I still can’t believe what a success the Falcom Community Game-Along has been! What started as a offhand comment on Twitter turned into a fun month-long event that got all sorts of people playing games and talking about them, and I couldn’t have asked for more. Though things quieted down around week three, which prompted me to postpone that week’s roundup until the end, content really began to pick up again as the month came to an end.
This roundup post will focus more on the great selection of blog posts that went up, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t also lots of tweeting going on! Be sure to check out #Falcomonth on Twitter to see how the month panned out.
@Soulhouf pointed out a brilliant article on Hardcore Gaming 101 that covers the entire Ys series. It’s a definite must-read for both fans and those interested in checking out the series. I’m seriously impressed by all the details they’ve packed in.
Next, @DavZZGndm contributed a piece on Vantage Master Online – a game from a lesser-known Falcom series that is actually available for free in English translation from Falcom themselves! Davzz’s in-depth look at the 1v1 strategy’s systems, complete with plenty of screenshots, should be enough to make anyone interested in Falcom games want to check it out. And for the price of free, how can you pass that up?
Over at One Million Power, Brian Clark whipped up a great piece about his experience playing the Famicom port of the original Ys. Unfortunately, the Famicom port featured some changes that were not for the better, such as the strengthening of all of the bosses except for the final one, who was made weaker (I might not mind that!), and reducing Adol’s movement speed. Even so, Brian notes that he enjoyed the experience overall and now has the perspective to see how modern action RPGs have evolved.
Badr Alomair managed to check out the fan-translated Ys V and reported back on his blog, Video Games! and other stuff. Often cited as the black sheep of the series, Ys V never got an official English release, but Badr asserts that he enjoyed his time with the game and considers it to be a decent introduction to the series, even with its flaws.
Yay peer pressure! Ahem.
Cody Winn earns double, nay, triple points for not only covering Ys: Memories of Celceta (which we only saw covered in a couple of unrelated but well-timed reviews) but also having the most punny title of the month: “Ease into Ys.” I do love a good pun!
Anyway, Cody remarks that though he’d never played a Ys game for more than 10 minutes, he found Memories of Celceta to be fun and fast-paced. He does, however, mention that the music is one of his least favorite aspects, which is a bit of a kick in the gut for any Ys fan! However, it’s an unfortunate truth that Memories of Celceta was a little lacking for tracks.
Finally, Alois Wittwer wraps up Falcom Month with another great post about the very first Ys game. Unlike other write-ups, he chose to focus specifically on the game’s combat, and it’s a piece as snappy as the good ‘ol bump system. It’s a great way to finish up the month, as he manages to capture the beauty of Ys‘s battle system in a way few have done. Even if you think you’ve read enough about Ys, I highly suggest you go give it a read!
That’s right, Paul! Falcom Month is never truly over. As if we could ever stop playing Falcom games!
Once again, I want to give a huge thanks to everyone who helped make this Community Game-Along a success! It was a ton of fun, and I really hope everyone enjoyed sharing the Falcom love. If you’re interested, be sure to check out February’s Community Game-Along. The theme? Romance, of course!