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  • Summary: A retro-inspired 2D Action RPG set in the distant future. A story about the distant future of gaming - from an unexpected angle. Plenty of characters and plot twists included. Master the bouncing ball mechanics and solve a whole bunch of puzzles. CrossCode has fast, action-packed combatA retro-inspired 2D Action RPG set in the distant future. A story about the distant future of gaming - from an unexpected angle. Plenty of characters and plot twists included. Master the bouncing ball mechanics and solve a whole bunch of puzzles. CrossCode has fast, action-packed combat filled with damage numbers. And we still managed to squeeze some strategy in there. Be a proper avatar and master all 4 elements: Cold, Heat, Shock and Wave. What, those are not the right elements? No idea what you are talking about. Being a proper RPG, CrossCode comes with tons of skills, equipment, items, NPCs, quests and all those fun little things consuming your precious time. CrossCode is full of awesome: huge hostile cyborg crabs, a seaman with a jetpack and head-banging meerkats. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 95
    Radical Fish Games has taken eight years to craft one of the best indie titles of the year. With an interesting story, great combat, exciting and rewarding exploration CrossCode not only pays homage to some of the best retro action-RPGs it also proves that a small studio with love and passion for their project can rival the million-dollar blockbusters we've grown so used to. Trust me, you won't want to miss out on this future classic.
  2. Jul 9, 2020
    90
    CrossCode really impressed me. Instead of overly leaning on the retro-inspired graphics, the developers created an exceptionally unique and incredibly fun RPG experience. Thankfully, the console release doesn’t change that, even with a few controller issues. I highly recommend this as a must-play Action-RPG, and now that it’s on consoles, we have no more excuses on why we aren’t playing it.
  3. Jul 14, 2020
    90
    It’s beautiful animations and art style, deep and engaging combat, and meta-commentary on the way we play games combine to make CrossCode a modern classic in its own right, and a fantastic throwback to one of gaming golden ages.
  4. Jul 5, 2020
    82
    Quotation forthcoming.
  5. Jul 15, 2020
    80
    Overall, I enjoyed Crosscode much more than I thought I would. Despite the generic and cliched start of the game, it is full of great writing and a lot of heart. Couple that with solid gameplay, beautiful graphics and a solid soundtrack and you have an indie-RPG that is easy to recommend to fans of the genre. If you're a fan of action-RPG's and fondly remember the 16-bit era, you owe it to yourself to check CrossCode out!
  6. Jul 9, 2020
    80
    Radical Fish Games has done a remarkable job of replicating the MMORPG experience in a single player game, and of elevating it with the complex story and powerful character interactions of a singleplayer experience. Combine that with a beautiful world brimming with secrets, gauntlets of challenging and brilliant puzzles, and a deep, bombastic combat system, and CrossCode is an easy game to recommend. It's not a perfect game, and, like the MMOs it draws inspiration from, it can become a little bit of a drag from time to time. But the positives far outweigh the negatives, and players can bet that even when things get dull, there's a delightful surprise just around the corner.
  7. Jul 9, 2020
    60
    Like Owlboy and Iconoclasts before it, CrossCode is the latest in a long line of longer-gestating labors of love that emerge with varying degrees of cohesion. The best thing that can be said about CrossCode is it doesn't feel at all dated or clunky on the other end of a prolonged development time. The biggest knock against it is that CrossCode can and often does wind up feeling both bloated and inspired simultaneously.

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  1. Jul 14, 2020
    9
    Pros:
    + Controls are incredibly smooth
    + Great combat gameplay + A game with smart puzzles, finally! + Beautiful 2D retro graphics +
    Pros:
    + Controls are incredibly smooth
    + Great combat gameplay
    + A game with smart puzzles, finally!
    + Beautiful 2D retro graphics
    + Lovely soundtrack
    + Well designed world, full of life
    + Intriguing story
    + Plenty of things to do and secret to discover
    + 50 hours to reach the end, a lot more for the 100% completion!
    + Challenging overall (but combat and/or puzzle difficulty can be tweaked)
    + One of the very best 2D action RPG ever made!

    Cons:
    - Auto-jumping mechanic can be tricky to master
    - Not always simple to figure out the different cliff heights
    - The map doesn't show precisely where your character is
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  2. Jul 12, 2020
    8
    It's a work of art. Omg I can't believe I was born in this Era and I am able to play it.