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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jun 19, 2018
    100
    The story is true artistry in motion, keeping things fresh and gripping even hours in, not afraid to take risks or introduce new things in ways that feel organic every single time. The Switch has found another great title, thanks to the port of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
  2. Jun 19, 2018
    95
    Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA is an incredible and unforgettable game. Its excellent soundtrack and sense of adventure greatly brightened the moments I spent with it. It is a must have game for owners of a Nintendo Switch.
  3. Jun 28, 2018
    90
    Ys VIII is a marvelous game that truly deserves more attention. With my limited exposure to the series I am impressed each time I dive in. Those looking for a classic JRPG that hits all the right notes, you will be hard-pressed to find a better experience, especially on the Switch. I am glad this series is getting more exposure, and would love to see it eventually make its way onto every platform. Don’t be afraid of the number, this is a great game to dive head first into.
  4. Jun 19, 2018
    80
    It’s an RPG that asks a hefty time commitment and doesn’t offer particularly deep character storylines – but the combat, overall story, and character progression make Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA a journey well worth taking.
  5. Jul 13, 2018
    80
    With many original good ideas, Ys VIII : Lacrimosa of DANA is a pure gem. Even the Fedex quests are nicely integrated in the game and the only real flaw is that the game looks like a PS Vita game more than a Switch game.
  6. Jul 9, 2018
    80
    In the event you come into this category, porting will undoubtedly satisfy your palates and bewitch you with an engaging and long-lasting product.
  7. Jun 25, 2018
    70
    Ys VIII on Switch is a polarizing experience. It does some things so well, such as offering the full breadth of PS4 content on the go and a mostly solid framerate - but resolution woes, a translation that still leaves a lot to be desired despite seeing an overhaul, and more makes it somewhat hard to recommend this version of the game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. Jul 22, 2018
    10
    Just finished this game and I miss the experience already... The story was breathtaking, the characters were admirable and the gameplay wasJust finished this game and I miss the experience already... The story was breathtaking, the characters were admirable and the gameplay was topnotch... Can't wait for Ys IX. This is truly a hidden gem more people should know about. This is the first Ys game I've played and this makes me want to play the previous Ys games. Expand
  2. Sep 2, 2019
    10
    The best JRPG available on the Switch. Period. It has EVERYTHING, literally.

    Real time combat, action, slow times when you want slowness,
    The best JRPG available on the Switch. Period. It has EVERYTHING, literally.

    Real time combat, action, slow times when you want slowness, just to gather herbs and ore.

    Fast when you need fast.

    The soundtrack is through the roof, A+ to the sound department.

    The story is touching. I felt each characters pain.

    The only problem would be if Ys IX never came out on Switch!

    If you like action combat games, with plenty of time (at your discretion) to work on other game facets ..
    this game may be for you!

    I enjoyed it 100%. The only sad part is how Square-Enix games seem lackluster in comparison.
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  3. Sep 25, 2020
    10
    This was one of the best gaming experiences I have ever had.
    This game has rewarding meaningful exploration with a nice central story
    This was one of the best gaming experiences I have ever had.
    This game has rewarding meaningful exploration with a nice central story progression.
    If you like Robinson Crusoe, the Mysterious Island, Treasure Island, Land of the Lost, or King Kong, you will probably love this game.
    I technically give this a 9.5 because the ending gets convoluted as almost every JRPG does. I cannot knock it down to a 9 because the experience it gave me for the first 3/4ths of it was absolutely superb.
    Simply an amazing adventure.
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  4. Sep 5, 2018
    9
    This game is what made me make an account on metacritic. I have completed the game and must say that it was a very good experience. TheThis game is what made me make an account on metacritic. I have completed the game and must say that it was a very good experience. The combat in this game is great and always keeps the game entertaining. The story feels fresh throughout the game. I usually do not really follow stories and completely found myself wanting more with this game. It does run at 30fps and graphically reminds me of a Playstation 2 game. However, I am a firm believer that graphics do not make games and this game is a perfect example. The crafting system is fun. I never felt like I had to excessively grind for things to complete the game. I would highly recommend this game for your Nintendo Switch if you have not already played it. It's a great game to be able to play on the go. It really shines in portable mode. I would say I played 40% portable and 60% docked. Expand
  5. Sep 16, 2019
    9
    This game is absolutely fantastic. It is easily one of the best action rpgs of all time. The game, story, and music get a 10/10, but theThis game is absolutely fantastic. It is easily one of the best action rpgs of all time. The game, story, and music get a 10/10, but the switch port is lacking. It is a Playstation Vita game, which should run fine on the Switch, but it has some framerate and graphical issues that hold it back from its full potential. It's not a bad port, but it could be better. Expand
  6. Aug 31, 2020
    8
    The game looks really good and I like the option to use original voice; however, the English translation is really bad sometimes, withThe game looks really good and I like the option to use original voice; however, the English translation is really bad sometimes, with sentences that have missing words and don’t make much sense. For such an expensive and popular game, I expected more thorough checks... Expand
  7. Kee
    Dec 28, 2018
    4
    Poor optimizing. The frame is not stable and it makes me irritating. From Chapter 4 when the village has developed. Even I satisfied to playPoor optimizing. The frame is not stable and it makes me irritating. From Chapter 4 when the village has developed. Even I satisfied to play it with 30 frames but some dungeons have frame drops very frequently. So I've sick and tried to play this game. It really shames why the company doesn't make it possible to offer the game with the perfect frames for me. even that game's contents were excellent. Expand

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