Astral Chain is everything that’s right about Platinum, reflecting the fresh, quirky, gunslinging mentality that the studio displays in its best works. Part Bayonetta and part Pokemon with a heavy sprinkling of police sci-fi in between, Astral Chain is a breath of fresh air in an industry typically dominated by sequels and familiar formulas. Free time sections could be a bit more dialed down and the Legion combat can be a handful at times. Overall, though, Astral Chain marks a promising start to what will hopefully be a new franchise.
Despite the hardware limitations and a handful of odd design choices, Astral Chain is one of the best new IPs to hit in recent years and one deserving the attention of every Switch owner.
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.
There are a lot of good ideas displayed in Astral Chain but very little is well executed. A sequel with improvements could be exciting
Astral Chain is a wonderfully fun and ambitious action title with a great gameplay hook that improves the more you master the basics. It's yet another example of why PlatinumGames continues to be one of the best in crafting a unique action-adventure hack-and-slash.
Astral Chain keeps the level of style that has come to be associated with PlatinumGames, and it’s most evident in the combat.
What I wanted is there, and it’s good. There’s just so much more, and I love it all.
Astral Chain is one of the best Hack 'n' Slash titles in recent years and a reliable asset for Nintendo to help them in Console war.
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Astral Chain is a unique and beautiful game that excels at what it’s trying to do. It’s one of the best games of the year so far, and it makes me excited to see what the studio will come up with next.
Since the moment Astral Chain was teased for the Nintendo Switch, I’ll be the first to admit this was a game I wasn’t going to just enjoy, but one I knew would be a must-have heavy hitter. From its visuals to its gameplay elements, it hasn’t disappointed, and it stands out rather well among its peers.