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  • Summary: The kingdom of Altago is rebuilding their kingdom around a newfound peace after years of war against the merciless armies of Romn. The classic adventuresome duo, Adol and Dogi, arrive in the harbor of Altago City, and quickly find themselves in a scuffle with the Dragon Knights, the kingdom's military police body, when attempting to save a local girl from harassment by one of their commanding officers. Upset by the interruption and subsequent humiliation, the commander arrests Adol and Dogi, charging them with espionage. The king of Altago, having known of the duo's pending arrival from an old trusted friend, quickly releases the pair from prison and summons them to his chambers. He tells the men about an ancient shrine that was uncovered after a recent earthquake, and asks for their help in investigating this mysterious new find. Adol and Dogi oblige, unaware that they are about to take the first steps on a long journey to save all of Altago from long-forgotten ancient forces, and to reunite the estranged five tribes who serve and protect the Five Great Dragons – deified beings who may well be the world's last hope. Ys SEVEN is the latest installment in the long-running Ys series which first debuted on PC in 1987. This is the first iteration to be built specifically for the PSP system, taking full advantage of the widescreen format and hardware. The battle system consists of a three-member battle party with enemies engaged on the field map in real-time for fast-paced combat. Old fans of the series and new players alike will be immersed into the rich vibrant world containing over 30 hours of gameplay. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Whatever notes Ys Seven is hitting, it's doing it right and marrying every smart mechanic in action-RPG gameplay between themselves to create an actually intuitive system that never tires nor lets up - even if it's more of a throwback than anything out today.
  2. 90
    Get through the boring intro, and then enjoy 30 solid hours of what is easily Falcom's most ambitious title to date. Cheers to XSEED for the solid localization and for taking a chance on the series.
  3. Still, this is a heaping, delicious serving of an action-RPG meal with a recipe that's new and improved enough to keep even prior noshers coming back for seconds. [Oct 2010, p.78]
  4. It throws clunky mechanics to the side and opts for something more fluid, which is definitely worth the purchase if you don't expect a revolutionary storyline or funky-fresh graphics.
  5. Oct 25, 2010
    Despite these minor miscues, Ys Seven proves that you can tweak a classic game series without ruining it in the process.
  6. The simple purity of hack-and-slash gameplay is Ys Seven's most realized and compelling feature.
  7. If you're willing to use the wonderful fast-forward button and focus your attention on the important parts of the game, then YS SEVEN is well worth the money and your time. On the other hand, if you are foolish enough to take in the entire story, please don't blame me – I tried to warn you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Apr 23, 2014
    Just finished the game recently and... man. How does a game like this stay under the radar for so long? I only recently got into the Ys series and this was undoubtedly the best portable RPG I've ever played. Usually I start to get bored of a game like this around the 30 hour mark, but Ys Seven didn't feel repetitive to me since you're always gaining new powers and each dungeons always introduce new kinds of obstacles. To me the gameplay and length are perfect, my only complaint is that while the story is good, I feel like it could have been conveyed much better. The amazing soundtrack does well to set the mood, but if the game had voice acting and more cinematic cutscenes than people standing in place with speech bubbles, that could've gone a long way. I'm still giving it a 10 though as I thoroughly enjoyed the game from start to finish. Expand
  2. Aug 4, 2012
    At first I was very skeptical of Ys Seven: Adol looks more like a teenager, he's stripped of his jump ability and instead of going solo, you now have a huge party just as big as traditional JRPGs. It's a huge departure from other recent Ys games, the stellar Oath in Felghana and Ys Origin.

    Strangely enough, I totally enjoyed Ys Seven. The teammates helped overhaul the combat system tremendously, the Shop/Synthesis was very enjoyable and the boss fights are the typical "Die until you master his patterns" that fans of the series love. The game is also quite long compared to other Ys; it took me about 22 hours.

    The game is extremely easy to pick up and play and requires no prior knowledge of any other Ys games to fully understand the story. It's a must own for any JRPG, Beat-em up and action adventure games and I can't recommend it enough.
  3. Nov 28, 2011
    One of the greatest jewels of the action adventure. It's a game that has been created for the purpose of fun, with no ambitions. the game does not have a highly elaborate story or a pre-rendered animations that make us fall on my ass. We just offer us fun, as was done once before in that the graphics were one of the most important in the mind of every newcomer to the world gamer.

    Gameplay + Music, here is the definition of this game ... Moreover, the whole saga.
  4. Dec 21, 2010
    An excellent action JRPG that clicks in almost every respect. Sure, it's just another world that needs saving and it lacks proper cinematics but it looks good, sounds great, plays like a dream, features awesome bosses, and rolls like a breeze for all of its 30-or-so hours. Expand
  5. Dec 9, 2012
    A good way to start being addicted into RPGs in general. Doesn't really break or create anything new but what it has running under its engine it does very well. Adol is still your silent protagonist and is quite easy to identify with--he's an adventurer and that pretty much sums up everything about him, from his personality, motivations and sense of morality, which is all pretty one-sided. You can get in and out of the game very easily but that being said, its a very colorful action-RPG which will make you wonder where all the time went. Get it. Expand
  6. Aug 18, 2010
    A lot of the PSP RPGs you pick up at your local game store are ports from other platforms. So, as soon as I heard that Ys Seven was being made from the ground up for the PSP, it became an instant day one purchase for me. What's the difference between a port and an original game for the PSP? Load times are fast, the graphics look amazing, and gameplay designs can be implemented with the PSP in mind. That's the case with Ys Seven. Ys (pronounced like the eace in peace) Seven is actually the 7th game in the line of Ys games, but you don't have to play the prior ones. It's a standalone title made for people who may not be familiar with the series. The gameplay is fun and takes place in real time. You will travel the world and encounter and fight with enemies without any changes. You swing by hitting X, open up menu by hitting triangle, etc. The game is sort of an action RPG that's more RPG than action.

    If you are an RPG fan looking for something new to play on your PSP, you can't go wrong with Ys Seven. For 30 bucks, the amount of game you get is astounding especially considering it's an RPG and built solely for the PSP.
  7. Oct 22, 2010
    Ys Seven was a huge graphical downgrade from its predecessors, the story was long-winded, and the sound effects were very annoying in comparison to past entries in the series. Adol also traded his jumping ability for a roll, which, while it worked, not being able to jump made the animations go all funky when he would go down a slope, etc. The gameplay was no longer as action packed as it had been before, either. And last but not least, the translation was horrendous and throwing gamers names into the game because of some stupid contest Xseed ran really pissed me off because it made the world of Ys look so ridiculous as the names were completely out of place. I can't recommend this game to those who have played the other games in the series. Expand

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