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Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Alright, so that's Celceta beaten. Got all the memories (which was easier than I thought it'd be) and map completion was at 99.3%, and I have no idea what area I'm missing as everything looks complete. I don't really feel like combing over the whole map at the moment looking for what is probably a side path to complete it, so I'm going to call this done.

Origin/I/II/Celceta spoilers follow: So, Dogi is in two of Adol's memories - he says he's going to take some Doctor back to some area that I don't recall off the top of my head, which explains his absence throughout Celceta. Were Adol and Dogi travelling with someone from Esteria after the events of II? Maybe that'll get explained in Felghana, which I'll boot up later today (been years since I played it, and it was my first Ys game, so I certainly don't recall plot details).

So Eldeel was another kinda god like the goddesses, then? I kept waiting for there to be some explicit tie in to Reah and Feena but it never really happened, save for Eldeel seeming to be aware of the events of Ys I and II, and even that was a passing reference.

Was Karna from the same tribe as Epona from Origin? Their designs were somewhat similar and "Darklings" are referenced in this game... does that mean people from Celceta left hundreds of years before to pull down Ys and kick off the whole series?

Who was Frieda's ex? I thought Druda might have been him, but it's implied to be someone else, who as far as I can tell is never named or shown. Maybe he shows up in a later game?


I really enjoyed Celceta, like all the others so far. If I had to rank them so far, it'd be:

1. Origin
2. Celceta
3. Ys 1
4. Ys 2

But to be clear, I really enjoyed all these games, so it's not like I'm saying Ys 2 is bad or anything. I know I really enjoyed Felghana all those years ago, so I'm looking forward to playing that again (and being able to jump, which I sorely missed, frankly).
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Okay good, so I didn't miss anything. Hooray!

Started Felghana up, forgot you can't save anywhere. This one will probably be difficult again like Origin...
 

Kishi

Little Waves
(They/Them)
Staff member
Moderator
Origin/I/II/Celceta spoilers follow: So, Dogi is in two of Adol's memories - he says he's going to take some Doctor back to some area that I don't recall off the top of my head, which explains his absence throughout Celceta. Were Adol and Dogi travelling with someone from Esteria after the events of II? Maybe that'll get explained in Felghana, which I'll boot up later today (been years since I played it, and it was my first Ys game, so I certainly don't recall plot details).
I haven't played Celceta, but I'm guessing it's Dr. Flair Ral, who plays a minor role in Ys II and also shows up in other versions of Ys IV. He was basically just one of several elements brought back to reassure peole who liked the first two games.


Was Karna from the same tribe as Epona from Origin? Their designs were somewhat similar and "Darklings" are referenced in this game... does that mean people from Celceta left hundreds of years before to pull down Ys and kick off the whole series?
What the localization calls "Darklings" are the Clan of Darkness, who got introduced in Ys IV along with the Eldeen civilization in an attempt to give the series some overarching mythology moving forward. Their members in Ys IV are Gadis, Bammy, and Gruhda. Again, haven't played Celceta, but Carna's not with them in The Dawn of Ys.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
And that's Oath in Felghana beat. I had to lower the difficulty twice - the boss in the east wing of the castle that changes colors and can only be damaged by certain magic, and the final boss. The former because magic drains MP too quickly, so if you miss, you have to wait forever for it to recharge (there's probably a sidequest or a hidden item that mitigates that somewhat, but I didn't find it). And the final boss just because I can't stand boss fights where they go FOREVER without being vulnerable, so eff it.

Great game! Weirdly I still like Origin the best:

1. Ys Origin
2. Ys Oath in Felghana
3. Ys Memories of Celceta
4. Ys I
5. Ys II

Onto V...
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
I don't want to speak too soon, but I feel like I'm pretty far into Ys V (just got the Earth Crystal), and it is super easy? Like I'm slaughtering bosses without trying too hard, and I don't even have to use healing items (though you can in boss battles if you want).

I like it - good SNES soundtrack - but I wish it had a little more teeth.
 

Wolf

Ancient Nameless Hero
(He/him)
I think it is kind of easy compared to the rest. It would explain why Falcom released Ys V Expert a year later.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
I think it is kind of easy compared to the rest. It would explain why Falcom released Ys V Expert a year later.
I didn't know that was a thing. Explains a lot. Has that been fantranslated? Maybe I should've played that...
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Welp, that's Ys V beat. It's pretty much a cakewalk start to finish. I did need to use some healing items during the last boss, but had I played carefully I probably could have beat it without doing so.

As easy as it is... I found it rather charming, and had fun playing it. It was a nice break between difficult games. I mostly like the graphics, even if it can sometimes be hard to tell where you can exit a screen. The music was good. The gameplay was a bit awkward - it felt like a knockoff Secret of Mana - but nowhere near as difficult and pretty fun. Magic was pretty useless (thought I hardly sought out different combinations, so maybe there is some good magic that's worth using). The last dungeon is actually Darm Tower/Solomon Shrine done right - a huge last dungeon with multiple bosses, but it makes sense to navigate and has little popups telling you which section you're in. I liked it a lot!

No idea if I'll ever revisit it, but it could use a remake to flesh out a bit of the plot. Either way, I'm glad I played it.

I'm going to keep ranking these. So far I've enjoyed them all:

1. Origin
2. Oath in Felghana
3. Memories of Celceta
4. I
5. II
6. V

Even if it's my least favorite so far, I still liked it. This series really is a great one.
 
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