Review by Clark A.
A surprising number of franchises have been able to achieve the 25th anniversary milestone considering the relative youth of the games industry. However, much fewer IPs have histories as rich and remarkable as Ys. Nihon Falcom hasn’t been shy about making complete visual and mechanical overhauls, outsourcing titles to other developers, or bringing the series to obscure platforms. It’s extraordinary that such a prolific property can maintain its quality despite that.
So while Ys: Memories of Celceta may not be an astronomical leap beyond its recent predecessor, it gets away with it quite smoothly, still bringing along worthwhile formula revisions that enable it to create its own identity. Considering the staleness of many similar properties, fans are hardly going to care upon playing and even those who missed the PSP entries will unwittingly adore Celceta’s novelties.