Percentile Rank

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 57 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

89%

Critics Recommend

Based on 57 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

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Recommended
Recommended
Feb 5, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is a great follow up and yet another satisfying chapter of Adol Christin's life. Playing as Adol and the supporting Monstrum proves that there is still a ton of life left for the Ys series. The darker take and the Prison City of Balduq are full of secrets and treasure and the sidequests are some of the best the series has offered.

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Entertainium
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 1, 2021

Monstrum Nox might play close to the vest in just about every aspect, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a quality JRPG. Sometimes a comfort game like this is just what’s needed, and Ys IX certainly fits the bill checking all the boxes that you can expect out of a game of its kind. It’s a very fun and straight to the point adventure that’s well worth your time even if it doesn’t break the norm in any sort of way whatsoever.

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Chicas Gamers
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 12, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is an A-RPG in which we will return to embody Adol for a new adventure. A title with a well-chosen and well-executed story, an agile and frenetic combat system and excellent character design. On the other hand, at the level of scenarios and graphic polish it is deficient, which partially worsens the experience. Finally, its soundtrack is one of the best we have heard until the date in the saga and unfortunately the title is entirely in English.

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Scored Reviews

Digitally Downloaded
Feb 3, 2021

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.

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Noisy Pixel
9.5 / 10.0
Noisy Pixel
Orpheus Joshua
9.5 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is some of the most fun I have had within the action-JRPG genre, period. The adventure includes everything you could ask from the series, with the addition of an addicting gameloop, well-written character-driven narrative, a stellar soundtrack, and great controls. This is not a title to be slept on.

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33bits
90 / 100
90 / 100
Mar 4, 2021

I am simply delighted with Ys IX Monstrum Nox. I have enjoyed the title from beginning to end, a level that I do not rule out replaying it shortly to try to complete the list of trophies. A great installment within the Adol Christin saga that continues to add stories and places to his particular travel diary.

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DualShockers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is several steps in the right direction for the series.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox brings a wide array of impressive gameplay elements in concert with a wonderful cast of characters to make an exhilarating, thoughtful package that's one of the series' best.

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GameSkinny
Jan 29, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is an outstanding RPG and a big step forward for Ys, with superb story, combat, and characters - plus one of the best settings in the series.

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GameSpew
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2021

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.

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Hey Poor Player
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jan 29, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is, let’s just come out and say it, pretty weird. But the most important question to me, however, is whether it’s any fun or not. And, despite all of the changes, I think that it is. Would I want this to be the formula for every Ys game from here on out? Heck no. But a literal antithesis to Ys VIII‘s Seiren Island—which is absolutely what this game is—is really charming in its own way, and the fact that Falcom was able to add so many novel features while still keeping this game Ys-like at its heart is genuinely impressive.

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GamePitt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is, by far, my favourite Ys adventure so far; Adol is a badass! Although the game started off a little slow for me, making me feel like the game was going to be a short and repetitive bunch of missions within a single city, I was happy when the game expanded and new mechanics and areas were opened up to me. The story had me hooked as soon as the narrative introduced a strange introduction early on, making me constantly try and guess what was happening – I simply couldn’t stop playing until the game had explained itself to me! I have issues with the presentation and performance of the game but if I step back and ignore resolution and framerate, I had so much fun and quickly became addicted to the satisfying combat and interesting quests.

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The Thirsty Mage
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2021

In the case of Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, this joy originates from the complete freedom of exploring the beautiful and fascinating city of Balduq, and from the never ending optimism and sense of wonderment from the main protagonist, Adol Christin. Mix in a well paced story filled with twists and turns and a combat system that perfectly straddles the line between precision and chaos, and you have an experience as carefully crafted as the seemingly endless prison that is the focal point of the story.

