Ys: The Oath in Felghana is quite frankly one of the best RPGs to release on PC since The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. What's that you say? Zelda wasn't a PC title? You've obviously never heard of emulators. Ys: The Oath in Felghana is a beautiful game set in the vast world of Ys. Ys, as I mentioned, is a game franchise that is simply huge. We're talking Final Fantasy size.
Let's start positive! This game is fun, absurdly fun. That said, the controls are extremely simplistic. The game seems to cater to the young child demographic, yet the boss battles are challenging enough to scare little kids away. Of course, there are difficulty settings, and I played the "Normal" option, but the boss battles are absurdly difficult, even in the beginning of the game. I actually love the challenges, and few games give me that "Oh shit, there's a boss here!" feeling. This game gives me that feeling all the time. I save frequently.
This game's selling point is the combat system. You can jump, use platforms to your advantage, and use aerial attacks and magic. It is a hack-and-slash game but does not allow the player to just hack-and-slash their way through all the enemies. It also allows the player to spend less time worrying about potions and equipment and more time fighting.
The graphics are beautiful, but the environment seem extremely simple. The reason for this is the game was originally designed for a PSP, not a PC. However, the graphics as a whole are great, and the style is reminiscent of Super Mario RPG yet much less childish. To be specific, the environment is a combination of isometric tiles, 3D platforms, and static images for backgrounds. Don't let that sway you from buying this game. It really works.
Ys: The Oath in Felghana has the best score a game can have. The sound effects are great, and while the music gets repetitive sometimes, it grows on you. The music is also used to convey danger and peace and sadness very well. I enjoyed the game's music.
The story is long-winded and not so fun, but it ties into the gameplay very well. The intro is also very well done, and the character dialogue is presented neatly. The cutscenes are fairly enjoyable, but the game does not have a skip option for the boring parts. Overall, the story can be enjoyable but also very forgettable. I think you would get a better story from Skyrim or Deus Ex, but if you're in the mood for something a little more charming, give Ys a try.
Another thing to look for when browsing PC games is the system requirements. There are really 4 things you need to worry about: RAM or memory, processor, video card, and finally, the hard drive space. Memory can be upgraded fairly easily, and it shouldn't cost much. We recommend having at least 1GB memory, 2GB if possible. Your processor needs to be fairly modern, and a Pentium 4 probably won't cut it. We recommend a 1.8Ghz Core 2 Duo or better. Your video card should support DirectX 9 (or higher) and have a minimum of 256mb memory attached to it. We recommend 512mb or greater. Hard drive space is subjective, but we recommend having a fairly large amount of space. You could settle for as little as 40gb and be able to play most games, but we recommend having 80gb or more space to make sure you have room for multiple games at once. Most PC games don't run straight from their disc. They usually require an install process, and most modern games require around 8gb of free space to install.
PCs are the ultimate game console, because they can be upgraded, and they will never go out of style. PCs can also play most old game systems through emulators, so if you lose your Playstation, you can just play your games on your PC. You can also play classic arcade titles and have infinite coins!
A lot of people complain about having to use a mouse and keyboard to play PC games. This isn't a requirement, fortunately, and we have what we call gamepads or joypads. Yes, we can use game controllers! We can even use Xbox controllers! That said, it's not as plug-and-play as a game console, and some games simply will not work with your joypad. Fortunately, Steam tells you if games support controllers, and if your favorite game doesn't support them, you can map the controllers to keyboard and mouse controls.
Just be careful when buying PC games. Read reviews carefully. If a game gets a 1/5, don't buy it. If your PC is a cheapie, don't expect modern 3d games to work. Read the system requirements very carefully. If you don't know anything about your system, you can find help in the PC Stuff forum.