Ys: The Ark of Napishtim

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Ys: The Ark of Napishtim
Ys AON.jpg
North American PS2 boxart
Developer(s) Nihon Falcom
Konami (PS2, PSP)[1]
Hudson Soft (PS2, PSP)[1]
Publisher(s) Nihon Falcom (PC)
Konami (PS2, PSP)
XSEED Games (Steam, GOG.com)
Series Ys
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 2
PlayStation Portable
Mobile phone
Release Windows
  • JP: September 27, 2003
  • WW: April 28, 2015[2]
Windows Vista
  • JP: March 29, 2007
PlayStation 2
  • NA: February 22, 2005
  • JP: March 10, 2005
  • EU: September 16, 2005
PlayStation Portable
  • AS: March 8, 2005
  • JP: January 19, 2006
  • NA: February 28, 2006
  • EU: September 29, 2006
  • AU: October 6, 2006
Mobile
  • JP: March 22, 2005
Genre(s) Action role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player
Sound OGG Vorbis – 16-bit 44.1kHz stereo
Display 640x480 and up, 16-bit (High Color) and up

Ys: The Ark of Napishtim (イースVI -ナピシュテムの匣- Īsu Shikkusu -Napishutemu no Hako-?) is a Japanese action RPG developed and published by the Nihon Falcom Corporation, and the sixth installment in the Ys video game series. It was first released in 2003 for Microsoft Windows-based personal computers. Not counting the Eternal/Complete remakes of Ys I & II, it was the first new Ys game released by Falcom in eight years. The name Napishtim is a reference to the character Utnapishtim from the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Ys was ported to the PlayStation 2 in 2005 and to the PlayStation Portable in 2006 by Konami for worldwide release. It was the first English release of the series since Ys III: Wanderers from Ys. In 2015, an English translation of the Windows version was released on April 28 via Steam, the Humble Store and GOG.com.[3]

Gameplay[edit]

Ys VI expands on the mechanics introduced in Ys III and V in that players are given much more control over Adol including the ability to jump and control his attacks [4] Areas are presented in 3D graphics. Character, monster and minor bosses are presented using pre-rendered 3D sprites (except in the PS2 version, which uses 3D models). Larger bosses are presented using full 3D models.

Plot[edit]

The story begins after Adol's ship is attacked by a fleet of Romun ships. Forced to sail into an unknown area, they encounter a large storm. Adol is swept off the vessel while trying to rescue a fellow sailor and washed ashore by the vortex that surrounds the Canaan Islands. He is found, unconscious, by the nieces of the chieftain of the nearby Rehda village, Olha and Isha, who are the daughters of his brother that died when battling with fellow Redha against the Wandering Calamity. The girls take him to their village and lay him to rest in their Uncle Ord's house. Adol hears them talking about him and wakes up briefly, afterwards going back to sleep because of his exhaustion. His adventure then begins.

Releases[edit]

PC[edit]

The initial release of the game was the "Limited Edition". After this sold out, Falcom released a standard edition of the game with some new features. Two new difficulties and a Time Attack mini-game where the player fights through all the game's bosses were added. However, there was never a patch or upgrade released to initial buyers, so players wanting these new features had to buy the game again. Years later, Falcom would similarly add features to Ys Origin; this time, however, initial buyers were offered an upgrade disc for the cost of shipping. The "PC Vista version" is the same as the Standard Edition, with support for Windows Vista.

PlayStation 2[edit]

Konami made several additions and changes when porting the game to the PlayStation 2. The most notable were the inclusion of both English and Japanese voice acting to all characters (including NPCs) and several new optional areas referred to as "Alma's Trials." While the Japanese voice acting could be selected in the NTSC-U version, the PAL version had all Japanese voice acting removed.[5][6] Konami also added new FMV sequences, though the original animated sequences could still be selected through a code. Blood and gore effects were removed due to console games requiring a rating. Lastly, they changed the character and monster graphics from pre-rendered 3D sprites to fully polygonal 3D models. While this allowed for much better animation, it also changed Adol's appearance based on his equipment.

PlayStation Portable[edit]

The PlayStation Portable port does not include any of the changes of the PS2 port except for the removal of blood and gore effects. However, the European and North American versions came with a new set of bonuses including some extra fetch-quests that unlock a few mini-games and an image/media gallery. These were later included in a "Special Edition" re-release in Japan. However, the game is noted for having particularly long and frequent load times. Voice-acting was never included in this version.

