Astral Chain for Nintendo Switch
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Astral Chain

Aug 30, 2019

Trailer, Gameplay, & Screenshots

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About this game

Developer: Platinum Games
Content Rating: Teen

Summary

As part of a police special task force, it’s up to you to fight against mysterious, alien-like creatures who have invaded the world. In the Ark, a multi-cultural city in the near future, disaster strikes when gates to another dimension suddenly appear! Dangerous creatures begin to emerge, attacking the people and polluting the land, and normal police forces are unable to compete with them. To stand up against these threats, a brand new, special police unit known as Neuron is formed.

Gamer Reviews

1954 Reviews
9.17
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Nov 16, 2020

Fun & engaging game. Graphics are awesome and the combat is fun (once you get the hang of it). Lots of high action and fast pacing for most of the game, with some sections of pretty mild “detective” work to break up the pacing. Story is decent, characters are all pretty solid and varied. Music is high energy and over the top but actually quite fitting. The combat system is really the center stage of the game, and while it can take some time to adjust to controlling two characters at once, it does get pretty intuitive and rhythmic after a while. It’s pretty fun to switch between your legions and pick your favorite one to battle with. Story overall took me around 20hrs to complete, then they offer some pretty fun post game content that’s essentially little side missions/battles.


Some cons for me were mostly during the “detective” portions of the game. The “investigating” you have to do is just so simplistic and even patronizing in how easy it is. It definitely feels tacked on after the developers spent all their time building the combat system. There were moments that dragged a bit as some missions felt repetitive or too much like errands. But then you’d end up in a crazy boss battle that was really fun and engaging so you’d quickly forget the more bland moments. I also wish the hero character would speak at least a little. Felt odd to have his team constantly communicating with him/her for them to just be completed silent the whole time. Also not being able to save mid mission was a little annoying. Not really big issues, just minor gripes.


Overall the game is beautiful and action packed. Combat system is very unique, deep, and really pretty fun. Don’t expect too much from the story or side missions, but that’s not the meat of the game. Enjoy it for the visuals and mindless fun of the crazy battles.

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leggo
9.30
Sep 13, 2020

Excellent and has potential to be a top 10 switch game some day

10
MrToad
1.00
Jun 1, 2020

Horrendous

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Critic Reviews

68 Reviews
8.68
Ben MooreSep 13, 2019
Eric ChrismanSep 09, 2019
Astral Chain is a fun new IP from Platinum Games that delivers on the over the top action you’d expect from the developer. But it falls a little flat, lacking a memorable protagonist and featuring some downright annoying traversal and side activities that you have to put up with.
Elijah GonzalezSep 11, 2019
Overall, Astral Chain is a wonderful synthesis of stylish character-action, RPG elements, and a novel central hook that manages to tread new ground despite its many points of influence.

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