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Title: Ys Book I and II
Rom Player: None
Reviewer: Brandex

Synopsis: NOTE: This game is a CDROM, so if you don't have a Turbografix Cd system or a Turboduo you can't play it.

# of players: 1

Synopsis: This is one of those games I desperately wish would transport to a viable system like the PS2 or Gamecube or whatever. Anyways, you play the red-haired Adol who is on a quest to discover the secrets contained within the books of Ys and to destroy the evil demons that are trying to take control.

Gameplay: 7/10: Well, it's an RPG of sorts, except that you fight enemies in real-time. That is, there aren't any menus or anything like you'd find in Final Fantasy games. Basically, you bump into enemies to attack them. There is some strategy to fighting the enemies, but not much. Try to hit them from behind? I don't know. It's pretty simple. Therefore, people used to complex RPG's will probably not like the combat system.

You find items and gain experience like most RPG games, so you won't have difficulty figuring this out. Most of the items are easily found in treasure chests, but there are a few items like the Cape of the Holy Spirit and the Golden Urn that aren't easy to find unless you look closely.

The game is divided into two parts. In Book I you have to retrieve the books of Ys and defeat Dark Fact, a descendant of the priests of Ys. In Book II you return the books to the priests' statues and save the ruling goddesses from Darm, the lord of all evil. What's interesting is that the source of magic, the Black Pearl, made Ys great but also created Darm and all other evil. You must destroy the Black Pearl in order to save Ys.

Well, this game is pretty old but I think the story and the interaction is pretty advanced for its time. I could really get into the character and his quest. Also, I love the demons that Adol faces.

Graphics: 8/10: I'd give this a lower rating except for the wonderful animated cut scenes that occur in the game. Most of the graphics are pretty simple, so you won't be amazed by them. However, it's awesome to see characters like Dark Fact and Darm during the cutscenes.

Music: 10/10 - This is by far the best feature of the game. Even though it was made in the late 80's, the music surpasses many games made today. I like to collect video game music sometimes, so I'd definitely recommend listening to this music. Also, the character voices are pretty good, though Goban sounds kind of stupid. I especially like the voices of Dalles and Darm, the evil demons. I'd recommend this game for the music alone.

Originality: 8/10 - Well, it's an RPG. I like the story behind Ys, that it's a floating continent controlled by magic and that the demons come from the source of magic. I've played more advanced games like FF VII, so it doesn't compare to that game, but for its time it had a pretty good story. I still laugh when I hear the characters call the monsters "goons".

Overall: 9/10: I'd give this game an 8 or maybe a 7 if it weren't for the amazing music. Seriously, if you like good music in a game you should get this one. When I bought The TurboDuo this came with it, and what a good deal it was! Anyways, this game might not be as complex as what the Playstation RPG's have to offer, but it's well worth trying out. It's clearly one of the best games available for the TurboGrafix.

Best Cheats: Nothing Entered

Game Play: 7
Graphics: 8
Music/Sound: 10
Originality: 8
Overall Rating: 9


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