Ys: The Ark of Napishtim
An excellent rpg/dungeon crawler for an excellent system....
I'll be honest, I haven't even heard of Ys, until I heard all the buzz about Ys Seven. And after watching the trailers to that particular game, I just knew that I simply couldn't wait for it to come out. So what did I do? I got myself Ys6: The Ark of Napishtim...and I am definitely not regretting it. In fact, this game makes me more excited to get Ys Seven than I was before I played this game. It is a bit surprising that no one has written a review for this game yet, so I will do the gaming world a favor and write one. Ys6 is a dungeon crawler/rpg. You play the role of red headed hero Adol who in the very beginning of the game, is washed up on a beach unconscious after his ship was attacked by an enemy country. According to some research done on my own part, it seems like this happens in every Ys game, excluding Seven. Anyways, after Adol is found by island inhabitants, he is brought to their village where Adol, yet again, embarks on another epic quest which includes a broken mirror, and three great swords in which Adol must collect. All in all, the storyline is written well and keeps you entertained....however it definitely isn't a Final Fantasy Tactics story (most epic story, eva!). It is pretty simple actually, but does that make it a bad thing? I don't think so. In fact, it just makes the game that much easier to get into. The storyline is set up to a point to where you don't have to know what happened in the other five games. Now granted there are other characters in the game with a bit of backstory that only you would know if you played those games, but they hardly interfere with your understanding of the story. So if you are new to the Ys series like me, then this is a pretty good choice to start with. As far as gameplay goes, this game is a mixture of Star Ocean, and Diablo. As I said before, this is a action rpg, dungeon crawler hybrid..and boy....is it strangely addicting. Don't expect this game to be turn based like a Final Fantasy game. The combat is in real time, and it can get pretty hectic out there. Hordes of monsters are almost constantly at your neck attempting to kill you in every way possible, but never fear my friends, you may be alone all the time, but at your disposal are a small variety of attacks and weapons. And while they are just enough to get the job done, this is where one of my only gripes about the gameplay comes in. You see, there is no real tutorial in the game, so naturally, you have to find out everything by yourself..which actually isn't that hard, but some of your attacks and combo's may be left undiscovered unless you implement some proper time to experiment. For example, executing a simple combo is simple enough. It can be figured out in no time flat, however, such moves and abilities like the Dash Jump or the Dash Attack can be difficult and hard to figure out, which isn't necessarily fair considering some areas of the game requires the Dash Jump to enter. Besides that, there is one more thing I wish to complain about the gameplay. It can get awfully laggy at times. Particularly when you are in a large area with alot of monsters attacking you. Granted it is still playable, but it can get quite annoying at times. Now I don't know if this is a result of me using a PSP Phat, but I doubt it since the game looks like it could be a port to some old PSX game. WIth those gripes aside, the gameplay is fun, addictive, and fast paced. It's always fun watching Adol slash through hordes of monsters like they were paper and the boss battles are both big and challenging. In fact, for me, the boss battles were the most enjoyable part of the game, as they delivered a healthy amount of variety and challenge. Plus they are always fun to look at. Graphic wise, I think this game could have done better. Originally, this game was a port of the PS2 version but for some reason, the graphics look like they belong on a PSX. It would have been better if the developers cleaned up the sprites and backgr
Great Game. Flawed, but great.
I actually had purchased Ys: Ark of Napishtim when I first got my PSP, I thought it looked like a neat title, and the gameplay was fabulous. I thought Kingdom Hearts had a rival to watch when that came to the PSP. Of course, the graphics are somewhat dated, but the story was self contained but carried on the overall Ys arc. I did let it slip by as more bigger, better titles came out for the PSP. But when I heard about seven, I went back and finished it, and was still not disappointed by anything that game had to offer, other than maybe a lack of online FAQ's those, I could not find, lol
This game is boring I played for about 8 hours total and just did not enjoy it. Maybe I was expecting more but I just found it forgetable and no RPG should ever have a jump button.