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  • Summary: Ys returns with a brand new adventure for the first time in 8 years! Adol awakens shipwrecked and stranded on a cursed island. There, he and the other shipwrecked passengers he rescues form a village to challenge fearsome beasts and mysterious ruins on the isolated island. Amidst this, AdolYs returns with a brand new adventure for the first time in 8 years! Adol awakens shipwrecked and stranded on a cursed island. There, he and the other shipwrecked passengers he rescues form a village to challenge fearsome beasts and mysterious ruins on the isolated island. Amidst this, Adol begins to dream of a mysterious blue-haired maiden living in an unknown world. Join Adol as he unravels the riddle of the cursed isle and the blue-haired maiden Dana in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana!

    FEATURES:

    An Epic Tale - Follow Adol on his latest adventure and uncover the mysteries of the cursed island.
    Party On! - Change your playable character on-the-fly as you battle ferocious foes in lighting-fast combat.

    Another Side - Unravel the mystery of the blue-haired maiden Dana through her unique gameplay sections.

    It Takes a Village! - Rescue your fellow shipwrecked passengers and bring them to your village where they will provide valuable services.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
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  1. Jun 20, 2018
    91
    It’s a satisfying RPG with a steady pace and great gameplay. There are also plenty of sidequests if you want to pursue them, but it’s optional. One thing I really like are the raids which will happen on your little castaway village. These happen throughout the game and you can choose to participate in defending everyone from a monster raid. They’re also good for friendly competition with Dogi, and if there’s one thing I think Ys VIII does really well it’s things like this that keep things from ever getting too serious.
  2. 70
    Ys VIII is a fantastic action RPG with interesting characters and an intriguing story, which provides countless hours of exploration and banter.
  3. May 2, 2018
    65
    The Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana port is a complete mess. Full of problems and technical flaws, this is the worst version to play the best chapter of the series.
  4. May 14, 2018
    59
    Seriously? We had to wait for the PC port this long? With bugs and technical problems the once very good action roleplaying game is reduced to a meager shell.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Jun 28, 2021
    10
    I really love Ys VIII, is a really damn good action RPG which, being from the Ys series, isn't hard to accomplish, because most of them areI really love Ys VIII, is a really damn good action RPG which, being from the Ys series, isn't hard to accomplish, because most of them are really good action RPGs, so it was expected that Lacrimosa of Dana ended up being decent too, really.

    Quick disclaimer, I had this game for a while, but didn't get to live those early times when the game was kinda a mediocre PC port. I had other games to play so I got this one immediately after NISA announced that Durante was in charge of bringing the very necessary fixes to this great game. I'm a simple PC RPG enjoyer, I see Durante, I purchase, it is what it is : ) Gotta love those excellent Trails of Cold Steel ports, so when I saw he was in charge of the revamp, no brainer, had to get it.

    So yeah, basically I got to play the very much improved and possibly current best version of this game.

    That aside, I am completely amazed that this game was also on the PS Vita. Surely, you can see in the way the levels and areas are designed, that they had to make them fit into the Vita's memory constraints, but still, it's an impressively huge game, I found the areas to be a perfect balance of places to explore and not too huge that I get bored of running around.

    The setting is quite varied too, being an island, you would think it could get boring fast, but it doesn't, anyone who's played other games in the series can understand this, there are lots of places to explore, big outdoor areas, nice indoor dungeons, and some really exotic and weird places too, as usual.

    With a modern PC, mine running a Ryzen 5 3600 and Geforce RTX 3060 Ti, this game is pretty easy to drive at 1080p (my native resolution), all settings maxed, and also using Super Sampling Anti-Aliasing at Ultra (which is 4x times the pixels, therefore a 4K resolution), while at the same time also using the official HD Texture pack that was released for free.

    Playing at 120 FPS is quite possible at these settings, but I decided to settle for a 60 FPS cap, to save unnecessary GPU load, and because I read online that very high FPS can make the game not calculate damage in a "fair" way, especially making the player do extra hits, so yeah since the game runs fine at 60 (also on a Gsync screen) well, it was a perfect 60 FPS all the time.

    I really liked the story quite a lot, despite being quite disconnected from the overall Ys series lore, so I guess if you're an Ys purist when it comes to lore, well this one is one of those games to simply play because of the smooth action combat.

    And yeah, the combat is pretty good, of course it's not Devil May Cry 5 levels, but if you know the Ys series, I can say that Lacrimosa has one of the most fun and engaging combat models in the series, as it's a refinement of the one present in Seven, the first game that used this "party system", and then Celceta's.

    So yeah, the game is pretty fast paced, combat is super smooth, and still quite challenging at times.

