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Sprawling, varied and constantly stylish, Astral Chain is a very different breed of action game that ranks with Platinum's best.
Astral Chain is every bit as awesome as it looks in motion, which is to say it's downright incredible.
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.
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
Nintendo Switch exclusive Astral Chain elevates the stylish action genre with an inventive, gratifying combat system and an unrelenting sense of style.
Astral Chain is the best new Nintendo franchise since Splatoon
What I wanted is there, and it’s good. There’s just so much more, and I love it all.
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.
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.