Review: Y’s Memories Of Celceta Remaster (PlayStation 4)

Unable to remember even his own name, Adol Christin awakens to find himself in a city called Casnan, on the eastern end of the Ispani. It is here that he meets Duren, an information dealer who claims to have encountered him previously. Evidently, Adol was last seen heading into the Great Forest of Celceta, a massive expanse of woodland filled with such danger that even the mighty Romun Army fears to tread within.

Pros:

  • Decent HD graphics.
  • 5.46gb download size.
  • Action RPG gameplay.
  • Four difficulties- easy, medium, hard, and nightmare.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • You will encounter many towns, All will look different and have their own unique charm and atmosphere. Each town will have a group of shops all with different stock. You may need certain towns in order to buy gear for a certain character for example.
  • Controls are easy to learn.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Big open world.
  • Encounter and recruit new party members, you have full party management.
  • On your travels, you will find special artifacts that once activated, Grant special powers.
  • You can save whenever and where ever you like.
  • Warp stones are used as fast travel points.
  • Warp stones are of different colors like red or blue. The only rule being is you can only warp between the same colored warp stones.
  • Orchestral masterpiece soundtrack.
  • Finding your memories will cause the screen to flicker as you approach it, Fear not as once touched you will get a bit more information on your back story and get a bonus of a stat increase.
  • The camera is controlled with the right stick which brings up a slider to zoom in and out.
  • The map is detailed as it is huge. As you progress through the story you will unlock markers for the map that auto-fill the locations of treasures, pickups and memories.
  • A journal will keep a record of your play stats and allow you to re-read any previous conversations or look over past/present quests.
  • Side missions are available in the many towns and bring their own reward with them.
  • Earn EXP and level up your character which unlocks new skills/moves.
  • You can upgrade weapons/armor at most town blacksmiths.
  • Multiple choice interactions.
  • Resources can be found in the world and drop from enemies.
  • The menu system is clear and easy to understand.
  • Dungeons in the game are represented as mazes. each maze will have a theme and a set way of doing things, Whether it be following the trail of flowers or by flooding a room, It all depends on where you are.
  • Play how you want.
  • Huge epic boss fights that rival any boss fight you may have seen on a Final Fantasy or Monster Hunter game. Big huge hulking beasts that fill the screen.
  • You can carry an infinite amount of items from drops.

Cons:

  • Took my trophies I earned from the Vita version nearly 6 years ago so I can’t earn any trophies. The list seems to be shared.
  • Doesn’t use the touchpad button.
  • Few instances of screen tearing, Especially in big battle scenes.
  • No voice work in all scenes.
  • Unskippable opening set of images and text.
  • Ugly assets in places.
  • Basic robotic looking animations.
  • Can’t skip cutscene dialogues.
  • Trophies will pop up but the date won’t change from the original unlock date.
  • Parts of the story feel repeated. By this I mean you will go to a town and everyone will hate you, You seek out why. Then all is well and you are a hero. Go to the next town rinse and repeat. More noticeable if you just fire through the story.
  • Enemies re-spawn quickly in areas. Triggering a warp stone will respawn enemies or going between screens.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7/10

Summary

In Summary, If you want a really nice RPG game for your money, Then this could be it depending on your criteria. The game breaks a lot of the problems people have with the RPG genre like slow starting, over-complicated menus and commands. What you get here is a minimal interaction, straight into the action RPG with a cliche story that soon grows on you. I really liked the fact that within 5 minutes of booting the game for the first time, I was having fights and exploring the world. You don’t get bogged down in needless text chatter. The game world is a world you want to explore, Enemies you want to kill. You will just simply lose yourself in this supremely immersive game. I am still playing it now and I cannot see that changing, Its the controls that do it for me over all else. Hacking slashing and being a general badass is so easy. No turn-based combat or meters to fill up just run around attack if you want to mentality. Finally an RPG game the average gamer can pick up play and most of all enjoy. In terms of the port, it’s a very low budget attempt, the graphics are just simple uprez redskins, the trophies debacle is laughable and will not go down well with fans looking to replay the game, overall its a basic yet forgettable remaster. This version is only for new players, old players need not apply.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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