I am glad I did. Ys VII Lacrimosa of Dana was the throwback I needed to get me back into the mood for a lesser known (at least in the UK) series of games. The game follows the story of Adol Christian, an adventurer who is on his way to Xandria when the ship he is own is attacked by a monstrous sea creature. Adol finds himself shipwrecked on a deserted island, along with the rest of the ships passengers and it is your job to find the survivors.
The game has so many plus points. I love the survivor camp aspect, bringing all the shipwrecked survivors into the game with different skills to help Adol and his companions on their journey. I like the addiction of the mini game which sees the survivors fighting the protect the camp from monsters, it can give you a nice break from the travelling. The story is well put together, the setting is beautiful but there are a small amount of things that sets it back.
The graphics are very early PS3 style at times. While yes the look of the island is very beautiful, the animations of the actual characters were very old fashioned. For me that isn't a major issue, at the end of the day this is the visual style I grew up with, but for new fans I can see a few people turning off. Which is a bloody shame as the game is bloody good.
The fight system takes a bit of getting use to, and at times feels clunky. there are too many buttons doing to many different things. Final Fantasy XV showed us you can do this style of fighting well but with Ys VIII it may take you some practice not hitting the wrong bloody buttons when trying to fight off hordes of monsters.
Overall Ys VIII is such a fun game. The story is fun, the setting is great and the overall feel is a throw back to the JRPG games of the past. Gives this one a shot you will not be disappointed.