PlayStation Store: Little Nightmares 2 and Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

PlayStation Store: Little Nightmares 2 and Ys IX: Monstrum Nox
This week's releases on PlayStation Store are not very numerous: the Sony digital platform is taking a breath away after the latest, full-bodied updates and is preparing to offer us new content of great interest between the end of this month and the beginning of the next.

Among the titles making their debut we find two productions of a certain importance, specifically the dark-hued adventure Little Nightmares 2, which tries to consolidate the popular formula of the first episode, and the latest developed jRPG from Falcom, that is Ys IX: Monstrum Nox.

Little Nightmares 2

The guys from Tarsier Studios take us by the hand to lead us into the disturbing and dark world of Little Nightmares 2 (PS4, 29.99 euros), changing the protagonist of the adventure but not the formula underlying the gameplay, which many users had appreciated with the debut chapter. This time we will take on the role of Mono, a little boy who finds himself trapped in a mysterious place and must try to escape at all costs.

Helped by Six, the little girl we met in the original Little Nightmares , we will have to explore the scenarios in search of a safe passage, avoid the many lurking pitfalls and solve increasingly complex environmental puzzles, constantly accompanied by a sense of tension that will not leave us for the duration of the experience.

Compared to the first episode, this sequel can count on a wider and more varied setting, able to guarantee a substantially longer lasting experience, and introduces some interesting new mechanics, on all the cooperative actions that see Mono and Six collaborate to find the right solution every time and move on.

Even more inspired and suggestive on a stylistic level, equipped with a sophisticated level design, Little Nightmares 2 brings together an essential but engaging narrative, accompanying us on our journey with high-impact sequences and a soundtrack perfectly capable of highlight the most important moments of history.

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

The last chapter of a historical series, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox (PS4, € 59.99) tries the coveted qualitative leap by rejuvenating some aspects of the experience, paying particular attention to the exploratory phase and giving us a real-time combat system that is frenetic, spectacular and fun right from the start.

The story that is told in the game is that of Adol "the Red" Christin, a famous adventurer who is transformed in spite of himself into a Monster, a creature that is endowed with the power to exorcise monsters, and decides to use these a ability to thwart the terrible threat coming from the dimension of Grimwald Nox.

Inspired quite clearly by the atmospheres and narrative solutions of Persona 5, the plot of Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is not striking for its found details or for originality, but can count on a really solid and varied cast of characters, able to characterize the scenario in a convincing way and increase the degree of involvement.

The powers of the Monstrums add sparkle and personality to the clashes, to which are added interesting tower defense-style sections, and the soundtrack is really excellent. It is a pity that from a purely technical point of view the game remains linked to outdated solutions, which prevent it from competing with the most recent productions belonging to the same genre.

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