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The First Five Unskippable Minutes Of Ys VI: The Ark Of Nap-Something

One of my favorite PlayStation 2-era action role-roleplaying games is now available on Steam. How much Ys nostalgia can I cram into five minutes?


I’ll tell you this much—I would have crammed in a whole lot more if it weren’t for those pesky teens and their unskippable opening animated sequence. I could have shown you the game’s quick and satisfying arcade action combat, or mused on the gorgeous soundtrack music, or maybe even figured out how to pronounce Napishtim (na-pish-tim?) so I wouldn’t screw it up in the video.

Even if there is not controller button mapped to skip that long-ass indulgence and get on to the adventure, I still appreciate XSEED’s bringing Ys VI: The Ark Of Napishtim to Steam in HD, complete with its own incredibly lengthy official description.

Red-haired adventurer extraordinaire Adol Christin has finally reunited with his best pal, Dogi, and is eager to set sail for new adventures in Afroca. It seems fate has other plans for him, however, as a pirate captain named Ladoc makes him an offer he simply can’t refuse: a chance to explore a dangerous, uncharted archipelago in the Atlas Ocean that may hold treasures of heretofore unseen value.

Never ones to back away from a good mystery, Adol and Dogi both agree to join Ladoc on this expedition aboard his ship, the “Tres Mares” — but no sooner does it weigh anchor than the Romuns, their sights set on the same curious islands of Canaan, attack the wayward pirates and ultimately knock Adol overboard, leaving him for dead.

Some time later, he washes ashore in Canaan itself, alive but weakened, rescued and resuscitated by two young girls named Isha and Olha who sport long ears and bushy tails. They are of the native “Rehda” tribe, and it seems Adol is not the first human to arrive here — nor are humans particularly welcome...

Come experience the very first 3D Ys game as you’ve never experienced it before! Already the foundation upon which Ys: The Oath in Felghana and Ys Origin would later be built, this version of Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim comes equipped with an original translation and brand new, entirely unique gameplay features such as the addition of a super hardcore “Catastrophe Mode” for fans of the later titles, full widescreen support, map warping, Steam achievements and leaderboards, and even a full digital art book packed with concept sketches, hi-res character portraits and original production PSDs.

See what you’ve been missing with this definitive version of the game that brought Ys into the modern era!


So much exposition! No wonder we didn’t get to action in the first five minutes.

The First Five is the first five minutes of a game with light commentary. Once the five minutes are up, so are we.

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I took a chance and bought Ark of Napishtim on PS2 based solely on the words and images on the back of the box. It immediately reminded me of Crystalis on the NES, which is to this day still my favorite action RPG. When I got it home and started it up it did not disappoint.

It’s thanks to Ark that I got into the series and now have all of the available ones on Steam. Oath in Felghana is probably my favorite, but Ark will always be the one that started it all for me.