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  • Summary: Renowned adventurer Adol “the Red” Christin and his companion Dogi arrive at Balduq, a city annexed by the Romun Empire, only for Adol to be detained before setting foot inside. While imprisoned, he meets a mysterious woman named Aprilis who turns him into a Monstrum, a being withRenowned adventurer Adol “the Red” Christin and his companion Dogi arrive at Balduq, a city annexed by the Romun Empire, only for Adol to be detained before setting foot inside. While imprisoned, he meets a mysterious woman named Aprilis who turns him into a Monstrum, a being with supernatural Gifts and the power to exorcise monsters. Now, Adol must ally with his fellow Monstrums to fend off the fearsome threats emerging from a shadowy dimension called the Grimwald Nox, as well as unravel the mysteries of the Monstrum curse, and the truth behind the unrest within Balduq. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. 100
    Where Ys VIII took the series so close to becoming something that I could love, Ys IX gets it there. It tells a strong story with vibrant characters, has a great setting, gorgeous aesthetics, and slick combat, and most importantly, it balances all of that out in a way that is nuanced and engaging. I have reviewed three top-flight JRPGs in just the last week alone, and with a pile more to come in the coming weeks, 2021 is off to an incredible start for the best genre of them all.
  2. Feb 11, 2021
    90
    Ys IX: Monstrum Nox might just be the best Ys game yet. More emphasis on storytelling and a wider range of gameplay elements makes for a game that’s a little more absorbing, and one that also gives you some time to breathe between all the fast-paced action. It takes a little time to get going, but once the narrative is in its stride you’ll want to know more about the Monstrums that battle by your side, and what secrets the Prison at the heart of Balduq holds. Add on top lashings of entertaining combat and a soundtrack that’s a pleasure to your ears from beginning to end, and you have a game that’s simply a joy to throw yourself into.
  3. Jan 29, 2021
    85
    Similarly to its predecessor, the only thing Ys is missing is a budget in line with current standards. Many might be repelled by the aged graphics and the crude direction, but those who manage to get past that will find the very best of old-school A-RPG. Thanks to explosive fights, very generous content and heroes whose powers give a good boost to the exploration, Ys is a must-have for fans of modest but lovingly made Japanese productions.
  4. Jan 29, 2021
    80
    Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is another excellent addition to the Ys series. Its darker tone and gloomier atmosphere help it to stand out from the rest of the series, but it somehow works in its favor. The character writing and narrative framing is a remarkable step-up from previous titles, yet still preserves the thrilling intense action that the Ys series is known for. Some of Monstrum Nox’s sidequests stand among the best in the entire series. I have a few qualms with its repetitive structure, though what truly stings is the frequent crashes I experienced on the PS5. I loved my time with Adol’s adventure throughout Balduq and look forward to his next big adventure.
  5. Feb 19, 2021
    80
    Despite some pacing issues and repetitive level design, Ys IX: MonstrumNox is a worthwhile journey for Adol that pushes the series forward in the right direction by introducing a plethora of new gameplay elements that I hope to see expanded even further in the next adventure.
  6. Feb 8, 2021
    76
    Overall, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is both a solid addition to the Ys franchise, as well as a good starting point for newcomers. While the combat can get a little repetitive, the overall gameplay loop does enough to keep players coming back for more. Monstrum Nox can feel a bit generic in various aspects at times, but beneath the surface is a deeper RPG than expected. The overall narrative combined with interesting characters, solid gameplay, and strong side content make Ys IX: Monstrum Nox a fun experience.
  7. Mar 1, 2021
    60
    Ys IX: Monstrum Nox offers an engaging story, smooth controls and challenging combat. Unfortunately, the game also suffers from dated graphics. It is a shame that it took two years to be released in our country, as this makes it difficult for the game to compete with more recent games that can draw on the graphical computing power of 2021.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Feb 4, 2021
    10
    This is my first Ys game and I was blown away by the graphics and music. Anyone who calls him himself a gamer should do themselves a favor and play it
  2. Jan 4, 2022
    10
    I might prefer the previous game but this game is also great. It's one of the best Ys games I think.
  3. Feb 4, 2021
    10
    Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is my fourth Ys game. Like the name says it is Ys VIII's sequel. It takes the gameplay of the latter and enhances it. TheYs IX: Monstrum Nox is my fourth Ys game. Like the name says it is Ys VIII's sequel. It takes the gameplay of the latter and enhances it. The gameplay is great and it gets better and better as you progress through the game. The soundtrack is also the most memorable soundtrack in all Ys games because of the music itself and the usage in game. In conclusion Ys IX is a great game and every action rpg fan should check it out. Expand
  4. Mar 1, 2021
    9
    Cast: 8/10
    Story: 7/10
    Fun: 10/10
    Gameplay: 10/10

    MUST PLAY
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  5. Dec 31, 2021
    9
    I didn't know that besides Legend of Heroes series, Falcom also has another long-standing franchise like Ys. I was curious and as a result II didn't know that besides Legend of Heroes series, Falcom also has another long-standing franchise like Ys. I was curious and as a result I tried this game, which was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my gaming life.

    I love Adol & Dogi as protagonists, love the setting & world-building, love fantastic-as-ever OSTs, love main characters that involved in the story as well as how its narrative played out emotionally and wrapped up beautifully at the end. Gameplay is not turn-based but hack-and-slash action style, which is very refreshing compared to Legend of Heroes series. The only minus point that bothered me a bit is the outdated graphics with dull 3D models (especially when it released in 2021). So I hope Falcom' new engine will make next Ys game look much better.

    I absolutely had a blast playing Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, and I wanna try to play previous titles (Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, for example) in the not-too-distant future if possible.

    9/10
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  6. Apr 23, 2022
    8
    就这画面还丢帧。
    法老空我真是服了他们的技术力。
    这么多年来难免失望。。。 轨迹系列早已弃坑,不希望伊苏系列也这样。
    就这画面还丢帧。
    法老空我真是服了他们的技术力。
    这么多年来难免失望。。。
    轨迹系列早已弃坑,不希望伊苏系列也这样。
  7. Feb 7, 2022
    0
    It looks like a PS3 game, there are better ways to spend your time, this does nothing new

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