Percentile Rank

Astral Chain is ranked in the 97th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 78 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

87

Top Critic Average

97%

Critics Recommend

Based on 78 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Essential
Essential
Aug 26, 2019

Sprawling, varied and constantly stylish, Astral Chain is a very different breed of action game that ranks with Platinum's best.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain is the best new Nintendo franchise since Splatoon

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GameXplain
Liked-a-lot
GameXplain

Top Critic

Liked-a-lot
Aug 26, 2019
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VG247
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 28, 2019

This is absolutely a worthy successor to Nier Automata – and like that game, Astral Chain is definitely a contender for one of my favourite games of the year.

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Checkpoint Gaming
Liked-a-lot
Liked-a-lot
Aug 26, 2019

...an impressive, gorgeous and ludicrous game that provides hours of enjoyment.

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Scored Reviews

DualShockers
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2019

PlatinumGames' Astral Chain is the most innovative action games in years and certainly one of the best games of 2019.

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Cubed3
10 / 10
10 / 10
Sep 4, 2019

Home to an incredibly immersive world and the best combat on the Nintendo Switch, Astral Chain is a must-play not only for fans of the genre, but the medium as a whole. It is a title that understands the importance of balancing gameplay, story, and style without ever sacrificing substance for anything else. It's more accessible than most PlatinumGames titles without ever having to compromise its core mechanics. The slower start may alienate potential fans but sticking with Astral Chain leads to a surprisingly thematic script, incredibly deep combat, and what might be Platinum's best game to date.

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Nintendo Insider
10 / 10
10 / 10
Aug 25, 2019

Astral Chain is yet another addition to the Nintendo Switch library that will be fondly remembered for decades to come.

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Atomix
96 / 100
96 / 100
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain is a reminder of why this form of entertainment is so special.

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3DNews
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2019

Astral Chain is one of the most unusual and awesome games of this year. It has incredible and deep battle system, nice plot and a huge variety of missions, most of which use unique mechanics. This game will suck your free time like a black hole.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

Stop what you're doing and play Astral Chain

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GamingTrend
95 / 100
GamingTrend
David Flynn

Top Critic

95 / 100
Sep 7, 2019

Astral Chain brings together gameplay elements from all of Platinum's best, from Bayonetta to Transformers Devastation, and adds the secret spice of detective work to tie it all together. It's easy enough for newcomers to the genre, deep enough for veterans, and one of Platinum's best.

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CGMagazine
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain is a fantastic character action game that reimagines the subgenre at its core with a completely original and immensely satisfying combat system

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Areajugones
9.5 / 10.0
Areajugones

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain is one of the best experiences of the genre for Nintendo Switch. PlatinumGames has been able to revitalize the gameplay and take complexity and sensations one step further than in previous works of the study.

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Wccftech
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain is, without a doubt, one of the best games ever released by Platinum Games and one of the best Nintendo Switch exclusives to date.

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Hobby Consolas
93 / 100
93 / 100
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain is a brilliant action adventure game, with everything you could expect from a PlatinumGames title: fast and deep combat, rich visuals and a surprising story that reminds us of Nier Automata,

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COGconnected
91 / 100
91 / 100
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain is an excellent action game that uses the Switch’s unique hardware in creative ways. It fits handsomely in PlatinumGames’ excellent catalog and should satisfy anyone who likes Japanese action RPGs, or third-person action games. It is a wholly satisfying experience.

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IGN Italy
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain is something special that only Platinum Games could develop: a game both satisfying and tough.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 9, 2019

While fans are waiting for Bayonetta 3 to finally come out, PlatinumGames has released yet another gem on a Nintendo platform with one of their best and most entertaining combat systems to date in Astral Chain.

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We Got This Covered
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain combines all the best impulses of Platinum Games with a unique combat system and rich RPG mechanics. The world, story, and atmosphere are icing on the cake - this is one of the best overall packages from the studio and a remarkable directorial debut for Takahisa Taura.

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Screen Rant
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain represents PlatinumGames in top form, bringing a phenomenal action adventure game and engaging narrative to the Nintendo Switch.

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Saudi Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 3, 2019

Minor technical issues and an underwhelming story aside, this is Platinum Games' most ambitious game to date, one that retains the developer satisfying combat system yet adds so much more.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

Whatever criticism you can throw at Astral Chain, you can't say it isn't unique. In the first few hours, I was all over the place when it came to an assessment, as it can take some time to really turn it up. But when it does it just clicks, and I don't want to stop playing it.

