As soon as I finished The Two Towers, I rushed to grab my copy of Return of the King and continued to read. The need to know what happened next was the greatest I had ever felt. Many video game have sequels but not so many as direct. When Ys 2 started off right after Ys the reason for the two games now being packaged together became clear. When I started up Ys 4: Dawn of Ys, however, I was surprised to find out that it was a sequel to 2 instead of 3.
Grabbing the chest near Adol at the game’s start, I was again surprised. All of the powerful equipment from Ys 2 was held within. When I wandered into armor and weapon shops, I was even more surprised to see the shopkeepers note how my equipment was better than anything they sold.
You would not be surprised that events led Adol to be separated from his superior equipment, but Dawn managed to reward Ys 2 players in a fun way. Games like Rock Man and Metroid often leave us wondering why the protagonist starts off the sequel underpowered, but the smart nod in Ys 4 makes us feel satisfied.