Honestly... I think Ys I & II Complete have better mixes than the original PCE versions! And even better than those are the versions from Eternal Story on the PS2, which are far and away my FAVORITE versions of the Ys I & II songs.
I also think the SNES version of Ys III has better music than the PCE version (though I think we can all agree that Oath in Felghana has the BEST mixes!).
I seem to be in the minority, though, on both counts.
I've never liked the PCE soundtracks, and it seems the only people that actually do are those that grew up with it, so it's probably just nostalgia. I don't think I know of anybody who played it for the first time in recent years, and thought the music was anything special.
Definitely not only nostalgia. I got a friend to know Ys Book I & II... 3 guys actually, and they all fell in love for the game along with its soundtrack. One of the three actually only got interested to play it in the first place because I showed him some of the music (I had the disc on my discman), otherwise he wouldn't even wanted to hear of the Ys series.
I can also argue and discuss in a more technical way and in deeper detail why I like that game's music. Also I must mention, this game also has pure chip music, sounding (almost) exactly like PC-8801's originals like "Rest in Peace", with slightly better sounds... VERY slightly, because it's almost identical. Afterall, both PC-8801 and PCE are from NEC, partially or entirely. When I say I like the game's music, I am including its chip music. But naturally, whenever I'm praising the game's music, I'm mainly referring to the unmatchable CD-DA quality music.
This discussion can and probably will go very long. I suggest someone split this topic from this page onwards. (Mods and stuff can do that here, right?)
I agreed, beat this game 2x already, and had to get the VI one, which IMO, isn't as good as Y III as far as the soundtrack and game play goes. As for the storyline, I'm not incline to judge just yet because i have not beaten it, but so far so good.