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If you’ve never experienced Ys Origin before, and you happen to own an Xbox One, then this review is for you, because this classic is now available for a Microsoft console for the first time ever. Ys Origin perfectly captures the addictive 90’s era JRPG feel in an action-RPG format, and its story, characters, and gameplay will keep you hooked to its special sauce for hours on end. Even though the Xbox One X is built to handle some of today’s most technologically advanced games, a title like Ys Origin proves that a retro looking game can still be boatloads of fun, and that’s all that really matters when it comes to a great gaming experience.

You can check out the full review below in video or scripted form, but I wouldn’t blame you for just buying the game on a whim, because it’ll be well worth your time and money.

“Hey now fans of the Ys, Matt Heywood here to review Ys Origin for the Xbox One, which marks the first time ever that an Ys title appeared on one of Microsoft’s consoles.

This review will mostly be focused on the game playing on the Xbox One since it has been available for other platforms for a handful of years now.

With that being said, if you’re new to the Ys franchise like I was before playing this game, I can confirm that it offers up an excellent narrative that captures the awesomeness of 90’s era JRPGs, and that it also features a nostalgic action-RPG gameplay system that makes it very hard to put down. Thanks to its three playable characters, it also offers up plenty of replayability to experience the campaign from different perspectives. Plus it’s just so damn fun to play that you’ll forget that you’re playing a game that was first introduced in 2006, because it still feels fresh even 12 years later on a platform that can support native 4K gaming.

In terms of the gameplay, there are two slight additions thanks to the Xbox One version of the game, but everything else about Ys Origin’s formula remains the same from the older versions. You take control of a mage or a warrior, and work your way up a tower while finding items to unlock previously blocked paths, while also battling bosses en route to the end game. The combat is very action oriented and feels more like an arcade brawler than a JRPG, and there is also a bit of platforming, so Ys Origin mixes in the best features of many different genres to provide its addictive gameplay mechanics.

The new Xbox One features on the other hand add in the ability to toggle a speed run mode, as well as a toggle for the amount of gore that you want to see. I didn’t opt for the speed run mode because I had never played the game before its Xbox One review, but I did take advantage of the new Gore feature and cranked it up to the max level. Considering that the game still sports retro visuals, the extreme gore is really nothing more than a head popping off and a few more red pixels being shaded, but you do now have the option to dictate just how much gore you will see, so take that for what it’s worth.

In all seriousness though, if you like the look and feel of old school JRPGs that feature action-RPG gameplay, then you can’t go wrong with Ys Origin on the Xbox One. It’s easily a 9 out of 10 type of gaming experience, and I highly recommend it to any Xbox One owner who has never played it before on another platform. It may not sport 4K visuals in this era of 4K gaming, but it does offer up the most important factor for a video game being worthwhile or not, and that is fun. There is boatloads of it to, so get on the Ys Origin bandwagon today if you own the Xbox One and haven’t experienced what it has to offer yet.

Thanks for watching, this is Matt Heywood signing off for EntertainmentBuddha.com, where we make you aa better geek, one post at a time.”

If you've never experienced Ys Origin before, and you happen to own an Xbox One, then this review is for you, because this classic is now available for a Microsoft console for the first time ever. Ys Origin perfectly captures the addictive 90's era JRPG feel in an action-RPG format, and its story, characters, and gameplay will keep you hooked to its special sauce for hours on end. Even though the Xbox One X is built to handle some of today's most technologically advanced games, a title like Ys Origin proves that a retro looking game can still be boatloads…
This classic holds up well on the Xbox One, so if you've managed to miss it all this time like me, it's highly recommended to play on a MS console for the first time ever.

Review Summary

Story - 9
Gameplay - 9
Graphics - 8.5
Sound - 8.5
Entertainment Value - 10

9

BUY

This classic holds up well on the Xbox One, so if you've managed to miss it all this time like me, it's highly recommended to play on a MS console for the first time ever.

 

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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of EntertainmentBuddha.com where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he’s not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB’s Star Wars Time podcast show.