Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA Review | PS4 & PS Vita

By: Nate

After 8 years since the last main entry in the Ys series, it returns with a brand-new adventure. North America and Europe will be able to experience the PS4 and PSV versions of the game at the same time in September while Japanese gamers had to wait almost a year until they got the PS4 version. The Playstation Vita version came out way back in 2016.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is an epic new tale that follows our protagonist, Adol, and his companions. Our characters become shipwrecked and stranded on a cursed island. It is here where Adol and his marooned shipmates must defeat ferocious beasts and uncover the obscurities of the mysterious island.

When you find new shipwrecked survivors, you can bring them into your newly formed village. In return for saving them, they will provide you with valuable services. Amidst all of this, Adol begins dreaming about a beautiful blue-haired maiden. This is another mystery that you must unravel in your journey and adventures.

The main story and side-quests of this game will take an average RPG gamer around 50-60 hours to complete it. I enjoyed these quite a bit, but I know that my fans got bored by this because they were constantly leaving my livestreams. For most JRPG fans, these should be enjoyable. The story is very enjoyable and I cannot wait to play the game in English.

The isle that you must explore is very open and the battle system is fast. You can fight with your several buttons, use skills and items, and switch characters on the fly. It was very enjoyable and I love this style of gameplay. The leveling up system was easy and fun to use too. There is also fishing and forging in the game. You can fish for food and missions, and forge weapons and items.

Graphics in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana differ quite a bit in this game. You’ll get the most beautiful cutscenes that you have ever seen, but then you will see a lot uglier in-game graphics. However, the graphics on the PS4 look much better than the Playstation Vita version’s graphics. I wouldn’t recommend the PSV version of the game if you are worried about graphics because the PS4 version is far more superior and the developers took a long time to make the PS4 version better than its PSV counterpart.

The game is far from perfect. It has so many dialogue scenes. It wouldn’t be too bad if these dialogue events actually had talking in them. There will be many of these dialogue events where you’ll just be reading text for a long time.

Overall, this is a very fun game. Its graphics might feel dated for many. If you can get over the poor graphics, then you will have a lot of fun with this game. It has a great battle system, decent stranded story, and requires a lot of time to play it.

8/10 – Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is a fun adventure in the Ys universe.

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