Scarlet Nexus Image
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critic Reviews What's this?

User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 97 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Assume the role of Yuito Sumeragi, a new recruit to the OSF aiming to become an elite psionic like the one who saved him as a child. Armed with a talent in psycho-kinesis, explore the futuristic city of New Himuka and uncover the mysteries of a Brain Punk future caught between technology andAssume the role of Yuito Sumeragi, a new recruit to the OSF aiming to become an elite psionic like the one who saved him as a child. Armed with a talent in psycho-kinesis, explore the futuristic city of New Himuka and uncover the mysteries of a Brain Punk future caught between technology and psychic abilities in SCARLET NEXUS. Using psycho-kinetic abilities, the world around you becomes your greatest weapon. Lift, break and throw pieces of your environment to build your attack combos and lay waste to your enemies. Deranged mutants that descended from the sky, highly resistant to conventional attack methods and defenses. Tormented by the constant pain of their mutation, they seek brains of living organisms to calm their madness. Explore and protect a futuristic Japanese landscape that combines inspirations from classic anime and western science fiction. Dive into a complex story of bonds, courage and heroism crafted by minds behind the iconic Tales of Vesperia. Expand
Buy Now
Buy on

Trailer

Play Sound
Please enter your birth date to watch this video:
You are not allowed to view this material at this time.
SCARLET NEXUS – Xbox Demo Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Jul 2, 2021
    91
    Obviously, your enjoyment of Scarlet Nexus will likely be greater if you actually do enjoy anime (or maybe not – or all I know, this game’s story may be horrifically bad!). But if you’re indifferent to the genre, you shouldn’t let that stop you from enjoying a very fun action game.
  2. Jun 28, 2021
    90
    If you enjoy an ARPG, spending time with Scarlet Nexus is a no-brainer - the story and action is strong enough to suck you in and keep you playing. With time travel, psychic powers and huge monsters to kick in the teeth, it’s one hell of a roller coaster ride from start to finish. The slight let-downs of the side quests aside, this is a more than assured entry into the genre, that wholeheartedly deserves a whirl.
  3. Jul 8, 2021
    88
    Scarlet Nexus is arguably one of Bandai Namco's best games. Its deep combat system and a plot that makes you want to know more at every turn make the game a highly recommended product for fans of the ARPG genre.
  4. Jun 23, 2021
    75
    Scarlet Nexus is a big hit when it comes to the action. With its nervous and supercharged fights, you quickly become powerful controller in hand, especially when you can borrow the power of your allies on the fly. This action is helped by framerate which does not falter on next-gen consoles despite the deluge of effects on the screen which can cause readability concerns. If the proposed universe is visually attractive, we regret not being able to enjoy it anymore because of a cruel lack of additional content. Ditto for the story which is certainly interesting but which is served by a more than minimalist staging. A good first draft which, we hope, will serve as a solid basis for a more ambitious sequel in the years to come.
  5. Jul 5, 2021
    75
    Even when Scarlet Nexus fulfills its promise to deliver an entertaining combat system and the graphics are worthy of the Xbox Series X, the story lacks of sufficient basis to say it's good. The characters fall under the typical Japanese game cliché and is boring.
  6. Jun 25, 2021
    70
    Despite its drawbacks and anime quirks, Scarlet Nexus can’t hide the fact that is a product made with love and care. Although it stands a bit in the niche side of things due to its full-blown anime characteristics, the story is solid and the combat system fun and unique. Definitely more robust than Code Vein, Scarlet Nexus can be a fun medium while waiting for Bandai Namco’s big hitters, Tales of Arise and Elden Ring.
  7. Jun 23, 2021
    60
    Described by its developers as a title in the “brainpunk” genre, I've come to think of Scarlet Nexus as a mixture of the likes of Bayonetta, Code Vein and Persona, at some times deliciously chaotic and at others frustratingly so.

See all 22 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 5 out of 26
  1. Jul 10, 2021
    10
    One of the best JRPGs (with its dose of Hack and Slash) today, literally mistreated by the press that surely does not understand half of howOne of the best JRPGs (with its dose of Hack and Slash) today, literally mistreated by the press that surely does not understand half of how it is played. Possibly the best game so far this year on any platform.

