It used to be traditional to kick off any review of an RPG title with a brief moan about how badly Europe is treated on this front, but of late we've had remarkably little to complain about. With a couple of glaring exceptions, Europe is generally seeing launches of just about every RPG that pops up in North America - even niche titles like Nippon Ichi's superb Disgaea and Phantom Brave, or the recent Shin Megami Tensei: Lucifer's Call. Hell, there's even a whisper on the wind that we might see Xenosaga on shelves over here before long. All of which means one very important thing - lazy journalists are going to have to find a new introduction paragraph for their RPG reviews. [And yet you haven't, have you? - Ed]
In the case of Ys: The Ark of Napishtim though, we could probably still shape that introduction from our genuine surprise and significant degree of confusion at the appearance of this title on these shores. Ys is a game series we're surprised to see in North America, let alone in Europe - but sadly, there's a feeling that this is more of a videogaming history lesson than a truly good game in its own right.
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