Monthly Archives: December 2013
Happy Holidays dear readers, and welcome back to my esteemed blog. I must apologize for the hiatus but, I recently acquired a new position, and that combined with a somewhat lengthy commute makes my time for blogging scarce, but I am back and the blogging will go on.
25 years ago, an action role playing franchise graced us with it’s presence. Unfortunately, it debuted on the Turbo Duo CD, a great console that was too expensive at the time to own. It was also competing with the already popular Zelda series, which is why this franchise never got the recognition it deserved. Now the Vita get a taste of the Ys franchise with Ys: Memories of Celceta for the Playstation Vita console. This is a reimagining of Ys IV: Dawn of Ys for the Turbo Duo CD, which never saw a North American release. So, does this reimagining succeed in giving gamers what they want? Let’s find out.
Graphics: For being a Vita exclusive title, Ys Memories of Celceta delivers graphics that are good but still remain true to nostalgia. The character sprites, animations and creatures are fairly robust, but still manage to keep a nostalgic look to it. The world is vast however, there is little to interact with in this massive re-imagined world, which is somewhat of a disappointment. Score: 7.5/10
Sound: The Ys series has always been faithful to delivering a fantastic musical score, and Memories of Celceta does not disappoint. Fans of Ys music will be having multiple eargasms listening to the amazing musical score. Plus, for those of you who can shell out the extra bucks, the collector’s edition comes with a three disc soundtrack featuring three to four tracks from each of the Ys titles. Score: 9/10
Gameplay: The meat of the package in Ys Memories of Celceta comes from the combat. From the moment you begin the game, you are instantly thrown into battle. In this title, our protagonist Adol is suffering from amnesia, and begins a journey through Celceta to regain the memories he has lost. The combat is pretty fast paced, and boss battles are epic. The side-quest options consist of fetch quests or hunting a creature (some of which can be difficult if unprepared) and killing it. You spend most of your time traversing through the world of Celceta while completing a quest that sadly tends to drag sometimes. Voice acting is present but, they are so rare that the story suffers as a result. Fortunately, the combat manages to keep the blood pumping enough to keep you from boredom. Score: 9/10
Ys Memories of Celceta is a great addition to the already minimal selection of Vita exclusive RPGs. Longtime fans, or if you’re seeking a new adventure, look no further than Ys.
Final Score: 8.5/10