Ys: Memories of Celceta

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Ys: Memories of Celceta
Ys Celceta Box.png
North American "standard edition" cover
Developer(s) Nihon Falcom Corporation
Publisher(s)
Director(s) Toshihiro Kondo
Producer(s) Toshihiro Kondo
Masayuki Kato
Composer(s) Falcom Sound Team jdk
Hayato Sonoda
Takahiro Unisuga
Saki Momiyama
Tomokatsu Hagiuda
Series Ys
Platform(s) PlayStation Vita
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution PlayStation Vita card, download

Ys: Memories of Celceta, released in Japan as Ys: Foliage Ocean in Celceta (イース セルセタの樹海 Īsu Seruseta no Jukai?) is an action role-playing game for the PlayStation Vita released in Japan on September 27, 2012. It was released in North America by XSEED Games on November 26, 2013 and released in Europe on February 21, 2014.[2][4] It is the third game to be considered Ys IV,[5] but the first to be developed by Nihon Falcom, who developed the rest of the Ys series. It replaces Tonkin House's Ys IV: Mask of the Sun and Hudson Soft's Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys within series canon.

The game stars series hero Adol Christin, who begins the game with amnesia, as he explores the forests of Celceta.[6]

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay is similar to other Ys titles; it is an action-RPG featuring real-time combat. In addition to a standard attack button, special moves called Skills can be utilized by pressing certain button combinations. Throughout most of the game, the main protagonist Adol is accompanied by Duren, but other party members also join at different times. Each member has a specific attack type classified into three types: Slash, Strike, and Pierce. Some enemies are weak against a certain type of attack and are resistant to the other two; other enemies have no particular weakness and thus any attack type is effective. A maximum of three characters can be used at a time, and can be switched on-the-fly. Each character has a powerful move called an EXTRA move that can only be used when the EXTRA meter is filled. Various accessories can be equipped giving various passive bonuses. The eight different statistics of weapons and armor can be customized by reinforcing with different minerals, plant and animal materials.

Plot[edit]

The game takes place 2 years after the events of Ys II & about a year before the story of Ys: The Oath in Felghana, set in the land of Celceta, also known as the Great Forest of Celceta. The story begins when the series' protagonist, Adol Christin arrives in the town of Casnan with his amnesia due to unknown reason. Then, he meets an information dealer, Duren who claims to have met him before. Not knowing about his true identity & objectives in Celceta, Duren provides him assistance in searching for his lost memories around Celceta & thus awakens the adventurer spirit within him.

Characters[edit]

Adol Christin
The main protagonist of the series. He's a young man brimming with curiosity who constantly seeks the thrill of discovery and the wonders of new lands. Thanks to his amnesia, he arrives in Casnan with no recollection of who he is & how he got there. Adol uses a sword as his default weapon for combat. He is voiced in Japanese by Yuki Kaji and in English by Bryce Papenbrook.

Duren
An information dealer who claimed to have met Adol before. An extremely kind-hearted man although he did never admit it, he can't bring himself to walk away from someone in need. Duren uses gauntlets as his weapon for combat. He is voiced in in Japanese by Hiroaki Hirata and in English by Kirk Thornton.

Karna
A cheerful, honest young girl who lives in the treetop village in Comodo. An extremely skilled huntress, she puts most of the hunters in the village to shame with her accuracy & skill. Her weapon of choice is the throwing knife. She is voiced in Japanese by Kaori Ishihara and in English by Cristina Valenzuela.

Ozma
A resident of the village of Selray and the sole remaining member of the tribe which cares for the sacred beasts known as Spardas. Despite his young age, he acts as a village's leader and has managed to uphold its peaceful ways for as long as he's been in charge. Ozma uses a spear as his default weapon. He is voiced in Japanese by Daisuke Namikawa and in English by Wally Wingert.

Calilica
She's an energetic, curious young girl who is mature beyond her years in many regards. She harbors something of a complex about her age and youthful appearance, and is constantly seeking to be recognized as an adult by those around her. She looks up to Leeza as an older sister, and will hold back at nothing if she can be of assistance to her. During combat, she uses a mace-type weapon. She is voiced in Japanese by Yui Ogura and in English by Stephanie Sheh.

Frieda
An intelligent and slightly mysterious warrior from the village of Danan. Frieda fights using a halberd and is usually accompanied by her fairy-like partner, Nina. She has a pleasant disposition and projects an air of wisdom, but also comes across as deeply mysterious. She is voiced in Japanese by Yuko Kaida and in English by Wendee Lee.

