Ys is a difficult game to rate, because when it's judged in parts – such as graphics, combat, depth and so on – it's comfortably bettered by practically every RPG released since. However, when everything is pulled together Ys becomes an epic proposition that will have a profound impact on anyone who gives it the time of day. Everything clicks together perfectly and it's a testament to quality of the game that it remains appealing even today.
TG16 fanatics will know this all too well, of course. It's heartening to think that the Virtual Console is giving this wonderful piece of software a new lease of life. Download this now.