Astral Chain

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Astral Chain
Basic Information
Video Game
Action, Sci-Fi
Nintendo Switch
Retail Features
This title has been rated T by the ESRBThis title has been rated 16 by PEGI
Retail Localization Information
Interface Language(s)
Audio Language(s)
Main Credits
Masakazu Katsura
Takahisa Taura
United Nations International Release Date(s)
Nintendo Switch
August 302019
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Astral Chain (アストラルチェイン Asutoraru Chein?) is an action game developed by PlatinumGames for the Nintendo Switch, released on August 30, 2019. Taking place in the near-future, the game follows two rookie cops as they deal with invading beings from another dimension.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Astral Chain is an action game with elements of hack & slash gameplay. The player takes the role of an officer in the "Neuron" task force. Gameplay revolves around usage of the Legions, familiar variants of the chimera encountered throughout the story. The Legion is connected to the player via the titular "astral chain", and serve a range of functions to the player. The player has access to a total of five Legions, each with its own unique abilities, and can control one at a time. Legions can only be summoned for a limited time, with the limit being displayed in the UI.

The player character is purposefully given a limited personality and a great deal of cosmetic freedom, in order to accommodate for customization.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Astral Chain is set in 2078. The world is threatened by "Chimeras", monstrous beings from a parallel dimension referred to as the "Astral Plane". The invasion has left humanity on the verge of extinction, with the survivors taking refuge in a megacity referred to as "the Ark". To combat the chimera threat, the Ark's police force has created the "Neuron" Task Force to handle cases regarding the chimera. Additionally, a method has been developed to control chimeras, turning them into "Legions" to fight alongside them.

The player assumes the role of one of two twins (either male or female), who were adopted by Police Captain Maximilian "Max" Howard". The twins are rookie members of Neuron, and the plot follows their work in protecting the Ark from the chimera.

Reception[edit | edit source]

Astral Chain has received a score of 37/40 from Famitsu.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Famitsu review scores (8/20/19)" (August 21, 2019). Retrieved on August 24, 2019