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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA - PlayStation 4

  • Publisher: NIS America
  • SKU: 5794500
  • Release Date: 09/12/2017
ESRB Rating: Teen
Blood, Fantasy violence, Language, Suggestive themes, Use of alcohol
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    • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (89 out of 90)

    Product Details


    • Developer: Nihon Falcom
    • Publisher: NIS America
    • Platform: PlayStation 4
    • Genre: Action and Adventure|Role Playing
    • Release Date: 09/12/2017

    Synopsis


    Discover the secrets of a cursed island in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana for the PlayStation 4. You help other shipwrecked passengers escape and recruit them to your team, all while learning about the blue-haired maiden as you navigate her unique world. Cycle through different characters to fight off enemies in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana.

    Features


    Follow Adol and his companions on his latest adventure to unlock the mysteries of the cursed island

    Unravel the mystery of the blue-haired maiden Dana through her own, unique gameplay segments

    Rescue your fellow shipwrecked passengers and bring them to your village where they will provide valuable services

    Switch characters on the fly as you battle ferocious foes in lightning-fast combat

    For 1 player



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 90 reviews

    99%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Really fun game, shame the translation is wonky.

      Posted
      Snotnarok
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      The game is certainly a sequel in gameplay to Memory of Celceta adding more gameplay elements and refining the combat as well as adding new things to do in the game (the previous title on PS Vita, a really fun game). However, what drags the game down quite a bit is the translation...I can't speak Japanese but I can tell you even with that this game has a mid 90's translation quality. The game isn't fully voiced before I dive into this problem, Adol (the main character) will only say small quips at most and as for the rest of the dialog, it's kinda random what is and isn't spoken. It's not the English voice work that's a problem which is passable depending on what character is talking. But there's a lot of weird dialog both written or spoken. Adol when casting his fishing line will say "I wonder what I caught", which had me stumped pretty hard as we haven't even started. That kinda thing carries on, you're asked choices and some responses feel flat or ambiguous and it's really off putting. I don't recall that being the case in Memory of Celceta. So, it's bad in this regard but it's passable, it's not Breath of Fire 2 levels of awful with it's translation. The translation being passable doesn't really effect the game at large as it's ...pretty packed with cliches. Down to walking in on a girl while she's nude and cleaning herself up, followed by, you guessed it, a slap to the face. Everyone is fairly up beat despite the situation and the captain can't seem to order the people around, instead he's basically politely asking. I'm not super far but the game is hinting at some secret plot of interest but, I'm not sure how big it'll be given the run of cliches but it'll probably be enough to carry the characters along. Which, seem to be at least given an arc. The game itself looks pretty good, it's not Final Fantasy 15 levels of over-polish but the game also runs vastly better than FF15 at 60fps. Well, most of the time. The game seems to have trouble keeping it to that level during some parts of the game but it's nice to see a game that focuses on framerate when it's an action title. But it looks pretty good, anime themed and keeps level detail up nicely. I prefer the style as it'll look better than the games trying to look 'real' years from now. Loading is also fast for once. You wont be sat around for 10-60 seconds waiting for a map to load, fade out, fade in. Done. Good, more games should be trying to do this. Alright can't talk about a Ys game apparently without mentioning the music or you'll be mauled by the fans I hear, the music is great. High energy rock-tunes that gets you hyped for sprinting around the map and carving up monsters. Right, should talk a bit more about what the game is, it's an action RPG with lots to do. You've been shipwrecked and your goal is to explore the map while gathering supplies for your village of survivors. You'll have to get bits to upgrade your base, items and help with your relationship with the towns members as they'll help you break through obstacles as you progress, opening more points of the map. This sounds complicated, well, it's not. You gather items from combat or little natural points that you ...swing your sword at. Characters will even voice out what they see or when you should use a character vs an enemy. Combat then, combat is fully action in the field. You bring 3 party members with you who'll actively attack and you can switch to them with a push of a button. This is helpful since some enemies are weak to certain characters, characters with you will call it out "Adol it's up to you here!" but really for the most part, even on hard it doesn't seem to be mandatory. Yes enemies go down faster and will drop more stuff but overall it's not so big an issue. The combat is really fun, it's got a fast pace to it and a nice impact. Character switching is instant and it's really satisfying when you get good at it. Dodging or quick guarding at the very last second triggers a "flash" state where everything except you slows down and you can go to town on an enemy. You get special moves that you can work into combos and your AI will thankfully use these moves as well. Combat is all on the field, no random encounters or screen transitions. Really nice: The game lets you remap EVERY button you want. Why all games don't do this? I don't know. But it's great to have. The day one edition sports a music disc with select tracks and a manual sized art book in full color. Why don't more games do this? ...I, don't, know. You think it'd be better than carving off DLC for BS reasons. It's a worth while game to get into, up beat, fast snappy combat that isn't overly complicated and charming characters that are let down by janky translation. The publisher has since said they will be patching the game's translation which is good news but as of this reviews writing it's not out yet.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Solid Action JRPG

