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V. Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

After the brilliant Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, my favourite of 2016, I had some reservations about its sequel. Screenshots and subsequent trailers failed to capture that sense of exploration of, and adventuring through, uncharted territory I’d come to love from Adol’s unintentional trip to Seiren Island. Instead, Monstrum Nox felt restrictive and bleak.