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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: 52 out of 56
  2. Negative: 1 out of 56
  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. Apr 29, 2020
    10
    One of the most amazing games I've ever played. I'm not a huge RPG fan, but Ys VIII is very special.

    Technically, it's about as good as it
    One of the most amazing games I've ever played. I'm not a huge RPG fan, but Ys VIII is very special.

    Technically, it's about as good as it could be, with excellent graphics and sound. The localization is par excellence, with great voice acting and translations. The music is fantastic. Frame-rate rarely if ever suffers with intense action scenes during combat. Most importantly, for me, you can save the game at any time. I absolutely hate games which make you find save points, with very rare exceptions. Who has time for that? There is fast travel to previously visited locations and all the nice quality of life you would expect from a polished game.

    When it comes to story and characters, Ys VIII is up there with the best that the Final Fantasy series has to offer. Laxia in particular is a brilliantly realized character who has a fully realized character arc during the game, as does the titular Dana. But all the characters are great and fully fleshed out. They are never shrill and annoying like many inferior Japanese RPGs. You can talk to anyone during your adventure and they'll always have something interesting to say.

    The mark of a true genius RPG is when you think you have almost finished it, and then you realize you are only about half-way through! The story is absolutely compelling, with mysteries to solve and time travel playing an integral part. I put 60 hours into Lacrimosa of Dana on my first play-through and finishing this game was a bittersweet experience that brought a tear to my eye. I wanted to stay in this world with my new friends forever. And that's what a real RPG should be like. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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  3. Aug 24, 2020
    10
    Masterpiece of JRPG. Perfect story and the character design is really enjoyable. Exploration and investigation in the island is alsoMasterpiece of JRPG. Perfect story and the character design is really enjoyable. Exploration and investigation in the island is also interesting. I think this game is the one of the most well-made games for FALCOM and JPRG history. Expand
  4. Jan 23, 2019
    10
    I never played a YS game before and what a way to start this franchise with one of the best action RPG of the last years. Heck, even the startI never played a YS game before and what a way to start this franchise with one of the best action RPG of the last years. Heck, even the start is exhilarating, with a fantastic rock tune to welcome you in with a bang. Seriously, I was never this excited about running around and fighting in years and that alone made me want to continue playing more and more.

    But I'm getting ahead of myself: the game talks about Adol, the main protagonist the series and he's an adventurer who shipwrecks in an island - apparently it's as common as elder's scroll prisoner's theme! The game is set in this island called "The Island of Seiren" and your job is to get out of it alive while saving castaways, protecting your village from enemies and discovering the secrets behind this island in turn.

    What fascinated me about the story is that it can literally go anywhere and not feel forced: too many times I played RPGs where the plot just stops in order to tell you another story that has nothing to do with it, but here there's just no real story because your main job is to get out of the island while everything else is an additional, and the more you discover the more you learn about the island, which only makes you more curious to play!
    It's been since Berseria I wasn't this curious for a plot before and I can easily spend 5-6 hours playing non-stop!

    And it doesn't stop there: the island is huge and the game rewards for exploring it with rewards, crafting materials - there's no money since you're all castaways- fishing spots, questing, etc. There's always something to do here and I NEVER got bored to fight once.

    Speaking of combat: it's amazingly fun and fast, showing its 60 fps that really makes it a great experience! The combat is super fast, flashy, rewarding (dodging and parrying in time buffs you) and very responsive: I never felt the game doing something I never intended and the commands can be customized at your leisure. It's almost perfect...if it wasn't for the camera and lock-on that occasionally confuses you by not letting you turn the camera around, forcing you to unlock your target. In fact, the camera is probably the clunkiest thing in the game thus far and it can be troublesome when climbing or when needing to see down below. It's not game-breaking but still a pain to deal with.
    Other than that I have no complains about combat: enemies are well balanced for all difficulties and none of their attacks are broken (I tried hard and nightmare and it was quite enjoyable but the exp rates are lower so I got back to normal) and the game is not even stingy with SP and it's kind of encouraged to spam skills in order to kill them and obtain half of the sp back, and it's just so fun!

    And how can I forget about the music?! This is usually a subjective thing but HOLY CRAP, the moment I got to the island, and Sunshine Coastline (that's the name on youtube at least) hit, I was like "Oh wow, this is...amazing, time to do some adventuring!". And it's not just one music: many tracks in the game are outstanding and really remarkable! I sincerely recommend checking the OST of the game and it's not something I say all the time!

