Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA Reviews

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA is ranked in the 91st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
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GameCentral
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8 / 10
Jul 12, 2018

The storytelling is lacking but otherwise this is one of the most interesting Japanese role-players of recent years, and one that isn't afraid to take inspiration from other genres.

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Sep 16, 2017
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8.3 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2017

Between building up your base, making new discoveries, and fighting intense boss battles, Ys VIII is a hard adventure to put down

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9.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

Story has never been the pull of the Ys franchise for me, though, and if you're not yet familiar with the series, it's not why you should give this game a chance. And make no mistake: You should give Ys 8: Lacrimosa of Dana a chance. Developer Nihon Falcom has always been talented, but this project represents a new high for the studio, a game where each piece comes together and interlocks in a way that feels damn near perfect. Don't let the obscure name fool you; forgettable story aside, this is one of the best action-RPGs of this generation.

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GameSpot
Top Critic
8 / 10
Sep 14, 2017

The latest entry in the Ys series delivers a fast-paced and very satisfying action-RPG experience.

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Kotaku
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Unscored
Aug 30, 2017

I've got everything I look for in an action RPG right here.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2017

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA has its share of flaws but its very satisfying combat more than makes up for it while the fun exploration and good story kept me going through all of it. Ys fans will love this one, and those new to the series are sure to get some enjoyment with the solid fast paced action that might turn them into fans as well. This is definitely a game I would like to have with me to play if I ever get shipwrecked on a deserted island.

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80 / 100
Nov 11, 2022

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana was a great game in 2016 and still is in 2022 (although in some aspects the passage of time is noticeable), but the almost total absence of additions or improvements makes this version for PS5 somewhat questionable.

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84 / 100
Sep 13, 2017

There is no doubt that Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA is one of the best deliveries of the saga. Despite its small flaws and shortcomings as not being translated into Spanish, it's an ARPG with a scent of Kingdom Hearts and one of the best games of the genre to date.

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8.5 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2017

A must-buy game for the JRPG genre fans that only needs improvements in its story to be almost perfect. The best gameplay mechanics of this saga and one of the big japanese titles of 2017.

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8 / 10
Aug 30, 2017

Ys VIII is, without a doubt, a huge step for the franchise. In stripping away a lot of the usual narrative tropes the series is usually known for, Nihon Falcom have put a fresh spin on the franchise that puts characters and small moments over grand adventures and vast mysteries. Tied together by a fast-paced combat system and great music, the negatives of Lacrimosa of Dana are far outweighed by the positives, and this is a game that any JRPG fan would be a fool to sleep on.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2017

Featuring an undeniable retro charm, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana certainly doesn't stand out for the graphics. On the other hand, the gamplay is fun, frenetic and framed by a pleasing and multifaceted narrative. A title strongly recommended to old-school RPG action estimates.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2017

Ys VIII is a fantastic new action RPG from Falcom that is great for getting into the excellent Ys franchise and one that has a ton of quality content and sublime combat.

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8 / 10
Nov 15, 2022

Having said that, if you're totally new to the game and you're a fan of action RPGs, Ys VIII remains a fantastic island-trekking, monster-mashing experience. One of Falcom's finest.

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6 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2022

There's no question that Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is a beloved entry in the franchise. However, bringing it to the PS5 offers next to nothing to the entire experience, bringing only the most miniscule of adjustments, another Trophy list, and a free PS5 upgrade.

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Ken McKown
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2018

Ys VIII is a marvelous game that truly deserves more attention.

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82 / 100
Oct 12, 2017

…this game is about the journey and it's a trip worth taking.

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JVL
Julius007
Top Critic
16 / 20
Sep 11, 2017

Ys VIII Lacrimosa of Dana is THE Japanese RPG of this end of summer on the PS4. It brings some new features to the series, two unique adventures, a big playground without denying what makes what Ys is. We'd like having a better general achievement and french translation to get an almost-perfect game. But those who like the genre have no reason to stay away from the game, which is a nice present for the 30th anniversary of the series.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

VIII Lacrimosa of Dana is an addicting action JRPG that features great combat and a narrative worth exploring.

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ZTGD
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is easily the most ambitious entry in series to date, with an expansive world map and a greater emphasis on storytelling.

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