Analysis Ys: Memories of Celceta: a facelift to the best ARPG

If you like traditional Japanese role-playing video games, you are in luck. Ys: Memories of Celceta is now released with remastered graphics on Playstation 4 after its passage through PS Vita and PC. Rediscover this world full of fantasy and epic battles with adapted resolutions, better FPS performance and the same action that characterizes the YS videogame saga. Has the game managed to keep its style and age so well that the gameplay does not suffer today? Find out with us with the analysis of Ys Memories of Celceta for PS4.

A story that grabs you from the first moment

The story of Ys Memories of Celceta puts us in the shoes of Adol Christin, who wakes up in Celceta and remembers only his own name. So far everything follows the same script of the typical role-playing and adventure game, hero who wakes up with amnesia and does not remember his past. Adol manages to recruit several members for his team whom he will come to consider allies, and it is thanks to this support that he decides to explore the great forest of Celceta in order to restore his lost memories. During his journey, he will discover not only what he was looking for but something much more ancient and mysterious

The plot will trap you to unsuspected limits and the mystery surrounding the protagonist will keep us in suspense during its 20 to 30 hours of duration depending on the completists we are. Some of the allies we will meet throughout the adventure will be Duren (a strong man who claims to have met us in our past), Ozma (one of the last survivors of her village) or Karna (one of the considered best hunters in her region, if not the best)

Classic gameplay of the ARPG genre

The gameplay of Ys Memories of Celceta does not revolutionize the genre but presents simple and engaging mechanics that will not leave anyone indifferent. Its commands work perfectly and we will control a group of three characters in a large map or game area. The combats are developed like any other ARPG that we have usually played and a novelty that is not usually in all titles is that we can switch between the three characters during the course of the action. This aspect will give a lot of dynamism to Ys: Memories of Celceta since each character has their own abilities and different from the other allies

Each character will have a different function, one will be able to break water walls with his spear, others will be able to open chests that no other character can... In short, to complete Ys Memories of Celceta it will be necessary to use all the characters depending on what the moment of the adventure requires. And not only the type of weapon varies, but also the attack style. Each enemy has a weakness towards a certain attack style, and it will be in our hands to discover it and use it to our advantage

During combat we can attack, dodge (giving us a few extra seconds if we do it correctly), use a special attack (which will spend points or SP, but will also fill the final attack meter, which will be devastating against any enemy) or use objects to improve stats or heal ourselves. The enemies are very varied and the final bosses are challenging. But not only combat drinks Ys Memories of Celceta, but we will also have to face various puzzles as we go into the dungeons. Despite not being a metroidvania, it does have certain elements that bring it closer to the genre, such as closed paths that require an object or skill that we get later to pass

A completely renewed graphics and sound

In this remastered version of the title of the Ys saga we see its resolution increased to 4k, achieving a sharpness that we did not see in the original title. However, by increasing the resolution some technical details have not been taken into account and has not been properly adapted to the new dimensions, so we can find some minor graphical glitches that will not tarnish the final experience. On Playstation 4 the game manages to run at 60 FPS, improving the 30 FPS rate existing in the original Playstation Vita version

Ys Memories of Celceta includes dual audio, we can choose English or Japanese voices for our game. Finally some tactile actions of the Vita version have been transferred to the buttons so as not to lose part of the original experience. To highlight its soundtrack, which despite not bringing new features compared to the first version, still scratching at a very high level

The best

  • A renewed graphics
  • Being able to enjoy this game on current generation consoles
  • A gameplay that engages and will give us up to 30 hours of gameplay

The Worst

  • They have not taken advantage of the remaster to make an English translation

We have made this analysis thanks to a physical copy of Ys: Memories of Celceta for Playstation 4 provided by Meridiem Games.

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