from games past ineffective. Forced to rearm and retrain from scratch – and to prove his worth to this new country’s somewhat xenophobic populace – Adol takes up a king’s quest to explore a nearby set of ruins, only to find himself embroiled in a high-stakes game of appeasing ancient dragons and saving the world… yet again.”

It’s £17.99/22,49€/$22.49 on Steam and GOG, which includes a 10% launch discount.

5 Comments

  1. Dezzy says:

    The game is excellent, don’t pass it up due to outdated graphics. Ys 8 is coming soon, gotta catch up before it hits!

  2. Chillicothe says:

    The buried lede here is that Adol makes it ashore on a dock normally.

  3. emertonom says:

    Really glad that Falcom is finally releasing these on PC for Western audiences. The games really came out as a trickle here, and on a different platform almost every time. Great to finally have so many of them gathered in one place. I haven’t gotten around yet to trying the fan patched English versions of 4: Mask of the Sun, 4: Dawn of Ys, and 5: Lost Kefin, yet, though, nor the official English release 4: Memories of Celceta, which to my knowledge isn’t on PC yet. I feel like Falcom should release a “historian” collection that includes the original versions of everything as well as the remakes and updates, because the gameplay changed significantly in some cases (e.g. 3 going from side-scrolling to three-quarters and whatnot).

    • Eight Rooks says:

      The most recent version of Celceta did get a PC port in China, but it’s apparently not great: not to mention presumably the publisher was looking to make it run on as many low-end systems as possible, because it strips out a bunch of shaders, effects etc. from the original Vita release. You should be able to find footage on YouTube easily enough if you want to see it running. Still, technically that’s Origins, I and II, The Oath in Felghana, Memories of Celceta, VI/The Ark of Napishtim, SEVEN and VIII/Lacrimosa of Dana – AFAIK V/Lost Kefin is the only Falcom release which is not legitimately available on PC in any form (nobody seems to like the non-Falcom versions of IV anyway).

    • vorador says:

      With this we’re just missing a internationally released port of Ys IV/Memories of Celceta and a remake of V

      I’d say it was about time Falcom was done justice in the international market. Hopefully they keep it coming.