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Ys: Memories of Celceta Review

Ys: Memories of Celceta for the Playstation Vita was released sometime ago but here is my review that I’m sure you readers of GaminRealm have been waiting for. Lets start with the story. You play as a man named Adol the mute red-haired explorer who has lost his memories. Ys: Memories of Celceta does a great job of moving things along at a brisk-pace which makes the game feel like it never really has a dull moment..unless you consider story conversations dull? Nevertheless if you feel like the games pacing is slow you can always spam X (dodge) to speed up your movement as you traverse the world.

As for the controls they are smooth and easy to understand, with a slew of options – Including unlockable skills pertaining to certain characters making it feel a lot more engaging. The cast of characters that join Adol on his adventure, include but are not limited to the lighthearted Duren and cheerful Karen, each come with their own weapon types (gantlets, Throwing Knives), as well as unique personalities.

Now for combat! All combat is real-time and very fluid but can come off a little button-mashy; You find a enemy you beat it and move on. Another thing to mention is as you progress through the game you will be able to take on side quests but sadly none are very difficult to complete and at times come off as just grinding — you pick up a lot of items just from defeating enemies, and whenever there’s an object that can be destroyed it will be easily marked on the map (Pro tip: The map will tell you what the destructible object drops once it has been marked on the map). The various additional materials that you find from monsters, objects and chests can be used for upgrading various weapons and armor to give you that extra bit of oomph in battle. That brings me to the map and what a map it is! Everything is clearly laid out from caves, missed chests, heck it even tells you the percentage you have explored. Now with that in mind the games first plot point is the Governor General Griselda offering a prize to anyone who can map the entire forest. Lets do a little math, map layout and percentage + Grielda Prize = Profit? I think so! Another feature that I have to give praise to is the fact that you can save anywhere and at anytime.

Now to wrap up this review not only is Ys: Memories of Celceta a game worthy of its praise but is a godsend to any Playstation Vita owner that has been longing for a well done JRPG.

Gameplay 8
Graphics 10
Sound 10
Overall 9