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  • Summary: Washed ashore on an uncharted island, Adol Christin begins a new journey in Ys: The Ark of Napishtim. Lush environments, beautifully rendered characters and animated 3D backdrops combine to create the setting for Adol's newest adventure. Now on the PSP, our red-headed hero must fight deadly monsters and menacing bosses with a variety of sword combinations, special attacks and magical spells to uncover the secrets that lie in Canaan's mysterious whirlpools. Power-up three magical swords to gain special abilities and attacks. Combines real-time, fast-paced action and strategic boss battles. Unlock and play fun new mini-games with characters from the island. Play soundtrack & view character profiles in brand new modes. [Konami] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. It is very addictive and challenging, and offers two additional difficulty levels if the default is not challenging enough.
  2. Some will get bored with the RPG combat elements because of their simplicity. Some will get frustrated by the balance issues. Others will be disappointed at the length.
  3. This is a no brainer for gamers over 25 who remember a better time, as well as the others who may not get what us geezers have been talking about all this time when we say, "Back in my day, my RPG titles were full of substance with wonderful hand drawn art."
  4. This PSP port of Ys: The Ark of Napishtim keeps pace with the hack-and-slash action, but long loading times and other issues mar the overall package.
  5. 60
    Though the controls, plot and soundtrack remain unharmed, the frequent and long load times, coupled with the incredibly odd presence of slowdown, cripple the title to the point of not being entertaining at all.
  6. A tired port that received no real updates before being brought to the PSP. Pass.
  7. Quite simply, Ys isn't good enough to make it worth the pain in the butt of the constant loading. It's designed to play fast and easy, but on the PSP, it's a staccato exercise in waiting before you're allowed to do a few very simple things.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. ShawnG.
    Jun 20, 2005
    The game is great, despite the card based playing, it's interesting to be able to play a female character in one of the series, not only that but one that owns the helll outta' people. Expand
  2. JaXJ.
    Dec 6, 2007
    A very good game for all RPG fans, and I am not a fan and I still liked it. The combat is simple, so even the stupidest of us will know how to play this. A must-have, apart from the long name. Expand
  3. EvanH.
    Jun 15, 2006
    long loading times take away from the expirience. Otherwise the game is ok.
  4. EugeneT.
    Jun 16, 2006
    This game is just plain bad, just slash all the way till every boss fight. The fighting system r bad, u'll need to reach certain level to kill a boss, if not the damage will just be 0. Expand
  5. NathanK.
    Mar 25, 2006
    this game is so much bs i returned it before i even got to the second part.