The DS and PSP games are both ports of the PC games Ys I-II Complete (and the PSP version got a retroactive port to the PC, albeit not an optimal one).
Complete looks the best thanks to higher resolution and larger screens. It's got fewer soundtrack options than the PSP version but beats the DS one. It doesn't have the extra features of the DS or Chronicles versions naturally.
The DS version has pseudo-3d effects but the overall look is rather poor by comparison and a lot of easter eggs and graphical flourishes were removed, you have to pick up money dropped from enemies and you have to stop moving to attack using the new system, which was grafted on top of the existing engine without considering that it wasn't designed for that. Or you can use the stylus and be annoyed when it obscures part of the action. The music took a bit of a quality hit and some songs were removed for no good reason. Good songs too. The new area in I doesn't add anything at all to the plot (a horribly missed opportunity since there's a lot they could have done) while the extra equipment and EXP mess up the difficulty curve in later areas. Oh, and you've got that mini game, whoop de do. Can you tell I don't like this version much?
The PSP version is much closer to the PC version (basically as straight a port as they could manage) adds a new music arrangement, and has your choice of a new graphical style, plus (finally) a boss rush. Oh, and a better translation. Unless having a poorly implemented attack button is really your thing, go with this or the PC version.
The Time Attack/Boss Rush is there for the PC version (well, in Complete, can't remember if it is for Eternal). But yeah, aside from a couple of minor things, the PSP version is nearly a 100% straight port of the Complete versions (aside from the extra music and artwork choices, like Yotaka said).
"What would you do for a Khonsclard bar?" - Shiden
Yes. Do not touch the DS version. It just doesn't work. In ds version it is also difficult to understand where you are since you only see small area and the graphics suck. That is how I felt it, and it is terrible.
whoa whoa whoa, I getting alot of hate from the DS version, and Since I already have it (for a while now) I am gonna justify it a bit.
1. you CAN attack and move, you just have to time your hits into combos, just switch to the stylus control scheme to go classic, this makes all of the bosses up to the twin heads ungodly easy. 2. Its easy to beat AND understand since it literately tells you where you are in the quest, and give you a very nice mini-map that pins your exact location.
Sure the graphics aren't that great but the 3D rendering isn't terrible, and yeah some of the graphics are literately broken, Dogi's wall break in Darm's tower shows that off at it's worst
The sound... I am greatly disappointed with the sound. It uses midi and removed songs too, speaking how small midi files are I find that ridiculous, plus I have heard Midi waaay better than this.
I´m a Nintendo fan, but, in this case, I tell you the PSP graphics are much better, and the game is even funniest(and you don´t need to catch the money, the money ointment to you XD And you see the monsters parts when you kill them-as well as in the anime XDDD- Usually, I don´t like that things, but in Ys it´s even funny). I even played with the PC one, and I like it, too. It doesn´t take up PC space, if you mean that, and you don´t need to play with the entire keyboard if you feel tired.
In the PC version, if you want to run( move fast ), just press the move button twice. And if you want to attack enemies, press the move button to push enemies. All you need to do is - press move button. But in DS version, the attack button and the run button are two different buttons. That means you cannot run and hit enemies at the same time.
The pseudo-3d graphics of the DS version are rough. The buildings have no shadow. When I first saw one of the Roda trees, I wondered if I'm looking at a green cauliflower.
I like the character images of the PSP version.
Last Edit: Apr 4, 2012 23:28:44 GMT -5 by adolfans