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  • Summary: An Adventure RPG with a refreshing combination of adventure game elements and RPG mechanics. Deep combat - a variety of weapons, abilities and powers are available to the player in the pursuit of their quest. Unique aging mechanic - Every time the player dies they age One year. Players mustAn Adventure RPG with a refreshing combination of adventure game elements and RPG mechanics. Deep combat - a variety of weapons, abilities and powers are available to the player in the pursuit of their quest. Unique aging mechanic - Every time the player dies they age One year. Players must adapt to their advancing age as they progress their character; starting the game young, nimble and quick, and ending wise and more attuned to magic. Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Nov 30, 2020
    80
    It’s not the biggest title in the world, but Chronos: Before the Ashes keeps you riveted from beginning to end. If you’re after an action RPG with some unique tricks up its sleeve you’d be wise to give it a go. And thanks to multiple difficulty levels, it doesn’t have to be an arduous affair. Those who have found themselves getting invested into Remnant: From the Ashes are particularly recommended to give Chronos: Before the Ashes a try. It may not have as much depth, and be more melee-focused, but you’re bound to get a kick out of visiting the origins of the series.
  2. Nov 30, 2020
    79
    Chronos: Before the Ashes is a minimalist, imperfect title with a basic spartan aesthetic and a slow pace. Despite this, it is able to give back a vivid sense of discovery and each new ravine or weapon, or power gives us another reason not to detach ourselves from it. The same scenic installation, initially disappointing, fits perfectly with the world hovering between enchantment and technology. A longevity not exactly excellent for the genre and the budget nature that emerges in almost every context of the production, the wings of Gunfire Games, which makes flight worthy of note, but does not go too far.
  3. Dec 7, 2020
    78
    I could not put Chronos: Before the Ashes down and fully enjoyed every minute of it. I could only wish it was longer with me clocking in 20 hours on Heroic difficulty. All in all a phenomenal experience, albeit shorter than I would like, though due to its VR roots I expect this had some factor in that. The story of a valiant hero slaying the dragon isn’t ground breaking but sets the tone perfectly for what is a very fun experience. The audio and visuals are both fantastic complimenting each other perfectly. I cannot wait to see what Gunfire Games have in store for the future of the Ashes franchise.
  4. Nov 30, 2020
    68
    Chronos: Before the Ashes introduces a "souls-lite" experience with an interesting aging mechanic but with a too low challenge level, even at the highest difficulty. Couple with an overly basic game and level design, it makes the game a bit too bland of an experience.
  5. Jan 19, 2021
    68
    Chronos: Before the Ashes is a capable Soulslike that isn’t terrible by any means, but when comparing to it to Remnant, the lack of guns and complete genre shift simply doesn’t feel as satisfying or stand out. Maybe this is partly due to its VR roots, and while it makes some interesting changes to the typical Souls template, Chronos: Before the Ashes is a much simpler experience overall, not just with its combat, but overall design.
  6. Dec 8, 2020
    67
    Some interesting ideas combined with a relatively short run time makes Chronos good for one or two playthroughs that will genuinely make you appreciate its successor even more.
  7. Nov 30, 2020
    59
    With so many amazing action RPGs and adventure games out there, playing Chronos: Before the Ashes often feels redundant, especially because it manages both genres with a great deal of mediocrity. In other words, it doesn't quite add up to a satisfying journey.

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  1. Jan 7, 2021
    8
    I "LOVED" and think it might just be the best Souls-like game to date. So many really fun and original ideas. A must play for RPG fans.
  2. Jan 5, 2021
    7
    Chronos: Before the Ashes: While Chronos sports is a shorter than I would've desired play-through is a simple and somewhat simple affair.Chronos: Before the Ashes: While Chronos sports is a shorter than I would've desired play-through is a simple and somewhat simple affair. Chronos places you as a common adventurer sett out on a quest to slay the Dragon before it can destroy the tranquility of the world by a talking tree, your initial objective is to defeat the three different guardians to lure out the evil and destroy it. While not ripe with story for story it is acceptable for the scale of the game. With this leading into Remnant, the ending leaves you with an intriguing note and chnaged my perspective completely. The worlds are well constructed in Chronos: Before the Ashes, and as you progress through these locales there’s some quaint side stories and brief lore that context the world around you. In regards to their aesthetics the rooms you traverse between do have some unappealing drawbacks as the characterised space contains non-breakables (objects) that are repeated throughout along with foes that creates somewhat of an artificial feeling. They are however well connected in their specific designed style. Stretches of combat and exploration are made to be gratifying by unlocking shortcuts that reveal a propensity by Gunfire Games for a rewarding design. Overcoming these challenges is truly where Chronos shines, even if the visual/envirnmental elements fail to live up to quite the same standards. An added layer to Chronos: Before the Ashes’s challenge comes from its unique death progression. Basically dying ages your character one year at a time with the older you are the more wise yet fragile you become similar to what happens in real life. Every ten years you unlock one of three wisdom traits that reshape your character’s stats which is a very nice structure in my opinion. The way this element changes your outset on a character build is just interesting enough to add to the fun. Strength and agility are locked once your character ages to a certain point, so creating a "super" for those stats is defintely something recommended. The actual visualization of your character’s age is really quite something to behold. If there’s anything from Chronos: Before the Ashes that should be implemented into a future Gunfire Games it's this as well as the statitical evolutions. Especially if it’s given more depth for drastically different character builds because although what’s here is decent, it still feels like it could be doing something even more at the same time. Fans of Remnant, the scaling back of systems and combat mechanics is going to be in contrast. Blocking, parrying, and dodging counterpart light and heavy attacks are a staple of the genre, but where Chronos: Before the Ashes positions itself differently is with arcane attacks. After a successful riposte, dodge or fully charged heavy attack, your weapon becomes charged with a select magic that deals extra damage. These add incentive to embrace the learning curve as you genuinely feel yourself getting better to maximise damage which in turn correlate with your character’s age and reliance on the arcane stat. Weapon variety furthers this approach as each weapon is wholly unique in their timings and move sets. While all of the stones have a different ability tailored for specific outcomes, you'll likely find your own favorite. I’ll be honest in summary, given that this game doesn’t exist in a VR world it feels light in the end. There are some very quality ideas at play but, Remnant: From The Ashes builds upon everything already here so it’s hard to just recommend Chronos: Before the Ashes as a standalone for someone who may not have played or wants to play it's bg brother. That being said, be sure to play Remnant: Before the Ashes and then come back and play Chronos: Before the Ashes on your Xbox One. Expand