50° Reviews The Legacy of Ys

The Legacy of Ys was first released in 1987 for the NEC PC8801 and since then has had more then 20 remakes and sequels including the most recently released update Legacy of Ys: Books I & II (published by Atlus) for the Nintendo DS. Each of the remakes has improved on the previous iteration in some way, be it improved graphics, sounds, and even some story elements have been changed over the years. Remakes are not always better then the original and sometimes they are so bad its not even worth pretending they exist. Legacy of Ys:Books 1 & 2 is one of those examples where they get everything right and update a classic in all the right ways.

The story follows Adol, a young man who washes up on a strange shore after a ship wreck. He is discovered by one of the towns people and brought to the doctor to recover. He has herd the Legend of Ys and of the Goddesses who once protected the land. However now the country of Esteria is over run with monsters and he is asked to help rid the land of the monsters and recover the missing Books of Ys which hold the power to bring the land to peace once more.

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