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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: 46 out of 49
  2. Negative: 1 out of 49
  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. Jul 21, 2020
    10
    Потрясающее приключение на острове. Отличная механика боя( у игр этой серии боевка это главное). Интересная механика своей деревни, котораяПотрясающее приключение на острове. Отличная механика боя( у игр этой серии боевка это главное). Интересная механика своей деревни, которая постепенно развивается. Expand
  3. Mar 6, 2018
    10
    Ein absolut geniales Spiel!! Nihon Falcom beweist einfach mal wieder, dass ein gutes Spiel nicht durch überragende Grafik (obwohl sie da mitEin absolut geniales Spiel!! Nihon Falcom beweist einfach mal wieder, dass ein gutes Spiel nicht durch überragende Grafik (obwohl sie da mit Ys 8 durchaus vorangeschritten sind) oder viel Bombast punkten muss - sondern durch Konsistenz. Die Entwickler bleiben sich ihrem Wesen treu - eine sich langsam entwickelte aber fesselnde Story, ein geniales Kampfsystem, übergragende
    Haupt- sowie Nebencharaktere und ein toller und stimmiger Soundtrack aus dem eigenen Soundteam. Diese Mixtur die auch bei den überragenden The Legend of Heroes Spielen zum
    tragen kommt, geht mal wieder voll auf. Volle Punktzahl!!!
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  4. Jan 14, 2020
    10
    The game is perfect. The art style is lively and beautiful, every character well developed and designed. The gameplay is an absolute blastThe game is perfect. The art style is lively and beautiful, every character well developed and designed. The gameplay is an absolute blast that no other action RPG comes even close to. Every Ys game has a soundtrack that reflects the greatest in the entire video game industry has to offer. And of course, the main grade in any RPG is the story, and this one is utterly unique and well realized. Everybody needs to play this, as the YS series is a complete bastion of greatness that should have the recognition is so well deserves. Expand
  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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