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Cat with Monocle
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Feb 18, 2021

With Ys IX: Monstrum NOX, Nihon Falcom continues its streak of creating fascinating worlds. Adol’s newest adventure, revolving around a mysterious prison in a single city, may sound like it’s small, but it offers layers of gameplay. With its various battle types, character abilities, collecting, and a rockin’ soundtrack, RPG fans will want to slash, fly, and scamper their way through Balduq, uncovering all its secrets. Whether you’re a veteran to the Ys series or a newcomer, the Crimson King awaits.

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Wccftech
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is a more than worthy new entry in the series, thanks to its gripping story, great exploration mechanics, solid combat, and a very tight pace that keeps players interested and leaves them hungering for more. The low difficulty level, dated visuals, and a hit-and-miss soundtrack impact the experience slightly but in no way tarnish the quality of the game, which is, everything considered, even slightly better than its excellent predecessor.

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Just Push Start
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Feb 1, 2021

Despite Ys IX: Monstrum Nox having some faults, it still provides a fantastic experience. Once you get past the dated graphics and simple combat, it's an engaging game that has a fascinating story. It's the type of thing where mindlessly killing enemies is fun but the world is so interesting you'll want to see what secrets it holds. Add in some cute characters, interesting mechanics, and plenty to do and it's hard not to see the value in Ys IX: Monstrum Nox.

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DASHGAMER.com
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is a JRPG Essential in 2021. An incredible narrative that will no doubt inspire the series going forward. An expeditious escapade the hopes to insight some momentum in its long-running franchise.

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Inverse
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is an epic tale with a vibrant world within its walls. With its tried and true gameplay, this latest entry nimbly balances familiarity with the rush of innovation.

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Blast Away the Game Review
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox has also raised the bar for future entries, making it so that one could only wonder where the story is now and where it could go in the future. Will traversal be much the same or if there are more evolutions in the pipeline in the works for future titles? We can only hope.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2021

By the end of my adventure I almost felt embarrassed that I'd missed out on the Ys franchise for so long. It has some pacing and technical issues, but the loveable characters, intriguing story and fantastic combat and movement far exceeded my expectations and made me want to experience everything I've missed. Ys IX: Monstrum Nox has made me a Ys fan and I couldn't be happier about it.

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Gamersky
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2020

Ys IX adapts every positive aspect of its predecessor, and adds a new dimension of exploration. For those who love the series, it can offer joy and fun as usual. But as for the haters or newcomers, it is still lack of attraction.

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PSX Brasil
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jan 29, 2021

With a very fun and enjoyable story, even if its not without its issues, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox evolves the series' combat system to new heights, being another great title that lives up to the beautiful legacy of its name.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2021

Overall, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox sets up for some rather interesting possibilities to the eventual Ys X that I’m already stupidly excited for. The change of direction from the rest of the series and having Adol explore one city and its surroundings instead of unknown and untamed wildlands with loads of ancient runes and various villages and towns isn’t a bad one but I do hope for more of a mix of the two in the next adventure.

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GameBlast
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2021

Agile action makes Ys IX: Monstrum Nox an engaging experience. Elaborate scenarios and great navigation skills that invite us to explore every corner are the main highlights. The combat remains frantic and full of energy, with mechanics that offer a mix of trivial action and strategic moments. Besides, the world has a lot of content and the plot has captivating characters. However, there are some issues: uninteresting visual themes, dated visuals and performance problems. In the end, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is a great action RPG whose qualities surpass the few problems.

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Twisted Voxel
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2021

Ys IX Monstrum Nox is one of the most ambitious games in the series. It is laser-focused on crafting a better narrative but also innovates the gameplay with new concepts.

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Video Chums
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2021

For all that Ys IX: Monstrum Nox does that's new, there's no denying that it's still a tried-and-true Ys game at its core. Although I wish it took more risks with its setting and gameplay, it's still a great action RPG that fans like me will love.

