XSeed at E3

It was announced previously that publisher XSeed had entered an agreement with Nihon Falcom who is best known for releasing the series Y’s as well as Legend of Heroes series. Y’s has a huge fan base in Japan since its release back on the NEC PC-8801 in 1987 and since then has moved through time and consoles from the NES to more recently DS, Wii and now thanks to XSeed the Playstation Portable.

The Y’s series follows the red headed hero of many, many legends, Adol Christin, who stumbled into the land of Y’s in a ship accident in the first Y’s. Since then, Adol has been traveling the land of Y’s helping those in need and also enjoying his own adventures. Japan has seen all seven Y’s titles, plus an extra special game or two on multiple systems. America has gotten the first 3 titles in the Y’s series via PC, NES and SNES and Y’s VI: The Ark of Napishtim was released on both the PS2 and PSP back in 2006. Other than that, Adol’s tales have never made it quite through to American Shores other than a remake of Y’s 1 & 2 on the Nintendo DS by Atlus last year. Xseed has 3 Y’s title scheduled for release that include Y’s I & II Chronicles, Ys: The Oath in Felghana (a remake of Y’s 3), and Ys Seven which is one of the newest Y’s games released in Japan.

The first question that had to be asked was why should fans who played Legacy of Ys: Books I & II play Ys I & II Chronicles? Well why tell us when they can just show us. Running off of the Japanese version the game, is completely redone animation with a strong 3D look improving from the DS port. Previously, Adol had to attack from the back or the side to avoid taking damage but this time Adol can run around attacking and not have to stop, giving you a more action based feel.

Y’s: The Oath in Felghan takes Y’s III and gives it a new twist. The game alone has Adol in one giant area in which he has to proceed by obtaining certain items and spells. This is one of the only titles to have Adol not heal by staying in one place, instead he must fight and collect healing items from fallen enemies. In a short play through we got to see, the fire (lava) stage was well designed and the gameplay was great. In my opinion, this is a must have for all Y’s fans.

Both Y’s titles have an extra bonus that includes both the original soundtrack used in the games and a new heavy rock version that can be changed anytime in the game.

Last but not least, Y’s Seven, which was released in Japan in September 2009, finally comes to the US. It completely changes the face of the Y’s series as you know it. Adol being the loner in the first 6 titles now gains partners in his quest exploring the land of Y’s. Dogi, a man who has been around since the 1st Y’s, joins Adol as his partner, as well as a new female character. Both characters will be controlled by the games AI, but can be switched at anytime. Skills will be available via equipped weapons, so experimenting with your arsenal can greatly change the outcome of your battles.

Only shown in pictures hung around the room, I couldn’t help but ask about the Eiyū Densetsu Sora no Kiseki and was confirmed that the series American title “The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky” will be coming in 2011. Information on the trilogy wasn’t specified yet, but in their own words, “Everything you knew about the Legend of Heroes series will change,” Now I am definitely more excited to play all 3 previously released titles.


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