Reviews and Problems with YS: The Ark of Napishtim
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Ys - The Ark of Napishtim
16 March 2007
Excerpt: Ys: The Ark of Napishtim is the sixth instalment in the Ys series. This particular instalment was originally released on the PS2 in 2005, but now finds itself ported to the PSP with exclusive content, such as mini-games, a media player and a character database. You play the role of a fiery red-headed hero called Adol Christin, who finds himself fleeing from the Roman army, eventually deciding to escape by sea.
Excerpt: The first word - maybe the last word for some players - on YS: The Ark of Napishtim is "LOADING." For all the good things one can say about the game, the constant loading is incredibly annoying, a central piece of the game that may make The Ark of Napishtim unplayable for some. With that caveat out of the way, let's focus on the positive.
Excerpt: When Adol washes ashore and awakens on the mysterious island of Canaan, the first words out of his mouth are, “And now my series is also in a PSP port?” It sure is, Adol. Now sit your ass down while this mother loads. And stay a while, because loading times between zones are hell-ass long. One might be required to sit in loading for almost 20 seconds in some cases. In a game like this where backtracking is often a good idea, the load times start to really tax the fun.
Conclusion: Ys: The Ark of Napishtim is a charming action RPG. Unfortunately, the PSP is needing more than a port of a PS2 game to fill the RPG void the system is currently suffering. While Ys PSP brings plenty of new content to the table, including minigames and videos, the game isn't suited for mobile playing. The game is too demanding time-wise to make this an appealing game on the road. Ys: The Ark of Napishtim is fun, but maybe not the best choice for a PSP game.
Pros: The PSP version has several exclusive features, Solid Japanese action RPG, Graphically as good as the PS2 version, The PSP version has several exclusive features, Solid Japanese action RPG, Graphically as good as the PS2 version
Cons: High learning curve with steep consequences, Not suited to short gaming sessions, Long load times, High learning curve with steep consequences, Not suited to short gaming sessions, Long load times
Excerpt: In late February 2006, Konami released Ys: The Ark of Napishtim for Sony’s PSP. This PSP title is actually a port of the PlayStation 2 version that was released nearly a year earlier. So, I guess the real question is how good is this port? While it is nice to see a new RPG added to the PSP collection, if given the choice between the PS2 and PSP versions, you might want to pick the PS2.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is This is a charming RPG for the PSP. The reason being, there aren’t many ‘good’ RPGs for the PSP to begin with. YS The Ark of Napishtim is an ‘old skool’ RPG at its heart, with an engaging story line, automatic levelling up and satisfying hack-and-slash action.
Excerpt: This week was the first time I’ve ever picked up an RPG on either the
DS or the PSP. Sadly, on both accounts I’ve been completely
disappointed. Instead of just leaving The Ark of Napishtim as it was or
creating an all-new title, Konami decided to bring it over to the PSP.
In doing so, they’ve reduced a decent game to probably the most tedious
and annoying game I’ve ever played.
Conclusion: Funky load times aside, this is the exact kind of game the PSP needed; an action RPG with a decent story, memorable tunes, a solid progression and leveling core and enough meat to make it a console experience gone portable.