YS BOOK I & II (NIHON FALCOM / HUDSON SOFT)

CD-ROM 2 SYSTEM (ENGLISH VERSION)

Few games on game history were so praised around the world as those from YS series. It all started with "Ancient YS Vanished", created back in 1987 by legendary softhouse Falcom, on MSX2 and PC-98 computers, and "Ancient YS Vanished II: The Final Chapter", also released by Falcom in 1988 for MSX2 and PC-98.

These games were a huge success in Japan. Everybody got really impressed with the excellent PSG tunes made by Yuzo Koshiro, who would become one of the most famous game music composers of all-time. The magnificent opening sequence of YSII had also impressed the japanese people a lot.

 

Hudson Soft, with NEC support, waste no time and bought the rights to convert both YSI and YS II to PC-ENGINE. Using the huge storage capacity of CD-ROM, Hudson released both games in one single CD, with high quality digital audio soundtrack, and fully spoken animated sequences.

YS I&II on PC-ENGINE shaked the videogames market, in the beginning of 90's. It has then received perfect reviews of many videogames magazines, everybody really impressed with the outstanding musics, the captivating story and easy playability. Like an example, here's a comment made by one of Electronic Gaming Monthly's reviewers, about YS Book I&II musics: "If I had to make a list of the best videogame soundtracks of all-time, and give YS Book I&II a 10, the next game on that list would have to get a 1".

 
The game plot, basically, talks about the vanishing of the land of YS, a bucolic and wonderful place, guided and protected by two goddesses and six priests. The hero Adol Christian fights against the evil forces that began to rule Esteria, after the disappearing of YS. To say any further info about YS would take away the true pleasure of finding, step by step, the surprises hidden on every corner.

  

This is, undoubtely, one of the best games ever released for PC-ENGINE. Who hasn't yet played YS Book I&II doesn't really know the PC-ENGINE true power. A remarkable game!

 

Marcelo Reis

 

UNIVERSO PC-ENGINE

Graphics

89%

Playability

100%

Musics and Sound Effects

100%

Interest

100%

OVERALL

97%

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