Anyone who asks me what my favourite type of gaming genre soon learns that role playing games are my jam. The fantastic stories, vast world exploration, and in-depth characters developed, combined with a smooth battle system, will keep me playing for hours on end. Japanese-based RPG’s in particular appeal to me in such a way that it’s hard to me to start a game and, at minimum, invest a good sixty hours of time into.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is a superb example of a JRPG that keeps me coming back for more; despite it being the first game I’ve played in this 30 year old franchise. Personally, I was worried that being new to the Ys series would hinder me, but luckily the game draws very little from its past releases, story-wise, and just tells its own unique tale.