• Publisher: Deck 13
  • Release Date: Sep 20, 2018
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  • Summary: A retro-inspired 2D Action RPG set in the distant future. CrossCode combines 16-bit SNES-style graphics with butter-smooth physics, a fast-paced combat system, and engaging puzzle mechanics, served with a gripping sci-fi story.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Feb 20, 2019
    95
    CrossCode shows that the size of a developer and its overall budget doesn't determine the quality of the game. AAA developers can sink all the money in the world into a title, and it may still lack that special something. That isn't the case here. Radical Fish Games' CrossCode is a masterpiece action RPG by a small-scale studio, and it's damn-near perfect in nearly every way.
  2. Sep 27, 2018
    95
    CrossCode is a stellar game that mimics an MMO, but solves the repetitive nature of that genre by turning it into a single-player action game, utilizing the genre’s lyricism in a magnificent way.
  3. Nov 13, 2018
    90
    CrossCode is an outstanding title that is completely worth your time investment. It is beautiful, compelling and a ton of fun.
  4. Sep 23, 2018
    85
    CrossCode is one of the most endearing and fun action RPGs I've ever played, though it's not without its frustrations.
  5. Nov 11, 2018
    84
    CrossCode is a funky, charming and sometimes even too extensive action RPG with a pleasant nostalgic side.
  6. Oct 21, 2018
    84
    A labour of love that serves as homage to 16-bit RPG classics and MMOs, but also manages to stand on its two feet, even though technically not everything is as solid as it should be.
  7. Sep 21, 2018
    76
    CrossCode is a beautiful world loaded with puzzles of all kinds. If you can find your center among this storm of separate genres, you might really enjoy this game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 43
  2. Negative: 5 out of 43
  1. Dec 8, 2016
    10
    This is one of my favorite games this year. One problem with it right now is that there isn't a lot of story, but again its in beta. For 20$This is one of my favorite games this year. One problem with it right now is that there isn't a lot of story, but again its in beta. For 20$ you get 15+ hours of single player fun. And that's with the beta. Even more when the full game releases. I would recommend this game even before I would recommend AAA titles like BF1 and Titanfall 2. You can even play a demo here http://www.cross-code.com/en/start Expand
  2. Oct 8, 2018
    10
    Crosscode was quite the unexpected surprise for me. I went in with zero expectations, but found an incredible experience along the way.

    The
    Crosscode was quite the unexpected surprise for me. I went in with zero expectations, but found an incredible experience along the way.

    The combat was fast paced and challenging. The puzzles within the dungeons were deep and thoughtful. The music was inspired by and even sampling some of gaming's best, among which were songs like "Chronopolis" from Chrono Cross. (I happen to be a huge fan of Yasunori Mitsuda.)

    The game doesn't feel completed yet. It honestly seems like the ending areas were a bit rushed and cramped together. The story feels incomplete.

    However, the gameplay was so enjoyable in its own right that it more than made up for it. As the saying goes, "It is greater than the sum of it's parts".
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  3. Dec 19, 2018
    10
    I started playing Crosscode around the middle of the open beta, back when only 3/4ths of the game was released. I became greatly invested inI started playing Crosscode around the middle of the open beta, back when only 3/4ths of the game was released. I became greatly invested in the characters and the beautiful story surrounding it, and every update had me wanting more. Everything from the dialogue, to the story moments, and even the fights had me drawn in, Now that I've finally finished the game, I can truly say that Crosscode is one of my favourite games of all time. The ending of the game had me entranced and engaged to the very end. To the developers and everyone else who worked on making Crosscode, thank you so much for creating such a wonderful game. (Looking forward to the post-game content too!) Expand
  4. Oct 9, 2018
    10
    this is my favorite game of all time. if you like rpgs and the trailer looks interesting to you then check out this incredibly underrated little gem.
  5. Nov 25, 2018
    9
    This game is fantastic. First of all, the story and characters are top notch. The plot gets the player engaged from the time they start a newThis game is fantastic. First of all, the story and characters are top notch. The plot gets the player engaged from the time they start a new game and while it plays with the whole 'silent protagonist' trope, it does it well by explaining why they're mostly mute. The protagonist ends up being compelling and one of my favorite leads in an rpg so far. The characters feel very three dimensional and while the main antagonist isn't exactly clear-cut and it takes nearly the end of the game to find out who is even the main antagonist, it is a semi-realistic story that is a fresh breath of air.

    The graphics are beautiful, 2d styled graphics that really shine as some of the best sprite work I've seen in a while. The characters have portraits when they speak and since the game doesn't have voice acting and is all text-based it really shows their emotions and each portrait can change depending on what they're feeling. Everything has a supreme level of polish to it visually and I just fell in love with the art style.

    The music is also very well done and catchy. I liked the entire soundtrack and I'd even recommend putting it on a playlist. It's pretty much NieR: Automata levels of good.

    The gameplay. This is both amazing and somewhat frustrating. The combat is excellent, very flashy, challenging and fun. The combat is very fast paced and while at first, it's not that hard, after the halfway point it does get very difficult. Leveling is hard too because after awhile enemies only give 1 exp and while the cap to level is 1000, you can see where this might be problematic. The game also has a barter system for equipment where you gather materials to get better equipment, which is fine in theory but the issue is that it takes a while to grind out all the materials. Not a horrible system but it does require a bit of work.

    There is an alternative to grinding though and that's doing sidequests. The sidequests, unfortunately, are not really that interesting but it does give you plenty of EXP and they have a distinct MMO feel and not in a good way. The developers noticed that people have complained about the difficulty and added in sliders that let you tweak how much damage enemies do and the frequency that they attack. It makes the game easier and even manageable for those who simply don't want to grind out for better equipment or do mediocre sidequests to just be on a level playing field. Even if you don't use it and want to try until you win, the game is very forgiving. If you die, you don't have to go back too far and you'll start on the same screen so it makes trying again that much easier.

    The other issue is the pacing. The story, characters, music, graphics, and combat are great. The dungeons are very puzzle heavy. Think Lufia 2 on hard mode. They're pretty much 1-2 hour puzzles that don't have many breaks in between. This can make them tiring, especially if you don't like puzzles that much. Though they are designed in a way where if you just need a break, it's not hard to leave the dungeon and all your progress stays in place. A nice touch. The puzzles start off simple enough but then become to the point where they're trial and error. Another thing is that there is a lot of time and precision based puzzles. This was enough for me to dislike the game's dungeons but thankfully the devolopers made a mode adjustment where you can control the speed of these puzzles, giving much needed extra time to complete them with minimal frustration.

    All and all this is a game that is excellent and it also has developers that care much about feedback. It's only 20 USD currently so if you like action rpg's with puzzles, this is your game. If you don't like puzzles, I'd say still get it, though a video walkthrough will be very helpful.

    Despite those small issues, this is a great game that I feel everyone should play atleast once.
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  6. Oct 8, 2018
    8
    TLDR:
    Don't buy this unless you are really into (difficult) puzzles and want to get involved in the story for the long haul
    The Good:
    TLDR:
    Don't buy this unless you are really into (difficult) puzzles and want to get involved in the story for the long haul

    The Good:
    Good Combat
    Great Story
    Lots of puzzles
    Exploration

    The Bad:
    Some puzzles are annoying/infuriating
    Story takes a long time to ramp up
    Gets grindy at points (I suggest just buying equipment)
    The map in general is nice, but the pathing some dungeons have you take is atrocious
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  7. Oct 9, 2018
    0
    It will, like all of the other Indie pixel **** rot in my Steam library. What a bad game. Its story, gameplay, **** everything, all sucks.

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