Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

Rating Summary

Based on 48 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

90%

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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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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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IGN

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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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Metro GameCentral

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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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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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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 We love the story and new characters, but Nihon Falcom game also shows outdated graphics and some repetitive missions.

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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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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

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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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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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