Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA Reviews Summary

Well-Refined Combat
Engaging Story
Supreme Boss Battles

Summary: Ys VIII isn't perfect, but it delivers a genuinely fun action RPG experience. You know what you're getting with a Ys story, but this entry in the franchise might just be the most refined.

Rating Summary

Based on 93 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

92%

Critics Recommend

Based on 93 critic reviews
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9 / 10
Sep 5, 2018

It took over 20 years, but Ys finally came to the fore. Lacrimosa of Dana is an excellent action RPG with a clever focus on survival that, unfortunately, it can't keep up to its completion. The Switch version has its problems, namely the resolution, but when we see it moving, without frame breaks and with a solid performance, we understand how its quality was not harmed. Ys VIII is essential for all fans of the genre.

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Jul 30, 2018

"Classic, down-to-earth action-RPG."

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9 / 10
Jul 25, 2018

Some minor technical limitations aside, gamers are in the presence of what is one of the most compelling JRPG stories the Nintendo Switch has seen, easily on par with Xenoblade Chronicles 2's and, admittedly for lack of competition at this level of polish, at time of writing anyway, the absolute and unquestionably best Action JRPG on the system.

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8 / 10
Jul 24, 2018

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of Dana is a title that takes a while to get going, maybe too long, which may be enough to put some people off early and the story is rather sub-par. Those that stick with it will see where the game truly shines.

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8 / 10
Jul 18, 2018

Simply put, everything in Ys VIII feels real good.

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Jul 16, 2018

So, should you buy Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana? Absolutely and unequivocally yes. With a reduction on the fluff, an easy-to-learn combat system and a plot that (unlike many JRPGs) doesn't border on the incomprehensible, Ys VIII stands as a fantastic example as to how these games should be made and one I'll now hold as a benchmark to mark any future JRPGs against. An essential Switch purchase.

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Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

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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8.5 / 10.0
Jul 2, 2018

Despite some small annoyances, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is a blast on the Switch. The simply, yet fun, combat is a winner whether you’re on the go or playing at home. Add in a thrilling story and it makes for one of the better offerings for the platform. Sure, it could perform a little better and do a better job with direction, but these things are quickly forgotten when you’re defending your settlement or finding new residents.

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Unscored
Jul 1, 2018

As a lover of RPGs, this game is extremely lacking, and it caters only to previous fans of the series.

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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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