Ys I & II Chronicles were launched today for PSP. A new compilation and revamped version of the first two titles in the Ys series, Ys I & II Chronicles is releasing as a “Hair Metal Pack,” with an included bonus soundtrack CD for all initial launch units, exclusively for the PSP. The “Hair Metal Pack” will be available for a suggested retail price of $29.99 at retailers across North America, and a digital download version of the game will also be available for purchase via the PlayStation Store for a retail price of $24.99.
Ys I & II Chronicles captures the timeless and classic Action RPG combat of these early titles and pairs it with a fresh translation, newly-arranged music and re-imagined art. The quintessential Action RPG experience, Ys I & II Chronicles immerses players in an expansive puzzle-filled world of layered dungeons and monstrous fortresses. Traps and challenges wait around each turn, and players must rely on an arsenal of skills and creativity in order to prevail.
Ys I & II Chronicles features a unique, lightning-fast buttonless combat system begs to be mastered; speed, angle and trajectory all determine the success of an attack. Ys II adds an array of spells to aid adventurer Adol in his quest, including everything from fireballs to transfiguration. In addition, players have four levels of difficulty, ranging from “Easy” to “Nightmare.” And complementing all of this is an equally thrilling soundtrack, with the unique option to toggle between three different versions at any time: Chronicles-exclusive new arrangements featuring live instrumentation from Falcom’s in-house band, synthesized tracks from the 2001 Japan-only Windows release of the two games, and the original chiptune versions of each track as recorded in 1987 and 1988, encompassing the best of gameplay and music in a classic gaming fan’s ideal package.