Ys: The Oath in Felghana PC

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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 45
  2. Negative: 5 out of 45

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  1. Jul 31, 2012
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    If your idea of 'Action RPG' is unskippable cutscenes featuring some Japanese lady that happens to be blonde and have huge purple discuss-sized eyes followed by 30 secs of tutorial where it shows you the awkward controls that don't make any sense at all for the PC followed by another ten minutes (!) of unskippable cutscenes then give this game a shot. If it isn't then stay away becauseIf your idea of 'Action RPG' is unskippable cutscenes featuring some Japanese lady that happens to be blonde and have huge purple discuss-sized eyes followed by 30 secs of tutorial where it shows you the awkward controls that don't make any sense at all for the PC followed by another ten minutes (!) of unskippable cutscenes then give this game a shot. If it isn't then stay away because you'll end up doing what I did and uninstall it after getting bored to death of trying to actually play.
    The screenshots look great and the game looks fun, shame about the mind-numbingly boring hoops you have to jump through before you actually get to play. God, I wish Steam did refunds.
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  2. Aug 23, 2014
    3
    This game was my first (and probably last) go at the Ys series. I've played a number of classical ARPGs in my time (E.g Secret of Mana), but simply don't consider this one rewarding and got bored after 2 hours of playing. This was mostly because the enemies seem to drop little experience/gold and seem to encourage mindless grinding just to be up to par with the next area. The bosses wereThis game was my first (and probably last) go at the Ys series. I've played a number of classical ARPGs in my time (E.g Secret of Mana), but simply don't consider this one rewarding and got bored after 2 hours of playing. This was mostly because the enemies seem to drop little experience/gold and seem to encourage mindless grinding just to be up to par with the next area. The bosses were tough, but once one knew their attack-patterns beating them become perfectly doable and are as such fine. Being unable to heal and having to mash through about 30 enemies which can all kill you in about 4-5 hits and give tiny drips of experience is just plain masochistic though. Apart from that, I did enjoy the visuals, but found the plot/characters rather bland as it seemed to devolve into rescue missions/stereotypes and just more dungeon grinding. The only thing I consider this game to be worthy of credit for is the music, which is (as with most of Ys), splendid.

    On a final note, I should probably cut this game some slack as it is a remake of a game older than myself, but it just isn't fun, even for a retro-game.
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Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. PC Gamer UK
    May 11, 2012
    56
    On its own merits, it's an okay hack-and-slash but one that feels as old as it is - and nothing special when there's the likes of Recettear and Fortune Summoners offering other flavours of action-JRPG in more interesting ways. [June 2012, p.100]
  2. CD-Action
    May 10, 2012
    75
    It's been a while since I played such a challenging game – combat is fast, rewarding and so difficult that you're gonna grind your teeth to the point of breaking your fillings. The game's cruelty is constant and goes off the charts during boss fights. [June 2012, p.70]
  3. Apr 24, 2012
    80
    Ys: The Oath in Felghana is a game that derives from the old fashion days of action RPGs.