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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. NF 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: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. 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
  2. Apr 9, 2021
    10
    CrossCode no es una obra maestra, pero es un juego increíblemente redondo que da una lección a muchas superproducciones que acaban resultandoCrossCode no es una obra maestra, pero es un juego increíblemente redondo que da una lección a muchas superproducciones que acaban resultando poco más que juegos mediocres e insulsos con altas pretensiones.
    CrossCode te engancha centrandose en dos factores, el primero de ellos siendo la jugabilidad. CrossCode es un ARPG con mecánicas bastante originales y un sistema de combate increíblemente fluido y satisfactorio que brinda una enorme infinidad de combos según vayamos desbloqueando que habilidades en los diferentes arboles al subir niveles. Es un sistema que utiliza solo cuatro botones y las dos palancas direccionales (al poder utilizar ataques cuerpo a cuerpo o proyectiles, esto último funcionando como un shooter de doble stick), en un primer momento fácil de aprender, pero difícil de dominar, especialmente al desbloquear nuevas mecánicas. La dificultad del juego ayuda también a hacerlo increíblemente disfrutable, al no ser un juego fácil, pero no presentar picos de dificultad absurdos. Vas a morir mucho aquí, aprendiendo las mecánicas de los jefes o intentando dominar la esquiva perfecta, pero no es frustrante para nada. Además, el juego presenta la opción de reducir la dificultad en cualquier momento si esta es demasiado para ti, dejándote regularla.
    Otro punto a hablar del gameplay son los puzzles. Este juego incorpora muchos puzzles desafiantes especialmente en sus mazmorras (rollo zelda, o más bien "Alundra") lo que personalmente es un aliciente más. La dificultad de los puzzles puede bajarse también aunque desconozco cómo funciona esta mecánica.
    El segundo factor que engancha de este juego es la historia y los personajes. El comienzo es tremendamente genérico, pero actualizando varias cosas. Estamos en un futuro lejano donde la humanidad ha colonizado otros planetas. Un gigante del entretenimiento ha creado un MMO donde se juega con cuerpos reales en una luna, permitiendo a los jugadores que se conectan moverse por el entorno simulado, como si de un parque de atracciones enorme se tratara, con avatares a través de los que se conectan. Nuestra protagonista es despertada como avatar dentro de un barco que se ocupa del mantenimiento del juego, padeciendo al parecer amnesia (topico 1), con el modulo de habla averiado convirtiendola en protagonista silenciosa (topico 2) y al parecer sin poder actuar en la vida real al estar supuestamente en coma (topico 3 en juegos que simulan MMO). Los personajes que nos ayudan tienen interes en que recuperemos la memoria, y conforme la historia se va desarrollando, estos tópicos tienen gran importancia, dando giros argumentales importantes que tardaran en venir, pero cuando lo hacen no defraudan, incluso siendo predecibles algunos; y acabando en una historia redonda y muy emotiva, que acabara con un desenlace con uno de los mejores jefes finales villano-no villano que he visto, y con algo que se aleja de tópicos de salvar el mundo y demás. Los personajes que iremos conociendo y se nos uniran en la historia están también muy bien escritos (aplausos extra para Emilie y C'tron) y nos haran encariñarnos con el juego.
    Otro punto a favor son las sidequests, que para nada son tareas repetitivas y aburridas, si no que sorprenden y enganchan y, además, muchas veces hacen referencia a otros juegos o a la cultura de antes de los 2000 en general, pero sin abusar de ellos (referencias a metroid, FF7, pesadilla antes de navidad, el padrino...).
    El juego no es perfecto, presenta algunos fallos que no hacen desmerecer la obra final: hay algunos bugs con el sistema de trofeos internos del juego (algunos trofeos de progresión de la historia me desaparecieron a mitad porque "patata") y, en ciertos escenarios finales del juego con gran cantidad de enemigos, acompañantes, y efectos en pantalla, puede presentarse bajadas de fps si lanzamos ataques finales en sucesión saturando más aún de efectos estas situaciones (es algo muy puntual que solo he visto en tres lugares).
    Por lo demás, un juego redondo, con una enorme cantidad de horas de juego (60 horas en mi caso, y veo difícil completarlo en menos de 50, y pueden ser muchas más si quieres subir al máximo nivel y completar las copas de la arena...), una joya oculta que no debería pasar desapercibida a los amantes de este tipo de juego y que merece mucho la pena.
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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. Feb 14, 2021
    9
    An impressive Zelda-like experience well worth playing.

    The story is very well written and the controls are tight. The platforming and
    An impressive Zelda-like experience well worth playing.

    The story is very well written and the controls are tight. The platforming and puzzles are fairly challenging and satisfying, but can be a bit confusing due to the isometric level design. The game also has an interesting New Game Plus which is further enhanced by achievements, making the game a lot more replayable as well.

    For the cheap price, the game offers 20+ hours of content and lots of replayability, which makes it nearly a must buy. I do wish the performance issues were fixed though.
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  5. Jul 29, 2020
    8
    My daily routine consists of going through the estore and having a look at what new indie games will hit the switch. To my surprise i sawMy daily routine consists of going through the estore and having a look at what new indie games will hit the switch. To my surprise i saw Crosscode,a game that i have never heard of .Did some research and the game was to my liking via the youtube videos.

    Game launched ,i purchased it and thought meh i will play it the following day.
    That same day i got home from work,booted up my switch in docked mode and started playing Crosscode, 10 hours went by and i craved more.

    The story is well written,the atmosphere of the world is superb. The characters suck you in and you feel involved with all missions. The pixelated graphics is excellent, game play is fun, side missions is interesting and doesn't feel like a chore, upgrade skill tree is interesting .

    All in all Crosscode is on par with Zelda Breath of The Wild and the only issue is with lag issues in the Menus and when you enter a busy town. Why this wasn't fixed before release i will never understand.

    Well worth playing Crosscode. Well done Radical Fish Games.
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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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