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Review – Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (2017 PS4 JPN)

After I got my PC Engine(Japanese Turbografx 16) just about 2 years ago I became a huge fan of the Ys series. Ys Book 1 & 2(1989) and Ys IV: Dawn of Ys(1993) for the PC Engine/Turbografx 16 are action-rpg games that rival some of the best games of their era such as the Final Fantasy and Zelda games. I reviewed those also on this site for those interested.
After all this time I was pretty hyped to see that a new main series Ys game was being made. Ys VIII is obviously the eight game in the series but I missed Ys 5, 6 and 7 and will go play those soon.
I played the Ys IV remake “Memories of Celceta” on the Vita and I liked it a lot except that I feel like they butchered the great original story of the PC Engine original.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana was also released on the Vita in Japan in 2016 but more recently the game was released on the PS4 but also just in Japan.
I speak fluent Japanese (N2/N1 level) so i thought I would give Ys VIII a go and review it for English speakers before it releases internationally 12th of September 2017.
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Golvellius: Valley of Doom (Sega Master System 1988)

I return to the Master System once again and i have been looking forward to playing this game for a while. Golvellius is an action-adventure game developed by Compile for the MSX in 1987 and then reprogrammed and published by Sega on the Sega Master System in 1988. Compile went bankrupt in the early 2000s but they made some quality titles in the 8-bit and 16-bit eras. They created Puyo Puyo, a puzzle game that became vastly popular around the globe. They also created some very solid shooters like Gunhed(Blazing Lazers),  the Aleste series and the Spriggan games.
Out of the bunch the best game developed by Compile might be Golvellius, a game that plays a lot like the original Zelda but it is so much more than just that.
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