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February 8, 2006
Ys: The Ark of Napishtim - PSP Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
Sept. 2006KonamiKonami1$79.95

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Graphics are 3D with 2D sprite characters.
While there are numerous racing, sports and even puzzle games coming out on PSP if you're a RPG (Role Playing Game) lover you may have been getting a bit concerned. Well fear not as Konami are set to release their lastest game in the magnificent Y's series. In fact the series is about to reach a milestone with this game, the sixth in the series (most of which were only seen in Japan - or in very small quanitities outside that territory) spanning almost 20 years of the most underrated RPG series in existance.

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Selecting the all important sword.
Ys tracks the adventures of hero, Adol Christian, whose three magical swords grant him special abilities, attacks and magic spells. Washed ashore on an uncharted island, Adol Christin begins a new journey in Ys: The Ark of Napishtim. Adol’s three magical swords are imbued with elemental powers, used to uncover secrets that lie within mysterious whirlpools surrounding a tropical island. His fantastical tale is an incredible journey through beautiful environments, both at sea and on land, as Adol explores the mysterious ‘Vortex of Canaan’. As you advance through the game you’ll unlock incredible hidden artwork and computer-generated movies that showcase the legacy of the Ys series.

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One of the stunning boss battles.
In terms of gameplay this plays in a very similar fashion to other Japanese styled RPG's. The game was originally released on Windows 98 PC's in Japan in 2003, but is only now making its way to the PSP after having launched on PS2 in September last year. The extra development time from the PC title has given the developers to add more features including a wonderful new CG intro, and tweak the game to perfection. The game manages to combine real-time, fast-paced action and strategic boss battles - some of which will have your jaw hitting the floor, they're that spectacular.

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Backgrounds look pretty special.
As you can see from the surrounding screenshots this game is choc full of lush environments, beautifully rendered characters and animated 3D backdrops combine to create the setting for Adol's newest adventure. A moving musical score has also been specially composed to suit the majestic nature of the game. Ys: The Ark of Napishtim includes full voice overs for all the non playable characters Adol meets on his adventures. Sadly the European version of this potential hit RPG was pushed back until early 2006, then until May 2006, and now September 2006 is the target date. Here's hoping.