Why not celebrate the holiday for lovers the way it was meant to be: holed up with a late 80’s JRPG with a bunch of PC-specific enhancements from XSEED.
That’s right, the publisher is bringing the first two “Ys” games to Steam with “Ys I & II Chronicles+.”
The two games are being bundled together and sold at a discount starting on the 14th, with updates to the soundtrack (it’s got a studio-recorded metal track) and visual enhancements for the discerning PC gamer. You can preorder it here on Steam for a 15% discount. I’ll let XSEED make the hard sell:
Ys I & II Chronicles+ sees a series of modern conveniences and conventions mix with classic action gameplay in this all-new version of the founding title in one of Japan’s most celebrated RPG franchises. Old-school gamers will still recognize the timeless “bump” combat system, through which running into enemies auto-triggers an attack, and the angle of impact determines the damage inflicted. Players can choose to experience the game with the original ‘80s FM-synth soundtrack, opt for a more “early modern” MIDI-style soundscape, or even cleave through enemies to a studio-recorded metal interpretation of the soundtrack courtesy of Falcom’s in-house JDK Band. Fully customizable graphics settings – including widescreen support, selectable art styles, smooth pixel scaling in windowed mode and more – as well as achievements, leaderboards, Steam Cloud support, classically-styled decorative screen frames, four difficulty levels and an optional boss rush mode are some of the modern highlights players will enjoy in Ys I & II Chronicles+.
Developed by renowned RPG house Nihon Falcom, Ys I & II follow the tale of wandering swordsman Adol Christin on an adventure to rid the land of Esteria of a horrible blight. Once known as the ancient land of Ys, a historic kingdom protected by goddesses and rich in mystical power and wealth, Esteria was settled by hardy inhabitants who established prosperous port towns and humble fishing inlets. But this peace was short-lived, and soon word spread of a looming darkness – confirmed by the appearance of horrendous monsters (first few, then many), swarming and destroying all of Esteria in their wake. Told to seek out the six books of Ys to reveal the key to defeating this evil, Adol ventures forth boldly, not knowing his very arrival had been written by the fates many centuries before.
This is the sixth port/enhancement of the two games following the 1990 release of “Ys I & II” on the TubroGrafx-16/PC Engine back in 1990, and later releases on the PSOne, Windows, and the DS.
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