Please just keep porting everything to Steam. I kind of love it. Ported games tend to look and sound great, not to mention how nice it is to have everything I feel like playing in one place. My beloved old PlayStation Vita might soon start collecting dust, for instance, thanks to the ports of games like the Ys series – in particular, Ys: Memories of Celceta on the PC.
Perennial Ys hero Adol Christin wakes up in the unfamiliar city of Casnan with no memory. Shocking, I know. Some of the folks around around Casnan have met him and are familiar with his deeds, but Adol himself is at a loss. It’s fortunate for him, then, that the nearby Great Forest of Celceta holds the secret to recovering Adol’s past – and there’s nobody better to explore that sort of uncharted land than the red-haired wanderer.
Memories of Celceta fits in nicely with other modern Ys titles; it plays much like Ys Seven and Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, both of which have recently seen PC releases of their own. You’ve got a high-speed action-RPG combat system that encourages careful timing and mastering your character’s array of skills; you’re also pushed to switch characters often in order to exploit enemy weaknesses. Likewise, you’re also meant to dive into the combat system in order to load up on goodies to craft near gear and items.
Along with the fantastic, responsive combat system, there’s also much to be said about how Memories of Celceta handles exploration. Much as in Lacrimosa of Dana, you’re encouraged to map out the entirety of the game’s world and rewarded for doing so. Here, though, the amnesia aspect of the plot ties into the gameplay; Adol’s memories can be found in physical form, providing stat boosts and a little bit of the adventurer’s backstory should the player take the time to find them.
Along with Ys Seven, this was one of the more difficult entries in the series to actually play in recent years thanks to its exclusivity to the PlayStation Vita. Now that it’s on PC, Memories of Celceta really shines. Don’t expect an experience that’s quite as gorgeous as the superlative Lacrimosa of Dana, but Memories of Celceta manages to look and sound fantastic all the same, and you’ve got a decent array of PC graphical options to futz around with should you choose.
The snappy feel of the combat and constant encouragement toward exploration and discovery both serve Ys: Memories of Celceta well. That’s why it was one of the premier RPGs on the Vita way back when. Now that it’s made the jump to PC, it remains a solid and enjoyable experience – not to mention it’s much more accessible and has a much better presentation. If you’ve finished the fantastic port of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana and want even more Ys action, you’re in luck. Of course, Ys fans have almost certainly hopped on this one already, but anyone on the fence should consider this a great starting point.