Game Review - Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana on Nintendo Switch

Written by MrPapillon on September 14, 2018 @ 8:43 am

Pros :
-> Astronomical number of things to do
-> Very good pacing of mechanics introductions
-> Beautiful soundtrack
-> Secondary characters which we care about

Neutrals :
-> Combat system
-> Multile endings

Cons :
-> Raids & Hunts are quickly boring

YS VII : Lacrimosa of Dana is absolutely huge. My review sadly won't touch every aspect of the game so I strongly recommend you to look for other reviews for this game if you are interested.

There is an astronomical number of different mechanics which are all useful and rewarding one way or another ; secondary quests, raids, hunts, fishing, crafting/blacksmithing, trade, cooking, exploration, secondary character affection, time travels, Dana's aspects and so on. What is really astounding is the way YS VIII can introduce a new mecanic even after the middle of the game ; there is no time to get bored. Even if you believe you have mastered the game and continue with the main story, the game throws you a new mecanic to learn and master. Sadly, the drawback of all this is the farming, but it is easy enough to not become something frustrating.

The soundtrack is gorgeous, notably because of the main theme which will stay in your head for quite some time.

The story motivates the player to care for secondary characters, not only because of the rewards. Sadly only for the most part : the developments of characters introduced late in the game are a bit light and should have been better executed.

The combat system has the particularity to be both rewarding and breakable. Learning the system and mastering blocks and evades are extremely rewarding, especially for higher difficulties. However, it is very easy to break the system by farming and making a specific character overpowered. The combat then becomes a simple "rush and run" system for guaranteed success.

The multiple endings are interesting and motivate the player to explore the different game mechanics, such as secondary quests. However, these same quests are sadly easily missable ; you can easily block the true ending from your reach early in the game.

The biggest negative point I found with YS VIII is the hunts and the raids. Coupled with the ease to break the combat system, hunts and raids become a bit boring. You rush, you run and it's win ; repeat the process 20 times.

Still, YS VIII : Lacrimosa of Dana stays a great game which I strongly recommend to any J-RPG fan.

Gameplay Rating: 8
Story Rating: 9
Graphics & Visuals Rating: 7
Sound Rating: 9
Overall Rating: 9


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Game Information

Nintendo Switch
Nihon Falcom Corporation
NIS America
Action, RPG
NA Release Date
June 26, 2018
JP Release Date
June 28, 2018
EUR Release Date
June 29, 2018
AUS Release Date
June 29, 2018
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PEGI Rating
MVGL User Score
Hayato Sonoda, Takahiro Unisuga
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