A New Performance Patch For Ys IX: Monstrum Nox Is A Great Reminder For You To Try An Ys Game

A surprise patch has arrived for the PC version of the action role-playing game Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, which many missed out on last year, making now the perfect time to get acquainted with the series.

While working on the upcoming localization of Trails From Zero (another Falcom game to keep an eye on), PH3 developer Peter “Durante” Thoman discovered how to boost CPU performance in this game. After finding promising results in Trails From Zero, he transferred the technique to Ys IX. Lo and behold, there was an impressive framerate boost with the same implementation, with a 25% increase in parts of the game where the CPU can hamper performance. The update proved stable enough in testing to bring it live to everyone playing the Steam version.

Here are the full patch notes of the PC performance patch:

  • Improved CPU-bound performance. The extent to which you notice this depends on the particular game scene, settings, and your hardware GPU/CPU balance.
  • Adjust the refresh rate selection algorithm to more reliably select the available refresh rate that is closest to what you want.
  • The game executables are now signed. This should hopefully reduce the antivirus false positives that some players sometimes experience.
  • The English item description of the Hilt of the Holy Sword accessory has been corrected to correctly reflect its abilities.

While you’re here reading these patch notes, now is a good time for you to jump ahead and learn a little more about Ys, and maybe I can convince you to read one of them.

Most Ys games (pronounced like “goose” without the G) follow an adventurer named Adol, who finds himself in all sorts of dangerous situations that he and the friends he makes along the way must heroically navigate. Playing a handful of titles in this prolific series has made me fall in love with her, and now I can’t help but sing her praises and wonder why it’s not talked about more.

My introduction to Ys was Ys Origin, a 2006 PC game that has now been updated and released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch. Set 700 years before the first Ys, Origin tells the story of your choice of Yunica or Hugo, each with different weapons and playstyles, as they climb the Devil’s Tower in search of twin goddesses who have abandoned their followers in the land of the Ys. The gameplay is reminiscent of a mix of a fast-paced Zelda dungeon crawler with the camera in a fixed overhead perspective and a dash of Castlevania exploration and progression. Moment-to-moment combat is fun and challenging, with boss fights further expanding these tenants. If you like an old-school action game, Ys Origin is a good time and totally worth playing through with every character available.

Next came Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, which joins series protagonists Adol and Dogi as they ride a ship that crashes ashore on an uncharted island. After finding out he’s still alive, Adol gathers the survivors of the wreck and together they explore the island in search of a way home, or at least a way to survive a little longer. Ys VIII’s narrative is filled with memorable characters, intriguing mysteries, and plenty of great adventures as you explore the sprawling island. All of this is topped off with a double storyline about a mystical maiden named Dana that you occasionally control. Unlike Origin, Ys VIII adopts a colorful anime art style and is set in a 3D world full of stunning locals to visit. Adol isn’t alone when adventuring around the island, and he’s joined on the field by two other castaways that you can switch between at any time to take advantage of the rock-rock-scissors quality of their weapons to help you take down creatures quickly can in the wild. It’s one of my favorite action games that I’ve played in years, and it’s available for PlayStation 4, Switch, PC, and PS Vita if you have one laying around.

After the events of Ys VIII (and Ys VI and VII, which also take place after the island excursion), the adventures of Adol and Dogi continue in Ys IX: Monstrum Nox. In the prison town of Balduq, they encounter and join a band of outlaws with supernatural powers known as the Monstrum. These powers, also given to Adol, allow for new mobility options like gliding, teleporting, and running up walls to bypass the larger open environments introduced in Ys IX. Everything here is an evolution of the action and combat from Ys VIII, with the Victorian town of Balduq offering a refreshing change of scenery after spending hours on a tropical island, and taking on a darker tone aesthetically and narratively. Once again, the characters are a draw to play Monstrum Nox, with each member of the Robin Hood-esque Monstrum squad having complex backstories worth digging through and a secret within the prison walls that extends to Adol himself concentrated and drives the intrigues throughout. Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is available for PlayStation 4 (with a very nice patch for 4K resolution on PS5) and Switch, and the newly applied patch makes the PC version even better.

If you still haven’t tried Ys, you’re doing yourself a disservice. It deserves to be considered one of the greatest action series of all time alongside big names like Zelda, Metroid, Castlevania and Devil May Cry. I hope this little tirade turned some heads and convinced some of you to give one of these great games, or any of the other 6+ titles in the series, a fair shot the next time you’re looking for something to spend some time in can spend. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be very glad you did.

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