The Ys series is a long-running RPG franchise that can be quite intimidating and confusing for the uninitiated (me included). With various publication strategies in the East and West due to localisation, it’s not surprising that Ys IX: Monstrum Nox took over 2 years to arrive on PC and Nintendo’s console, as it came out on PS4 in Japan on September 2019. Only in February 2021, this consolve version hit the US and Europe.
Convoluted storylines and overdramatic sequences are common in JRPGs, and this game is no different. It’s about adventurer Adol “the Red” Christin and his companion Dogi who find themselves imprisoned in the city of Balduq by the Romun Empire (oh my, what a pun). If that wasn’t bad enough, then Adol is turned into a Monstrum with superatural abilites by mysterious woman Aprilis. Fighting against beings from the shadowy dimension of Grimwald Nox seems almost a logical conclusion. Of course it’s not all about strange storytelling, as the gameplay is very much in vogue with RPGs by offering lots of quests and all sorts of flashy combat techniques.
Despite already having been released in 2019, waiting for the PC and Switch version has paid off, especially with the the former. If one buys the game until today, July 13. 2021, at 5 PM UTC, one receives the OST sampler Melodies of the Macabre and digital mini art booklet Monstrum Memoirs for free. In addition, buying the digital deluxe edition or digital ultimate edition until the same date unlocks the aforementioned DLCs as well as the Chains and Chansons soundtrack, Nails in the Coffin digital artbook, and Ys IX Prequel: The Lost Sword short novel for free. If that wasn’t enough, then there’s currently a Ys promo sale on GOG, too.
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