The only Ys released on the Master System was a port of the first game, and while it lacks the advanced features of its CD-ROM cousin, it offers an excellent rendition of the classic action/RPG. Adol’s first adventure is one anyone with Sega’s 8-bit machine should play, and it still holds up, even with its somewhat clunky combat.
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Falcom’s excellent Ys series has managed to make its way to a ton of consoles, but the Genesis was lamentably the recipient of only the third installment. After seeing the incredible first two games released on the TurboGrafx-16 CD (and Book I on the Master System too!), the third was something many Genesis fans were thankful to get. This version is also available on the SNES, in addition to the TG-16 original. What are the differences, though? Which of the three versions is best?
When Wanderers from Ys was first released on the Turbo Grafx-16 CD-ROM, fans were taken aback by the change in gameplay style. Why had Falcom messed with the formula? Why make it a side-scroller? Needless to say, many gamers turned their back on the game, and it remains something of the black sheep of the franchise to this day. Even with later ports to both the Genesis and SNES (as well as the MSX and even the NES), it still gets no respect. The irony is that Ys III is actually a competent little action/RPG that deserves to be played.