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  • Summary: This retro-inspired 2D Action RPG might outright surprise you. 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.

    CrossCode is all about how it plays! Take the best out
    This retro-inspired 2D Action RPG might outright surprise you. 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.

    CrossCode is all about how it plays! Take the best out of two popular genres, find a good balance between them and make a great game. That’s what CrossCode does. You get the puzzles of Zelda-esque dungeons and are rewarded with the great variety of equipment you know and love from RPGs. During the fast-paced battles you will use the tools you find on your journey to reveal and exploit the enemies' weaknesses and at the same time will be able to choose equipment and skills for a more in-depth approach in fighting your enemies.
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Nintendo Switch Indie Highlights - January 2019
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    I am extremely biased towards this game. How could I not be? I had a 15-year-long lingering emptiness from weeks of grindcore MMOs and this game comes along to hit the spot perfectly. I’ve overlooked the technical problems on the Switch port because I think having this style of game on the go is so valuable. It’s a crowd-pleaser, a game which welcomes you to have it your own way, focus on the things you enjoy, and leave a play session feeling good. It is a heavenly JRPG – one which has the love and insight to make the necessary changes and improvements to the formula, while keeping the strange idiosyncrasies which make the genre what it is. And just in case I haven’t hyperbolised this game enough, I’ll end with this. It’s better than Secret of Mana. Go play it.
  2. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Oct 26, 2020
    90
    Honestly, CrossCode was not at the top of my most wanted list leading up to its launch in the eShop . . . but it probably should have been! [Issue #48 – September/October 2020, p. 23]
  3. Aug 12, 2020
    88
    CrossCode will keep us entertained for many hours with a living world, a retro artistic direction that will make you fall in love thanks to its frantic battles and challenging puzzles, the incredible OST that will accompany us and some extraordinary characters.
  4. Jul 16, 2020
    80
    At its heart, CrossCode is the sort of game that basically speaks for itself. Do you like '90s-era JRPGs? Do you like classic Zelda games? Do you like MMOs? If you answered yes to any combination of those questions, then it stands to reason that you’ll probably really enjoy CrossCode, too. Radical Fish has conjured up an impressive blend of RPG mechanics, engaging combat, and open world exploration here. It may not always run smoothly, but CrossCode is a well-crafted and enjoyable release that you certainly won’t want to miss out on.
  5. Sep 16, 2020
    80
    Cross Code is a marvelous 2D action RPG that features an interesting idea of a game-within-a-game and which treats the player to a lovely visual environment that recalls the 16-bit era right away, versatile combats, appealing dungeon exploration and plenty of freedom to wander around. Its occasional performance flaws, already under rectifying action, are not enough to tarnish the experience, which is one of the best to be had among RPGs in the Nintendo Switch catalogue.
  6. Jul 21, 2020
    80
    CrossCode is a colorful, fun, and content full action RPG that has a lot to offer both young and old.
  7. Aug 25, 2020
    60
    This has a tremendous amount going for it, but ultimately, it is going to appeal to puzzle gamers far more than JRPG fans, as the puzzle sections are incredibly demanding. Having players do hours of complex and convoluted puzzles in a row, is something that is going to put off many gamers that otherwise would have loved this title. For a RPG romp it could have been outstanding if this was shortened, and the puzzles/trickery were reduced by at least half.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. Jan 24, 2021
    10
    Really a flawless game with plenty of content at a cheap price. The combat was engaging along with fresh quests to keep me going
  2. Jul 4, 2021
    10
    Hard to find something I don't like about the game. It looks gorgeous, it is pleasantly tough, keeps you busy for hours, and amazingly, theHard to find something I don't like about the game. It looks gorgeous, it is pleasantly tough, keeps you busy for hours, and amazingly, the story is really good. If you know your SNES games, you will be remembered of the classics, and also how much CrossCode is its own thing.
    Current version of the game crashes occasionally, and some graphic-heavy areas cause the game to stutter a bit, which gives me a slight headache. But that won't stop me from praising the game - I just like everything else so much.
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  3. Oct 5, 2020
    10
    Tight platforming and combat, satisfying (if challenging) puzzles, and only a sprinkling of grinding (for the completionists; entirelyTight platforming and combat, satisfying (if challenging) puzzles, and only a sprinkling of grinding (for the completionists; entirely optional). The story is intriguing, too. Obviously gorgeous with a nostalgic-though strong-score. I'm 19 hours in and hooked. Expand
  4. Jan 27, 2021
    9
    Positive:

