Astral Chain is set in a somewhat boring and repetitive demon world you have to return to a bit too often, but that’s the only tiny downside to this daring and triumphant new Platinum adventure. It has everything that makes action adventures fun and adds exceptional detective phases that offer a welcome diversion from the wild action.
Astral Chain is PlatinumGames newest adrenaline shot, that's clearly inspired by a lot of previous titles from the studio. It takes the best of out of all those games and delivers a kick-ass adventure that's a must play for the fans.
Astral Chain is one of PlatinumGames' finest acts this generation, cementing itself as yet another stellar exclusive for Nintendo Switch. It doesn't reach the heights of excellence achieved by Yoko Taro's NieR: Automata, but can more than hold its own thanks to an excellent setting, experimental combat and so, so much style it hurts.
It's tough not to consider Astral Chain something of a small disappointment, especially when you know Platinum Games' talent for beat 'em ups. We not only highly commend the fight mechanics in this latest title from Takahashi Taura, but also its universe — original and supported by a high-class artistic direction. However, the overall game is pulled down somewhat by a structure of missions that doesn't match the studio's desire to mix the beat 'em up and investigative genres, and further by large approximations and other technical problems — all of which have a significant impact on the enjoyment of the game.
This game is arguably one of the best titles the Switch has to offer. Incredible graphics for the console, amazing combat as per Platinum standards, an okay story, memorable characters... From start to finish it's a thrill ride and an emotional rollercoaster. From replaying files to doing the frankly enormous post game, there's a lot of replay value as well. It's a shame nobody really talks about it for some reason...
Astral Chain comes with a cool and innovative combat, that let you mix the controls from 2 characters at the same time providing a good action, this is the most positive point of the game, the characters felt poorly designed and the story could be better. But still, it’s worth the try.
Most overrated game on Metacritic, probably.
- Story gets only told via text documents and still many things won't get explained.
- Silent protagonist ist super pointless in this scenario.
- Camera movement is borderline broken.
- Fight-System is okay and sometimes fun.
- Graphics are very good for a Switch game.
SummaryAs 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...