- System: PC (Steam)
- Publisher: XSEED/ Marvelous
- Developer: Nihon Falcom
- Release Date: July 25, 2018
- Players: Single Player
- Rating:: T
- Genre: Action, RPG
- Official Website: https://store.steampowered.com/app/587110/Ys_Memories_of_Celceta/
Ys: Memories Of Celceta - Official PC Launch Date Trailer
Who it Caters to
Ys: Memories of Celceta originally saw its debut on the PlayStation Vita back in 2012 with great applause, as fans of the series complemented its fast-paced gameplay paired with a strong narrative. The title has now officially released on Steam for the first time since its debut, with plenty of perks to give it a more modern feel. If you’re a fan of Nihon Falcom titles then Ys: Memories of Celceta should be a no brainer purchase. If you’re just being introduced to this highly celebrated series then be rest assured that your time with the game will be an extraordinary one.
Nihon Falcom never rests on its laurels whenever it comes to action RPG performance, and with Ys: Memories of Celceta you’re getting the full package and more. With a constant stream of content this is catered to those who love adventure, discovery and a strong plot to keep you engaged for hours.
What to Expect
Despite its age, Ys: Memories of Celceta still looks beautiful and much crisper in 60FPS, along with the addition of a configuration system ala Steam to ensure that you can tweak the game to perform to your liking. As we stated earlier, Ys: Memories of Celceta is an action RPG that places much of its focuses on main protagonist Adol, who must regain his memories about past events that will help guide him closer to solving the problems that plague him and his colleagues in the present.
Expect to be enamored by the solid character development as well as exceptional gameplay that’s incredibly easy to pick up, but will require some practice to truly master the combo system. Boss battles are your typical run of the mill Nihon Falcom style battles, which are sure to provide a satisfying challenge without pushing you too hard, along with good voice acting to keep you entertained during the story scenes. Known to fans as Boss Rush mode, this will certainly be keeping you up for hours and will require a strong understanding of the real-time combat features. Will you be able to successfully uncover all of Adol’s past memories in time before it’s too late?
The UI still remains the same from the original but with a visual upgrade to make the colors a little more vibrant and less muted than they were on Sony’s handheld. Character cutscenes look much more dazzling on Steam as the colors tend to pop more, while level environments have seen a slight upgrade in terms of texture mapping, etc. There are still some noticeable issues in the level design area, but for a ported Vita title it certainly has better presentation on the Steam version.
Not to mention that with the addition of the Steam configuration system you’re able to fully customize the game to run at an incredibly high frame rate once unlocked, allowing players to truly experience the game like never before.
Once you’ve played through the game we highly recommend grabbing the official soundtrack to really experience everything without distraction. Did we mention there’s an anime intro in the game that’s totally godlike? No? Ok well now you know, so don’t skip it!
Needless to say, you’ll definitely need to spend time with the game to truly fall in love with it so practice as much as you can during the early stages, so that you’ll be better prepared down the road. With the help of the multi-character party system you’ll be able to swap characters in and out of your party with ease, and if you pair two similar characters together your attacks will receive major buffs, among other perks. This is where Ys: Memories of Celceta gets real interesting because it doesn’t force you to rely solely on Adol to come out victorious, as there will be times where you’ll need to immediately swap to your other party member to deal massive damage.
These choices don’t necessarily change the overall plot in any way but it’s still nice to have those choices to help spice things up a little. Ys: Memories of Celceta has one of the most expansive locales in the entire history of the series, allowing you to customize waypoints, and a robust mapping system that will help you if things get confusing. There’s a plethora of things to discover in the game so having the ability to customize your waypoints really helps a ton, especially when hunting around for rare treasure chests that require special keys. You’ll definitely find yourself back tracking a lot because there’s just so much to look for but it’s all worth it because the gameplay is so satisfying from start to finish, that you won’t even realize.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
By that as it may, Ys: Memories of Celceta is the quintessential action RPG experience that any fan of the genre should not sleep on, and hardcore fans should dive into right away. Again because the game is dated there were of course some design flaws in polygon count but honestly, once you start hacking and slashing your way through those visual issues no longer become the center of attention.
- Customizable waypoints to make traveling much easier.
- Incredible soundtrack as always.
- Controls and gameplay have been tweaked to make everything feel smoother.
- Framerate options are a huge plus, especially when fully unlocked!
- Time Attack and Boss Rush modes make their return in full form!
- Leaderboard support is now available for those who want that high score prestige.
- Full HD upgrade to give character sprites more detail.
- On a visual level there are some noticeable issues in level design but nothing too out of the ordinary.
Honey's Final Verdict:
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