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Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim (PlayStation 2)

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Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim is a direct sequel to Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako Kefin, the fifth installment of the Japanese action RPG series. Once again, the player controls the main character of the series, the adventurer Adol Christin, on a new journey. Adol's ship has been attacked, and he loses his consciousness. After a while, he wakes up on a sea shore, rescued by the Rehda, elf-like people who live in a small village. Soon he becomes involved in a quest for mysterious treasure hidden somewhere on nearby islands, and has to face an ambitious empire officer who will not tolerate any rivals on his hunt.

The Ark of Napishtim is an action role-playing game set (for the first time in the series) in a fully 3D environment. The game world is seamless, with transitional overworld areas connecting dungeons and settlements. Much of the game takes place in hostile areas, where the protagonist engages in fast-paced action combat against regular enemies and bosses. Like its immediate predecessor, the game abandons the "bumping" combat style of the earlier installments, opting instead for the more common active combat. Adol can execute regular attacks and jump, as well as combine those for upward and downward slashes, dash attacks, and longer jumps. Experience points and money are awarded for defeating enemies, and leveling up is fully automatized. Armor and accessories can be found in treasure chests or purchased.

There are only three swords during the game, each corresponding to a particular element. Each sword comes with its own unique magic spell. These swords can be leveled up in a specific workshop by spending blue crystals known as "emel", which are dropped by enemies. As the swords level up their attack power increases, and their respective magic spells gain levels and become more damaging as well.

Screenshots

Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim PlayStation 2 Adol washed out on the shore.
Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim PlayStation 2 Here you will come, but no further.
Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim PlayStation 2 Snaaaake! It's a snaaake!
Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim PlayStation 2 Pretty nifty title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "伊苏VI:纳比斯汀的方舟" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Ys VI: Napishtim no Hako" -- Japanese title
  • "Ys VI: Nabisiting de Fangzhou" -- Chinese title
  • "Ys: The Ark of Napishtim" -- PSP title
  • "Ys: Napishtim no Hako" -- Japanese console title
  • "イースVI 〜ナピシュテムの匣〜" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Thunderbolt Games Jan 10, 2008 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy Feb 22, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
4Players.de Oct 08, 2005 78 out of 100 78
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Feb 22, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
Gamesmania Sep 30, 2005 73 out of 100 73
Playzone Sep 23, 2005 68 out of 100 68
Legendra Aug 26, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
UOL Jogos Apr 07, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Game Revolution Mar 03, 2005 C 50

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Trivia

PS2 version differences

In the PS2 version Konami removed the anime FMVs and added 3D CGI FMVs instead.

Konami also changed the player figure from sprite-based 2D to a 3D model to better fit western flavors.

Also the Alma's Trials in the game (bonus levels, which you can pass to get emel [needed to upgrade your emel swords], gold or experience) were added by Konami and not available in the original game.
Kabushi (121659) added Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim (PlayStation 2) on Feb 23, 2005
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