Story - 85%
Graphics - 83%
Audio - 77%
Gameplay - 84%
Replayability - 75%
From the lead game designer of Nier: Automata, Takahisa Taura, we get a new title designed for the Switch, Astral Chain.
Astral Chain is an action-adventure game that takes place in a fantasy world called The Ark. Her eyou take the role of an office from the special task force Neuron. This team is tasked to investigate incidents, you will have to question NPCs, examine evidence and solve logic puzzles and not excluding battles.
The game plays similar to that of Nier: Automata and Final Fantasy and the spin on this futuristic world is great. The interdimensional species, the Chimeras, are your main enemies bent on trying to destroy what is left of humankind. To combat this species, you have Legions to assist you, they are basically subservient Chimeras that has been tethered to you via a physic chain.
With your Legion you kind of control two characters at once and the controls benefit this, you can use your officer to cause damage via ranged weapons or melee and then send in your legion to deal massive blows. The world was built around the gameplay instead of it usually being the other way around and this compliments the gameplay a lot. As you progress you will get different legions to control learn more abilities and become stronger to take on the Chimera horde.
The game looks great and there is a lot of action to keep your interest glued to the screen in between the investigations and dialogues. The Ark city comes alive and truly feels like you are a police officer working in this futurist city.
Astral Chain is a fun action game and has a lot to offer in terms of action, breaks in between for other things and how the story develops. Fans of this genre will enjoy the game thoroughly especially if you loved Nier: Automata.
Reviewed on: Switch
Release Date: 30 August 2019
Likes: Great setting and world
Dislikes: At time too much focus on non-action