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  • Summary: As 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,As 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 normal police forces are unable to compete with them. To stand up against these threats, a brand new, special police unit known as Neuron is formed. Choose between two playable characters – one male, one female – on your adventure. The character you don’t choose also appears as your younger twin, and a fellow member of Neuron. In order to resist the creatures, humanity developed a special weapon: the Legion. The Legion acts as your partner, and helps with your investigations. However, it’s in battle where the Legion shows its real ability... Expand
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  1. Positive: 89 out of 92
  2. Negative: 0 out of 92
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 28, 2020
    100
    Astral Chain consists of varied genres, but is mostly an action game, which has great ideas and interesting, relaxed humour, that doesn´t spoil its serious plot. [Issue#298]
  2. Aug 26, 2019
    95
    Platinum Games shows its luster with an awesome hach 'n slash videogame that powers up the action genre with a great combination of elements: exploration, investigation, puzzles and even some platforming gameplay. A great exclusive title for Nintendo Switch owners.
  3. Aug 26, 2019
    90
    In the first few hours, I was all over the place when it came to an assessment, as it can take some time to really turn it up.
  4. Sep 26, 2019
    90
    Astral Chain is a wonderfully fun and ambitious action title with a great gameplay hook that improves the more you master the basics. It’s yet another example of why PlatinumGames continues to be one of the best in crafting a unique action-adventure hack-and-slash.
  5. Aug 29, 2019
    85
    This might as well be Platinum’s most ambitious game yet. And while they definitely don’t hit every mark, the technical achievement and the mix of varied elements will help you over a few shortcomings.
  6. Sep 18, 2019
    80
    This review has largely been gushing, but I want you to know that Astral Chain isn’t perfect. The non-combat side of the game is often fairly pedestrian and the story can be pretty overwrought even if it is largely told in a knowing, tongue-in-cheek manner. With that noted, this is absolutely a worthy successor to Nier Automata – and like that game, Astral Chain is definitely a contender for one of my favourite games of the year.
  7. Aug 26, 2019
    65
    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.

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  1. Sep 3, 2019
    10
    Excelente, perfecta, asombrosa forma de, tal vez no innovar como "un nuevo genero", pero si hacerlo dentro del HAS, un juego con el poderosoExcelente, perfecta, asombrosa forma de, tal vez no innovar como "un nuevo genero", pero si hacerlo dentro del HAS, un juego con el poderoso nivel de NIER AUTOMATA. LE DOY 10 PORQIE NUNCA HABIA VISTO ALGO ASI DENTRO DE SU GENERO. Expand
  2. Aug 30, 2019
    10
    I finally got my hands on Astral Chains and I will try to give you a good resume. So here are my pros and cons so far before I write down myI finally got my hands on Astral Chains and I will try to give you a good resume. So here are my pros and cons so far before I write down my verdict. If you are looking for some feedback to decide weather or not to buy it yourself, here are my thoughts.

    Pros:
    - stunning graphics and visuals
    - awesome soundtrack
    - very unique and fun game mechanics
    - complex combat system
    - very action packed but not the typical buttom masher
    - great eye for details in the surrounding world
    - the city feels very much alive
    - nice funny sidequests
    - interesting story
    - great and epic boss battles

    Cons:
    - 30 fps

    Verdict:
    The true nature of this gem is a wonderfully made action game. It has everything I asked/hoped for and even more.
    The boss battles are well directed and challenging. The city feels very much alive and the scenery is just beautiful and eye-pleasing.
    To me this game is one of the best games I've played in a long time and I can't wait to finish the whole thing over and over again.
    The only downside I can see is the 30fps the game is running on. While I dont recognize it all the time, on rare occasions I had the feeling that I saw some frame drops but it was really minor.
    If you are into action games and loved Nier:Automata and Bayonetta, you for sure will love this game to death.
    Iif you asked yourself if you should buy this game, at least I can highly recommend it at this point of time.
    Just enjoy the masterpiece that is Astral Chain!
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  3. Jul 24, 2020
    10
    Borrowed this game from my best friend...It's so good! Definitely Top 10 for the Switch! Gameplay is crisp, visuals are simple but beautiful,Borrowed this game from my best friend...It's so good! Definitely Top 10 for the Switch! Gameplay is crisp, visuals are simple but beautiful, story is compelling, the usage of different innovative systems and dynamics (detective work, changing weapons/legions, etc.) is stunning. The "Viewtiful Joe Effect"! Expand
  4. Sep 2, 2019
    10
    Big, fresh, new, brutal, Action, design... the game is awesome!. New ip for the videogames´s world, but only for Nintendo Switch.
    Dont dude,
    Big, fresh, new, brutal, Action, design... the game is awesome!. New ip for the videogames´s world, but only for Nintendo Switch.
    Dont dude, dont read the trolls, only be a player and enjoy it.
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  5. Aug 31, 2019
    10
    Juegazo.
    Lastimosamente estan dandole malas notas adrede para bajar la nota del juego.
    Lamentable los que lo hacen sin haber siquiera jugado
    Juegazo.
    Lastimosamente estan dandole malas notas adrede para bajar la nota del juego.
    Lamentable los que lo hacen sin haber siquiera jugado el juego.
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  6. Aug 31, 2019
    9
    Note: The game is currently being metabombed by troglodytes who can't get over the fact it's a Switch exclusive. If this game wasNote: The game is currently being metabombed by troglodytes who can't get over the fact it's a Switch exclusive. If this game was cross-platform, they'd praise it to high heaven. Please disregard any "reviews" claiming the game is poorly optimized, they're written by people who never played it. I've spent over 18 hours playing so far and the game runs smooth as butter, no slowdowns whatsoever no matter how hectic the battle. The only "slowdowns" you experience are the Perfect Dodges which are really just Astral Chain's version of Bayonetta's Witch Time. They slow time so that you can launch a counter attack.

