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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 Every new area has it's own name
Ys: Origin Windows Time for a leap of faith; one of many
Ys: Origin Windows Pressing that button will probably open a door or something
Ys: Origin Windows That's a big tree and an even bigger tower

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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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Legendra Windows Jun 03, 2011 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
RPG Site Windows Jul 23, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Marooners' Rock Xbox One May 30, 2018 8.6 out of 10 86
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Mar 01, 2013 16 out of 20 80
Sci-Fi Online Windows 2012 8 out of 10 80
Video Chums PlayStation 4 Feb 24, 2017 8 out of 10 80
RPGamer Windows Jun 11, 2012 4 out of 5 80
Link Cable Gaming PlayStation 4 Feb 27, 2017 7 out of 10 70
Gameplay (Benelux) Nintendo Switch Nov 28, 2020 Unscored Unscored
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jun 22, 2012 Unscored Unscored


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