Game of the Year 2017: Rebekah’s picks

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Rebekah’s Game of the Year #9 – Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

In the last month, I’ve heard a lot about Xenoblade Chronicles 2, enough to know it’s just a lil’ too ridiculous and complex for me. I’d much rather settle back in for another round with Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana. Mock the localization (rightfully) all you like, but it didn’t much phase me during my playthrough. I was too focused on the intricacy of the way the island exploration, story progression, and game’s systems worked together to form a cohesive and enjoyable adventure. Foregoing the vast, open world promises of other action RPGs of the era, Ys VIII instead narrows its scope onto Seiren Isle, using that focus to make every moment of discovery a treat.

Between the main cast, supporting characters, Dana’s story, and the complex (but never overwhelming) combat systems, I had a blast with this game. Best of all are its music tracks, composed by the jdk Band and giving the perfect feel of wide-eyed awe and tense combat to each new area. I fully intend to dive back in next year when the new localization drops to re-experience a fine-tuned version of the story while blasting Sunshine Coastline at full volume.