At this stage, PlatinumGames have a reputation for making fast-paced, stylish action games, and while Astral Chain is a bit slower than their previous efforts, it still has that deep and engaging combat system that these developers are practically known for.
Astral Chain features a pretty good character creator to begin with. You play as one of two adopted twins, a female and male. Players can select their gender and then customize their character; something that I find to be a welcome addition. From here the stories premise unfolds: the year is 2078 and the world is in ruins. The last of humanity reside on a man-made island known as the Ark, which was created to protect humanity from the Chimera’s, an inter-dimensional species that corrupts all living things. This is where you come in - the Neuron special forces were formed to combat the Chimera’s by using Legions to aid them. Legions are basically captured Chimera’s connected to the player via a psychic chain. With your Legion by your side, you set out to protect humanity from all Chimera threats.
You basically control two characters at once. At times, it can feel overwhelming...
There is certainly lots to do, unlock, and get to grips with as you play through the lengthy game.
I really hate silent protagonists in games, since it feels harder to get into their world when they are basically bland, emotionless boxes.
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30 August 2019
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