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SwitchWatch
90%
FNintendo
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain may be a game that combines action and RPG elements in an excellent way but merely stating this would be a serious understatement. Nearly everything in Astral Chain drips with quality, labour and dedication, from its intense and frantic combats to the exquisite art style and wonderful soundtrack, this is without any doubt the finest new IP to reach the Nintendo Switch and another reminder of why Platinum Games deserves all the praise it can get.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain could is one of the best games on Nintendo Switch, period. PlatinumGames has proved, once again, that no one does stylish action games better, and I sincerely hope we get to return to the Ark again someday.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Sep 10, 2019

While it may not be for everyone per se, Astral Chain blends a beautiful story and world together with tight action as you fight to save everything from enemies both and far. If you love Platinum Games, and you want a truly new and fresh experience on Switch, get Astral Chain.

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GearNuke
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2019

Astral Chain, in short, is one of the best games of the year and one of the finest action games ever made.

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Gamers Heroes
9 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

9 / 10
Sep 2, 2019

Platinum delivers another winner with Astral Chain. Fans of fast-paced action games shouldn't hesitate to pick this one up.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 4, 2019

Aside from the lackluster co-op and slow start, Astral Chain is one of those rare games where it's difficult to say anything bad about it.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 26, 2019

Another classic action game from Platinum that's so full of ideas it seems fit to burst and yet everything not only works perfectly but is filled with an infectious sense of goofy fun.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

A brilliant game that's deep and offers accessibility for people who struggle as well as people who want to master every inch of the combat. In a crowded marketplace, Astral Chain stands out as a unique, interesting game that you'd be foolish to pass up on.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 26, 2019

With its amazing visuals, fantastic presentation, varied gameplay and deep, rewarding combat, Astral Chain could well be PlatinumGames' most accomplished game yet.

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Everyeye.it
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

As it is Astral Chain is still a massive exclusive and one of the best video games of 2019: not bad for an absolute debut!

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Gameplanet
9 / 10.0
Gameplanet
Billy Atman

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2019

Astral Chain is one of the most exciting new IPs I've played in years. From its stunning combat design to its gorgeous visuals, it packs a punch in almost every area. Combat feels incredible and the Legions add a huge amount of options to how you tackle any given battle. Some may fault the game for its more quiet moments and investigations, but the contrast they offer to the frantic action, feels near-perfect in its execution.

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NoobFeed
90 / 100
90 / 100
Sep 6, 2019

Astral Chain constantly moves forward and builds momentum for an explosive end. As part of an elite law enforcement unit known as Neuron, it's your job to fight the most deadly monsters humanity has ever encountered with tools only a handful of people have access to. Without a doubt, Astral Chain is one of PlatinumGames best work and one of the top exclusives for the Nintendo Switch. An outstanding story that constantly ramps up with bigger and more dangerous threat with a constant stream of new and deadly enemies within a beautifully decorated world. It's only when the developers attempt to go outside those strong mechanics and try something different that Astral Chain fumbles.

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Glitched Africa
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2019

Astral Chain is something truly unique. Its characters, combat, world and how it is all brought together made it an action game I could not help but love. Its a meaty game with a lot to experience with every moment filled with something exciting to do.

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Impulsegamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 3, 2019

PlatinumGames have made another essential game. Fast paced combat, interesting characters and a lived in world. Don't miss out on Astral Chain

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2019

Astral Chain constantly impresses with its enthralling premise, frenetic action, and abundance of content. Even in its quietest moments, it exudes heart and intrigue, and for those willing to dig deeper, The Ark and its mysteries are a joy to discover. Beautiful visuals and incredible presentation values round things out to make it one of the Switch's must-own titles.

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Game Informer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain is fun from start to finish, and gives the player plenty to chew on in terms of side missions and post-game content

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WellPlayed
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2019

Astral Chains is a tour de force of potent writing, sumptuous presentation and multifaceted gameplay that stands up with the best that PlatinumGames and the genre have to offer

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

9 / 10
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain is an another victory of PlatinumGames, which did not copy the usual formula of Devil May Cry and tried to do something new. The emphasis on adventure, interesting story, stylish action, unusual battle system and atmospheric locations are capturing all your attention. It is not just what the fans were waiting for, it is even more than that.

