I would like to know the benefits to playing the games chronologically from start to finish as opposed just playing the games in the series that are the most popular/easily available. Am I going to miss out on a lot of awesome plot-points that will make me miss inside jokes in later games by skipping Ys IV and V? That sort of thing. Almost through Ys I, and I've got II, III, VI, and Origins in-line, but I'm having trouble finding IV and V in English (Despite that my 17-year-old self was once determined to learn Japanese before I turned 21 >.>).
No, you ll not miss much in Ys VI and VII (in case you gonna play that too) even if you have skipped Ys IV and V. That is what I think
They don't give that much stuff for later games, some minor references maybe and Ys V Terra's history which is not really that critical. Though I only went through Ys V with low Japanese skill with aid of dictionary so may have missed something xD But I don't think there is anything that would really keep you from enjoying VI and VII.
And by the way, Ys IV MotS has got a full fan translation for snes and Ys IV DoY has a patch that translates all text but you ll have to rely on notepad translation on spoken parts in DoY. Plot-wise playing those may not be that relevant though, since Falcom is remaking Ys IV for Vita and we may (and probably will) hear another different story for Ys IV again
Post by Red Hairdo on Mar 22, 2012 21:02:37 GMT -5
Gameplay-wise I hear Ys V is still a lot of fun, but yeah, the majority of the English-speaking Ys fans haven't played Ys V to the end. And we really feel we aren't missing out much. All there is is an Ys V character in Ys VI, if that counts. But you'll see all the story will flow as smoothly as butter.
Both Ys IVs are relatively easy to find out there in English, especially the SNES version. I... recommend checking them out. No real reason not to.
The only game where relative order really matters is II because it's a direct continuation of the first game. Most games benefit a little bit from playing in release order (notably IV and Origin being played after I-II for nostalgia factor and a bit of presumed knowledge) but really, you can play the series in whatever order amuses you and you won't miss anything important.
For example, you can play Oath before Seven and recognize the reference to Raval Ore then or you can play Seven and then Oath and go 'oh hey, that was a reference in the game I played first, cool'. For V, it's actually got a good story but the gameplay... yeah, needs a remake badly. You might as well just wait for the patch to get finished because the story is the only thing saving the game.
Dark Fact was a real shock when i first played Ys, one tough boss.
I knoooooow! I wish I had paid attention in the first place. I had to look up a walkthrough to point out that I was supposed to fight him with the Silver gear >.< I recall somebody mentioning that I was supposed to use it, too.
Yeah, VI is important for the overall storyline in the series (which is kind of vague). Actually in terms of story, the I, II, IV, VI are the important ones. In terms of gameplay, I think anything released in the last decade is ok; those being, VI, VII, Ys Felghana, Ys Origins, Ys Celceta (fingers crossed, it's not out yet).