[edit] Background

Ys Origin takes place approximately 700 years before the events of Ys I – and though the land and its inhabitants will change drastically in that time, this lone structure is destined to remain almost entirely undisturbed. From the outside, it already has nearly the same looming presence and ominous appearance that it will for over seven centuries to come... but inside, the demons are more active now than they ever would be again, shaping and transforming whole tiers of the structure into twisted habitations unfit for human exposure.

Welcome to the Devil's Tower...

Originally released in Japan in 2006, Ys Origin finally debuts in English with true widescreen support and Steamworks integration including Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud, and leaderboards.

[edit] Game Play

Play as one of three different characters, each with their own unique story to tell and completely different style of gameplay. Choose from classic platforming action, shoot-em-up/run-and-gun or berserker-style melee combat.

Time Attack, Boss Rush, and Arena Mode keep the action going long after the initial Story Mode has been cleared, unlocking special items and perhaps even a certain red-headed hero…

Falcom once again provides hard rock riffs and classic Ys arrangements to keep the blood pumping as players battle through intense old-school platforming, puzzles and bosses.

[edit] Features

Yunica is able to wield axes and greatswords with ease. In addition to standard hack-and-slash combos, Yunica can also perform various aerial maneuvers such as the classic down-thrust and up-thrust, as well as a crippling lunge attack.

Firing bolts of energy from his wand and his "Eyes of Fact" alike, Hugo can often fill the screen with destructive power, mowing down all enemies in his path before they have a chance to get anywhere near him. With good timing, too, he can pull off a crippling "power shot," generating a debilitating pillar of pure magic with a wider area of effect.

Complete the game once to unlock a third playable character with a whole new set of attacks and magical abilities – perhaps the most powerful of them all!

[edit] Hardware Info

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Mar 12, 13 4:41am

My only real taste of Ys previously came from the spinoff RTS game on the DS. Needless...

Mar 11, 13 2:03pm
The Claw's story mode was fantastic. YsOrigin
Mar 10, 13 6:57am
added 19 new concept art
Mar 5, 13 2:03pm
Cleared Hugo's story mode. A character who excels at making himself unlikeable. YsOrigin
Mar 3, 13 3:22pm
Finished Yunica's story mode. It was awesome, even if almost every boss killed me several times. YsOrigin
Feb 24, 13 7:19pm
added 8 new screenshots
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  • North America: May 31, 2012
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