A retro-inspired 2D Action RPG set in the distant future. CrossCode combines 16-bit SNES-style graphics with butter-smooth physics, a fast-paced combat system, and engaging puzzle mechanics, served with a gripping sci-fi story.
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good premise and decently fun combat but man the puzzles BLOW and you have to do so many of them for so long
and you are forced to do like 40 minutes of puzzles that ruin the entire flow of the game, you are constantly backtracking to find dumb quest items, and it all just drains the enjoyment of the game
The closest thing I'll come to loving an MMORPG without actually playing one.
You play the role of Lea a new player who has joined this game world. Lea can't speak but she has so much personality thanks to her avatar's brilliant expressions, she is a fantastic character. The rest of the cast and npcs do a fantastic job of really making this single player action RPG really feel alive like an MMO full of people from different cultures and time zones.
The game plays in a very fast paced action with Lea being able to use a mixture of melee and ranged attacks. I found the controls a little weird at first but actually they are really intuitive once you get used to them.
Lea's journey takes her and her friends across the game world fighting enemies, exploring, taking side quests and solving puzzles. This is where the game falls a little short for me. Some of the puzzles and dungeons just need trimming down, they are too big or drawn out and a few of them really out stay their welcome. There is an issue with puzzles and combat too where the balance is all over the place, puzzle after puzzle after puzzle towards the end. The game really needed to have it's pacing adjusted, despite loving the game it just felt too long.
Presentation wise CrossCode is an absolute slam. The pixel art is gorgeous with great looking environments and characters full of color, animations and little details. The OST is also wonderfully put together, each track really stands out for the area or situation Lea finds herself in. Some examples:
To sum up despite some pacing issues Cross Code was well worth the wait. The combat is fun and fast paced, the story, world and characters were well thought out and it looks and sounds wonderful. Well worth it, especially to any fans of SNES and Megadrive games such as Zelda or Beyond Oasis.
+ Lea is a great character.
+ Interesting story and world.
+ Gorgeous looking game.
+ Excellent soundtrack.
- Has some puzzle / combat pacing and or balance issues at times.