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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

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jul 16, 2020
    95
    Radical Fish Games has raised the bar for retro-inspired indie games. You owe it to yourself to uncover the secrets Shadoon and CrossWorlds with Lea and friends in CrossCode.
  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. Sep 16, 2020
    90
    CrossCode is without a doubt one of the best RPG titles we’ve seen this year, marrying 90s JRPG nostalgia with modern gaming sensibilities to create an exceptional experience. Whether it’s the stellar combat, ingenious puzzle design or lush and vibrant world, there’s plenty to keep you coming back to CrossCode throughout its lengthy story.
  4. Jul 5, 2020
    82
    CrossCode is an old-style 2D RPG, set in an MMO and made precious by an incredibly refined style.
  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 6, 2020
    80
    There’s a lot to love about CrossCode, from it’s fast and frantic combat, through to it’s tough but satisfying puzzles. The MMO setting is incredibly well done and manages to mimic the online experience whilst also taking time out to make fun of itself. This is an absolutely charming RPG where it feels like there's always something new to experience.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Jul 16, 2020
    10
    Saw this wasn't getting a whole lot of reviews, wanted to drop my two cents. I played it on PC a while ago and absolutely loved it. ItSaw this wasn't getting a whole lot of reviews, wanted to drop my two cents. I played it on PC a while ago and absolutely loved it. It surpassed my expectations in nearly every way from gameplay to the RPG system, to the story. If you're into retro-style action RPGs, Zelda-likes, Ys games, Alundra, etc. Whatever you're playing right now, finish it and pick this one up. It's got pretty much everything you need and more. Expand
  2. Sep 16, 2020
    10
    Jogão (razoavelmente) no estilo dos Zelda 2d. É um RPG de ação que simula - de forma convicente - um MMORPG. Exploração, templos,Jogão (razoavelmente) no estilo dos Zelda 2d. É um RPG de ação que simula - de forma convicente - um MMORPG. Exploração, templos, quebra-cabeças, personagens carismáticos e uma história bem feita. Vale muito a pena (tanto que finalizei no Switch e PS4). Expand
  3. Feb 17, 2021
    10
    This game is honestly one of the greatest indie titles ever made. As a 38 year old life long rpg fan I can't recommend it enough. EverythingThis game is honestly one of the greatest indie titles ever made. As a 38 year old life long rpg fan I can't recommend it enough. Everything from the story to the combat, visuals and sound is just top tier. If your a fan of the classics then don't sleep on crosscode buy it now. Expand
  4. Aug 3, 2020
    9
    CrossCode proved to be an incredible game that encourages you to face your difficulties during the game. There were several moments when theCrossCode proved to be an incredible game that encourages you to face your difficulties during the game. There were several moments when the puzzles were very challenging and it was necessary to stop to understand what the correct solution was. In addition, it also forces you to use defense and dodge at all times to find the correct weak point of enemies. The game is an incredible discovery and recommended mainly for fans of The Legend of Zelda, who will notice several positive similarities of the title. Expand
  5. Jul 17, 2020
    9
    Pros:
    + Controls are incredibly smooth
    + Great combat gameplay + Pretty good RPG mechanics (skill trees, gear with stats, trading, loot,
    Pros:
    + Controls are incredibly smooth
    + Great combat gameplay
    + Pretty good RPG mechanics (skill trees, gear with stats, trading, loot, leveling system and more)
    + A game with smart puzzles, finally!
    + Beautiful 2D retro graphics
    + Lovely soundtrack
    + Well designed world, full of life
    + Intriguing story with twists
    + 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)
    + Solid 60 frame-per-second on PS4 PRO
    + 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 while jumping
    - The map doesn't show precisely where your character is
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  6. Mar 21, 2021
    6
    The best of the new wave of retro JRPGs I've played so far, but that's not saying a lot. Combat is fast-paced, and the way elements and aThe best of the new wave of retro JRPGs I've played so far, but that's not saying a lot. Combat is fast-paced, and the way elements and a wide variety of special moves are integrated makes it fun. There are a lot of very annoying enemies though, for example enemies that are invincible except for brief windows like the sand sharks, and gimmicky boss fights where figuring out how to do damage is a puzzle in itself. This game involves a lot of killing of enemies to farm materials to craft items, and can at times be a bit grindy.

    This game has a LOT of puzzles, and they can be quite difficult and unintuitive. The closest analog to to the puzzle design would be Lufia 2 I think, but the puzzles here are way more intense. I would go so far as to say that Crosscode has as many puzzles as a pure puzzle game like Talos Principle. These puzzles are sometimes delightful, but are also often an exercise in frustration. A rule for puzzles as a part of the gamer-designer pact I believe is that you know all the rules of the puzzle. Otherwise it's just unfair. You could spend hours trying to figure out something that is impossible because you didn't know certain mechanics of the puzzle. Also way too many of the puzzles involve incredibly obnoxious trick shots where you have to experiment with a richochet shot until you get the exact angle similar to playing pool. I'm not exaggerating when I say that 20% of the gameplay are trick shot puzzles. A lot of them are also timed. Seriously, who's idea of fun is this?

    There's definitely a story here, and in the long tradition of JRPGs, it's pretty bad and overlong. The writing is quite melodramatic, and the characters always use 5 lines to say something that can be said in 1. It just takes way too long to tell what is a quite goofy story which I imagine was written by a 40 year old man wearing a sailor moon outfit.

    A lot of effort went into this game, and I can tell it's a labor of love. This game has so many questionable design decisions associated with it though. It's a great example of designers doing something just because they could, without asking themselves if they SHOULD. Although I appreciate the elements that went into the game, the final experience just isn't that much fun.
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  7. Jan 30, 2022
    3
    Puzzles. PUZZLES! Why does nearly every action/adventure game seem to think it needs them? The control of your character in this game feelsPuzzles. PUZZLES! Why does nearly every action/adventure game seem to think it needs them? The control of your character in this game feels nice and responsive after you get used to it. Unfortunately, I got stuck on a puzzle room immediately after leaving the tutorial area, and was never able to get past it, so puzzles completely ruined this game for me.

    I only need two things from action/adventure games: good combat and fun exploration. If I'm constantly getting stuck on puzzle rooms, and have to stop playing the game to go look up how to solve each puzzle to move forward, the game has stopped being fun, and I'd rather just not play it any more. Super frustrating, because I liked the combat in this one.

    Stop with the damn puzzles in this kind of game. That goes for every developer out there. If I wanted to play a puzzle game, I WOULD'VE BOUGHT ONE! Let action/adventure games be action/adventure games. UGH.
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