Ys I & II Chronicles

Platform(s): PSP
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Publisher: XSEED Games
Developer: Nihon Falcom
Release Date: Feb. 22, 2011

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by Rainier on Jan. 26, 2011 @ 5:13 a.m. PST

The Ys series revisits its roots with a re-imagining of the very first two games in Ys I & II Chronicles. Newly redrawn artwork and remastered musical scores are paired with the simple, classic yet elegant "bump" buttonless combat system as Ys I & II Chronicles combines the two classic titles into one retail package.

XSEED Games pulls back the curtain on the story of Ys, reintroducing fans old and new to the birth of the legendary series and the trials of renowned hero Adol Christin as they’re brought to a new generation in the updated compilation Ys I & II Chronicles, exclusively for the PSP.

For 30 years, renowned developer Nihon Falcom has played a defining role in the evolution of the modern RPG, and together with XSEED Games they deliver the ultimate edition of Ys I & Ys II, capturing the essence of their timelessly classic gameplay and pairing it with a fresh translation, newly-arranged music and re-imagined art.


The story begins in Ys I

Isles of Esteria

Beaches sandy white and clean contrast with trees of dazzling green

as prairies roll on far and wide and sunlight glistens off the tide;

on sight it seems not all so dire till one beholds that dreary spire… 

An epic tale now over 20 years in the making, Ys I introduces players to the world of Esteria, the modern name of the ancient land of Ys. A historic kingdom protected by goddesses and rich in mystical power and wealth, Esteria was settled by hardy inhabitants who established prosperous port towns and humble fishing inlets. But all was not well for long in the land, and soon word spread of a looming darkness – fronted by the appearance of horrendous monsters (first few, then many), swarming and destroying all of Esteria in their wake. One brave soul, a young Adol Christin, heard whispers of the rumors... and hungry for adventure, he set sail, never once looking back. Told to seek out the six books of Ys to reveal the key to defeating evil, Adol ventures forth boldly, continuing his fearsome journey into Ys II, not knowing his very arrival had been written by the fates a hundred years before. 

The ultimate and unparalleled Ys I & Ys II experience, this compilation will be released as the “Hair Metal Pack,” celebrating the series’ 80s roots, with all retail launch units containing a bonus soundtrack CD. Ys I & II Chronicles, rated “T” for Teen, offers two games for the price of one and will be available at select retailers nationwide (including GameStop and online at Amazon.com) for $29.99, with a digital download version* of the game also available for purchase via the PlayStation®Store for a retail price of $24.99.  


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