While it may be as well known in the western world as Final Fantasy and Persona, the YS series has been going from strength to strength since it was originally conceived back in 1987. After many sequels and spin-offs, the adventures of its protagonist Adol Christin and his many companions have now been brought to the PS4 and PlayStation Vita with YS VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana. As the eighth mainline entry in the series, it proves to be an entertaining and capable RPG, with a set of entertaining characters and an intriguing storyline.
Whilst on a journey to the continent of Eresia, Adol and his loyal friend Dogi are thrown overboard from a sailing vessel, and are washed up on a cursed location known as Seiren Island. After joining up with a reluctant noble named Laxia, and a dependable socially awkward fisherman by the name of Sahad, the group must work together to find a way off the forbidden island and recover all the passengers that were shipwrecked along with them. The storyline remains consistently interesting throughout the game, especially with the characters reaction to new party members joining their ranks. One of the particular highlights was the introduction of Sahad, and Laxia’s reluctance to accept him, due to her apparent personal prejudice to anyone from the male race.