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SECTOR.sk
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2019

Astral Chain really is another classic from Platinum Games with top notch combat system, beautiful art and interesting story.

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IGN
9 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain is every bit as awesome as it looks in motion, which is to say it's downright incredible.

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LevelUp
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

So, it goes without saying that I recommend Astral Chain to all fans of PlatinumGames' work since it takes everything that makes most of their games special but adds a unique flavor that will remind you why it is such a beloved studio. Also, I consider it an appropriate title for the owners of a Switch who are in search of something frantic and novel.

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Gamersky
8.8 / 10.0
Gamersky

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2019

Astral Chain is Platinum's best action game in recent years. It perfectly melts action and RPG elements together, and of course, it worth playing for multiple times. If you love action games, don't miss it.

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IGN Spain
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

Platinum Games is victorious in a risky bet, although with certain aspects to improve in its rhythm of play.

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Video Chums
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2019

With a perfect blend of high-octane action and enjoyable laidback moments in-between, Astral Chain presents a masterfully immersive campaign.

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TrueGaming
8.5 / 10.0
TrueGaming

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2019

Astral Chain is a great action game by PlatinumGames that presents an innovative combat system, epic boss fights, and the great soundtracks the developer is known for.

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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2019

Astral Chain features a perfectly realized world filled with wonderful characters and awesome architecture. It runs perfect on the Nintendo Switch and looks stellar, too. The predictable story is one of the only faults of this over-the-top, incredibly fun action game.

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Stevivor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

While Astral Chain‘s storyline is filled with anime archetypes and familiar plot tropes, it all works well as an overall experience.

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Digital Chumps
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 22, 2017

Astral Chain is the latest and most accomplished model of PlatinumGames' ability to combine stylish action with player agency and accessibility. Exhausted storytelling and haphazard platforming also continue to underline their limitations. If Nier: Automata sought balance between power and ambience, Astral Chain finds power in power. It's a pure, grandiose spectacle.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

Given your character's role as a police officer, I found the gradual de-emphasizing of the investigation mechanics to be a tad disappointing. A few areas of the visual design could also use work, but they'll hardly affect enjoyment of the game. Ultimately, what we're left with is one of the most exciting and original action games on Switch, if not the most.

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Niche Gamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2019

Pick it up, kill some monsters, crack a Monster, enjoy yourself. This is a video game, and video games are meant to be fun. Mission accomplished Platinum Games.

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Cerealkillerz
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2019

Besides a lack in meaningful detective/police quests you'll get the usual high quality gameplay mix from the studio that fans would expect (If you give the game enough time)

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The Games Machine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain is a detective story of the near future, a game with a crazy rhythm and direction. However it is around the gravitational field of his combat system that sensational qualities and unexpected flaws rotate. We're still talking about a memorable, amusing, tachycardic experience, doped by a techno-aesthetic power that flexes Switch's muscles like only Nintendo managed to do. Despite certain flaws endemic to their work (unmanageable camera on all), PlatinumGames confirms itself as the king of stylish action games.

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Spaziogames
8.3 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

8.3 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain it's another great game from Platinum Games, with a great worldbuilding and a fine combat system.

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Just Push Start
4.1 / 5.0
4.1 / 5.0
Sep 5, 2019

Astral Chain is weird, thrilling, unique, different and crazy, it's just held back by bad choices. Some of the design elements take a lot of getting use to and make sense in the long run, but can be frustrating to beginners. Combine this with entirely too many things going on at once and some of the most boring scenes between action packed combat sequences and you have an experience that loses a bit too much between scenes. This isn't enough to take away from Astral Chain, it just turns a title that could've been among the best games this year to something that is still among the best on the Switch.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2019

All in all, Astral Chain is a solid and enjoyable action-RPG. It suffers from a lot of Platinum Games' most common problems, such as poor instructions for basic gameplay and an over-reliance on minigames, but the charm and enjoyment of the core game more than make up for that once you get past the rough opening. It's not quite up the highs of a Bayonetta or Nier Automata, but it's worth playing for fans of the company or those looking for a fun action-RPG on the Switch.

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Slant Magazine
Sep 4, 2019

If you ask if something is possible for you or your Legion to do in Astral Chain, most of the time, the answer is yes.

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Easy Allies
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2019
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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 26, 2019

am insanely impressed with the world that Platinum has built-in Astral Chain overall. It is gorgeous, the plot is intriguing and it feels like something new when it comes to the investigations and police work.

