Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is a fantasy action jRPG. The title is the next installment of the most famous series developed by Nihon Falcom studio. This team, located in Japan, has also involved in such titles as Tokyo Xanadu, Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure, Xanadu Next, or the The Legend of Heroes and Zwei series.
The game takes place in a magical fantasy land, and once again we play as the warrior named Adol, the protagonist of all previous installments of the series. At the beginning of the story, he is already a very experienced character, whose fame has reached all corners of the world.
Ys IX: Monster Nox takes place in and around Baldeux. This place is a prison metropolis, where the most dangerous criminals from all over the world are sent. Some of its inhabitants, known as Monsters, have superhuman abilities.
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is built on the foundations of the previous installment of the series, but the game also introduces a lot of novelties. We get an action RPG, in which the fun comes down mainly to exploring the world, performing tasks, developing characters and, above all, fighting hordes of enemies.
The battle system is dynamic and requires high dexterity, offering a wide variety of attacks, maneuvers, and special skills. Adol is accompanied by a rich gallery of characters. At any given moment we can directly control only one member of the team, but the game enables us to freely switch between the characters.
What is new is the fact that among the members of the party there are people belonging to the aforementioned Monster group. Each of them has a unique set of supernormal abilities, enabling them to, for example, run on walls or turn into a shadow. In addition, the city of Baldeux is very vertically developed and the game makes great use of it, enabling us to climb the roofs of buildings. In addition to the arsenal of actions available to the characters, there is also magic levitation, used not only for transport but also to launch attacks from the air.
Just like the previous installment of the series, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox only enables us to play alone in campaign mode.
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox features nice three-dimensional visuals, created in a style reminiscent of anime.