Review Astral Chain - Platinum's Best Game Ever? You'd Better Believe It
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About The Game
ASTRAL CHAIN is a new action game from PlatinumGames, directed by Takahisa Taura, known for his work as the game designer on NieR:Automata, and supervised by Hideki Kamiya, creator of the Bayonetta series. As part of a police special forces unit in a multicultural futuristic city, players work together with a special living weapon, the Legion, in a synergetic action system of battle and exploration. More details about this Nintendo Switch exclusive will be revealed in the future.
Am I the only ome excited for this?
@ryancraddock @Liam_Doolan This launches on August 30th.
@Matthew010 Thanks! Not sure why it said April, but it's now fixed 🙂
Watching the E3 Treehouse presentation add another game to my want list.
Shouldn't this be stated as 2 players? After you got the Legion you can go to the menu and start the co-op mode.
@siebenzehn Yup! I've updated that. Cheers 🙂
@siebenzehn Yessssss...but idk why it didn't say so
It’s difficult to place Astral Chain into a single game genre since each level presents a slightly different challenge. It’s part 3rd-person action, part on-rails shooter, part "Xenoblade Chronicles 2" combat (ie: Driver/Blade team), part detective RPG, part “Luigi’s Mansion” (though the Legions are much cooler than the Poltergust), part interactive story, and somehow it throws in part “Frogger,” as well. The game reminds me a bit of the WarioWare series due to the sheer variety presented to the player.
It’s such a random collection of activities that the default playstyle (ie: difficulty) is set to “Casual,” meaning that you’re basically free to button-mash your way through the game. Worrisomely, this setting can only be changed after the first level is completed. While there are tougher difficulty settings, the unfamiliarity of each new scenario basically means you’ll need to already be familiar with the particulars of each level before attempting them at higher difficulty settings. (For the true movie-watcher there’s also a story mode that has the game play itself for you completely.)
Astral Chain is a game that’s so “outside the box” that I won’t even attempt to give it a score. All I know is that it’s not for me, and I caution anyone thinking of buying it to get a physical copy in case you discover the same thing--then at least you can re-sell it and get some of your money back.
Just finished the game and I have mixed feelings about it. Game was very cinematic and fighting alone was glorious. Sadly I found story somewhat lacking that spark. I expected more. Side quests or cases were very repetitive and to be honest - boring. However I guess this game is a must play if you’re platinum games fan.
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