Scarlet Nexus

released on Jun 24, 2021

In a far distant future, a psionic hormone was discovered in the human brain, granting people extra-sensory powers and changing the world as we know it.

Just as humanity was entering this new era, deranged mutants known as Others began to descend from the sky with a thirst for human brains. Highly resistant to conventional attack methods, extreme measures needed to be taken to battle the overwhelming threat and preserve humanity.

Those with acute extra-sensory abilities, known as psionics, were our chance to fight the onslaught from above. To this day, psionics have been scouted for their talents and recruited to the Other Suppression Force (OSF), humanity’s last line of defense.

Take on the role of Yuito Sumeragi, a new recruit to the OSF aiming to become an elite psionic like the one who saved him as a child. Armed with a talent in psycho-kinesis, explore the futuristic city of New Himuka and uncover the mysteries of a Brain Punk future caught between technology and psychic abilities in SCARLET NEXUS.

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very fun, the characters are charming, the music is a banger but the story is just very meh which is disappointing

Cool character action game. Liked all the characters and such. My issue is that you'd think with a skill tree you could keep combat fresh. Sadly it didn't help and the combat got stale about halfway through. Neat stuff.

Scarlet Nexus came out at a time where JRPGs were absolutely popping off. Shin Megami Tensei V was a few months out, as were Tales of Arise and NEO: The World Ends With You to name a few.
This was my most anticipated game that year, and while it didn't end up becoming by game of the year, it certainly still held it's own.
The combat system takes it's time, but about a third into a run of either story it'll start to really open up. I love all of the combinations that are possible with combining each character's abilities, and how some abilities might change combos and how others might interact with each other in unique ways.
The narrative is perhaps this game's most divisive element, and while there are absolutely sore spots, such as the fact that incredibly foundational and massive reveals are dropped in ways that make absolutely no sense and break the pacing, I do still tend to enjoy what the game has to offer. At it's core, this game has two perspectives.
One is from Yuito, who spends most of his campaign having a noticeable effect on the lives of the people around him, and learning to let them do the same for him.
The other is from Kasane, who spends most of her campaign being affected by the people around her and learning to open up and do the same for others.
While not a perfect game by any stretch, if you're looking for a fun action rpg to sink your teeth into, Scarlet Nexus has so much on offer.

We need to apologize to Sonic 06's story.

Disappointing. That's the first word that comes to my mind for this game. I had heard many compare this to Astral Chain which excited me, and in the first hour I actually thought this to be the case. As the game progressed I slowly realized that this wasn't the ying to Astral Chain's yang that I had hoped, and it definitely wasn't going to get any better. The combat does have enjoyable aspects to it. The powers are varied and are visually interesting to watch, some of the characters are likable and dare-I-say interesting. The main problem is that the game is EXTREMELY predictable in its story and design. Every time you enter an area, you'll fight 2, maybe 3, maybe even 4 waves of enemies that attack in maybe 2's, maybe 3's, etc. The environments all look very 'samey' and lack inspiration as does the hub world which is the true crime. Scarlet Nexus sets the scene for an interesting world that looks visually captivating at times, but they somehow made it so dull and flat. The plot is predictable, the characters seem to be interesting at first but then also fall flat (I barely remember half of the cast), the combat has potential but it won't take you long to realize that you're going to be spamming the same attacks against the same enemies, in the same grey maps. I was really looking forward to this game, but its just not that great. The best I can say is that it's average at best.

After completing one story, I'm torn on whether I fully complete the game. While it would be nice to see the full story and find out what happened with the other character, knowing that the last few chapters which are the longest and most repetitive ones, I'm not sure I really want to go through that all over again.