    The game is just so fun...so what's wrong with it? Hmm it's hard to say...for instance while the story is pretty good the characters are your basic anime clichè that really changes nothing - Laxia is your usual tsundere who hates you for no reason, Sahad is your Bara character with a golden heart, Hummel is your silent and mysterious character and Ricotta is your overly cheerful character. The game is filled with clichè characters which are not entirely bad, but it feels like they tried to make anime fans happy first...I mean did we REALLY need to see Adol peeking on Laxia naked at the beginning, with her getting all mad for X hours of gaming - even though it's later explained but it's still crap-?
    No we didn't.

    Also while the bosses are challenging and fun, the enemies tend to die rather quick unless you play on higher difficulties, which makes them more resilient. In addition you have a 3-type system where depending on your type of hits you can break enemies...however considering you can have 3 characters at all times, and the 6 characters are of 3 types each, you can essentially have one of each everytime - and it's encouraged considering you get more rare materials.

    The map is also kind of confusing...it will take a while before you can learn how to use it, and there's a serious lack of voice acting in the game - at least in the English version - and the graphics aren't really that great, looking like ps3 era graphics.

    But I would just nitpick at this point: I cannot stop recommending this game for anyone needing for a fun action RPG with some surprisingly good plots and overall a clichè but likable roster of characters.
    And considering it's also pretty long - easily 40-50 hours on your first playthrough - it's a good value for your money! Give it a shot!
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  5. Dec 22, 2019
    9
    This game was the first action rpg I ever enjoyed in my life. Certainly one of the biggest reasons was: the soundtrack is wonderful and veryThis game was the first action rpg I ever enjoyed in my life. Certainly one of the biggest reasons was: the soundtrack is wonderful and very exciting. It dictates what must be understood by an rpg to have action. The development of the game is not, in the matter of story, very good. But still, a great action rpg! Expand
  6. Jul 9, 2020
    9
    Ys VIII was honestly a game I picked up on a whim, knowing nothing about the Ys series so keep in mind this review comes from thatYs VIII was honestly a game I picked up on a whim, knowing nothing about the Ys series so keep in mind this review comes from that perspective.

    It's fun, pure and simple. I was entertained and looked forward to playing the game whenever I could get the chance until I beat it. This is the kind of game that makes you realize that a game doesn't need to spend an absurd amount of money on graphics in order to be good.

    Graphics 6/10 - It's dated, this is that common last gen lower textured standard Anime Style JRPG graphics that have been around since the PS2. However the colour pallete is well suited to the environments and it services the game well enough. Overall it's actually pretty good once you take into consideration you can also get this game for the PSVita.

    Sound 8/10 - The sounds in the game are done well enough. By no means are you going to get Final Fantasy level epic orchestral symphony tracks but the music is solid, there are several really good tracks and most importantly it adds to the game instead of detracting from it. The background music never overtakes the action, it doesn't become a distraction.

    Gameplay 9/10 - The gameplay is simple and straightforward but varied enough especially as you will want to switch gear around to best suit your environment. You can play as any of the members in your party so if you don't like how one character handles you can play as one that suits you. While there are some challenging areas of the game, especially if your looking to find all the treasure chests however nothing was overly frustrating or required a guide nor did it ever feel like I had to waste a ton of time grinding and its balanced well enough I never felt like I had to play a certain character to progress unlike alot of action JRPGS where your basically forced to play as the main protag because they have an ability you need to get through boss fights. Overall it's the gameplay and Story that will have you coming back. It's just fun to play.

    Story 8/10 - As I mentioned earlier this is by no means a summer blockbuster and personally I've never been a fan of stories that use time and or character jumping as it usually winds up filling the plot with massive holes or just making things a convoluted mess. However Ys VIII manages to keep everything moving forward and cohesive while doing so. Overall I found myself with grand adventure feeling and was entertained during my play. There was a few anime tropey things but they were not overdone and it avoided the whole "OMG main protag you are just the best" constant gushing, the characters felt rounded out well enough, even the npc survivors you meet along the way and overall it avoids the pitfall I find in a lot of these games where npc's and party members tend to fade away the moment your done with their "arc".

    Overall 9/10 - This is one of those games that is better than the sum of its parts because everything just comes together to give you a good, fun and entertaining experience.
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  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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