Game music of the day: Ys Seven

Game: Ys Seven

Song:Place of Reticent Lava (Seagram)

Composer: JDK

Above: Place of Reticent Lava from Ys Seven

Don't let the scantily clad ladies fool you - Ys is a hard-rockin', shut-up-and-love-me feast of guitars and percussion. Ever since the series appeared on the immensely unpopular TurboDuo (you had one, right?) it's been known for solid slashing action and crunching, toe-tapping soundtracks. This year's PSP-exclusive Ys Seven was no exception, and delivered dozens of highly listenable tracks, all of which threaten to burrow into your brain and rattle around in there until you die.

The embedded song, named "Place of Reticent Lava" in typical Ys (aka "Japanese") fashion, is actually a bit slower than most Ys songs, but still embodies the traits that fans have come to love. You've got the guitar solo, the light synth beating all the way through and a lovely, airy chime noise that carries the main melody. I first heard this on the flight to PAX 2010 and thought "oh man, I gotta use this sometime soon." And here it is!

Above: Innocent Primeval Breaker is no-holds-barred Ys - you'd better sit the hell down!

Above: In the Bustling Square is decidedly un-Ys, but fits the lively seaside town perfectly

This franchise definitely isn't for everyone, but it's managed to become one of my all-time favorites even though it's always got a bare plot and straightforward hack-and-slash gameplay. But, it's a case where each of those cliches is handled perfectly, so while it's old-school as hell, it's about as good a throwback as you could ask for. And other than a rough first hour, Ys Seven is a great introduction to the series, so if you're still holding onto your PSP, give it a shot.


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  • Alakasam342 - November 11, 2010 7:24 p.m.

  • philipshaw - November 10, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    This music blew my mind, I always heard you talk about these games on twitter and Talkradar but it didn't seem like my sort of thing. But after reading this article I will definitely pick up a copy, haven't played my PSP since MGS:PW
  • Blasto - November 10, 2010 3:47 p.m.

    Yay! I loved the music in ys seven!
  • BodyDamage - November 10, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    this is great. GMOTD continues to be one of my favorite features of anything on the internet. keep em comin
  • Grif - November 10, 2010 12:23 p.m.

    This music is awesome, especially the first youtube one.
  • Yaro - November 10, 2010 9:18 a.m.

    Adol Crispin forever =) My favorite has to be Oath in Felghana, the boss battles were ace. Glad to see this series recognized. Definitely not for everyone. Great article.
  • laurenhiya21 - November 10, 2010 6:58 a.m.

    wow the music for this games is awesome makes me want to get it (funny though, never seen it in stores before)
  • FeatherFang - November 10, 2010 4:51 a.m.

    Oh @ Hydrohs The Ys games are not chronically in order besides I and I but they ALWAYS come together nowadays. There is a character from VI (Ark of Napishtim) that comes in Seven, but it won't cause much of a problem (maybe a little spoilers from that game) and the Ys games weren't much on story but more gameplay. The only thing that is going to be hard is how they built on the game mechanics of previous games than story. So go have fun if you got the money :)
  • FeatherFang - November 10, 2010 4:48 a.m.

    Wait did you guys listen to my request in the Oath of Felghana Review? If so thanks!!! I love Falcom and their music! I'm also gald you went stright to FalcomClassics' channel as they are getting popular and reknown for being a 100% dedicated Falcom music channel. They even have the Zero no Kiseki OST on their channel! I hope the Ys games get more popular and thanks for making Ys Seven the Game music of the day!!!
  • n00b - November 10, 2010 4:05 a.m.

    hey brett, what do we have to do to suggest some game music for game music of the day?
  • Hydrohs - November 10, 2010 3:53 a.m.

    Are the Ys games at all related chronologically? I'd love to start playing the series but I have to play things in order, if they have an order.
  • JPorFavor - November 10, 2010 2:52 a.m.

    Reminds me of Mabinogi, only composed without those weird instruments they played.
  • Alakasam342 - November 10, 2010 2:48 a.m.

  • G0D - November 10, 2010 2:39 a.m.

    that is some tasty music
  • CancerMan - November 10, 2010 2:25 a.m.

    ill Give this series a shot if the music is great...
  • Aeshir - November 10, 2010 1:40 a.m.

  • batmanboy11 - November 10, 2010 1:32 a.m.

    My ears thank you for this, Brett.

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