YS IX: Monstrum Nox is the latest title in the popular YS RPG series.
Bringing our young adventurer Adol and his trusty long time friend Dogi to a new world of mysteries to solve and uncover. Though technically that is where the plot twist begins.
The new adventure takes place in a city known as Balduq which holds a secret of its very own.
Featuring many different areas around town that you can explore and many treasures and collectibles to be found.
As for the story itself, you play as a character who very early on becomes a Monstrum. Monstrums are a group of people who are cursed in having to save the city from a world in which only they can see, this world being the world of Nox which is swarmed with deadly foes waiting to pounce and destroy.
The gameplay is okay, with a combat system which feels similar to the Tales Of series. As you progress your character you unlock new abilities which can be set to easily trigger during combat. Abilities often only needing a simple 2-button press in order to activate.
Speaking of characters, various customization and the Tales Of series you can also dress up your party with various different costumes to really make them look stylish as they deliver the final blow to the various foes that linger within the world. Those who are familiar with the Tales Of series will know exactly what I’m talking about here.
For those who may be new to the Ys series and may be feeling a bit apprehensive about playing this title, then what we can safely say to this is that you don’t really need to be.
Though this title is called YS IX the connection to past games is very few and far between. This game feels more like a game in itself rather than any form of sequel, we are not saying that all connection to past games are obsolete but what is in the game should not damper or ruin anyone’s overall experience.
YS IX: Monstrum Nox is an alright title, however it is not without its flaws. For us personally the game seemed rather slow to actually get to the point in terms of the actual story and by the time things actually got interesting the game was finished. The whole plot seemed a tad bit tedious.
Also, the areas and enemies got boring rather fast too. Most of our adventuring took place in the same city in the exact same walls, we wanted to experience more and by the time that chance came what we were given was very minimal.
Overall, I would recommend this game however I would not purchase it at full price.
- Developer: Nihon Falcom / Publisher: NIS America
Release Date: February 5th, 2021
Platforms: Playstation 4, PC, Switch, Stadia
Genre: Action RPG
Main Story Length: 30-40 Hours
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Platform Reviewed On: Playstation 4 Pro
- Overall Rating: 3/5 (Average)