Falcom

ConsoleNameDeveloperLucca's Observations
SNESBrandishFalcom/KoeiTop-down dungeon crawl, the only entry in the series to be localized
JP SFCBrandish 2: The Planet BusterFalcomSimilar top-down dungeon crawling as the first
VitaBrandish: The Dark Revenant (DL only)FalcomSee PSP
PSPBrandish: The Dark Revenant (DL only)Falcom3D remake of the original Brandish with an extra storyline from the villain's perspective, punishing but fair gameplay
Turbografx-CDDragon Slayer: The Legend of HeroesFalcomDetailed game for the time, bridges the gap between the Dragon Slayer and LoH series
JP PSPEiyuu Densetsu: Ao no KisekiFalcomSecond half of the "Crossbell arc," leads into Trails of Cold Steel II, turn-based combat like other Trails games
3DSGurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure (DL only)FalcomAlmost identical to the original, save for the application of 3D effects and some technical issues like pop-in
PSPGurumin: A Monstrous AdventureFalcomA cutesy ARPG, fun hats confer stat upgrades and can be leveled in and of themselves
NESLegacy of the WizardFalcomAn early example of a metroidvania with a family element; different family members have different exploration skills
DSLegacy of Ys: Books I & IIDreams/FalcomCombined enhanced remake of Ys I and II with 3D and potential multiplayer
JP PSPNayuta no KisekiFalcomARPG with platforming elements
PSPThe Legend of Heroes: A Tear of VermillionMicrovision/FalcomSecond game in the Gagharv trilogy, despite western release order; run-of-the-mill turn-based gameplay and an arbitrary pet system
JP VitaThe Legend of Heroes: Sora no Kiseki the 3rd - EvolutionFalcomFinal game in the Liberl arc albeit with a different protagonist; plays like the previous games; Evolution version adds new artwork/scenarios
PSPThe Legend of Heroes: Trails in the SkyFalcomThe 6th Legend of Heroes game/first Trails game, starts an interweaving storyline, combat is turn-based but offers lots of attack options, NPCs react to the story dynamically
VitaThe Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (DL only)FalcomSee PSP
VitaThe Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC (DL only)FalcomSee PSP
PSPThe Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC (DL only)FalcomImmediate sequel to the first game, plot-heavy with compelling characters, gameplay similar to the first but adds combination attacks
PS4The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold SteelFalcomTons of QoL changes; includes all DLC, more English dialogue, JP audio, and a turbo mode
VitaThe Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold SteelFalcomSee PS3
PS3The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold SteelFalcomBeginning of another major arc in the Trails series, adds co-op link attacks to combat, structure is based in a school-type environment
PS4The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IIFalcomTons of QoL changes; includes all DLC, more English dialogue, JP audio, and a turbo mode
VitaThe Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IIFalcomSee PS3
PS3The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IIFalcomTakes place soon after the first game - basically required playing if you liked the first one
PS4The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IIIFalcomTies together plot threads from the Sky trilogy and Crossbell duology as well as continuing the Cold Steel plot; naturally a long game, combat mostly unchanged from I and II
SwitchThe Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IIIFalcomSee PS4
SwitchThe Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IVFalcomSee PS4
PS4The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IVFalcomAbsolutely requires playing all other Trails games prior to this one; has a very large (and arguably unwieldy) cast of characters, plays like its predecessor
PSPThe Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight WitchMicrovision/FalcomFirst game in the Gagharv trilogy, despite western release order; gameplay is still very traditional, arguably bland, continues the pet system from the previous game
PSPThe Legend of Heroes III: Song of the OceanMicrovision/FalcomLast in the Gagharv trilogy, but chronologically between the other two; still linear but allows for importing of data from the previous two games
VitaTokyo XanaduFalcomARPG with a modern setting; rock-paper-scissors-like enemy weaknesses require quick party member swapping, linear dungeons
PS4Tokyo Xanadu eX+FalcomContains new post-game content and side stories
NESTombs and TreasureFalcom1st-person dungeon crawl with some point-and-click elements
N-GageXanadu NextFalcom/ScriptArtsIsometric ARPG gameplay with a clunky class-switching system of sorts and a different story than the PC version
JP FCYsFalcomAdol bumps into the enemies to slay them
VitaYs: Memories of CelcetaFalcomConsidered by Falcom to the the real Ys IV; still an ARPG, has party members with a variety of attack types, parrying can reduce damage taken and enable counterattacks
PS4Ys: Memories of CelcetaFalcomAdds a Japanese voice option, otherwise see Vita
PSPYs: The Ark of NapishtimFalcomCloser to the original PC Japanese version than the PS2 version was; also adds some extra quests; very long and frequent loading
PS2Ys: The Ark of NapishtimFalcomTechnically Ys VI; Adol can jump now, so that's cool
PSPYs: The Oath in FelghanaFalcomRemastered version of Ys III, taking gameplay elements from Ys VI and expanding the storyline with extra scenes
VitaYs: The Oath in Felghana (DL only)FalcomSee PSP
Master SystemYs: The Vanished OmensFalcom/SegaSome dungeon areas are horizontally flipped, but is otherwise generally similar to the original release
Turbografx-CDYs Book I & IIFalcomAnother way to experience the glory of Adol? Ys, please!
PSPYs I & II ChroniclesFalcomMostly the same as previous versions, but with a new soundtrack option as well as newly done character portraits
VitaYs I & II Chronicles (DL only)FalcomSee PSP
JP FCYs IIFalcomAdds magic to Adol's repertoire
GenesisYs IIITelenet/FalcomPlays like the other releases, but with arguably better music and game balance
Turbografx-CDYs III: Wanderers From YsFalcom/Alfa SystemIt's sidescrolling Ys- that's all there is to it
JP FCYs III: Wanderers From YsFalcomChanges the battles to be side-scrolling rather than top-down and allows Adol to swing his sword/jump
SNESYs III: Wanderers From YsFalcom/Advance CommunicationSimilar to the FC version, but with cleaner graphics and arguably worse hit detection
SwitchYs IX: Monstrum NoxFalcomSee PS4
PS4Ys IX: Monstrum NoxFalcomCarries over a lot of gameplay elements from Ys VIII; Adol's most story/character-heavy tale yet; features new movement mechanics for world traversal
VitaYs OriginFalcomAn Ys without Adol as the protagonist! Has 3 different protagonists and takes place as a strictly interior dungeon crawl, goes back to hack-and-slash spirtes
SwitchYs OriginFalcomSee Vita
PS4Ys OriginFalcomSee Vita
Xbox OneYs Origin (DL only)FalcomSee Vita
PSPYs SevenFalcomAdds party members to the regular Ys formula, in addition to making weapon types (slashing, blunt) determine an enemy's susceptibility to them
VitaYs Seven (DL only)FalcomSee PSP
JP SFCYs V: Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako KefinFalcomOnly game in the series to have never been localized (hopefully this will change?)
VitaYs VIII: Lacrimosa of DanaFalcomAdol in ARPG action again, with a settlement-building mechanic and up to 3 party members in combat
PS4Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DanaFalcomHas more dungeons and forms for Dana than the Vita version, at the expense of some costumes
SwitchYs VIII: Lacrimosa of DanaFalcomSee PS4
JP PSPYs vs. Sora no Kiseki: Alternative SagaFalcomA 3D arena fighting game- very Power Stone-like, where characters from Ys and Trails collide (and level while doing so)