Thursday, 19 November 2015

[REVIEW][GAME] Ys: Memories of Celceta PSVITA

Game: Ys: Memories of Celceta
Platform: PSVita
Genre: Action, RPG, Adventure
Purchase: Retail, PSN
EN release year: 2014
EN Publisher: NIS America [official website]
Opening theme: Ys Celceta: Sea of Trees

Synopsis:

“Who...who am I...?”

Unable to remember even his own name, Adol Christin awakens to find himself in a city called Casnan, on the eastern end of the Ispani. It is here that he meets Duren, an information dealer who claims to have encountered him previously. Evidently, Adol was last seen heading into the Great Forest of Celceta, a massive expanse of woodland filled with such danger that even the mighty Romun Army fears to tread within.

What happened to Adol inside the Great Forest, and how did he lose his memories? The only way to find out is to step back into the foreboding woods and brave its dangers once more. But Adol will need to have his wits about him, or his second trip into the Great Forest may cost him more than just his past... -- Nihon Falcom

Review

Once again I bought Ys: Memories of Celceta after pure conjecture upon seeing a short gameplay of it on Youtube. I wanted something RPG where I can maneuver my characters around a field whilst fighting monsters along the way. To boot, Ys: Memories of Celceta gave me that, on top of its beautiful soundtrack.

Ys: Memories of Celceta is the first Ys game I've played from the Ys series. Apparently this is the 3rd game based in Celceta, with two previous Ys game beforehand. Despite knowing that, I still thoroughly enjoyed playing Memories of Celceta as it pretty much fulfilled my cravings of a basic RPG.

So first up, choose what difficulty mode you want! (Easy > Nightmare)
You are introduced to your character, Adol Christin.
Adol waddles into town suffering from amnesia.
Your big ol' buddy Duren comes along and is shocked beyond words!
You encounter something horrible and was tasked to map the forest of Celceta.
Viola.
Your journey begins!
You encounter various people.
You fight evil monsters.
You encounter various secrets.

Pretty much the entire game you're wandering in the Great Forest mapping Celceta.

The story is introduced somewhat after encountering the first village you stumble upon. Here you are introduced to the antagonist. The only beef I have with the story is that it starts off really interesting. You are drawn into its story, its mysteries and its history. However, everything starts to get displaced upon completion of the game, with loose ends staying loose as the game provides you with one too many open ended questions than answers. There was no sense of closure for the characters whom you've encountered, which makes you wonder, what have I been doing for 22 hours? No spoilers added, don't worry. It didn't end that bad as I'm making it sound like, the entire situation was resolved with a final boss battle I assure you. It was what happened after....

Despite all else, the one aspect I enjoyed in Ys: Memories of Celceta would be its soundtrack.
Holy grail of sweet sugar, this game has one of the most beautiful soundtracks I've come across in an action RPG game. Each area of the map contained different music from upbeat, mellow and energetic pieces which sound like boss battle music but really isn't. That was how amazing it was, that was one of the few reasons why I bought this game. And bought the soundtrack CD as well (hahahaha).

The battle system is pretty much like a hack and slash. Perks of being an action role-playing game. Controls weren't limited to just the buttons, however I rarely used the touch screen for anything. You can switch between 2 other characters in your party, and your party grows bigger upon completion of certain events. Monsters spawn everywhere in the field. There are occasions where you'd come across a level 18 monster amongst level 10 monsters. These big daddies are the ones where you'd need to avoid until you get stronger.

The game itself when played on Normal mode doesn't require intense grinding. I think I only had to kill and respawn a certain monster to greatly level up (pretty much to be slightly over leveled) for an hour, and that was all the grinding I did to complete the game. Boss battles were fairly easy when played at Normal mode, and you can upgrade and enhance your weapons and battle outfits with various items collected from the field. Upon completion of the first playthrough you can carry on everything to the next! Easy? Hell yeah.

Ys: Memories of Celceta is a game I'd recommend for PSVita users.
Don't expect too much of its story, as it probably won't appease you towards the end.
In fact, play the game to enjoy its soundtrack.
Play the game to enjoy the whole semi-grinding by killing monsters on the field whilst listening to beautiful music.

You can (as I have) play the game as a standalone, without having to play previous Ys games. You'll still get it, I assure you that. However, perhaps by playing previous Ys games, you'd be able to grasp answers that stayed loose in this game. I can't answer you to that, but perhaps?

Ys: Memories of Celceta Overall Game Rate: 8/10

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