Music[edit]

Soundtrack releases for The Ark of Napishtim include:

  • Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim Original Sound Track (2003): The complete soundtrack to Ys VI.
  • The Songs of Zemeth - Ys VI Vocal Collection (2005): A small collection of vocal arrangements of Ys VI tracks. Included is a second disc which contains vocal-free versions of these arrangements.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PC PS2 PSP
EGM N/A 7.33/10[7] N/A
Eurogamer N/A 6/10[8] N/A
Famitsu N/A 24/40[9] N/A
Game Informer N/A 7.5/10[10] 6.75/10[11]
GamePro N/A 4/5 stars[12] N/A
Game Revolution N/A C[13] N/A
GameSpot N/A 7.5/10[14] 6.7/10[15]
GameSpy N/A 4/5 stars[16] 2.5/5 stars[17]
GameZone N/A 7.9/10[18] 6.8/10[19]
IGN N/A 7.8/10[20] 5.6/10[21]
OPM (US) N/A 3.5/5 stars[22] 3/5 stars[23]
Detroit Free Press N/A 3/4 stars[24] N/A
Aggregate score
Metacritic 76/100[25] 72/100[26] 64/100[27]

The PlayStation 2 and PSP versions received "mixed or average reviews", while the PC version later received "generally favorable reviews", all according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[25][26][27] In Japan, Famitsu gave the PS2 version a score of one six, one seven, one six, and one five, for a total of 24 out of 40.[9]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Kyle MacGregor (April 17, 2015). "YS VI: The Ark of Napishtim arrives on PC April 28". Destructoid. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ Grant, Conner (April 21, 2015). "Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim Coming to Steam Next Week". Made For Gaming. 
  4. ^ Massey, Tom (February 9, 2014). "Inside Ys". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. 
  5. ^ fedaykin (May 12, 2011). "What's the best version of Ark of Napishtim?". XSeed Games Forum. Archived from the original on November 19, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ Massey, Tom (February 9, 2014). "Chronicles of Ys: A Series Retrospective". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. 
  7. ^ EGM staff (March 2005). "Ys: The Ark of Napishtim (PS2)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (189): 126. 
  8. ^ Fahey, Rob (August 5, 2005). "Ys: The Ark of Napishtim (PS2)". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
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  11. ^ "Ys: The Ark of Napishtim (PSP)". Game Informer (156): 133. April 2006. 
  12. ^ Star Dingo (February 22, 2005). "Ys: The Ark of Napishtim Review for PS2 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 23, 2005. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  13. ^ Hurh, JP (March 3, 2005). "Ys: The Ark of Napishtim Review (PS2)". Game Revolution. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  14. ^ Massimilla, Bethany (February 22, 2005). "Ys: The Ark of Napishtim Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  15. ^ Massimilla, Bethany (March 2, 2006). "Ys: The Ark of Napishtim Review (PSP)". GameSpot. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  16. ^ Nutt, Christian (February 22, 2005). "GameSpy: Ys: The Ark of Napishtim (PS2)". GameSpy. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  17. ^ Theobald, Phil (March 2, 2006). "GameSpy: Ys: The Ark of Napishtim (PSP)". GameSpy. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  18. ^ Hobbs, Ronnie (March 13, 2005). "YS: The Ark of Napishtim - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on March 17, 2008. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  19. ^ Aceinet (March 13, 2006). "Ys: The Ark of Napishtim - PSP - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on March 21, 2008. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  20. ^ Dunham, Jeremy (February 21, 2005). "Ys: The Ark of Napishtim (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  21. ^ Dunham, Jeremy (March 6, 2006). "Ys: The Ark of Napishtim (PSP)". IGN. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  22. ^ Kohler, Chris (March 2005). "Ys: The Ark of Napishtim (PS2)". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 101. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Ys: The Ark of Napishtim (PSP)". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 96. May 2006. 
  24. ^ Gardner, Omari (May 1, 2005). "'Ys: The Ark of Napishtim' (PS2)". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on May 3, 2005. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  25. ^ a b "Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  26. ^ a b "Ys: The Ark of Napishtim for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 2, 2015. 
  27. ^ a b "Ys: The Ark of Napishtim for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 

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