Chronos: Before The Ashes

THQ Nordic, Gunfire Games

Fair Man
OpenCritic Rating
68
Top Critic Average
33%
Critics Recommend
Based on 61 critic reviews
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Chronos: Before The Ashes

Rating Summary

Based on 61 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

33%

Critics Recommend

Based on 61 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCDec 1, 2020
PlayStation 4Dec 1, 2020
Xbox OneDec 1, 2020

Developer: Gunfire Games

Publisher: THQ Nordic

Genres: Action, Adventure

Chronos: Before the Ashes is an atmospheric RPG that chronicles a hero’s lifelong quest to save their homeland from a great evil. Grow wiser, stronger and more powerful as you explore the depths of the mysterious labyrinth. But beware, the labyrinth takes a heavy toll – each time your hero dies, they lose a year of their life! Adventure RPG - 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. Player’s 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.

Chronos: Before The Ashes Critic Reviews

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A great example of how to craft a new game from an existing idea.

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TheSixthAxis

TSA Staff
7 / 10
TheSixthAxis

Even without the original's VR elements, Chronos: Before the Ashes' compelling and somewhat challenging combat is still its main draw, in which you have to attack, dodge and parry your way, with refined precision, towards victory. Its aging system also adds an interesting twist to combat, imbuing your battles with a sense of prudence. That said, it doesn't offer anything new to the genre. Just watch out for its clumsy camera angles and you'll do fine.

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A modest souls-like that doesn't excel at anything you've seen before in this kind of game, but with some unique ideas that work really well within the formula.

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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.

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