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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: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  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. Aug 14, 2018
    10
    I really don't know why the meta score is in the low 80's on this game. Feels this should be much higher. Great plot, great development of keyI really don't know why the meta score is in the low 80's on this game. Feels this should be much higher. Great plot, great development of key characters and a very enjoyable game play experience on the switch platform. Yes, compared to the PS4, there were some adjustments due to console capability, but it didn't hinder the experience one bit. if anything, I got more playing time due to the switch platform than anything else without having to sacrifice much. This one will be one to remember. Thank you for the memories Falcom. Excellent port. Expand
  3. Sep 12, 2019
    10
    My top 2 jrpg after xenoblade chronicles 2 hands down. The story OMG!! no word for the story. The music man you need to buy the game onlyMy top 2 jrpg after xenoblade chronicles 2 hands down. The story OMG!! no word for the story. The music man you need to buy the game only because of the music you can just stand and listen to the music thats how good it is omg. 15/10 for music hands down best music in jrpg for me ! Characters were all amazing some fun some annoying and some cool but overall you will start to care for all of them at some point. The only negatives i can come up with are frame drops at some points and combat scaling in some areas Expand
  4. Sep 30, 2018
    9
    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, andThis 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 all ports of future games better next time. I can see where the complaints are coming from for the PC version. I also hope newer titles go for a more improved artsyle, or showcase better graphics overall. The opportunity is there. They should take it.

    Note: I 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.
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  5. Feb 28, 2019
    9
    All new to Ys. I got it quite reluctantly, with mediocre expectations, and I was somewhat disheartened when the first character introducedAll new to Ys. I got it quite reluctantly, with mediocre expectations, and I was somewhat disheartened when the first character introduced looked like a blue haired male prostitute...
    But, just a few moments later I found I was fully enjoying myself, and now about 30 hours later (not even halfway through!), I got to say: this game has sailed up onto my top 10 games of all time.

    Which is odd, because the graphics are not the best (especially on the Switch), the character interactions can feel a bit stiff (and ridiculous), and invisible walls are quite frequent during exploration. And the Switch framerate is around 30 rather than 60. Under normal circumstances, for me these would be major cons.
    But, everything else; the action, setting, story, soundtrack, progression, customization, pacing, variety, stability...
    All those are nailed to a degree that simply makes me quit caring about the cons. There is also some clever optimization done here, where creatures outside a certain radius are rendered with fewer frames, while keeping the players perspective smooth. This actually works very well, almost gives it an artistic touch.

    Few games makes me feel so good while playing as Ys8.

    Hoping for more Falcom Switch ports!
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  6. Oct 11, 2018
    8
    Narratively speaking, the game’s storyline unfolds almost perfectly, with a pace that doesn’t seem too fast or too slow. It is a veryNarratively speaking, the game’s storyline unfolds almost perfectly, with a pace that doesn’t seem too fast or too slow. It is a very intriguing adventure from start to finish, that evolves organically well from a survival story to an epic tale, with various emotional moments along the way, coming either from the protagonist party or the different NPCs you meet in your journey. Speaking about the latter, the characters feel sufficiently developed once you get to explore all their plotlines and backgrounds, giving the player a sense of truly bonding, caring and maturing in every case (all but one, you’ll know which). And while this all makes for great storytelling, all wrapped up by a theme of personal decisions and free will vs. destiny, the only drawback in this aspect of the game is the overabundance of plot twists, each more whacky and sometimes a little bit more nonsensical than the others. Perhaps for some people it’s not a real issue, but for others—including myself—it is (by the end of my playthrough I mumbled “Ooh, shocker!” in a rather sarcastic tone). Luckily, the pace of the game itself and some well-executed hints here and there mitigated an otherwise Deux Ex Machina plot treatment that would have felt lazy and wrong. It’s still there but buried well under the ground.
    Combat and exploration are the main gameplay mechanics in this JRPG title. But unlike other games of the genre, that sometimes prefer slow pace and turn-based battles, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA surprises by its fast pace and almost hack-and-slash approach, reminding a little bit of the treatment another long-serving franchise made to its latest entrance (I’m looking at you, Final Fantasy XV). Exploration is the other side of the gameplay coin. And while this title takes place on an island, the map is surprisingly big, and the hours spent to do to a completionist playthrough are a lot (for me, it was a 70 hour-long journey). Furthermore, Ys VIII offers a plethora of activities to do: from simple tasks given by NPCs, to treasure hunts; from escort missions, to optional dungeons… you name it. Of course, as in any other RPG, there is the classic upgrade system, but this time with a twist: you exchange resources, rather than money, to get new weapons, armor and accessories that will help on battles; consumables and various other upgrades. To top it all, you get to do raid and hunt battles to defend your village, which will grow with every castaway you save, all rounded-up by a ranking system that makes the experience a little bit more fun.
    The visual aspect of the game is perhaps the one that has more flaws than any other. While it is a completely playable title, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA for Nintendo Switch suffers from frame-rate drops a lot, more so when there are a considerable number of enemies on-screen (and sometimes with less as well). While for me the game seems to run at a normal frame-rate of 40fps, the visuals can go as low as—I believe—20fps. Again, the title is playable, but it becomes increasingly annoying as you progress, specially for a product whose main strength was the graphic component. Speaking of graphics, while I was sold on an anime-style game, the art seems a little bit disappointing: the textures are 3D anime-like, but they feel at times cheap, with background details being the worse. I know this wasn’t aiming to be a visual marvel but considering what other games have done (I’m looking at you, Breath of the Wild and Octopath Traveler), I would have expected that by 2018 we would have gotten as a standard decent grass details and water effects, at the very least. Finally, the characters’ modelling is fine—few aliasing in this case—but the shadows and light system are not very good, and some animations are sterile, at best. It may not be the game’s fault, but that of the developer’s at optimizing this port for the Nintendo Switch. Or maybe the console itself. Who knows.
    Musically speaking, the game offers a great soundtrack, plagued by fast-paced rock (synth-rock?) tunes intertwined occasionally with slow orchestral arrangements. Raid battles, boss battles and key fights are accompanied by powerful tracks that excite the player and set the mood properly for some good old hacking and slashing of monsters. On the other side, orchestral arrangements serve to give the game a sense of epicness and grandiosity to the story. They are beautiful and, more than that, able to fulfill their purpose. Add good sound mixing, especially for effects, and you have a great product. The only flaw in this department is the localization of voices: English dubbing feels weird, as it is at times good for some characters, but bad for others. What’s more, voices seem sterile and don’t quite end up transmitting the feeling they intended to. I believe it would be best to experience Ys VIII with the original Japanese voiceover, which thankfully is available to select.
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  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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