Leeza
A polite, well-mannered young girl who lives in Highland & serves as an Apostle to Eldeel. She's a kind-hearted and considerate to those around her, but nonetheless has a strong sense of determination and duty and will occasionally act rashly to protect the people she holds dear. She is voiced in Japanese by Yuri Shiratori and in English by Wendee Lee.

Eldeel
Eldeel lives alone in a tower near the town of Highland. Being assumed as a god, he gives wisdom and knowledge to the chosen ones through the Rite of Summoning that is performed by Leeza herself. It is revealed that he was one of the gods that existed during the age of the ancient Kingdom of Celceta. He is voiced in Japanese by Hideyuki Tanaka and in English by Kyle Hebert.

Gruda
A soldier sent to Celceta to unify the Romun and Celcetan armies and offer support to Griselda. His true motivations and background are shrouded in mystery, even to Casnan's finest information dealers. He is voiced in Japanese by Takuma Terashima and in English by Wally Wingert.

Antagonists[edit]

Bami
A magician whom Adol encounters while exploring Celceta. She appears to be an ally to Gadis. She is voiced in Japanese by Yurika Hino.

Gadis
A man whom Adol encounters while exploring Celceta. Calling himself a "Beast Tamer", he's vulgar and aggressive, using the beasts he's tamed to do his bidding and slaughter all who stand in his way. He is voiced in Japanese by Tessho Genda and in English by Michael McConnohie.

Other characters[edit]

Griselda
The current Governor General of Celceta. Dignified and kind, she quickly begins to win popularity among the people of Casnan by working to improve the public services of the region.

Leo
Formerly a renowned and decorated general in Romn, Leo is currently the Commander of the Celcetan Army. Though his reasons for being in Celceta are unknown, he dreams of one day returning to his homeland in a blaze of glory. As a result of his extremely proud personality, he loathes all who stand out more than him, leading him to quickly regard Adol as a rival and attempt to outdo him at every turn. He is voiced in Japanese by Osamu Saka.

Sancho & Panza
They are Leo's subordinates. Seemingly not very capable soldiers, but they do remain loyal despite all they're forced to put up with. Panza is voiced in English by Bryce Papenbrook.

Asad
The chief of Comodo village & Karna's father.

Remnos
Karna's younger brother. Interested in arts & literature. He had always been a gifted warrior, but had hidden his true potential to avoid hurting Karna. He is voiced in Japanese by Kenji Nojima and in English by Kyle Hebert.

Aaron
The mayor of Highland & Calilica's grandfather.

Vanjo
The village elder in Danan. Knowledgeable about the ancient history of Celceta.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 84%[7]
Metacritic 82/100[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
Destructoid 9.5/10[9]
Game Informer 8.50/10[10]
GameSpot 8/10[11]
IGN 7.5/10[12]
Hardcore Gamer 4.5/5[13]
Gaming Union 9/10[14]

Ys: Memories of Celceta was well received by critics. Bradly Hale of Hardcore Gamer gave the game a 4.5/5, calling it "one of the Vita’s most prized RPGs, and realistically, one of its best titles." [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gantayat, Anoop (2012). "PlayStation Vita Ys Dated". Andriasang. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Campbell, Colin (November 7, 2013). "Ys: Memories of Celceta on PS Vita set for Nov. 26". Polygon.com. Vox Media. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "EU Release". NIS America. 2013. 
  4. ^ chibisake (November 6, 2013). "‘Ys: Memories of Celceta’ llega a Europa para PS Vita". Deculture.es. 
  5. ^ Schreier, Jason (2012). "I Really Hope This Action-RPG Comes To The U.S.". Kotaku. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ Gantayat, Anoop (2011). "Ys Celceta Sea of Trees: Use the PS Vita's Rear Touch Screen to Give Commands to your Allies". Andriasang. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ys: Memories of Celceta for PlayStation Vita". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Ys: Memories of Celceta for PlayStation Vita Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Wesley Ruscher (11 December 2013). "A Memory to Cherish". Destructoid. ModernMethod. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Kimberley Wallace (27 November 2013). "The Red-Headed Hero Makes Good Again". Game Informer. GameStop. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Heidi Kemps (11 December 2013). "Ys: Memories of Celceta Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 23 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Colin Moriarty (19 December 2013). "Map Quest". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on 22 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Hale, Bradly (27 November 2013). "Review: Ys: Memories of Celceta". Hardcore Gamer. Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  14. ^ Shawn Collier (2013-12-21). "Ys: Memories of Celceta Review". Gaming Union. Retrieved 2014-11-01. 

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