Ys: Memories of Celceta was originally released in 2012 for the PlayStation Vita but was recently brought onto PC for Steam on the 25th July 2018. Sadly, at the time of writing the game is not available as a PS4 download. The team behind the game is Nihon Falcom, a team known for many of the previous Ys titles, along with The Legend of Heroes series – so the developers know how to make a jRPG. Using many of the same JRPG mechanics of the previous Ys titles, fans are going to know what to expect from this one.
How to Download Ys: Memories of Celceta
To download the game for Windows click on the Download button at the end of this review. You will be able to download the game from GOG.com where also a plethora of other Ys series titles are also waiting to be downloaded. Remember that when stuck during the gameplay a good idea might be to look for an online walkthrough.
The Game Review
Adol Christin, the titular red-haired hero appears to have awoken up in a strange land, known only as Celceta, a world completely unknown to him. In the pursuit of figuring out exactly what’s going on in this new land, Adol sets out on an adventure to make new friends and acquire some old memories to hopefully fill in the blanks of the events that transpired to get him to this point in time.
Designed to be nothing like a typical jRPG, Ys: Memories of Celceta designed its gameplay around action, hack-and-slash RPG’s. Ys games have always been known for their fast and frantic combat, and Memories of Celceta manages to do exactly that. Attacking in the game consists of a very basic combo that can be performed by pressing the same attack key a few times. This combo will usually come out incredibly fast, but to add a little extra flair to the mix, the player can press a button that has an assigned skill, allowing for the move to be quickly performed.
While the main character and his party are both fast and frantic, so are the enemies, so paying attention to the game is a necessity. To keep out of danger, the player has access to a quick dodge move to avoid any potential damage that’s coming their way.
Outside of the combat, the gameplay is rather similar to many other RPG’s and JRPG’s out on the market right now. The player can explore the overworld, looking for things to fight, quests to undertake, and items to gather and use whenever they need them most. The game does what it can to avoid getting too convoluted or slow when in comparison to other games in the genre, something many fans are going to appreciate, especially if they’re used to this style from previous Ys games.
In terms of comparisons, Ys: Memories of Celceta uses many of its previous entries to improve this title, but it also seems to take inspiration from the “Tales Of” series. In the Tales Of series of games, the combat is fast-paced, and action-packed, without trying to get too bogged down by the outside mechanics, something it has in common with the Ys games.
Fans of the previous titles in the franchise are more than likely going to find plenty to enjoy in this one, especially if they prefer faster combat than usual. Even Tales Of fans might find something that they enjoy with this title; the lack of turn-based action is a nice change from the classic JRPG formula that many people are going to appreciate.