Game music of the day: Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim

Game: Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim

Song: Release of the Far West Ocean

Composer: Falcom Sound Team jdk

Above: Release of the Far West Ocean from Ys VI


Ahem. So yeah, Ys has had consistently rockin' music ever since its late '80s debut. It's a tad excessive and hopelessly cheesy, but hot damn is it ever exciting. This song plays over the game's opening movie, and even though the game itself is a sluggish, hack and slash grind through repetitive enemies and bland environments, its speedy thrashing always got my heart racing. Add a little flute interlude and a soaring final guitar riff and boom, you've got one of the rockingest intros of all time.


Above: The actual intro, song included. GET READY YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAHH

Above: Ruins of Amnesia is much slower, but fits its dank cave setting quite well

Above: And then Quatera Woods helps send you on your adventure with a rousing fantasy tune

The Ys series isn't for everyone, but if you can stomach a lot of mindless slashing and power-leveling, each one is a remarkably fun escape from the glut of way-too-serious FPSes and M-rated RPGs. Ys VI isn't a great introduction though - horrid load times murder the PSP version, and even the PS2 version isn't the best way to get your feet wet. I'd suggest PSP's superior Ys Seven, or forgiving that, the recent Oath in Felghana. Solid tunes in every single one of 'em!


Game music of the day: Ys Seven
Place of Reticent Lava by jdk band



Game music of the day: Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge
Praying Hands by Funauchi



Game music of the day: Red Dead Redemption
Far Away by Jose Gonzalez


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  • Defguru7777 - January 31, 2011 4:11 a.m.

    Never played the games (still don't plan to, sorry), but this music is pretty kickass.
  • philipshaw - January 27, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    Cool music bro, being meaning to get around to playing one of these games someday but just never have the time
  • DevilDoor - January 27, 2011 1:54 p.m.

    Love the art, and the music is awesome.
  • Yaro - January 27, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    This is why GR gets my respect, I'm also a huge game soundtrack nerd and Ys is very overlooked. Props to Elston John =) I can't get enough of the boss music from Ark of Napishtim - Mighty Obstacle, since it wasn't included, here (hope it's okay to link youtube here..?) Wonder which Ys is Brett's favorite? (music AND game-wise) Mine has to be Oath in Felghana...that one kicks so much ass....
  • rabidpotatochip - January 27, 2011 1:39 p.m.

    This is my new theme song.
  • FeatherFang - January 27, 2011 6:13 a.m.

    Thanks GR. I think you are the only (popular) gaming website that has Ys fans or at least know many niche games. I'm happy you guys love the music and as do I. And I love it when you guys make Okami related news, it was just too underated, just like this series (well actually virtually unknown is more like it lol)
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - January 27, 2011 4:32 a.m.

    Ys = "Ease" Though one or more of the games favors a pronunciation like "eece," as in Greece without the GR. NOT GR LIKE GAMESRADAR LOLRIGHT
  • 8bitBaby - January 27, 2011 4:24 a.m.

    i always wanted to know... how do you pronounce the name of the series? i mean... is it just the letter Y... plural? whysssss? i like that intro btw. NOYCE!
  • NdIGiTy - January 27, 2011 2:43 a.m.

    Totally underrated series, musically.
  • AdonisX82 - January 27, 2011 1:03 a.m.

    Y's 3 for Super Nintendo had one of the best soundtracks ever. I still play it to this day JUST for the soundtrack. Speaking of which, does anyone know where I can download the OST, or how i can rip the music from SNES9X. I also want the 4 elemental boss battle from Final Fantasy 4 / 2. Any help would be appreciated, thanks...
  • EnragedTortoise1 - January 27, 2011 12:54 a.m.

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  • GoldenMe - January 27, 2011 12:38 a.m.

  • IronHeaver - January 27, 2011 12:37 a.m.

    Ahhh, good old Ys, always ready to dish out some nice video game tunes :D
  • Eliath - January 27, 2011 12:34 a.m.

    Ys games have always had some crazy tunes. I remember pissing off some folks in the dorm with the intro to one of the PS2 versions... at least I think it was PS2. Always love the GMotD
  • Redeater - January 27, 2011 12:34 a.m.

    Ryhmes with cheese! I don't know why I find that so funny

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