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Nope, it's action adventure. There's no RPG elements to it whatsoever.
Uh oh we're gonna have this discussion again :P
It has character development, like RPGs. It just doesn't show you the numbers. And before someone says it's different because it's power-up based, remember there are RPGs that also go with this form of streamlined leveling (Chrono Cross, FF: Mystic Quest).
Character development is practically inexistent on Zelda titles. Also you're confusing the term for 'experience levels', or, more accurately in this instance, 'equipment upgrades'
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Action RPG on DS Rune Factory Rune Factory 2 Rune Factory 3 Avalon Code Children of Mana Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates From The Abyss Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals Lunar Knights Phantasy Star Zero Solatorobo: Red the Hunter Summon Night: Twin Age Ys Book I & II DS The World Ends With You
I don't think finding an Action RPG on Ds was a problem Even with 3DS you get Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Rune Factory 4 Tales of the Abyss Monster Hunter 3G(if we want to get into that debate)
Action RPGs simply lack on EVERY console, I agree it's a shame, but you should try to enjoy those that are available: Ys, skylanders, soma bringer, torchlight 2, lunar knights, Zenonia 4 and a couple others which aren't exactly as... "action" as those I already mentioned... unfortunately the closest thing to what I consider a TRUE action-rpg is skylanders (as to how its controls are responsive and fights are designed), Ys ended up being too focused on jumping on some OR focused on grinding, either put you against a final boss that's incredibly OP compared to anything you've ever fought because you gotta fight it with sub-characters that you probably never even used or basically suck...).
On a note, there's also this new korean online game called "Dungeon Striker" which seems appealing if it ever manages to go global.
There is so much wrong with what your saying about Ys. the platforming in Ys is in like 3 games. Ys7 doesnt have any platforming considering you cant jump neither is 1/2 or Celceta.
grinding is Ys isnt really a problem unless your playing on the hardest difficulty. on normal and hard mode Grinding was a non issue especially since the freaking games gives you a EXP mutiplier if you hit enemies enough times with out stopping(which is really easy to maintain) and Ys is always hard and will always have harder bosses it doesnt try hiding that. the final bosses usually arent an exception but they are usually crazy fun
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