    Controls are very responsive, both with Gamepad and Keyboard and Mouse (I honestly played for a whole day with KB&M and it's really fun too, and easy to adapt to), but my most time played was with a Dualshock 4, just a matter of preference, but know that Mouse and Keyboard is fine, as it has been in most past games in the series.

    Overall, it's a bit sad to see so few reviews here for the PC version, because it's the best version of this game, at least when it comes to settings, performance and visuals.

    With Ys IX Monstrum Nox coming soon, it was appropriate for me to finally leave a review here.
    I know it's not really necessary to play this one before Ys IX (well, I have a feeling) but, you know, if you were on the fence with this one, or if you're new to the series, Lacrimosa of Dana is a very good Ys game to get you interested in some of the core mechanics of the most modern titles in the series.

    It also helps a lot that the next game, Ys IX, already has a playable demo on PC, where you can see that most of the great Graphics Settings from Lacrimosa, will come back for the new game, as Durante and his team are, once again, in charge of the port, this time from day one, so that's great news.
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  2. Mar 7, 2019
    10
    Ys VIII is a marvelous game that will make you want to explore and discover all of the island mysteries over the course of the main game. TheYs VIII is a marvelous game that will make you want to explore and discover all of the island mysteries over the course of the main game. The gameplay is fluid and fast paced as expected of an Ys game. The soundtrack is amazing as always thanks to Falcom Sound Team jdk. Don't be fooled by the other reviews, the PC port is excellent and I never crashed once during the entire playthrough. Expand
  3. Sep 5, 2018
    9
    I have played a couple of Ys games before and this is simply the best title in series and may be the best RPG of 2017. Pleasant graphics,I have played a couple of Ys games before and this is simply the best title in series and may be the best RPG of 2017. Pleasant graphics, nice music, enjoyable story and game play, overall good quality. It seems that patches have done their work, not a single crash during my game. Expand
  4. Sep 30, 2018
    9
    Port Analysis: Played the PC version. After 40+ hours for my initial playthrough, game only crashed once, had a couple of typos, and majorPort Analysis: Played the PC version. After 40+ hours for my initial playthrough, game only crashed once, had a couple of typos, and major slowdown in only one *optional* segment, so my experience overall was pretty good.

    Game itself, this was an unexpected gem. Didn't know what I was getting myself into (especially with this being my first Ys game), but I stayed, and absolutely enjoyed the whole ride. Good story, great cast, and excellent gameplay. Got the true ending in one go, and while it wasn't hard by any means, is definitely the ending the shoot for. Looking forward to the next one. Just please make the ports of future games better next time. I can see where the complaints are coming from. I also hope newer titles go for a more improved artsyle, or showcase better graphics overall. The opportunity is there. They should take it.
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  5. May 28, 2019
    8
    剧情是本作的最大亮点,在系列传统内容的基础上,展现了前所未有的博大而完整的叙事。游戏各系统相比于树海有了全方位的改进,摒弃了那些画蛇添足的设计,加入了更多的支线和模块,让游戏体验更加畅快而充满趣味。另一方面,自VII进入3D时代以来,系列的Boss战就不再像以往那样激动人心,随着Br剧情是本作的最大亮点,在系列传统内容的基础上,展现了前所未有的博大而完整的叙事。游戏各系统相比于树海有了全方位的改进,摒弃了那些画蛇添足的设计,加入了更多的支线和模块,让游戏体验更加畅快而充满趣味。另一方面,自VII进入3D时代以来,系列的Boss战就不再像以往那样激动人心,随着Break体系的确立与完善,boss战纯粹变成了与bk槽的赛跑,本作中这一点尤为明显,这导致很多Boss弱不禁风,击败他们毫无乐趣可言。本作细节方面的缺陷则有:地形设计粗糙,有些地方出人意料的是万丈深渊,而有些高台却毫无道理的将玩家死死卡住;怪物AI落后,只知道直线奔向玩家的怪物很容易被地形所困,这一点在怪物众多的压制战中格外突出。总体来说,作为首部将游戏时间大幅延长的系列作,本作的表现差强人意,对于新老玩家都是值得体验的,同时也让我对续作有了更多的期待。 Expand
  6. Jan 8, 2021
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A quite forgettable story, major plot points that don't make sense at the end, a final boss that you get to know right at the last battle, unnecessary fan-service (why do they show so much skin, including the kid?), way too long for an uninteresting story.

    I had some fun for the first few hours as the idea was good. Couldn't help but feel it was implemented poorly at the end. Well that was my first Ys game and likely last.
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  7. Apr 23, 2018
    0
    The game has nothing good on PC.
    - KB & Mouse don't work probably.
    - Game crash every 10 minutes. - Poor audio's quality. - Bad game's
    The game has nothing good on PC.
    - KB & Mouse don't work probably.
    - Game crash every 10 minutes.
    - Poor audio's quality.
    - Bad game's support team for fixing problem.
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