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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: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  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. Nov 30, 2017
    10
    First impressions were less then I expected. I thought the graphics weren't all that good and seemed a bit childish. HOWEVER after a few hoursFirst impressions were less then I expected. I thought the graphics weren't all that good and seemed a bit childish. HOWEVER after a few hours I realised I was very wrong. This game was absolutely incredible. It kind of reminded me of the epic book The Mysterious island by Jules Verne. The building of the township was a nice extra to feel like you're building towards something. The scenery was great. The story was amazing and I genuinely loved every minute. The only things that I would have liked is a bit better voice acting and more of it as a good portion is text. However the game is absolutely stunning and truly a game to remember. Must play Expand
  3. Oct 1, 2017
    10
    this is my first ys game i play.
    what can i say is falcom really make a awesome games. this games tell us interesting story that will make
    this is my first ys game i play.
    what can i say is falcom really make a awesome games. this games tell us interesting story that will make you want to continue play it. good gameplay, awesome OST.
    want good story? play this game :3
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  4. Jul 15, 2018
    9
    Probably the best second Ys game in the franchise.

    Story: Story and narrative are pretty good for jRPG standards, every time the game
    Probably the best second Ys game in the franchise.

    Story:
    Story and narrative are pretty good for jRPG standards, every time the game starts to feel like it has overstayed its welcome it throws you another twist to keep you interested.

    Characters:
    Probably the best point of the game, every character in this game has its own story and interacts with the other NPCs in interesting ways. This applies to both party members and townspeople.

    Granted, they could pull this off because there is only one town in the game, there are very few NPCs (around 30) so they could focus on quality instead of quantity.

    In any case, the sidequests the NPCs provide are never time-wasting chores, but actual side quests with story that serve to deepen the game's lore and form bonds with the protagonist and with one another, and sometimes even directly affect the main quest.
    On short, Ys8 is about quality, not quantity.

    Gameplay:
    Tight, and skill based real time combat. Some bosses are challenging but if the player learns the patterns and weak spots they can be beaten with no need of level grinding.
    It also has a crafting system which I initially thought it would be a chore, but in the end it was not the time-wasting gimmick it usually is in other titles, but no. It hardly ever requires to grind for materials thanks to a trade system that allows you to get materials you may be missing in exchange of others you may have too many of.

    Graphics: I will not lie, it is an ugly game. I would say it belongs to the early PS3 era. The art is not bad itself. But the game's graphic engine is just too dated to make it justice.

    If you enjoy jRPGs, specially the ones that focus on character development and interactions (Eg: Tales Of...). Then you will enjoy this one,
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  5. Sep 18, 2017
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A game that had potential to be so much more better. Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike the game, I really enjoyed the gameplay itself, but the story, it was lacking, it could had been so much better. Throughout the game the story progress is VERY SLOW, making the game story feel dull and boring, we're only given small hints of the story after every few camping while exploring the island, the story is very slow pace and finally starts showing some promising signs around 50% into the game(after you find Dana). But even after finding her the story progress was still slow. The game could had been so much better if Dana was introduced more early in the game about 20-30% in would be great and made the story a lot better in ways. With the way how Dana's past story will effect the future they could had worked on in a lot better and made more story out of it. Only problem I had with the game was the story, it could had been more interesting and fun, but overall it was a really fun game to play. Out of all the other YS I played (Ark of Nap, seven, Oath in Felghana, Memories of Celceta), YS VIII story was my least fav. The graphic and gameplay was outstanding, oh and the last boss background was truly beautiful. Would had been a perfect 10 if they just made the story work out better. Expand
  6. May 27, 2018
    9
    Uno de los mejores Action JRPG de estilo anime de PS4/Vita y de la generación, muy por encima de la media y un imprescindible de la saga Ys.Uno de los mejores Action JRPG de estilo anime de PS4/Vita y de la generación, muy por encima de la media y un imprescindible de la saga Ys. Gran historia, estupenda exploración, jugabilidad de órdago y con una banda sonora de ensueño. Deberían haberlo traducido al español. Sin duda lo merecía. Expand
  7. Nov 17, 2017
    1
    Yaaawwwnnn just another JRPG. Lazy design, lazy sound, lazy story. Writing I feel is something we've read a thousand times already. Just pass,Yaaawwwnnn just another JRPG. Lazy design, lazy sound, lazy story. Writing I feel is something we've read a thousand times already. Just pass, save your money. No worth your time. Expand

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