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The events of Ys Origin take place 700 years before those depicted in Ys: The Vanished Omens; it is the first game in the timeline of Ys, and a prequel to the entire series. It is also the first Ys game in which the main protagonist is not Adol Christin, the red-haired swordsman and recurrent hero of the series.

There are three main playable characters in the game: Yunica Tovah, a young apprentice knight; Hugo Fact, a skillful magician; and a mysterious person known as The Claw, who can be unlocked only after having completed the game with the other two. These characters venture to the sinister Darm Tower, each having her or his own motives. The three also vary in gameplay style: Yunica plays similarly to Adol from the previous games, specializing in melee combat with swords and axes; Hugo fires magical bullets with his staff and has access to other types of magic; The Claw is distinguished by his speed in close combat.

The game is set entirely in the Darm Tower, discarding the overworld and populated areas of the previous games. The fast-paced action RPG gameplay is similar to the one adopted in Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim and Ys: The Oath in Felghana. As the story progresses, characters acquire skills that can be combined in order to extend battle strategy. Some of the bosses from the first and the second Ys re-appear in this game.


Ys: Origin Windows Character selection for time-attack. You can only select characters that have completed the game
Ys: Origin Windows The first of the big bosses
Ys: Origin Windows That doesn't look good and it's dragging me in
Ys: Origin Windows Epona, a cut but deadly girl stands in my way

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Ys: Origin Screenshot
Ys: Origin Screenshot
Ys: Origin Screenshot
Ys: Origin Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "イース・オリジン" -- Japanese spelling

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Legendra Windows Jun 03, 2011 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Destructoid Windows Jun 18, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85 Windows Mar 01, 2013 16 out of 20 80
Sci-Fi Online Windows 2012 8 out of 10 80 Windows Jul 22, 2012 8 out of 10 80
RPGamer Windows Jun 11, 2012 4 out of 5 80
Random Access Windows Nov 15, 2014 8 out of 10 80
RPGFan Windows Jul 08, 2012 80 out of 100 80
Video Chums PlayStation 4 Feb 24, 2017 8 out of 10 80 Windows Jun 14, 2012 7 out of 10 70


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