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Ys VIII Lacrimosa of Dana Review

Ys VIII Lacrimosa of Dana is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and PC from the 12th of September 2017. Unfortunately, I don’t play many JRPGs so I will try rate it as fairly as I can.

The story started off quite interesting, you’re on a boat ready to set off on another adventure but when has everything in a video game gone smoothly? You end up being attacked by a Kraken like creature at sea and end up on the mysterious island that no one has ever come back from. Step into the role of Adol and find a way off the island and to break the curse that’s keeping you and the ship passengers and crew stuck on the island. I quite liked the story, it was mysterious and it had me guessing throughout to why the island was cursed and how we get off. A story that has you engaged and curious means it’s a good start for the title.

The most fun I had was the combat, it is smooth, addictive and just a joy to use, never did I get sick of seeing enemies and dominating the island with all sorts of new combos you earn through leveling up. The RPG side is a shining example of a good RPG, the exploration, and customisation is top notch, you feel like you really do have control over Adol and your team mates. I rarely ran into any bugs whatsoever, I had a bit of issue with the movement, it felt like I was moon walking across the ground when moving, it seemed strange but it’s such a nit picky thing that it doesn’t affect gameplay at all.

The graphics I’m 50/50 with, the characters look stunning, a true anime style close to the cutscenes that I experienced first hand. But the surroundings seemed so basic and textures almost rushed. The island does look good but it also looks bad in a lot of areas, unfortunately. The gameplay and combat alone make up for the graphics though, as people say, graphics don’t make the game. The sound I also didn’t enjoy at all. While the music was brilliant, it seemed very invasive, even when just walking around it sounded like I was attacking enemies and it didn’t set the atmosphere up very well in my opinion.

Ys VIII Lacrimosa of Dana seems to be a very good game, unfortunately, I haven’t enjoyed it to the fullest though the combat is a lot of fun. I haven’t played many JRPGs in my life and I’d definitely pick this up half price to give it a good go. Fans of the game will love it and I know that other critics have rated it pretty well. My partner seemed to love what she saw as-well. The game has a lot of features I do wish I could have enjoyed them more.

Ys VIII Lacrimosa of Dana

Ys VIII Lacrimosa of Dana












  • Addictive gameplay
  • Perfect combat sections
  • Interesting story


  • Invasive sound at wrong moments
  • Environment graphics could use improvement



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