I love playing old titles that have been ported over to consoles and Ys Origin is no exception. I never got the chance to play it back in 2012 when it was released on PC and before that it was released in 2006 in Japan! Now 2018 we finally get a chance to play Ys Origin on the Xbox. One out of a large series of games that have a large following. I confess I never really played any of the Y games and after playing this one I will probably try and figure out how to play the rest of them. That said not all things about this game were good.
In Ys Origin you play one of three playable characters (one you have to unlock by completed the game with the other two) The main two characters are Yunica an axe wielding knight and Hugo a sorcerer. Each story is similar with subtle differences such as boss fights and cut scenes. Your goal? To find the two Goddesses that have gone AWOL. You are part of a search party that have been sent to find them in a demon tower that reaches to the sky. Inside are all sorts of evil, puzzles and another group of people also searching for the Goddesses with a sinister plan. I don’t really want to spoil the story as I think it is one of Ys Origins strong points.
As you travel up the tower either as a close range axe wielding knight or a long range sorcerer you encounter many different enemies that re spawn when you leave the area and return. Some are easy and some are hard with loads of different looking creatures. Some fly. Some don’t. Some shoot. Some don’t. Some come at you with swords. Some don’t. That’s really all there is to the enemies except the Boss fights which are awesome. The enemies just got annoying after a while and became a bit of a chore rather than feeling like a hack and slash which the fighting system is.
Another thing that annoyed me was the saving system. The game never told me how to save the game! So I didn’t thinking it was auto saved. I was wrong. After a power cut I lost 2 hours of game play. If your reading this and you haven’t played yet TO SAVE YOU MUST INTERACT WITH THE BLUE BLESSING STATUES AND CLICK SAVE. That was really the only bad experience I had with this game. Although I found the enemies got annoying that’s just me. Some people may love it and I can see why they would as you can upgrade mostly everything about your character through blessings and taking your weapon to be upgraded by a friend.
There are loads of different abilities you gain from artefacts of Y too such as shields, Fire wheels and mines. The boss fights for me were the thing I kept coming on for hard and exciting and none of them are the same. For example the second boss is a huge centipede that you have to get on its back and destroy the segments while avoiding electric fields and the things disgusting face. A good thing is if you die in a boss fight you don’t go all the way back to the last time you saved you just reset at the start of the fight which for me is a great way to do it. I found myself pushing up the tower just so I could get to the next boss fight to see what it was. As well as the story mode this game also has a Boss Rush mode which I spent s lot of time on too. I seemed to always go for Hugo the ranged sorcerer as I felt I could control him a lot easier but I believe this is down the personal preference of different players are you close or long range?
The graphics on this game are good they don’t look to flashy but remember this is an older game that has been ported (finally) to Xbox and to be honest it holds up in the genre. The text that I needed to read rather than have someone read it for me In game was really refreshing and it took me back to the days playing games where I would say the lines like I was really that character. We all did it… just me I guess… The music and sound effects are great and not repetitive in the slightest. The only thing that got a tad annoying was the sound of enemies walking around but it honestly didn’t bother me that much.