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Review: YS IX - Monstrum Nox (PS4 Retail) Ys-ix-12

Developed by Nihon Falcom Games and published by NIS America, YS IX: Monstrum Nox is the ninth main installment in the long-running YS series, ten if you count Ys Origins, but is this darker brother of the series worth a purchase? We think so and here's why:

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The game has all the typical action-rpg goodness you've come to expect from the series with fast-paced battles, interesting and unique bosses, and a diverse cast of likeable characters. The formula is mostly intact including the raid battles from Ys VIII, but the puzzle-solving has been watered down quite a bit which isn't a good thing, but doesn't hurt the game that much either, much to our surprise. The story is incredibly dark this time around so expect some really sad moments during the game's 8 lengthy chapters!

The game is also a fair bit shorter than its predecessor clocking in at around 30 hours in length if you know what you're doing. The controls are quite responsive and easy to learn which is always a good thing, and the difficulty is fairly challenging even on the normal setting.

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The audiovisual-presentation in YS IX is quite good with lush open-world regions, and fantastic special effects and character designs. The only downside visually is that the game doesn't quite look as impressive as its predecessor, YS VIII, but overall it's a really nice looking game. On the audio side of things, the voice acting is superb and the soundtrack is as good as you'd expect from a Nihon Falcom game, which is nothing short of perfection!

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Bottom-Line: With a dark and amazing story, excellent gameplay, solid controls and a top-notch audiovisual-presentation, YS IX: Monstrum Nox is a nearly flawless action-rpg that is an absolute blast to play and as such we give the game a perfect level of recommendation!

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Score: ★★★★★★★★★★ 10/10

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Towafan7
March 21st 2021, 10:47 pmTowafan7
Our review is now live! Enjoy! Wink

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Kain
Great review @Towafan7!

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Aqua Cherry Blossom
March 21st 2021, 10:50 pmAqua Cherry Blossom
Nice review lol. Smug

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Tsubasa
March 21st 2021, 10:54 pmTsubasa
Awesome review! Very Happy

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DigiDestined
March 23rd 2021, 12:17 pmDigiDestined
Nice review. =)

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Rena Ryuugu Fanboy
March 23rd 2021, 12:21 pmRena Ryuugu Fanboy
Great review!

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TenthSeedZed32
March 23rd 2021, 5:45 pmTenthSeedZed32
Steve: "So which action RPG do you think I should play?"

Yana: "Ys!"

Steve: "Uh... I was thinking Fable... maybe Skyri-"

Yana: "No, Ys!"

Steve: "Okay, so I should play Skyrim, then?"

Yana: "No!"

Steve: "Oh... Fable it is, then!"

Yana: "Ys!"

Steve: "Aight, I'm gonna load it onto my Xbone right now. Thanks for the advice!"

Yana: "But-"

*DOOR CLOSES*

Yana: "WHY does he never listen to my recommendations? *SIGH*... this is the VVVVVV incident all over again..."

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Staroceancrazy
April 4th 2021, 3:43 pmStaroceancrazy
Awesome review Exclamation

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Mouser
Great review!

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Tsubasa
April 4th 2021, 5:36 pmTsubasa
@TenthSeedZed32 Haha I lost my OJ out my nose. Laughing

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ShanaNoShakugan
April 4th 2021, 5:37 pmShanaNoShakugan
Such nice review. Smile

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Amufungal
April 5th 2021, 12:46 amAmufungal
Beautiful review Rukia!

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Inoue79
April 9th 2021, 12:45 pmInoue79
Amazing review! I like the gameplay and story, but the open world and vibrant colors in Ys VIII were much more appealing imo. 🐳

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ToughGamer
April 9th 2021, 2:05 pmToughGamer
Good review.
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