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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.8
Overall User Score (15 votes) 4.5

Critic Reviews

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PC Engine Gamer (Aug, 2011)
And to fully put icing on this particular cake, there are some superb animated sequences which later games on the improved SuperCD format still can't hold a candle to. Directed to perfection, the opening sequence just rocks, the Ys I&II split is pant-wettingly good and the ending will make your brain explode with delight, not least because it contains two utterly fantastic pieces of music. And when you are sitting there, watching the final screen animate into infinity, you will know that you've just been part of something very special. You must have Ys. No excuses.
RPGFan (Aug 15, 2001)
For its time, Ys Book I & II introduced us to a fantastical world created with cutting edge technology. It told a story of tragedy, hope and life. It wove a convincing and enthralling experience that has made it legend, and with good cause. Though not an epic like the 80+ hours of Xenogears, the game (both books) will take a seasoned gamer little over 14 hours to complete. But, those brief moments spent under the spell of Nihon Falcom's classic will last you for the rest of your days. Heck, it still puts a smile on my face.
TurboPlay (Aug, 1990)
The intro to this game is mind-blowing, and it only gets better. Everything, from the graphics to the game play, is incredible. And Y's would get my vote for having the greatest sound and music track ever recorded for a video game. You'll definitely get your money's worth out of this one. For those of you who have a CD player, Y's is a must. [rank in issue #5]
Legendra (2001)
Ys est de ces jeux qui possèdent ce charme très rare, réservé aux titres de légende, qui parvient encore à accrocher le joueur, même sans que celui-ci ait connu une époque qui commence à se faire lointaine.Inutile de préciser que, si vous êtes passés à côté, il ne sera jamais trop tard pour s'y plonger...Un immense classique, qui devrait constituer un modèle à suivre pour bon nombre de développeurs.
RPGFan (Dec 23, 1998)
Due to the failure of the TurboGrafx-16, Ys 1 and 2 has been relatively unknown in the US. However, it is one of the best action RPGs that I've ever played. If you ever get a chance to play through it, don't pass it up.
The most phenomenal RPG ever made. Great storyline and involving quest keep Y's interesting to the end. Graphics and intermissions are incredible along with the best soundtrack I've ever heard. Best Turbo of year!
All games have a down side, and Ys' Achilles heel is its combat system. Here, Ys really shows its age and its evolutionary arcade roots. To engage in combat, all that has to happen is for Adol to literally run into a monster. As long as the two figures are touching, there is combat until one dies. This form of combat might be humorously referred to as the "bump-and-grind" school of fighting, but alas, it is rather boring by today's standards. The game play is the same for both games, but Ys II has a much enriched graphic look. Parts of the land look like giant interconnected wooden puzzle pieces viewed at a slight angle from "top down." This creates a wonderful threedimensionality to the landscape. Again, lush music orchestration accompanies our hero throughout his trials, and sweeps him toward victory.