    - Very well-written story, characters & dialogue - Solid mechanics, controls well - Challenging and varied puzzles, with
    Positive:

    - Very well-written story, characters & dialogue

    - Solid mechanics, controls well

    - Challenging and varied puzzles, with adjustable difficulty if necessary

    - Good graphics, SNES feeling done right but goes further than that

    - Music score ranging from good to excellent

    - Interesting New Game+, both a good second read as well as a different experience, with options to massively speed up grinding/farming

    - Reasonably long play time (~52 hrs main + extras for me, +~37 hrs 100% on NG+)

    - Achievements enhance New Game Plus, making them more than just bragging rights

    - Filled to the brim with nods and references, lots of humor

    - Hi!

    Negative:

    - Some difficulty spikes, mind your equipment

    - Crashes every so often, though the generous auto-save means you should lose at most 5 minutes of game play

    - Isometric art direction makes platforming somewhat confusing at times; tip: use the VRP aim guides to check platform heights

    - 100% may require some grinding

    - Minor performance issues, some areas make the game chug a bit
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  5. Sep 10, 2021
    8
    Crosscode is pixel art RPG that gets a lot of things right with some major caveats.
    Firstly, I loved the story. The characters and twists
    Crosscode is pixel art RPG that gets a lot of things right with some major caveats.
    Firstly, I loved the story. The characters and twists made is so compelling. With the story being something very personal and a life experience instead of 'saving the world' cliché, I really wanted to know more. And Emilie is simply the best character
    The pixel art and animations is amazing also. I think its more of a 32bit style having such detail and expressions.
    I appreciate that they removed the major grindy issues of this game as some "MMORPG's" tend to have
    The combat is engaging. There is a some button mashing enemies but you have to plan and find weak points in attacks.
    However there was some major downfalls on this game for me:
    - The dudgeons. They should be a high point but they were just so long. With some puzzles requiring perfect timing and with so many rooms, it just broke me as it because such a chore.
    - The balancing between zones. For instance, in the first zone you fight enemies at level 11 and could be level 12 by the time to move on. But find the enemies in the next zone to be level 16, why the 5 level gap between zones?
    - I know you can adjust the difficulty in the game at any moment, as I found the game very difficult but the precision needed to shoot key areas to progress is too tight and became very frustrating.
    - Being a top-down game and lack of depth perception I wonder if the platforming had to be such a regular occurrence due to the amount of falls
    - Unlike MMO's the opportunity to find great loot is so sparse and you will end up buying gear from vendors. Anyone that play MMO's know that is not what you want to do.
    It took me 45 hours to get though but feel it could of been a 30 hour experience and suited me better. It's a great game and expected something different then what I got. Recommended for the gaming enthusiasts out there that love huge dudgeons and a challenge.
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  6. Jul 27, 2020
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is great, as others have said.
    Smooth action and performance, rich text and plot, it is a good game worthy of recommendation

    However, I use traditional Chinese to play the game, it has many translation errors
    I am facing simplified Chinese vocabulary and English, for me this traditional Chinese translation is failing

    If there is no language trouble, I will give this game an extra point
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  7. Dec 29, 2020
    0
    The devs are bad and mean. The game was released on Newgrounds, but only as a demo! The game is better suited as a flash game from what IThe devs are bad and mean. The game was released on Newgrounds, but only as a demo! The game is better suited as a flash game from what I experienced from the Newgrounds demo (I don't own it), and it should have been full game on Newgrounds. Play the demo, and see if you like it. >:-( Expand

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