    Astral Chain is another fantastic title from Platinum, and it deserves all the praise it's getting. Platinum was clearly experimenting with this title and it brings with it many 'firsts' for the company. For the first time in a Platinum game, you can customise your protagonist (though the customisation is limited to hair, eye colour and clothes). Unlike their previous games, AC has some metroidvania elements - as you unlock more Legions, you can enter previously inaccessible areas. The game draws inspiration from Bayonetta, Nier Automata, Batman Arkham series and Detroit Become Human, and it does so proudly. There are a few easter eggs for fans of previous Platinum titles as well, which is a nice touch. Just last night I unlocked 2B's voice for IRIS, that was a cool surprise.

    The graphics and attention to detail are stunning as is usual for Platinum. The UI and menus are very stylish and nicely animated, there are tonnes of particle effects everywhere, and even nice little touches like your X-Baton glitching when your Legion is out, the ground under your Legion's feet rippling and pixelating, your character's eyes lighting up when IRIS is active, their hair and eye colour changing when synced with their Legion, the Legion Core swirling and twisting in your Legatus... none of this is necessary but it shows how much love Platinum put in their games. Character, monster and vehicle designs are brilliant. Visuals deserve A+. For the game to look its best, play in handheld mode or on a standard HDTV. I'm playing on a 4KTV and the lack of antialiasing doesn't look that nice. It still looks pretty damn good, but nowhere near as good as PS4 Pro.

    The sound design is great as well, the soundtrack is particularly good, but that is to be expected from Platinum. Voice acting is just average, though, and some characters are pretty bad. Lip sync is also pretty much nonexistent. It's just nitpicking and it doesn't ruin the game in any way, but I still want to point it out. The protagonist is also silent, which annoyed me quite a bit. It looks rather awkward when everyone around you talks and you're just standing there grunting occasionally.

    Technically the game is very polished and runs very well. Haters love to point out the 30fps cap, but Bayonetta runs at 30fps too and they praise that one... Idiots and hypocrites. Story-wise, it feels a bit cliched. It's pretty much an amalgamation of every futuristic anime ever made. The artwork inside the game's box is also pretty spoiler-y, which seems like a rather odd choice.

    The combat is surprisingly underplayed in this game. You still fight a lot, but it's not as intense as Bayonetta was, and you spend a lot of time quietly investigating, talking to witnesses or sneaking around. It uses the classic 2-button combo system, except this time 1 button controls your character while the other controls your Legion. Chaining them together and timing them just right allows you to pull off some cool moves. You also directly use your Astral Chain to solve environmental puzzles and in battle. Each of the 5 Legions plays completely differently too. There's a melee Legion, a ranged one, a heavy hitter you can wear as an armour, a Legion that digs out enemies buried underground and you can also ride it like a horse... It adds variety and you're forced to switch Legions depending on the situation. If you're a fan of Platinum hack'n'slash, this game has a fantastic combat system you'll love!

    When you're not fighting, you use your IRIS to review security footage identically to how Detroit did it. There are also lots of hidden areas, secrets and collectables, which add additional replay value.

    Overall a great, great game I fell in love with instantly. Highly recommended! Looks, sounds and plays brilliantly. A definite must-have for any Switch owner. And if you're a PC peasant reading this, do yourself a favour and get the Switch instead of impotently hating online. I was just like you (minus the metabombing, I couldn't be bothered), until I finally relented after a year of dissing it. I'm so glad I did! Astral Chain is going to be a perfect way to pass the time while waiting for another Switch exclusive, Bayonetta 3.
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  7. Dec 5, 2019
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Es un juego penoso muy aburrido la dificultad es muy fácil en fin un juego recomendable cuando cueste 2 dólares Expand

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