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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 Haven't found much equipment yet
Ys: Origin Windows The first of the big bosses
Ys: Origin Windows I thought I asked for a room with ocean view
Ys: Origin Windows Yunika is surrounded

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


Alternate Titles

  • "伊蘇:始源" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "イース・オリジン" -- Japanese spelling

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RPG Site Xbox One Apr 10, 2018 9 out of 10 90 Nintendo Switch Oct 14, 2020 86 out of 100 86 Xbox One Apr 20, 2018 86 out of 100 86
Way Too Many Games Nintendo Switch Oct 01, 2020 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Vortex Windows Jun 15, 2012 82 out of 100 82
Random Access Windows Nov 15, 2014 8 out of 10 80
Video Chums PlayStation 4 Feb 24, 2017 8 out of 10 80
RPGFan Windows Jul 08, 2012 80 out of 100 80
DarkZero Windows Jul 10, 2012 8 out of 10 80
RPGamer Windows Jun 11, 2012 4 out of 5 80


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