On the other hand, I can appreciate that these games are a product of their time. It's a good example of why I didn't play RPGs in those days, but there are those who did, and still enjoy an old school experience. The individuals who have been demanding this release will probably enjoy it. The graphical updates are great, the “special features,” multiple versions of the game with different soundtracks and artwork, and the included soundtrack CD is very nice. This is a polished re-release, it's simply a question of whether you're interested in what they're re-releasing.
If I'm evaluating the re-release without touching the game itself, I can hardly find fault. If this were a brand new game, released this year, I would rate it poorly. It all depends on your perspective. Combining both views, I give it three stars, but if you're simply going by the game as it is, it would probably be one out of five.
Ys I and II Chronicles is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB for Alcohol Reference, Blood, Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, and Partial Nudity.