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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: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  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. Oct 7, 2017
    10
    I absolutelylove this game.
    The story is farily simple but enjoyable.
    But everything else about the game is so much fun. The feeling of
    I absolutelylove this game.
    The story is farily simple but enjoyable.
    But everything else about the game is so much fun.
    The feeling of adventure that you get from exploring the island is amazing,and the combat is easily one of the best.
    Not to mention it has great music,has usual in the series.
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  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. 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. 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. Aug 19, 2018
    8
    In search of a longer lasting RPG I stumbled upon Ys Viii. Having never played any of the Ys game before I readied up for something new andIn search of a longer lasting RPG I stumbled upon Ys Viii. Having never played any of the Ys game before I readied up for something new and didnt get disappointed overall. The game has some subjective shortcomings but is worthwhile. The price tag might be debatable. Read on for details.

    Graphics 6-7/10:
    The graphics are clearly outdated. At least one generation maybe even two. Although I have to say that DEVs made kind of the best out of it and present still a somewhat decent result. Enemies look good, effects are amazing but the details are crucially lacking and the character models are disappointing. In times of crystal clear 4K HDR games you have to downrate this game in comparison to other candidates in this genre.

    Sounds and soundtrack: 10/10
    This is a no-brainer for me. I really like the fighting sounds and the general atmosphere the game provides. The soundtrack is pushy pumping while taking care of emotional parts. I really like it!

    Controls 9/10:
    Controls are decent. Combos can be executed with ease after a while. Menu-ing is standard but still easy enough to feel comfortable. The usual jumping, strafing and fighting is smooth and without lags. It feels that you are always in control of the movement and the game responds to the needs. No complaints so far. Still nothing special also.

    Story & Mechanics 8/10:
    The story is okay. Its nothing spectacular but still provides enough basis to create a nice surrounding for a group of ppl who are stranded at an island and try to get life going preparing for an escape. Character development and crafting is well made and somewhat interesting although I miss the red string, whereass the sidequest are really lacking. In some parts of the game I feel too much disturbed by defense missions, offense missions or just a cut-loads of dialog that goes for an hour. I like story but if the story is thin I really dont need one hour at once of it. After all the mix is okay, some parts are optional and the game doesnt get too boring.

    Sum up: 8/10
    The game was worth the buy. I dumped 20hrs straight in two sessions into this game. I liked the chracters and the mechanics. On PS4 Pro I didnt encounter lags. Sound output is decent, the soundtrack is pumping. Although the story is a bit thin and the graphics are clearly outdated I would recommend this game. The price tag of 60 is highly debatable and I wouldnt recommend to spend such a high price for it. Wait for a sale. Everything around 40 and less seems acceptable to me.

    Enjoy!
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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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