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  • Summary: 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.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Sep 26, 2017
    95
    Developer Nihon Falcom has always been talented, but this project represents a new high for the studio, a game where each piece comes together and interlocks in a way that feels damn near perfect. Don’t let the obscure name fool you; forgettable story aside, this is one of the best action-RPGs of this generation.
  2. Sep 5, 2017
    90
    Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is easily the most ambitious entry in series to date, with an expansive world map and a greater emphasis on storytelling. It carries the proud tradition of a skillfully satisfying and lightning fast combat engine, paired with a soundtrack that could only have been composed by the legends at Team JDK. It makes a strong case, not only as one of the best Ys games ever made, but also as a contender for game of the year.
  3. Oct 9, 2017
    90
    Aside from the one or two issues it has Ys VIII is a magnificent game, it's fun to play, with mechanics that suit both casual players while giving more hardcore gamers a challenge. The plot is compelling and the characters memorable, while the music is not only enjoyable but also instills a sense of adventure and nostalgia that serves to endear the whole experience to the player. It’s the perfect starting point for new players while remaining true to the saga’s long legacy.
  4. Aug 30, 2017
    85
    Ys VIII abandons the sprawling, dramatic settings of other JRPGs for a restrained world and cast, then gives us every reason to fall in love with both. From combat to story to exploration to sound, Ys VIII offers subtle, but refreshing distinctions from the usual genre fare.
  5. Oct 12, 2017
    82
    Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA is a heartwarming and interesting journey with fantastic characters and a balanced combat system.
  6. Sep 14, 2017
    80
    But even when it falters, it’s hard to hate Ys VIII for long. The feel of fighting your way through a big, beautiful island of untamed wilderness to save a group of people brought together by circumstance while uncovering an ancient mystery is an absolute delight, and will compel you to keep exploring for hours on end. Whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer to the exploits of Adol Christin, you’ll find a lot to enjoy in the exotic world of Ys VIII.
  7. Aug 30, 2017
    70
    Fun and entertaining for those who love the series. Ys haters won't find something to change their mind.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Sep 18, 2017
    10
    Amazing RPG! iF youre a fan of the ys saga then this is a must! Endless vistas of beauty and an amazing storyline that keeps you hooked at allAmazing RPG! iF youre a fan of the ys saga then this is a must! Endless vistas of beauty and an amazing storyline that keeps you hooked at all times!!! Expand
  2. Dec 12, 2017
    10
    First Ys game I've played. This game has a beautiful history with every character being charismatic it's own way... The controls also haveFirst Ys game I've played. This game has a beautiful history with every character being charismatic it's own way... The controls also have great responsiveness, making a smoothing gameplay. JRPG fans must play it for sure! Expand
  3. Oct 9, 2017
    10
    Everything about this is a 10/10. Gameplay was perfect, Story was perfect, Graphics were perfect. One thing about action RPG's is that theyEverything about this is a 10/10. Gameplay was perfect, Story was perfect, Graphics were perfect. One thing about action RPG's is that they can easily feel one-note with the gameplay but ys viii really did that with the battle system. The ending also got me in my feelings. Major + Expand
  4. Dec 2, 2017
    9
    While the Graphic isnt the strongest point in the game it still got a lot of good stuff that makes up for it. The World is Big and there is aWhile the Graphic isnt the strongest point in the game it still got a lot of good stuff that makes up for it. The World is Big and there is a lot of stuff to do like side quests and collectables.
    The Voice acting could have been better since it is not as convincing as it could be but if it comes to gameplay and game leangh its sure something i can overlook since this is no brand thats known for next gen Games. As a RPG Lover i can say that this is a sold Action RPG which will give you a lot to play and give you even a challenge if you want to.
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  5. Feb 1, 2018
    9
    This game slipped under my radar i nearly didn't buy it not being a fan of YS games or hack and slash RPG games, i had some spare money so iThis game slipped under my radar i nearly didn't buy it not being a fan of YS games or hack and slash RPG games, i had some spare money so i thought why not and i am glad i did was expecting an average game with it being a beefed up ps vita port to the PS4 but can honestly say one the best RPG's i have played for a while core game play here is fantastic and i read some reviews before buying the game saying the story was bad, i really disagree the story was super weak to start but it really gets going mid way through the game and to be honest is easily on par with most big budget RPG story's just lacks the graphics and shine of course. I will say in summary this game will not be for everyone but for hardcore RPG fans this is a must buy hidden gem of 2017 just don't let the weak opening 20 mins of the game but you off. Expand
  6. Sep 30, 2018
    9
    This was an unexpected gem. Didn't know what I was getting myself into (especially with this being my first Ys game), but I stayed, andThis was an unexpected gem. Didn't know what I was getting myself into (especially with this being my first Ys game), but I stayed, and absolutely enjoyed the whole ride. Good story, great cast, and excellent gameplay. Got the true ending in one go, and while it wasn't hard by any means, is definitely the ending the shoot for. Looking forward to the next one. Just please make all ports of future games better next time. I can see where the complaints are coming from for the PC version. I also hope newer titles go for a more improved artsyle, or showcase better graphics overall. The opportunity is there. They should take it.

    Note: I played the PC version. After 40+ hours for my initial playthrough, game only crashed once, had a couple of typos, and major slowdown in only one *optional* segment, so my experience overall was pretty good.
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  7. Jul 21, 2018
    0
    Just finished it and by far top ten games i've ever played... The story makes this game an absolute masterpiece and sad almost to be done with it

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