September is usually the time of year youâ€™d expect toÂ the slightly minor games on the AAA scale likeÂ Shadows of Mordor orÂ aÂ BioShock sequel. Itâ€™s hardly the time of year youâ€™d expect to see the nichest of niche Japanese franchises come out, but NIS America is defying traditions by throwingÂ Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana into direct competition with the early holiday hits.
Ys VIII, the latest in the 30-year-old video game series, will hit the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita on Sept. 12 in North America and Europe on Sept. 15.
Ys returns with a brand new adventure for the first time in 8 years! Adol awakens shipwrecked and stranded on a cursed island. There, he and the other shipwrecked passengers he rescues form a village to challenge fearsome beasts and mysterious ruins on the isolated island. Amidst this, Adol begins to dream of a mysterious blue-haired maiden living in a unknown world.
Join Adol as he unravels the riddle of the cursed isle and the bluehaired maiden Dana in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana.
- An Epic Tale â€“ Follow Adol and his companions on his latest adventure to unlock the mysteries of the cursed island.
- Another Side â€“ Unravel the mystery of the blue-haired maiden Dana through her own, unique gameplay segments.
- It Takes a Village â€“ Rescue your fellow shipwrecked passengers and bring them to your village where they will provide valuable services.
- Party On â€“ Switch characters on the fly as you battle ferocious foes in lightning-fast combat.
Do you know the name Adol Christin?
Ys, pronouncedÂ â€œeez,â€Â is a series Iâ€™ve always had a crush on but have never outright loved. The rise in Japanese PC games in North America has helped greatly in exposing it to wider audiences, and Iâ€™ve stumbled through a few of them with nothing but positive impressions. The series is best described as a linearÂ Legend of Zelda with a stronger focus on combat and stellar soundtracks that rock insane guitar riffs.
This is the first game to hit a home console in North America since the PlayStation 2 days, and even that one was a sketchy port that didnâ€™t live up to the PC versionsâ€™ reputation. If youâ€™re a console gamer new to Nihon Falcomâ€™s fabled series, youâ€™re in for a treat.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana could have the seriesâ€™ biggest audience yet if more open up to the crimsonÂ haired Adol Christin and is seafaring adventures.