      Posted
      Nightowljrm
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      Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is an Action JRPG developed by Nihon Falcom and published by NIS America. You star as Adol Christen, the protagonist of nearly all Ys games, who is shipwrecked on a cursed island after his ship is attacked by a giant squid-like creature. In an effort to escape, you must find other survivors who will band together to build up your camp, Shipwreck Village, into a flourishing town of survivors. The more survivors you find, the more resources open up in your town, and the further you can progress through the island. The action is fast, the music is reminiscent of Power Metal, and the characters are endearing. The only downside is that the graphics look like upscaled GameCube graphics. Considering as this is Falcom's first 3D Ys game, I'll give that a pass. And they're not bad, just not great. No framerate drops or screen tearing. Overall, I'd give the game a 4.5/5, but Best Buy doesn't allow you to rate with half star increments.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The King Returns

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      Chris
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      Throughout its 30 year history, the Ys series has been the premier franchise for action RPG fans in the know. With each new entry Falcom pays homage to the history of the action RPG genre, while continuing to modernize. Ys VIII continues that tradition, and manages to feel just the right combination of classic and fresh. The combat is snappy and quick. The characters are endearing. The newest addition to the series, managing your castaway village, is satisfying and provides an extra motivation to get out into the wild to explore and collect. Ys VIII is a meatier entry than previous Ys titles, clocking in at several times the shorter length that past entries were known for. There's alot to see and do. Gamers who prize graphics over all else may be alittle disappointed with this title, as it is an upscaled Vita game at its core, however, the overall visual style is a delight. Colors are bright and vibrant. Monster designs are unique. And the framerate is buttery smooth . And goodness is that one heck of a good soundtrack!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent game for action RPG fans

      Posted
      AdolChristin1987
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      Don't let the relatively simple graphics fool you (this game was originally developed for Vita) - this is a great game for anyone who is a fan of fast-paced action RPG's. The combat, especially learning when to switch between the characters at the press of a button, remains fast and exciting. The story is engaging (although it starts a bit slowly), and the remote island setting is surprisingly large and diverse. It's fun to keep exploring, and over time the island nearly becomes a character unto itself, which helps to set the game apart from other RPG's. The game also has a fantastic soundtrack which perfectly fits the on-screen action. Highly recommended!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      2017 the year of great story tellin

      Posted
      Xsnow30
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      Never played a Ys game so decided to try this one since Persona 5 was just so amazing. This game is not disappointing me at all. (Well maybe a little bit of grammar issues.) This game reminds me so much of Skies of Arcadia, you build a village on the shipwrecked island and it grows as you save more people. As well as elements from the anime “Your Name.” I am very happy to have blind bought this and would recommend it to anyone who wants a great fast paced game, with a great story, characters and music.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Adol With a Thousand Faces

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      SweetMotodachi
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      The Ys series has appeared on almost every console since it debuted, both new and older games. There isn't much I can say that hasn't already praised this game. It's great. It continues the adventure of Adol as he always finds himself swept up on some island to solve mysteries and defeat monsters. This game is great for familiar fans and new comers. It's very approachable without having have played previous games, though I've played most of them and felt like this could stand alone even though there is continuity with each game. It has a great visuals and a great battle system.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great ARPG

      Posted
      ERAUQS
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      This is my first Ys game, but it really makes me want to play more. The combat is very fast-paced and fun. I like the characters, but I can't really say they went much beyond anime tropes, and the story is fine, but it didn't really grip me. Also, the game felt like it got off to a fast start with 3 party members in like the first couple of hours, but it slows down for quite a bit until the plot kicks in. But overall, none of those flaws are good enough reason to not buy the game. I can't think of any in fact, unless you're not a fan of JRPGs, or ARPGs.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another gem in a decades spanning series

      Posted
      curtisd88
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      The Ys series has been around for roughly 30 years now but it still manages to get great games, and this game is no exception. For those wondering if you need to play past games to experience this one, do not worry as each game is self contained, save for a few subtle references veteran fans will understand. You are Adol Christin who is stranded on an island along with other castaways and must work together to find a way off. With great gameplay, story, music, and worldbuilding, this game is a must play.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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