September 22, 2010

Ys Seven Wants My Blood, I Gladly Give It

Filed under: Editorial Rants — Tags: , , , — Jamie Love @ 8:31 pm

Ys Seven
My first few minutes with Ys Seven made me fear I’d fallen for an Albany ham scam, with the initial impression offering up some very typical RPG traits that encouraged turning off my PSP. There’s a tense peace after a long war, a King surrounded by vain and villainous characters (who hires these people?) and even a poor flower girl trying to get by just as we happen to stroll onto the scene – we being the ever eager Dogi and the ever silent Adol.

Sticking with it for a few more minutes led to a combat tutorial that seemed promising, teasing a free movement action RPG, and allowing the player to switch between actively controlled characters – a necessity because of attack types, which make certain characters more effective against certain enemies.

Holding down the attack button charges a gauge that allows for more powerful skill attacks to be used, and then it’s time to set off to investigate a newly discovered shrine as a favor for the King.

Between the kingdom steps and that shrine are plenty of the first come enemies, and suddenly this game is letting me charge around the screen, striking and killing, beating on carcasses after the fact to earn more items. It’s loose but focused, and most importantly, quick to get on with the business of being a game as I slash and level up at the same time I’m moving toward the destination in mind.

Then the game drops a large two-headed turtle on my head and instant death follows.


August 20, 2010

Ys Seven Contest Winners

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , — Jamie Love @ 12:11 pm

Ys SEVEN Contest Winners
I want to thank everyone who took the time to enter the code giveaway – it’s good to know I’m not alone in longing for a better grade of RPG. I really appreciated the comments everyone left, but of course in the end, there can be only one, er, make that two.

After a big Natal experience like circus spectacle at sugar headquarters this morning, which I totally forgot to tape, I drew two names, belonging to Lloyd and Celeph – so congrats, check your in-boxes for the codes, and let me know how Ys SEVEN does in the faith restoring department when you get a chance.

August 16, 2010

Ys Seven PSA & Giveaway

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 7:53 pm

Ys Seven
Ys Seven hits store shelves tomorrow for your PSP, sporting a standard UMD release as well as an LCE that XSEED has stuffed with Falcom goodness. Being that I consider this year a pretty dreadful one for producing an RPG worth the investment of time and money, I’ve got plenty of expectations riding on this release.

But it occurs to me that maybe some of you don’t know what either a Ys or a Falcom is, and are left wondering if you should bother finding out. With that in mind, I’ve got my mitts on a couple of codes for a digital download of the title courtesy of Xseed Games – 2 to be exact.

So here’s the deal, drop me a line in the comment section of this post and tell me why you need this game to restore your faith in the RPG by Thursday August 19th at 11:59 pm est. I’ll draw two winners randomly from the comments on Friday and two of you can check the game out for yourself free of charge – and if you come back and tell me what you think, I’d probably dig that.

And finally, since I mentioned the LCE, you can catch two scans from the artbook that comes with that after the break.


July 14, 2010

Your Recommended Dose of Ys Seven

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , — Jamie Love @ 1:44 pm

Ys Seven
The above screen may cause you to think that “Michael Wootton” is a curious choice of name for a random RPG character, but it in fact belongs to one of the winners of XSEED’s contest that offered fans a chance to attach their name to the upcoming release of Ys Seven – also known as the first shot in a landslide of Falcom goodness for your PSP.

Ys Seven, along with one very sweet collector’s edition, is set to release summer 2010 – which caused me to mention that it was summer 2010, which in turn caused someone to remind me that the summer doesn’t end until the first of September. If that sounds unhelpful, Amazon says August 17.

In the meantime XSEED sent that screen along with a bit of art, which you can catch after the break.


June 16, 2010

E3 Audio Bits – All Things Ys

Filed under: Features — Tags: , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 7:59 pm

All Things Ys

Since Aileen was already checking Ivy the Kiwi?, it made sense to stick around and find out more about the games spewing from XSEED’s new arrangement to stock the PSP with Falcom titles.

I’m going to say that the games are probably in the best hands possible, because it didn’t take her long to find a very enthusiastic Falcom fan among the XSEED ranks.

Give a listen to hear about skill items, deadly yellow gauges, gathering materials, and many more bits from both Ys Seven and Ys: The Oath in Felghana.

You can also catch the latest trailer for Ys Seven after the break.

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