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Digitally Downloaded
Aug 27, 2019

Astral Chain is both beautiful and mesmerising. You’re not likely to come across a better action gameplay system for quite some time – likely until PlatinumGames’ own next effort. Truly this is a developer that understands the principles of movement in action better than any, and while its games might struggle in other areas to meet the brilliance of the action, every second with that action is satisfying, exciting, and a very pure form of entertainment.

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TrustedReviews
Aug 29, 2019

Astral Chain is one of PlatinumGames' finest acts this generation, cementing itself as yet another stellar exclusive for Nintendo Switch. It doesn't reach the heights of excellence achieved by Yoko Taro's NieR: Automata, but can more than hold its own thanks to an excellent setting, experimental combat and so, so much style it hurts.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2019

Astral Chain is one of Platinum Games' most complex and satisfying action games to date, with combat that's suitably fast but far more purposeful and careful in execution. Its gorgeous world and enticing premise are betrayed by an uninteresting story and characters, but there's little else to fault when you're teaming up with your legions and solving cases across different dimensions.

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USgamer
USgamer
iew by Julie Muncy, Contributor

Top Critic

Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain is the directorial debut of Nier Automata designer Takahisa Taura, and it proves that he's a creator worth paying attention to. Part melodramatic anime, part overly complicated Tamagotchi, it's an eminently playable action role-playing game that delivers the pleasure of good teamwork in a way few singleplayer games accomplish. Building on action design ideas seeded in Nier, Astral Chain encourages you to bond with your beloved pet cybermonster both on and off the battlefield. Then, it teaches you how to fight as one.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 26, 2019

Occuring in a beautiful anime setting, Astral Chain is a real treat for the players. The gameplay mechanics, focused on the link between the main character and its Legions, are really engaging, but only in solo mode unfortunately. With this game, PlatinumGames confirm their status as masters in Beat'em all games making.

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JVL
16 / 20
JVL
Cloud

Top Critic

16 / 20
Aug 26, 2019

Far from being a little game while waiting for the main course, the new license for Platinum Games has a universe and original gameplay mechanics that we only ask to see again in another episode more balanced in its structure.

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Daily Mirror
Aug 29, 2019

Astral Chain balances smart yet exciting combat and rewarding mechanics with slower, more thoughtful investigation elements and fun exploration.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain boasts the same winning elements of Platinum's finest work – exhilarating combat, characterful visuals, and a compelling story – but it loses a bit of personality. Where Bayonetta and 2B provided an emotional centre point for the fantastical storytelling, Astral Chain's unnecessarily silent protagonist is a charmless creation saved by an utterly charming world.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 26, 2019

Nintendo Switch exclusive Astral Chain elevates the stylish action genre with an inventive, gratifying combat system and an unrelenting sense of style.

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Press Start
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain is a unique experience from beginning to end, but some strange choices in the way it tells its story and major pacing issues in the third act bring it down. Regardless, Astral Chain fits right in amongst the Platinum greats, offering a fun and unique battle system that does a fantastic job at differentiating itself from its contemporaries.

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Echo Boomer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 8, 2019

Astral Chain ends up being a mixure of genres in an action game quite hard to define but easy to qualify: Explosive, frenetic and hella fun.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
diegoarguello

Top Critic

Sep 10, 2019

Astral Chain is a new IP that feels like a must have for Nintendo Switch users looking for a new hack-slash to dive into

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New Game Network
80 / 100
80 / 100
Sep 10, 2019

Overall 80 - Astral Chain successfully combines great action, exploration, and puzzles together with a strong narrative. Despite a few problems with pacing and repetition, it's a fun, engaging, and above all original experience.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
EGM

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain is loud, brash, exciting, and, in the end, a warning about the dangers of unquestioned loyalty. Its hyperkinetic action sequences and colorful characters might make the game seem like it isn't interested in offering more than intricately designed fights and a straightforward genre story, but stick around for its entirety and its cast of 2070s police officers show themselves to be more than just cartoon cut-outs of sci-fi cops.

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Nexus
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

At this stage, PlatinumGames have a reputation for making fast-paced, stylish action games, and while Astral Chain is a bit slower than their previous efforts, it still has that deep and engaging combat system that these developers are practically known for.

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RPG Site
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 29, 2019

The latest hit from PlatinumGames is an ambitious action adventure game that largely succeeds in many ways, though it's juggling so many aspects that some fall through the cracks.

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