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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Snappy, enjoyable combat and vastly improved localization make this PC edition a must-play.

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Back in the day if a game was released in a questionable state, there was a fair chance it was just going to stay that way. Only the most critical bugs were likely to get patched, so if a problem wasn’t making your game crash, chances are it just wasn’t going to get fixed. Well, those days are over, and now we’re seeing entire games re-localized because fans got upset about a poor initial job. I unironically love today’s game industry sometimes.

See, remember how we originally wrote about Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana and I complained about the localization? Good news: that’s fixed! Better news: it’s fixed on every version of the game! Even better news: you can finally, FINALLY play Ys VIII on PC with that new and improved localization!

In case you missed that review (hint, hint), here’s the gist of the game: Ys hero Adol Christin has been shipwrecked for the billionth time. It’s up to the red-haired lad to rescue survivors, build a settlement, explore the island and maybe find a way back to civilization. There’s plenty of secrets to discover on the Isle of Seiren, however, some more dangerous than others.

Ys VIII continues the snappy, enjoyable combat from previous entries and is plenty addictive as a result; you’ll almost certainly find yourself running around beating up enemies just for the sake of beating them up. That’s a good thing, too, since you’ll need the stuff they drop for crafting. Better gear allows you to use more impressive skills, allowing you to take on bigger enemies and stand a chance in huge and challenging boss battles. These are action-RPG fundamentals done right.

You know what’s also done right? Fixing the English localization! Yes, that was done especially right, even if it took months to happen. Text and voice acting alike were corrected to make the whole affair seem drastically less awkward; noblewoman Laxia now refers to Adol as “Mr. Christin” rather than his full name at all times, for instance, which just flows better in English.

The degree to which the game changes as a result of this cannot be understated and, frankly, it’s like a whole new experience as a result. If you’ve already played Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, in other words, you wouldn’t necessarily go wrong with giving it another try. I’ve seen some complaints about the PC version ranging from performance to graphical issues, but on my system it’s solid and runs like a dream. Either way, PC version or otherwise, you’ll probably want to give the much-improved Lacrimosa of Dana a second look.