A surprise patch has dropped for the PC version of the action RPG many missed last year, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, so now would be a great time to get your hands on the series.
While working on the upcoming Trails From Zero localization (another Falcom game you should keep an eye on), PH3 developer Peter “Durante” Thoman discovered how to increase CPU performance in this game. found promising results in Trails From Zero, he brought the technique to Ys IX. Lo and behold, there was an impressive increase in frame rate with the same implementation, with a 25% increase in parts of the game where the CPU can bottleneck performance. The update has proven to be stable enough in testing to release it for anyone playing the Steam version.
Here are the full PC performance patch patch notes:
- CPU-related performance improvements. The extent to which you will notice this depends on the specific gaming scene, settings, and GPU/CPU balance of your hardware.
- Adjust the refresh rate selection algorithm to more reliably choose the available refresh rate closest to the desired one.
- The game executables are now signed. This should hopefully reduce the antivirus false positives that sometimes appear for some players.
- Fixed the English item description of the Holy Sword’s Hilt accessory to correctly reflect its abilities.
While you’re here and reading these patch notes, it’s a great time for you to go on and learn a bit more about Ys, and maybe I can convince you to check out some a.
Most Ys (pronounced as “geese” without the G) games follow an adventurer named Adol as he finds himself in all sorts of dangerous situations that he and the friends he makes along the way must hack and slash. to come out of it heroically. Playing a handful of titles in this prolific series made me fall in love with it, and now I can’t help but sing its praises and wonder why it isn’t talked about anymore.
My introduction to Ys was Ys Origin, a PC game from 2006 that has now been updated and released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. Origin takes place 700 years before the first Ys and tells the story of your choice between Yunica or Hugo, who have different weapons and playstyles, as they climb the Devil’s Tower in search of twin goddesses who have abandoned their supporters in the land of Ys. The gameplay is reminiscent of a mix of a fast-paced Zelda dungeon crawler with the camera in a fixed aerial perspective meets a hint of Castlevania exploration and progression. Instant combat is fun and challenging, with boss battles extending more to these tenants. If you like an old-school action game, Ys Origin is a good time and definitely worth playing with all the characters available.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana came next, which joins series protagonists Adol and Dogi as they board a ship that crashes ashore on an uncharted island. After discovering that he is still alive, Adol rounds up the survivors of the wreckage and together they explore the island to find a way to return home or, at the very least, a way to survive a little longer. long time. Ys VIII’s tale is filled with memorable characters, gripping mysteries, and plenty of grand adventures as you explore the vast island. All of this is topped with a dual storyline of a mystical maiden named Dana, who you take control of from time to time. Unlike Origin, Ys VIII adopts a colorful animated art style and takes place in a 3D world full of beautiful inhabitants to visit. Adol isn’t alone as he ventures around the island and is joined on the ground by two other castaways who you can switch between at any time to take advantage of the rock-paper-scissors quality of their weapons, so so you can quickly send creatures out into the wild. It’s one of my favorite action games I’ve played in years and it’s available on PlayStation 4, Switch, PC and PS Vita if you have one lying around.
Following the events of Ys VIII (and Ys VI and VII, which also occur after following 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 forces with a band of outlaws with supernatural powers known as the Monstrum. These powers, which are also given to Adol, allow for new mobility options like gliding, teleportation, and wall running to move around the larger open environments introduced in Ys IX. Everything here is an evolution of the action and combat found in Ys VIII, with the Victorian town of Balduq providing a refreshing change of scenery after spending hours on a tropical island and hitting a darker tone aesthetically and narratively. Once again the characters are a draw to play Monstrum Nox, with each member of the Robin Hood-like Monstrum Troupe having intricate backstories worth seeing and mystery inside the walls of the prison focusing on Adol himself which sparks intrigue throughout. Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is available on PlayStation 4 (with a very nice patch for 4K resolution on PS5), 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 the greatest action series of all time next to big names like Zelda, Metroid, Castlevania and Devil May Cry. I hope this little rant has turned some heads and convinced some of you to give one of these great games a go or one of the 6+ other titles in the series the next time you looking for something to dive into for a while. If you’re like me, you’ll be very glad you did.