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Ys: The Oath in Felghana

Ys: The Oath in Felghana Goes Gold

The third game in the Ys series gets a makeover and re-release on PSP.
Author: Andy Curtiss
Published: October 19, 2010
Talk about a series with a rich history. It's pretty impressive that the Ys series, developed by Nihon Falcom of Japan, has been showing up on game consoles and computers since 1987. That's almost 23 years worth of RPG's! Pretty impressive if you ask me. As we reported to you back at the beginning of the month, the recent efforts over at Nihon Falcom and XSeed have been a re-release of the third game in the series - Ys: The Oath in Felghana.

Originally released way back in 1989 under the title Ys III: Wanderers from Ys, the remake will feature overhauled graphics, cut-scenes, fully explorable 3D world, added voice-overs on all story-advancing scenes, overhauled battle system and more. The game will carry a rating of "T" for Teen and will be available exclusively for the PSP. Ys: The Oath in Felghana will be available at retailers across the country on November 2, 2010. The standard version of the game will cost $29.99 and the Limited Collector's Edition will cost $39.99 and will feature a soundtrack CD and a 4" x 6" 2011 desktop calendar highlighting artwork from the game. The downloadable digital version will be available on PSN as well for $29.99.

For those unfamiliar with the series, this third game picks up immediately after the adventures from the first two games. Heroes Adol and Dogi visit Dogi's hometown of Redmont in the land of Felghana only to find a big problem awaiting them. Well... several big problems. Hordes of nasty monsters roam the land, a sleeping volcano wakes up and the new lord has been taxing the pants off the poor citizens. Adol and Dogi's struggles to fix these problems reveal that the events are, indeed, connected. Now only they can save the poor people of Felghana.

While it seems a little odd to be remaking a game from 1989 for the third time (yes, it was already redone once), it is all the rage right now for developers to give their old titles a face lift and re-release it. We've recently seen such efforts from Atlus more recently with Persona 1 being revamped for PSP as well as the upcoming (and anticipated by me) Ogre Tactics remake. While these remakes probably aren't going to be raging hits it's still a wonderful thing for gamers in their 30's to re-experience the games that made them fans in the first place.

So remember: November 2, 2010 is the date. And keep your eyes trained here for an upcoming review of Ys: The Oath of Felghana!