30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 10 - Best Gameplay: Ys series.
It’s hard to quantify “best gameplay,” because there are so many different types of games. When I think “gameplay,” I typically think of the tactile connection between game and player, i.e. do the controls feel natural and responsive? I also love games that reward the player incrementally for making progress, accomplishing goals, and gaining skill. The Ys games do this flawlessly. Every time you get new ability, it not only increases the player’s repertoire in terms of defeating enemies, but it helps you access hidden/obstructed areas, in the vein of Metroidvania games. In regard to bosses, they often seem extremely hard at first glance, but with practice, pattern memorization, and perhaps a bit of leveling, they fall just like any other enemy. The player is in a constant cycle of reward -> challenge -> reward, which I find addictive and oh-so-satisfying.