A Passing Philanthropist
HIGH Mastering the combat engine and watching enemies explode into piles of loot under a blinding storm of attacks.
LOW The momentum-killing final dungeon.
WTF Some of Adol's dialogue choices are unexpectedly insane.
An Old Classic Gets a New Look
HIGH Finally beating a difficult boss.
LOW The game is short. I wanted more!
WTF Why is it so damn hard to kill flying enemies?
Change is Good, but Soul is Better
HIGH The pulse-pounding boss fights are some of the best in the series.
LOW The story is easily one of the worst.
WTF Sanitized or not, I never thought I'd see a torture scene in an Ys game.
Adol the Red is Back and This Time He Brought Friends
HIGH Bringing down a boss that has over 100K hit points in short order thanks to the fluid and fun combat system.
LOW Whenever the game forces players to stop killing things and advance the uninspired story.
WTF Really? A princess in disguise and a prison scene? Come on, RPG writers…
For many, Ark of Napishtim will be their first experience with a Ys game. However, the series has been around for ages (it's always just been overshadowed by the Zeldas of the gaming universe). Recurring character Adol Christin could have easily been as big an icon as Link, but the poor guy's just never been given the chance.