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  • Summary: 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.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Sep 26, 2017
    95
    Developer Nihon Falcom has always been talented, but this project represents a new high for the studio, a game where each piece comes together and interlocks in a way that feels damn near perfect. Don’t let the obscure name fool you; forgettable story aside, this is one of the best action-RPGs of this generation.
  2. Sep 5, 2017
    90
    Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is easily the most ambitious entry in series to date, with an expansive world map and a greater emphasis on storytelling. It carries the proud tradition of a skillfully satisfying and lightning fast combat engine, paired with a soundtrack that could only have been composed by the legends at Team JDK. It makes a strong case, not only as one of the best Ys games ever made, but also as a contender for game of the year.
  3. Oct 9, 2017
    90
    Aside from the one or two issues it has Ys VIII is a magnificent game, it's fun to play, with mechanics that suit both casual players while giving more hardcore gamers a challenge. The plot is compelling and the characters memorable, while the music is not only enjoyable but also instills a sense of adventure and nostalgia that serves to endear the whole experience to the player. It’s the perfect starting point for new players while remaining true to the saga’s long legacy.
  4. Aug 30, 2017
    85
    Ys VIII abandons the sprawling, dramatic settings of other JRPGs for a restrained world and cast, then gives us every reason to fall in love with both. From combat to story to exploration to sound, Ys VIII offers subtle, but refreshing distinctions from the usual genre fare.
  5. Oct 12, 2017
    82
    Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA is a heartwarming and interesting journey with fantastic characters and a balanced combat system.
  6. Sep 14, 2017
    80
    But even when it falters, it’s hard to hate Ys VIII for long. The feel of fighting your way through a big, beautiful island of untamed wilderness to save a group of people brought together by circumstance while uncovering an ancient mystery is an absolute delight, and will compel you to keep exploring for hours on end. Whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer to the exploits of Adol Christin, you’ll find a lot to enjoy in the exotic world of Ys VIII.
  7. Aug 30, 2017
    70
    Fun and entertaining for those who love the series. Ys haters won't find something to change their mind.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Sep 18, 2017
    10
    Amazing RPG! iF youre a fan of the ys saga then this is a must! Endless vistas of beauty and an amazing storyline that keeps you hooked at allAmazing RPG! iF youre a fan of the ys saga then this is a must! Endless vistas of beauty and an amazing storyline that keeps you hooked at all times!!! Expand
  2. Oct 7, 2017
    10
    I absolutelylove this game.
    The story is farily simple but enjoyable.
    But everything else about the game is so much fun. The feeling of
    I absolutelylove this game.
    The story is farily simple but enjoyable.
    But everything else about the game is so much fun.
    The feeling of adventure that you get from exploring the island is amazing,and the combat is easily one of the best.
    Not to mention it has great music,has usual in the series.
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  3. Nov 30, 2017
    10
    First impressions were less then I expected. I thought the graphics weren't all that good and seemed a bit childish. HOWEVER after a few hoursFirst impressions were less then I expected. I thought the graphics weren't all that good and seemed a bit childish. HOWEVER after a few hours I realised I was very wrong. This game was absolutely incredible. It kind of reminded me of the epic book The Mysterious island by Jules Verne. The building of the township was a nice extra to feel like you're building towards something. The scenery was great. The story was amazing and I genuinely loved every minute. The only things that I would have liked is a bit better voice acting and more of it as a good portion is text. However the game is absolutely stunning and truly a game to remember. Must play Expand
  4. Dec 2, 2017
    9
    While the Graphic isnt the strongest point in the game it still got a lot of good stuff that makes up for it. The World is Big and there is aWhile the Graphic isnt the strongest point in the game it still got a lot of good stuff that makes up for it. The World is Big and there is a lot of stuff to do like side quests and collectables.
    The Voice acting could have been better since it is not as convincing as it could be but if it comes to gameplay and game leangh its sure something i can overlook since this is no brand thats known for next gen Games. As a RPG Lover i can say that this is a sold Action RPG which will give you a lot to play and give you even a challenge if you want to.
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  5. Sep 18, 2017
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A game that had potential to be so much more better. Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike the game, I really enjoyed the gameplay itself, but the story, it was lacking, it could had been so much better. Throughout the game the story progress is VERY SLOW, making the game story feel dull and boring, we're only given small hints of the story after every few camping while exploring the island, the story is very slow pace and finally starts showing some promising signs around 50% into the game(after you find Dana). But even after finding her the story progress was still slow. The game could had been so much better if Dana was introduced more early in the game about 20-30% in would be great and made the story a lot better in ways. With the way how Dana's past story will effect the future they could had worked on in a lot better and made more story out of it. Only problem I had with the game was the story, it could had been more interesting and fun, but overall it was a really fun game to play. Out of all the other YS I played (Ark of Nap, seven, Oath in Felghana, Memories of Celceta), YS VIII story was my least fav. The graphic and gameplay was outstanding, oh and the last boss background was truly beautiful. Would had been a perfect 10 if they just made the story work out better. Expand
  6. Dec 9, 2019
    9
    It's a sensational game, fast moving, fun to play, great songs and characters. Very nice Japanese original dub (Free DLC). The combat is veryIt's a sensational game, fast moving, fun to play, great songs and characters. Very nice Japanese original dub (Free DLC). The combat is very good and not tiring. It also has an extra game to extend the experience. The story is great, I recommend. Expand
  7. Nov 17, 2017
    1
    Yaaawwwnnn just another JRPG. Lazy design, lazy sound, lazy story. Writing I feel is something we've read a thousand times already. Just pass,Yaaawwwnnn just another JRPG. Lazy design, lazy sound, lazy story. Writing I feel is something we've read a thousand times already. Just pass, save your money. No worth your time. Expand

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