Ys IX: Monstrum Nox Looks Like a Great Traditional Upcoming JRPG
I’m a fan of the Ys games. Granted, I haven’t played nearly as many of them as I’m sure some of you guys have, but nonetheless, this game looks fantastic. The combat looks great, the character models look incredible, and the world along with the features present make it look like an absolute blast to play through.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. I’m sure plenty of you aren’t even aware what this is – so let’s talk about it.
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is a brand new upcoming cross-platform JRPG – and before you freak out – no, the game isn’t cross-platform compatible with mobile devices, relax.
This game is releasing onto PS4 in North America on February 2nd and Europe on February 5th, with a Summer release planned for both the Switch and the PC. For those of you interested, there’s actually already a Steam page for the set up. Yes, the game is really that close.
There are a ton of new upcoming RPGs coming out next year with 2021 looking to be a ridiculously good year for those of us interested in either Anime games or RPGs in general.
Like most, if not all of the main Ys games you take on the role of Adol. You’re turned into a Monstrum, a supernatural being and tasked with helping stop.. well you know. The bad guys. Same ‘ol, same ‘ol.
The game features an entire cast of different characters, or Monstrum’s to play as, 6 in total.
Each character possesses their very own distinct playstyle, combat abilities, gear and personality, but beyond that, provide you with out-of-combat beneficial abilities as well.
As an example, one character has the ability to glide around the skies – this allows players to cover a much wider area in a much smaller amount of time. Another allows you to scale walls or cliffs, and another to detect hidden objects.
Each character, and subsequently each ability will play a pivotal role in progressing through the game.
The game-world is supposedly quite large, with a massive city to explore, a plethora of different quests to take and complete, and the Grimwald Nox itself – the source of the monsters that threaten the world.
Combat is complete action. You require no target for your abilities, and as you could no doubt tell from the trailer, the skill effects all looked incredibly smooth and very flashy.
You can take several characters into battle with you as well, meaning that there’ll be plenty going on-screen at any given time. This may or may not be to your liking, though. I like it. I know some people don’t.
This is another awesome looking Anime RPG coming out next year for all the platforms that matter. I’m excited to play through it and I cannot wait to see Mrs Stix attempt her first Ys RPG.