Yet another title on my list of “Thanks, PSN sales,” Ys: Memories of Celceta is an Action based JRPG for the Vita. Having had issues really getting into Ys games in the past, I was somewhat hesitant going in. However, the more I play it, the more I’m getting into it.
In Ys: Memories of Celceta you play as Adol Christin, a teenage boy who has lost his memory. Well okay, it’s a plot point used and abused to death in JRPGs. You quickly meet your friend Duren, an “information dealer.” Quite convenient, no? You’ve lost your memory and your friend just happens to deal in information.
As you play you’ll find these “memory” points which will reveal a past memory of Adol. After the first dungeon, which is really just an introduction to basic mechanics, you’ll be allowed out into the first massive field. You have two options of where to go here (though you may not realize it at first).
The first place I went was likely the one meant to be done second, based off the difficulty I had with it. Oh well. Here I met Ozma (no, not THAT Ozma), the leader and only person allowed to care for the sacred beasts of the village. Turns out someone poisoned the water and they blame Adol because it happened right after he left from his initial visit before losing his memory… Of course it did.
Eventually I went to the other location after much getting lost while exploring. Here I met Karna in a village where people have been mysteriously disappearing – including her brother. Oh and yes, of course, people started disappearing after he had originally visited.
At this point in the game I’m around 15 hours in and am, of course, not listening to the people in the latest village telling me “don’t go there!” It’s an RPG – of course we’ll go where we are told not to! So far I’ve been able to somewhat call some of the things – mainly the “Oh, their character model is too fancy to be just a regular NPC” stuff. Of course I’ve cheated a little to double check my suspicions because there’s character-related trophies, but still.
While the plot is a bit cliché at points, I’m enjoying the combat. As I mentioned, I’ve never really been able to get into Ys games too much in the past. The fact I’ve been able to do so with this game really says something. Having a “fresh” JRPG to play on my Vita helps too (I realize this is a remake of a past Ys game, but I hadn’t played the past one).
Overall I’m quite enjoying Ys: Memories of Celceta, even if there is some cliché things going on. I’ll be sure to post a full review after I finish the title!
Initial Thoughts on Ys: Memories of Celceta
About Ys: Memories of Celceta
Platform: PlayStation Vita
Genre: Action JRPG