Ys games have undergone a number of format changes over the years, but they've consistently remained fast-paced and engaging action-RPGs, known as much for that as for their surprsingly good storylines and amazing symphonic rock/metal soundtracks. It's also one of the few long-running JRPG franchises to consistently star a single protagonist - the red-haired Adol Christin, a humble and rarely-heard adventurer who nonetheless ends up saving the world on numerous occasions.
Developer: Nihon Falcom
Publisher: Nihon Falcom, XSeed Games, DotEmu
Platform: PC, PS4, Vita, XBone, Switch
Released: 2006, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2020
Recommended Version: As far as I can tell, all versions are more or less the same.