Ys: Memories of Celceta

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Same old story:
I tried playing Ys Seven before and then rage quitting for reasons I barely remember and swore never to play another Ys. Fast forward to a few years later, a workmate lent me Ys Memories of Celceta. I thought I was gonna hate it as well. As it turned out, I quite liked it.


Anyhow, I did not have big expectations on Ys Celceta. The series is a long-time running classic RPG game from Nihon Falcom. It follows the adventures of Adol Christin, a red-headed young lad as he explores different lands.

Amnesia
For once, amnesia has been put into good use. In Memories of Celceta, Adol is tasked to map the Great Forest of Celceta – a place where no one dared to explore… except for a certain redhead before he lost his memories. So while mapping out, Adol searches for his lost memories at the same time. Along the way, our hero is reunited with his friends as they unravel a sinister plot that threatens to erase all mankind.

Sounds pretty generic, right?

The plot is not the strongest suit of Ys Memories of Celceta. It’s nothing remarkable and could be a bit predictable. If you’re just after the story, you can finish the game in under 25 hours.

Gameplay
The best part of the game though is the gameplay. The artifacts and weapons are amazeballs! Where can you find an accessory that attracts all money and items towards you? Also, I’ve always been a fan of the hack-and-slash type of game so I totally enjoyed slaying monsters with button smashing.

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While the characters appear lackluster in terms of personality, they are strong allies in the battlefield. Each has a unique set of weapons that can be used in combat. Each skill only matches a particular character. For instance, picking locks lies on Duren’s forte, just as breaking walls for Ozma. The characters have set of special skills which they can level up in the game. I did not manage to max all levels or unlock even. There’s just a lot of them and I’m not hardcore enough to grind just for the skills.

Wrapping Up!
The gameplay is enjoyable. But it could have been even more enjoyable if the story is compelling as well.


Game Info
Title: Ys Memories of Celceta (Nihon Falcom)
Platform: PS Vita

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