    It's a 10 dedicated to the incompetent press.
    Expand
  2. Jul 3, 2021
    10
    maravilloso un gran videojuego en todos los apartados tecnicos y de historia muy recomendado.
  3. Mar 24, 2022
    10
    Wow, what a game! Its got story straight from best anime series, great combat and graphics (both remind me of Nier Automata). One of the bestWow, what a game! Its got story straight from best anime series, great combat and graphics (both remind me of Nier Automata). One of the best games of recent years, sleeper hit of 2021, my personal GOTY along with Returnal, Halo Infinite, Metroid Dread and Outriders. Expand
  4. Aug 24, 2021
    8
    Very gorgeous looking and decent game it's a solid JRPG on what ever console you wish to play it. We need more games like this from Bandai.
  5. Mar 3, 2022
    8
    The good:
    One more Japanese on Xbox. If you think it looks like an anime, it's because a trans-media format was thought of in which the
    The good:
    One more Japanese on Xbox. If you think it looks like an anime, it's because a trans-media format was thought of in which the adventures of the video game are complemented by the anime. Two visions of the same story. The music is good but nothing memorable. The design of the enemies is very original and very detailed. The combat is entertaining but once you find the optimal skills and combinations you don't want to experiment and just spam. It has a nifty progression and skill tree (which has no penalty and is all made into marks). The designs of the ruins and the cities are incredible with the amount of detail and things in motion. The game looks absolutely scandalous on Xbox One X, Series S or Series X. It has Backtracking components (items that are too high to take or behind a door that requires a skill or character that you do not have, which forces you to be visiting several times certain places. It's in the Xbox Game Pass.

    The bad:
    If you can't stand the Japanese, the moments of other people's sorrow, the anime and manga clichés that have been repeated thousands of times about chosen boys and girls, you're going to have a very bad time. The first two hours are Presentation after Presentation of characters whose names you later do not remember (until you are assigned to a squad), while you try to string together what he tells you. Kasane's constant face of discomfort, you don't get along with her and she doesn't like her (which is a cliché of anime characters to see how she gradually changes and even smiles, evolves and blah, blah). The design of the enemies can take more than one out of the experience or be unpleasant for them. You can't carry more than 10 healing items, and the most powerful ones can't carry more than three. No (contrary to what was sold and what is seen in the trailers or gameplays) it is not an "Open World", they are areas with corridors and certain large areas, some interconnected, others not. The missions that force you to watch the anime (I don't go through there) are optional and if they were at least on the game page or YouTube I would want to search for them and watch them but it is to go to another anime streaming platform and pay your subscription or go illegal (don't). The music did not stick with me since none of them stand out, they are all too flat. The subject of Backtracking is interesting, but since nobody tells you, not even the game itself, that you can't take it at a moment X, because you're wasting time trying to take it over and over and over again instead of advancing. The game looks between average and bad in Xbox One Fat and One S, in addition the load times and the textures of some areas are replaced by lines of lines and points in what loads the environment, it happens more when trying to pan the camera or there are many elements on the screen

