Well, the old thread was getting a bit messy, full with theories and rumors, but now we have some actual information about this game, so I figured it'd be better with a new, clean thread to discuss in (you may still post in the old thread).
Anyway, it seems clear that this game will be a remake or something similiar to YsIII: Wanderers from Ys.
The main character in the game are Adol, Dogi (of course), and Elena and Chester from YsIII. (Check for yourself)
Also, here are some fresh screenshots for you to enjoy. It is very clear that this is not a side scrolling game (and why make one?). It is also using the YsVI: The ARK of NAPISHTIM engine. This is not YsVII (it is, however, the 8th Ys game so far).
I remember seeing someone who had to be Chester in the most earliest of media on the game and had forgotten.
But why is this game happening? I mean a remake of Ys III and the Taito Ys III coming out so close to each other? I'm not complaining but it seems odd. I mean what Deuce is saying about it basically being Ys III has to be right given how this looks.
Now, hope against hope that somehow publishing giant Konami can set it up so that we get both of these and the original Ys III on one disk in the US. They can even be cute and call it Ys III³.
Last Edit: Mar 17, 2005 12:35:10 GMT -5 by Neo Rasa
I am also a bit suprise Falcom is making a remake of Ys III given that Taito is doing one also, yet the Taito version looks obviously more genuine as being a remake. Maybe this new Ys game just takes place in the same lands of Ys III but the story will be different? Maybe Falcom is trying to give back to the fans for the disappointing original Ys III from the early 90's? All in all the new games screenshots look impressive.
Post by bishopcruz on Mar 17, 2005 18:29:58 GMT -5
Well, I'd always kinda figured it was a remake thought this one is being done as well, almost a reinagining of the game, far more of a change than any remake I can think of other than Castlevania IV. Still looks really good.
Also does the music not sound absolutely incredible, A Boy With Wings sounds awesome and that tune at the top of Galbalan's tower sounds really cool too. Not to mention the look of Adol seems to work rather well also, he looks a wee bit older than Eternal and not quite as old as Ys VI.
Still it IS odd that they are doing Oath instead of a brand new game. Well, hopefully the storyline will get fleshed out, I can already pick out a new character or two.
It's a shame Deuce, I think Famitsu gave it like a 19/40 or something like that.
That said, and I don't mean this as anything personal against people on this board, but a lot of people seem to go by the assumption that the Japanese media sources are somehow more credible than US ones. The overall quality is about the same though, and you could make a strong case for Famitsu being the Japnaese equivalent to Gamepro in the way it's run. Hell if I recall right I think they gave Driv3r something in the 90% range.
So the bad reviews are likely more "hey this game doesn't have fully 3D graphics/gameplay or big breasted women ergo it's garbage" reviews than ones that would actually be indicitive of it being a bad version of Ys III.
That said, I don't know how anyone could be disappointed in Ys III, it has an, uhm, interesting feel to the controls but it has one of the best soundtracks out there and is pretty fun. Plus whenever you feel disappointed in it you can always load up Lagoon on the SNES for an eerily "wait, isn't this the real Ys 3?"-like experience. I mean it starts out with you finally growing up, then you go into the mines, travel to the different castles, meet the other characters.
It's basically the best Ys ripoff ever made, I'd recommend it to anyone now that I think about it.
Edit: I got the way I write game scores totally screwed up, corrected now.
Last Edit: Mar 17, 2005 19:11:29 GMT -5 by Neo Rasa
Post by bishopcruz on Mar 17, 2005 19:24:30 GMT -5
Thanks for the track infro Deuce, I had the list lying around but I didn't feel like looking them up.
Still I should have noticed it was past tense even with my vastly limited knowledge of Japanese.
SO it's "The Boy who had wings" until he got retun magic, then he never used the bloody things again.
It's the general idea that its Japanese therefore it is KEWL!!!!!!! Now I admit my personal tastes run towards the Japanese, but they put out just as much crap as anyone else.
God knows looking back on some of the anime I used to love is kinda embarassing.
Edit: Ah yes Pierre the person who would have been the shoo in for worst voice acting in Ys: III if Chester didn't blow EVERYONE else in the game out of the water. And in that game that's saying something.
Last Edit: Mar 17, 2005 19:27:21 GMT -5 by bishopcruz
Yeah people don't realize to put things into perspective. The Japanese stuff that officially makes it into this country is what people consider the cream of the crop that most everyone would love, and think of all the crap that gets released in the west. Now imagine the Japanese anime/manga/etc. that DIDN'T make it here.
There are of course numerous exceptions where you have exceptionally good games/etc. not make it here, but those are few compared to the massive influx of things both good and bad that do.
The only extremely credible Japanese game media source I really like are Gamewatch and Arcadia. The latter is a magazine that covers arcade games and ports of them so it's of limited appeal, but oh well.
Post by bishopcruz on Mar 17, 2005 19:50:07 GMT -5
Well, at least they have SOME decent magazines then, ous just suck. Good lord I miss Next Generation. It seems like they were they last ones who knew what journalism was about, how is it that they are out of business and Dave Halverson is still around?
I mean I loved GameFan when I was a kid, but reading odl issues of it now makes me want to cry. Yet this man has headed three magazines. THREE!!!!!!!
But I digress.
Last Edit: Mar 17, 2005 19:51:15 GMT -5 by bishopcruz
I actually consider Game Informer to be the best game magazine currently published in the US. It's unfortunate since saying which is best is like saying where you would most like to have a malignant tumor.
I like that one UK magazine, Edge, quite a bit. Next Generation was okay but really did drop in quality towards the end, Incite was excellent for its first few issues here but soon the celebrity interview format took precedence over having good game information/reviews.
A PS2 port does not seem out of the question, as Konami definitely is going to continue getting some RPG reputation under their that in the US (hence the Atlus deal, Ys 6, Suikoden 4's hype). Ys 6, I don't have sales numbers to quote but I have a feeling it's doing well. It looks like it gets very positive word of mouth, I can't imagine Konami would have printed too many of them, and it got higher reviews on average than Xenosaga II. So it is likely that Ys 6 will turn out to have been a profitable venture for Konami overall. Hopefully it's profitiable enough to warrant continued Falcom -> Konami ports, as I'm very happy with how Ys 6 came out even if the 2D sprites had to be altered.
But man think about it, we got two Ys 4s, now there's going to be two new Ys III's, are they going to have like five different publishers handle Ys 5 now?
Meanwhile, the topic at hand:
This new Ys III looks GREAT. Stupid question, but is that a mouse cursor on some of the screenshots? Is it some sort of targeting or range reticle of newer attacks you'll get in this? Is it some kind of projectile attack?