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IGN
8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2021

Adol Christin shows us a good time as he grapples, glides, and wall-runs while mowing down innumerable monsters in Ys IX: Monstrum Nox-all while wearing some damn fine threads.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 17, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is the most ambitious Ys game to date, delivering a larger focus on narrative and a much more involved and organic world to explore. The game stumbles under its ambitions a bit, with a slow opening chapter and a consistently struggling framerate. Despite those issues, though, this is easily one of the best entries in the long-running franchise, and while veteran fans will get a lot out of the callbacks sprinkled throughout the game, newcomers are still in for one of the best action RPGs of the year.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is a great RPG with fast paced combat and plenty to do in its dense world.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2021

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.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2021

Ys IX Monstrum Nox remains another strong entry in the Ys franchise, offering up engaging combat fans will love. Visuals don't push any envelopes by any stretch and the writing has its hiccups, but Monstrum Nox has everything that makes a Ys title great.

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RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 29, 2021

Adol Christin's latest adventure stands out from the rest of the Ys games with a narratively darker tone and some of the best sidequests in the entire series yet.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jan 29, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is a continuation of what fans have come to expect from the series and the Monstrum gifts add a new and fun gameplay mechanic.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 20, 2021

A more serious and engaging story combined with the always entertaining gameplay we see in Ys series, made Ys IX: Monstrum Nox one of the best games in the series and one of the best JRPGs of the year.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 13, 2021

Newcomers risk drowning in a sea of references, while franchise veterans are bound to be put off by more cut-scenes than the series is known for, but Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is an astonishingly addictive action-RPG that just gets better as it goes on. A rough opening and choppy plotting undersell a genuinely gripping mystery that reflects on Adol's history as an adventure, culminating in an incredible last act. Falcom's dungeon design is the best it's been in years and the numerous gameplay additions made to combat bring the Seven Engine close to capturing the same highs that defined the Napishtim era. Monstrum Nox may not live up to its narrative potential, but Ys IX's gameplay only leaves one thing to be desired: more.

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VGChartz
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 2, 2020

Its linearity and lack of freedom will disappoint, but almost every other aspect is stellar.

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WayTooManyGames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2021

Adol’s awkward goth phase may have started on his 34th birthday, but thankfully, it ended up being the good kind of goth. The one that listens to Nightwish and reads 19th century literature, not the phoney one that hangs out at Hot Topic and thinks that Keanu Reeves’ role in 1992’s Dracula was competent.

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GAMEtainment
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2021

Ys IX Monstrum Nox is a role-playing pearl that I wouldn't want to miss. The ninth part also convinced me with its battle system and story. Especially the plot is, in my opinion, the best story of the series. Unexpected twists combined with exciting character relationships have me under their spell. The graphics are, as in the other sequels, unfortunately outdated and could use a beauty treatment. With 20 to 30 hours and six different difficulty levels, you can spend quite some time in Balduq. The New Game Plus mode also invites you to collect forgotten items and explore all the secrets of the prison city. All in all, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is a solid JRPG title that you won't regret buying.

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Final Weapon
Jan 29, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is an excellent RPG is the long running Ys series that takes the story in a darker direction. It retains the character traits that fans know and love of Adol, Dogi and other companions. The combat system is further refined with some new features to keep the series fresh for long time fans. However, the game's PS5 crashing issues might plague one's experience so keep that in mind. Overall, the game is definitely worth the time for new and old fans alike.

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Kakuchopurei
80 / 100
80 / 100
Feb 8, 2021

Despite having pretty big shoes to fill, Ys IX is a standout action RPG title with a decent plot and features top-tier gameplay that's challenging and addictive. Sometimes, that's more than enough when you're an RPG maker who has to be creative with a budget.

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Geeks & Com
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is a step in the right direction for Nihon Falcom with some intense combats and a well-thought-out story. The characters are fun and they bring a lot of possibilities to the gameplaly making it almost impossible for the players to get bored. If it wasn't for the very average visuals and the monotonous colors of the game, the experience could've gone from good to great. Guess we'll have to wait for Ys X...

