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Ys Origin Review

Ys Origin

Release: October 1, 2020
Publisher: DotEmu - Limited Run Games
Developer: Falcom
Genre: Action, Adventure, Genres, Nintendo Switch Categories, Role-playing, Switch Reviews


Worth a Play About Rating

Ys is a long running series that doesn’t get a lot of attention. I’ve played a couple of the games but Ys Origin for the Nintendo Switch is the first time that I’ve really given the series a fair chance. Is Ys Origin worth a look or is this an entry in the long running series that you should skip?


Ys Origin isn’t a modern action/rpg. It is most definitely an old school action rpg.

The game’s story is a bit complex. There is a lot of history and mythology introduced in the beginning and it continues to unravel as you go throughout the game. Its pretty interesting though. I also like the characters, although there are a bit too many introduced to keep tack of. The main character is the most important of them and you’ll be seeing him a lot.

In Ys Origin, you control one character in an overheard action game with light rpg mechanics, such as upgrading some abilities and equipping items. The game also could be described as a ‘bullet hell’ shooter because you’ll be attacking your enemy with magic that’ll remind you of a side scrolling shooter. The action is fast paced and rarely slows down. When it does slow, its because a puzzle has been introduced. Some of the puzzles can be a little hard, while others are as simple as pressing a button.

I played the game on easy mode. Even on easy the puzzles can be hard and the boss battles can be very hard! I wouldn’t want to meet those bosses on normal or hard mode. The normal battles throughout the game are pretty easy on this mode.

But how does the game look? Is Ys Origin a stunner on Nintendo Switch?


Ys Origin looks like a 3DS game. Actually it kind of looks like an early 3DS, possibly DS game. I’m not saying that the game looks terrible, it doesn’t, but it doesn’t look like a Switch either. Its graphics are pretty retro but it does fit the style of the game. The anime intro near the beginning is probably the best looking part of the game.

As for the music, honestly didn’t really notice it. Nothing stood out music or sound wise. In this games case though, thats fine. The gameplay is good here and thats absolutely the game’s selling point.


If you like dungeon crawlers with a dash of shooter in their blood, then you should check out Ys Origin. Its not the best looking game on the Switch, though its the not the worst looking either. Personally, I’m having fun with Ys. The game is different from what I’ve played of the rest of the series and its grabbed my attention more than those games. Maybe you’ll like it too!

A digital code was provided for this review. Ys Origin is now available on the Nintendo Switch eshop!



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