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73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
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  1. Dec 3, 2021
    73
    Chorus is a frantic and rather challenging space shooter, with many different enemies and nice boss fights but also complex controls that will literally make you intertwine your fingers during the more challenging and blasphemous clashes.
  2. Dec 3, 2021
    72
    Chorus shines with a couple of very good ideas that, gameplay-wise, are very well crafted. The storytelling, the UI and the quest design, on the other hand, are far from perfect.
  3. Dec 3, 2021
    72
    More arcade shooter than sim, Chorus fits into the long tradition of space dogfight games. Its combat can be furious and fun, but some missions suffer from repetition, some mechanical weirdness and poor pacing. Chorus takes itself and its story too seriously for its own good. In place of plain, old fashioned joy at blowing up stuff in space, we get angsty, mystical mumbo jumbo and a spacecraft with a guilt complex.
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    Feb 23, 2022
    70
    Much more than a shooting gallery, Chorus is an enjoyable adventure that stumbles a bit over its own design. Come for a singalong – you’ll soon know the words. [Issue#10, p.88]
  5. Feb 1, 2022
    70
    Despite a few flaws, in particular with regard to the structure of the scenario, the excessive presence of dialogues, an insignificant soundtrack and framerate drops, Chorus is the nice surprise of the end of 2021.
  6. Dec 12, 2021
    70
    Chorus is full of great ideas that some are executed properly and some are not, and while the visuals look solid, they aren’t exactly “new generation”, and eventually prevent the game from being a hit.
  7. Dec 7, 2021
    70
    If you’re a fan of space combat and can push your way through the first couple hours, I’m fairly confident you’ll find a lot to like in Chorus. The core dogfighting is just plain fun, and the setpiece fights are something to see. If you’re not already a genre fan, however, I’m not entirely sure this will be the game to win you over.
  8. 70
    An extremely solid space combat simulator that struggles in terms of storytelling, and doesn’t entirely justify its open world approach, but still offers an enjoyably unique experience.
  9. 70
    Chorus is a mostly good game, with excellent dogfighting and gameplay that always feels fun to pull off. It also looks gorgeous and can make for an entertaining narrative, even if it's not really breaking the mold too much with its plot. Still, it's almost tragic how poorly the game's ending lets down the rest of the solid work that made everything else about it so brilliant.
  10. Dec 3, 2021
    70
    Chorus shines in its exceptionally fun flight chops and smooth handling. Dogfighting in space never felt so responsive or satisfying and the backdrops can be stunning. However its ambitious, heavy story and unsympathetic heroine will leave some cold, some confused, and others simply bored.
  11. Dec 3, 2021
    70
    Although the basic storyline may be largely nonsensical, you'll come across a nice selection of characters to assist on your travels, all of whom are fully voice acted with their own minor backstories. Nara and Forsaken often exchange pleasantries, but their conversations can sometimes come across a bit clinical, and would have benefited greatly from a bit of added humour.
  12. Dec 3, 2021
    70
    Not everything works well in Chorus, but its inventive, hectic space shootouts deserve to have their praises sung.
  13. Dec 3, 2021
    65
    Chorus’ controls and awesome powers make its space dogfighting some of the best, but the convoluted story and frustrating difficulty spikes hold it back from greatness. I would love to see a sequel with more interesting missions, where it just gets out of its own way and allows players to soar.
  14. Dec 3, 2021
    65
    Chorus is a good-looking, competent space shooter, but it takes itself too seriously and doesn't lean into its uniqueness enough.
  15. Dec 6, 2021
    60
    Chorus is visually convincing, with a great gameplay, but too repetitive to go through, especially since the story remains pretty uninteresting despite all its efforts.
  16. 60
    Chorus does an admirable job of trying to carve out its own identity in a genre that deserves the attention, but it just doesn't stick the landing. If you're a fan of arcade spaceship shooters and narrative adventures there's probably enough here to chew over, but there's just not much that Chorus has to offer that hasn't already been done better elsewhere. Despite being set in a gorgeous pocket of space and offering up some interesting ideas it sadly misses the mark in just about every way.
  17. Dec 3, 2021
    60
    With a patch or two, Chorus could easily be turned around. When you’re engaging your enemies in the middle of deep space, boosting then drifting to rotate your ship around and snipe three or more enemies with your laser rifle before warping behind another and switching to your missiles to unleash a mighty payload, there’s nothing else quite like it. It’s just a shame that there are moments in between where you might consider just giving up your adventure, either thanks to a bug or a poorly-designed section that causes undue frustration.
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  1. Dec 3, 2021
    One of the best shoot’em ups of this season. Great level design, controls and gameplay mechanics [Recommended].
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 53
  2. Negative: 10 out of 53
  1. Dec 6, 2021
    8
    It's a solid experience with few rough edges--the acting is solid, though the choice to have the protagonist whisper everything she's thinkingIt's a solid experience with few rough edges--the acting is solid, though the choice to have the protagonist whisper everything she's thinking was a bit odd. The story was a bit of a push to get through. But the feel of the game was strong, the controls were tight once you got the hang of them, and you were very quickly feeling like a space badass. I'm usually far more of a sim guy in terms of space stuff, but this was an arcadey world I could get lots in and enjoy. Full Review »
  2. Dec 5, 2021
    8
    This is a good AA game. The voice acting and story are definitely the weakest points.

    The HUD is very subtle and it makes it difficult to
    This is a good AA game. The voice acting and story are definitely the weakest points.

    The HUD is very subtle and it makes it difficult to find your targets and I find myself straining my eyes, especially while I’m circling around looking for my enemies at the same time I’m dodging because I’m getting shot at.

    That being said, the gameplay is Very fun and polished. The space fights are intense and rewarding. Piloting, drifting, using your powers, it all feels very natural, intuitive and fun, which isn’t at all common for these types of games.

    I also love the free roaming aspect of it, makes the world feel more alive and less artificial like in your typical roguelike.

    And all of that is what’s keeping me hooked.
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  3. Dec 5, 2021
    9
    Perhaps best described as a AA version of No Man's Sky meets Control, Chorus sets its players in vast asteroid belts in search of collectiblesPerhaps best described as a AA version of No Man's Sky meets Control, Chorus sets its players in vast asteroid belts in search of collectibles and side missions, all while the protagonist Nara attempts to repent for past sins and tragedies. While the writing and story direction don't ensnare the player with the incessant itch to progress, elements of the narrative are reminiscent of Control, complete with audible voices in Nara's head directing many of her actions. The graphics and performance are nothing short of a spectacle — the draw distance and equally appropriate photo mode are absolutely unparalleled. Anyone in search of a fun, customizable, and downright difficult space-action gameplay will not go wrong here. In a sea of buggy releases and unfinished products, Chorus shines as a polished, stunning visual and immersive experience set in various open-space environments. Full Review »