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RPGamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Feb 24, 2021

Ys has always had some of the most entertaining combat married with some of the best soundtracks in the RPG genre. However, Monstrum Nox manages to improve upon that already solid base with the titular Monstrum powers that elevate the exploration and boss battles thereby making both the moment-to-moment gameplay as well as the crowning encounters all the more entertaining.

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Enternity.gr
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 18, 2021

Ys fans have another quality release in their hands, action / adventure RPG fans a title that deserves their attention and Nihon Falcom another notable chapter in the popular series.

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Checkpoint Gaming
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 2, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is not as polished or as fulfilling as Ys VIII, but second best is nothing to scoff at. This is a fantastic RPG, and an excellent entry in this long running, underappreciated series.

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IGN Italy
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2021

While not innovating or distorting the original formula, Ys IX Monstrum Nox still proves to be an eventful and extremely rewarding action-JRPG.

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Spaziogames
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2021

Ys IX is probably a step back if directly compared to Lacrimosa of Dana, due to the uneven balance between action and story, but it's still a very solid JRPG, graced by a fast paced combat system.

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The Games Machine
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2021

A new chapter in the long-lasting Nihon Falcom series, that delivers exactly what you expect: classic JRPG experience with outdated tech and gameplay that is still fresh and entertaining.

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COGconnected
76 / 100
76 / 100
Feb 6, 2021

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.

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Easy Allies
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2021
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Hobby Consolas
72 / 100
72 / 100
Feb 8, 2021

Ys IX is a classic action RPG, with great exploration mechanics, an accesible combat system and a beautiful soundtrack. We love the story and new characters, but Nihon Falcom game also shows outdated graphics and some repetitive missions.

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Gamer Escape
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 3, 2021

The problem is the game feels like a major step back from the previous entry in the series. The stilted storytelling, boring setting, and just decent soundtrack all feed into my feelings of disappointment. Lacrimosa of Dana was one of the best games I played in 2017, and the fact that Ys IX doesn’t reach that high is frustrating. If you’re in the mood for more Ys, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is still worth a play. This isn’t a bad game in the slightest…just a disappointing one compared to the highs of recent series entries.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 29, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is another solid action RPG, but it lacks the overall cohesion of its island-based predecessor. The city of Balduq is a disappointingly monotonous setting, and the game's storytelling often feels disjointed. But as is usually the case with Falcom's long-running series, it's the fast-paced, satisfying, and addictive gameplay that elevates the experience. Adol's latest adventure certainly isn't a classic, but for the most part, it's still a fun ride.

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Gamefa
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2021

We can admire Ys IX: Monstrum Nox for its fun gameplay and good use of role-playing elements such as fascinating side quests and of course, interesting features of each character. On the other hand, it does not have an acceptable story and characterization and it does not reach an acceptable level in terms of technical graphics of a new game. In the end, If you are a fan of the RPG games or YS series, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is a nice game to play.

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FingerGuns
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 29, 2021

Ys IX Monstrum Nox may come from an established franchise, but it treads the line of least resistance, trying to be as safe as possible. While its painfully slow narrative ends strongly, combat remains its strongest asset. It takes no risks, ending up as an almost cookie-cutter version of the previous title in a different setting.

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Siliconera
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2021

Ys IX had a lot of potential to clean up everything Ys VIII did wrong with the series, but instead, the developers decided to double-down on those previous decisions. At least in Ys VIII, the hideout where Dogi hangs out and the tower defense elements to protect it make some sense. In Ys IX, the hideout feels forced, and the tower defense element for the Grimwald Nox feels incredibly out of place and forced.

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SmashPad
Feb 1, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is a real shot in the arm as far as livening up the formula, and while Falcom accomplished the mission of making Ys’ non-combat gameplay more exciting, the setting of Balduq left much to be desired–maybe it’s just me being tired of having to quarantine after doing it virtually all of 2020, but it can’t really feel good for Adol either.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Feb 16, 2021

Another fun, fast-paced action role-player from the makers of Trails Of Cold Steel but it's not quite the revelation its predecessor was, despite superior storytelling.

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