One thing that has always set the Ys games apart from most of the other action RPGs on the market is its brevity. At the longest, the series tends to wrap it all up within 20 hours, and because it crams so much content into such a short amount of time, it still feels like a full blown experience.
However, the last few games have not followed that path. Instead, they’ve taken to dragging out their play times. Check out the latest game, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, and see what I mean. The game launches in Japan this week, and reports are already coming in that state the game will take anywhere from 40 to 60 hours to complete!
You can beat Oath of Felghana, Origins, and maybe even Arc of Napishtim all in that amount of time!
I don’t know. Part of me doesn’t like long games that overstay their welcome, and if a game is long, it needs to have the legs to carry it the distance. Ys is best seen as an action game with an adventure-esque setup, not the other way around. Developer Nihon Falcom’s tendencies really makes me wonder if the simplistic combat can last for such a long running time.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is available in Japan for the PS Vita and PlayStation 4. No announcements have been made for a Western release just yet.