Ys Origin

Rating Summary

Based on 57 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

81%

Critics Recommend

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8 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2020

Ys Origin is a solid port of a solid game. The somewhat dated visuals and basic gameplay don't hide the generally strong game design. It never reaches far beyond the level of "pretty good," but it's still a blast to play. If you've never played any of the Ys titles, then Origin is an excellent place to start. If you have, Origin might seem too basic compared to some of the more recent offerings, but it's still well worth a look.

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8.9 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2020

If you're a fan of action RPGs, especially retro ones, then Ys Origin is worth your time to invest in. The action gameplay flows well and is quite rewarding. While the game is challenging it's not overly difficult. Your hero does seem powerful and that's a nice feeling. There's also plenty of environmental puzzles and platform jumping to break-up any monotony of button mashing. This one also plays extremely well in undocked mode and hist the mark of a great action RPG all around!

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8 / 10
Oct 20, 2020

GREAT - Challenging from the start, two characters to choose from, and music that brings the entire package together into an excellent RPG experience. Ys Origin does have its share of little annoyances, like equipping items and repetitive backdrops, but the positives outweigh the negatives enough to call this a solid and enjoyable foray into the world of Ys.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2020

Set 700 years before the first title, Ys Origin expands on the franchise's lore with a combat system that blends both style and substance.

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Oct 16, 2020

"Returning to roots."

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85 / 100
Oct 7, 2020

Being an ARPG on the shorter side, the different perspectives in Ys Origin offer excellent replayability and gives players a pleasant, rounded experience without bogging them down with too many details. Even though the repetitive grinding can be a mind-numbing task to gain experience points, at least the controls are fluid, making this an easy game to enjoy. As the prequel to an already successful franchise, Ys Origin is a highly recommended addition to the series that gamers new and old to the story should not ignore.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2020

It's not often that I review a game in which I want to dive right back in after I finish with it, but Ys Origin is one of those rare exceptions. With the exceptional boss fights, the copious amount of unlockables, and the short runtime, I can already hear the game calling to me to return. However, if there's one thing that really stands out to me about how good this game is, it's that it makes me want to check out the rest of the series.

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Oct 6, 2020

Ys Origin is a blast to play. Even with the grindy bits and replaying the game to see the real ending, it respects your time by always pushing you forward.

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Unscored
Oct 1, 2020

Ys: Origins is one of the most beloved games in the Ys series due to a great plot, good character development and an exceptional soundtrack. The arrival of its remastering on Switch is something that is appreciated, although the console does not do it as much, because the game at a graphic level has not been very well-treated and its mechanics are somewhat outdate, something that takes its toll. However, if you know to leave this aside a bit, you can enjoy a classic role-playing game which is sure to amaze you

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3.5 / 5.0
Oct 1, 2020

Though the game has some flaws and is starting to show its age, the fast paced combat system and compelling trifecta of stories mean Origin remains a strong title in the Ys series.

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