For many gamers, today is a wondrous day — Astral Chain (opens in new tab) released on the Nintendo Switch. It's currently a best seller on Amazon as well as the Nintendo eShop. What's more, it has raked up positive reviews across the internet from fellow gamers and professional reviewers alike. That's not too surprising given that the game was directed by Takahisa Taura of Nier: Automata (opens in new tab) and supervised by Hideki Kamiya, creator of the Bayonetta (opens in new tab) series. Because of that everyone has expected greatness from this game since it was first teased. It looks like for most people, it hasn't disappointed.
Along with many other fans, I got a copy of the game this morning. So far, I've been blown away by the visuals and the unique combat style it offers. I love that I can control both the main character and the Legion at the same time. It allows for some unique attacks that I've never seen in other action games. I've even handed a Joy-Con to a friend and we've taken down enemies together. In my own game, I've just finished the early tutorial phase and have begun to explore the city. I'm seriously looking forward to diving deeper into this game and seeing what else it has to offer. You can expect a full-blown review from me sometime next week.
So first impressions: The art style is absolutely gorgeous. Sometimes it feels more like I'm watching an animated show instead of playing a game. Hopefully the cinematics don't overtake actual game play too much as I continue. I love how much I can customize my character both at the start and throughout the game. Oh, and the music! It's so catchy and upbeat. It seriously gets me pumped when I go into battle. It's still early, but it looks like this will be a game I really enjoy.
You gotta love the quirkiness
Something that I've loved so far is all of the quirky little things you can discover. Each mission or "File" has a stray cat and a bathroom for you to find. Like a true hero, you can give toilet paper to someone in one of the stalls. You might not be able to pee in this game, but you can use the toilet. I also love that you can customize your character's hairstyle, hair color, eye color, or outfit throughout the course of the game. Some of these outfits are downright hilarious, like the Lappy costume.
You don't just take my word for it. Many players are reporting positive impressions of the game. Of course, there are always going to be mixed reviews. Here are what others are saying about Astral Chain on Metacritic:
That's it for now. If you'll excuse me, I've got some Chimera to fight and a city to protect.
What are your thoughts?
What do you think about this game? Will you be picking up a copy? Tell us about it in the comments below.
Come on Rookie
Stop an interdimensional invasion
This Switch exclusive has you playing as a special rookie police officer who can take control of a Legion — a living weapon from another dimension. Your goal is to walk your beat, stop crime in your area, and fight the Chimera that are breaking through from another dimension.
Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.
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