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Ys series

Group Description

Ys (イース) is a series of predominantly action role-playing games by Nihon Falcom. Its first installment, The Vanished Omens (1987), was among the earliest top-down action RPGs. It is currently the largest and longest-running Japanese series in the genre.

Ys games takes place in a medieval fantasy world called Eresia, which has certain similarities to Europe. The title itself is derived from a mythical city in Brittany, France, which was swallowed by ocean. In the game series, Ys is the name of a floating island, home to a mysterious ancient civilization, around which the plot of early installments revolves. The series features a recurrent protagonist, the red-haired swordsman and adventurer Adol Christin.

In Ys games the player usually controls a single protagonist, who gains experience points and levels up by defeating enemies. The distinguishing gameplay mechanic of the series is its action-based combat coupled with top-down exploration similar to those found in turn-based RPGs. A gameplay feature that was particularly common in early installments is "bumping" combat, which allowed action-based battles without the necessity to press a separate action key or button. This, along with recharging health, became a staple gameplay element of the series and led to the term "Ys-like" when describing comparable games.

Pronunciation

The series is pronounced as eece, like saying east without a T at the end, not ease.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Ys I & II Chronicles2009PSP, WindowsNihon Falcom Corp....
Legacy of Ys: Books I & II2009Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc.4.00
Ys Seven2009PSP, WindowsXSEED Games3.43
Ys Origin2006WindowsNihon Falcom Corp.3.87
Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand2006PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Ys IV: Mask of the Sun - A New Theory2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Ys: The Oath in Felghana2005J2ME, PSP, WindowsXSEED Games3.13
Ys: The Oath in Felghana (Limited Edition)2005WindowsNihon Falcom Corp....
Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim2003BREW, PlayStation 2, PSP, WindowsKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.15
Ys I・II: Eternal Story2003PlayStation 2DigiCube Co., Ltd....
Ys I II Complete2001WindowsNihon Falcom Corp.4.00
Ys II Eternal2000WindowsNihon Falcom Corp....
Ys Eternal1998WindowsNihon Falcom Corp....
Ys V: Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako Kefin1995SNESKOEI Co., Ltd.2.78
Ys II Special1994DOSAproman...
Ys IV: Mask of the Sun1993SNESTonkinhouse2.50
Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys1993TurboGrafx CDHudson Soft Company, Ltd.3.67
Ancient Ys Vanished1991Sharp X68000Dempa Shimbunsha...
Ys: Book I & II1989TurboGrafx CD, WiiNEC Technologies, Inc.4.25
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys1989Genesis, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNES, TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, Inc.3.64
Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished - The Final Chapter1988FM-7, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X1Nihon Falcom Corp.3.51
Ys: The Vanished Omens1987Apple IIgs, DOS, FM-7, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, SEGA Master System, Sharp X1Kyodai Software Marketing, Inc.3.69

Selected Covers

Ys I & II Chronicles Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ys I & II Chronicles
Ys: Book I & II TurboGrafx CD Front Cover
Front cover for Ys: Book I & II
Ys: The Oath in Felghana PSP Front Cover
Front cover for Ys: The Oath in Felghana

Selected Screenshots

Ys: title
Screenshot from Ys I & II Chronicles
Intro: the hero
Screenshot from Ys IV: Mask of the Sun
Intro Cinema
Screenshot from Ys: Book I & II