Reviews and Problems with Ys: The Ark of Napishtim
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Ys: The Ark of Napishtim review (PS2)
14 October 2005
Excerpt: Although the character models have changed, the music and locales are as gorgeous as before. Every room in the Temple of Memory is infested with skittering insects that drop from the ceilings, sometimes on Adol's head! With angler-like antennae lighting their way in the dark, these bugs crawl along the floors and ceiling as water flows down the walls into shallow ruts around each chamber's periphery.
Excerpt: Being a huge fan of the Y's series, I eagerly popped Y's Ark of Napishtim into my PlayStation 2. Going into it, I knew that it was going to be short as that's the main complaint of most reviews. After my time with Ark of Napishtim, I can validate this complaint, as I was able to beat the game in just under 10 hours. However, those ten hours have been fantastic.
Excerpt: a·nach·ro·nism n. 1 - The representation of someone as existing or something as happening in other than chronological, proper, or historical order. 2 - One that is out of its proper or chronological order, especially a person or practice that belongs to an earlier time: "A new age had plainly dawned, an age that made the institution of a segregated picnic seem an anachronism" (Henry Louis Gates, Jr.).
Excerpt: I must admit that Ys (pronounced "ees") VI - The Ark of Napishtim (YSVI) took me largely by surprise. Having no familiarity with the series whatsoever, I had no idea what to expect. When I first popped the disc into my PS2, I did not anticipate weeks of being riveted to my seat by one of the most enjoyable action RPGs I have ever played.
Conclusion: The grandest parts of the Ark of Napishtim are the boss battles. Gigantic, beautifully textured and smoothly animated, each badass encounter is a frenetic slice of old-school action. The second boss is a gigantic flying crab that sprays spores and litters the landscape with its eggs. Kinda cool, yes, but the entire battle is fought on top of a rock that is hurtling straight towards the ground at terminal velocity.
Conclusion: One thing is certain, it is very hard to find any faults with this latest Ys game. The game is simply pure fun from start to finish. After playing The Ark of Napishtim, it’s easy to see why action RPGs were so much fun back in the old days. It’s nice to see that some developers are still making games the old way. Hopefully, we’ll get more Ys love in the future. It is very hard to score this game.
Conclusion: Ys: The Ark of Napishtim isn't perhaps the sharpest-looking hack-and-slash adventure with the most refined gameplay, but it still provides a solid and satisfying experience. Fans of the series and button-stomping pros looking to carve up legions of foes in the company of a large cast of personable characters will be right at home with the latest iteration of Ys.
Pros: Lots of satisfying monster stabbing, Cool boss fights, Fully voiced cast.
Cons: The stabbing is fairly straightforward and can get repetitious, When the voice acting is bad, it's awful.
Conclusion: The speech and voice acting has set this game apart from the rest of the classics. Each character that you speak with will reply in full speech, though Adol does not talk at all, in game at least. The game appears to be combining old school with new in this game, and the formula looks to be a success. This game spells classic Action RPG to the max, and nothing could be better for the gaming world at this point in time.