    Lo Meh!:
    “The blink blink” effect of the items on the map makes you aware of them and ends the feeling of exploring the areas. I hate those games in which it's endless Presentation of characters that come and tell you their life and you don't even care and then the girl's face (Kasane) doesn't hide her disgust that she has for the world (it's a cheap cliché of encourage them, I know and I assume it but I expected a personality not a girl twisting her mouth and annoying all the time) but after a while you don't remember any name or what they do or what they tell you and you end up giving her nicknames until you you can use them. The meme of crossing the streets is very funny and even educational. No, I'm not going to hire Crunchy Roll to watch the episodes that don't interest me in the least, and even less with Kasane's wooden face...
    Expand
  6. Jul 10, 2021
    7
    Scarlet Nexus
    One of the Most Boring good games ive ever played
    Scarlet Nexus is a 16 hour long action JRPG where you play as either Kasane
    Scarlet Nexus
    One of the Most Boring good games ive ever played
    Scarlet Nexus is a 16 hour long action JRPG where you play as either Kasane or Yuito, I had to look up their nae before I wrote this review, because that’s how little I cared about this games story.
    The story seems to be very hit and miss, which isn’t necessarily a good thing considered half of the game is voiced dialog comic styled cutscenes… Im not exaggerating, you spend just as much time sitting, waiting for the action to happen as you do actually playing.. some seem to love the story, I however was bored out of my mind, basically youre part of a group of people with special powers, the government is after your brains, youre losing or have lost your memories, something about spaghetti noodles coming from the sky, youre on the governments hitlist and you gotta stop these moon people from destroying earth.. I think.. I think that’s the story… if youre not intogovernemnt conspiracy, half this game.. this is now an 8 hour action jrpg that thankfully is a blast to play though.. you have telekenisis and a sword, you cn slic enemies up as well as throw objects and use the environment to do massive damage, as you progress the game youll unlock new abilities.. which seems to never stop, tutorials will pop up literally the entirety of the games campaign, but as you make it through th story, more charcters will join your party and youre able to borrow their powers as you take on these moon cratures known as others, you can use fire powers, invisiblity, dashing, electric, super speed, dashing, and work up your skill tree to the point that you can stack these abilities, all on cool down.. this is when the game is at its best, taking down enemies and bosses… is the gameplay good enough to justify a purchase on its own though? No.
    Scarelt nexus is insaley repeitve, youre just goin around these very Japanese game styled maps, getting locked ito areas, clearing them and moving on.. youll see a lot of repeat areas, not even counting the optional bonding missions you can do with each of this games characters, so youll rarely come to a cool new area being begged to explore and even if you did there is no exploration incetive, the gear and weapons here are awful, you wont find new wepons, you just by them from a shop that thankfully just shows up in these dungeons, you don’t have to fast travel to a hub or wait until a mission is over to buy consumables, but these 5 weapons for each charcter you buy just will show up the deeper you get into the game, and you buy them and equip them, that sabout as deep as the loot system goes..
    If th sound of a government conspiracy trying to steel the brains of these kidswith crazy powers doesn’t excite you, there is no reason to pick this one up..
    While I found the story to be painfully slow, drawn out, and boring, others are liking it, and for those people, scarlet nexus offers a good package, and a 16 plus hours youll really enjoy, you might even enjoy it enough to play it twice for both sides of the story,
    for me, I could barely manage the story the first time around
    I give Scarlet Nexus
    a 7/10
    Expand
  7. Oct 3, 2021
    0
    Encore l’un de ces soit-disant jeux de rôle japonais… mais comme chacun le sait, jeu de rôle et japonais, ça fait deux ! ça fait (très)Encore l’un de ces soit-disant jeux de rôle japonais… mais comme chacun le sait, jeu de rôle et japonais, ça fait deux ! ça fait (très) longtemps que c’est comme ça et ce nouvel étron démoulé par Namcon ne va certainement pas changer la donne…

    C’est comme d’habitude très dirigiste, sans aucun choix significatif et de surcroît, le jeu qui semble de prime abord plus ‘sérieux’ que de coutume s’avère en fait presque aussi niais que les japoniaiseries passées, présentes… ou à venir ! l’univers présenté ici peine à susciter la moindre curiosité ou le moindre intérêt. Le côté ‘anime’ très prononcé ne plaide pas non plus en sa faveur et les graphismes très lisses sont très quelconques.

    Comme d’habitude (encore !), on ne peut pas sauvegarder manuellement mais uniquement à des points spécifiques dans ce pseudo-monde cyber-esprit-punk de pacotille ; la musique Bontempi est à se pendre (un supplice !) et surtout, le système de combat est complètement con et implique l’usage décérébré de cons-bos à la con comme dans les jeux de baston japonais à la con (pléonasme).

    On sent également bien vite qu’on va devoir farmer moult de ces combats bidons et désordonnés ad nauseam. Enfin, les menus ressemblent beaucoup à ces daubes de Final Fientasy… (non, ce n’est pas un compliment). Voilà l’état de cette pure connerie de japoniaiserie, une connerie de sous-jeu nulle à chier des briques. Rien de nouveau sous le soleil… levant donc.
    Expand

See all 26 User Reviews