Parents' Guide to

Ys Origin

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fun remastered role-playing game keeps old tech issues.

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This remastered role-playing game provides a fun, engaging experience, so long as you're willing to accept tech issues that are 11 years old. Aside from the combat sequences and especially the boss battles, this remastered game offers some good replay value. Each character has a unique skill, personality, and side to the story, and there's a third playable character you can unlock to play the adventure again with another weapon specialty. There also are some extra modes of play, such as a timed Boss Rush mode for an extra challenge and an Arena mode, where you'll face off against larger groups of enemies to test (and sharpen) your skills.

Visually, don't expect anything special here (hey, it's an 11-year-old game) and there are some somewhat long load screens and dialogue sequences you'll need to sit through -- but the combat is fun and frantic, and your goal is clearly defined and motivating as you learn more about your situation. But you do need to like these kinds of action JRPGs, as this won't likely win over those who want something meatier, more realistic, or with multiplayer support. Overall, though, it's a solid B+ port that's worth the investment to fans of the genre or newcomers looking for a long, deep franchise to explore.

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