YS III WANDERERS FROM YS (NIHON FALCOM / HUDSON SOFT)

CD-ROM 2 SYSTEM (JAPANESE AND ENGLISH VERSION)

To release the third episode of YS saga, Falcom decided to inovate on visual and game dynamics. Instead of an action RPG in an isometric 3D ambient, YS III is almost an horizontal arcade game, with some pinches of RPG. Formerly released on MSX2, YS III was also a massive hit on that computer system. MSX2 graphics were truly state-of-the art! It seemed that there were more colors displayed on screen than the amount supported by MSX2; giant end-stage bosses and, on some stages, more than 5 parallax scrolls...Amazing!

 

YS III was then released for other platforms, such as X68000 (16-bit computer, from Sharp) and, of course, for PC-ENGINE. Once again, Hudson Soft was responsible to convert the original Falcom game to PC-ENGINE. The outstanding musicians of JDK Team, who made the unbelievable remake for CD of the original PSG tunes from YS I&II, were again behind the musics of another YS game. YS III was one of the most awaited games , at that time.

 

The conversion is really good. PC-ENGINE's YS III has an excellent playability, a highly catching plot and a soundtrack that, for many people (including myself), surpasses YSI&II's. Even with all its qualities, YS III cannot be compared to YS Book I&II. The graphics on PC-ENGINE aren't bad, but can be quite disappointing in some stages, specially when compared to those on MSX2. Some background images were completely modified; most of parallax scrolling simply vanished; and there's a feeling that the MSX2 version had more colors than PC-ENGINE's.

  

These aren't really compromising troubles. YS III was released with the obligation to be better than the unbeatable YS Book I&II. But the game itself is better than most of the games released for the PC-ENGINE. Some graphics could have been better, but the musics and the story are well balanced, making YS III a highly enjoyable game.

 

Marcelo Reis

 

UNIVERSO PC-ENGINE

Graphics

91%

Playability

92%

Musics and Sound Effects

100%

Interest

94%

OVERALL

94%

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