Okay, this is the other game I started this week as part of my what-the-hell-do-I-feel-like-playing uncertainty. Astral Chain is a game I picked up on a total whim. I'm not even sure why I was drawn to it. I'm not the biggest fan of Platinum Games to be honest. I did kind of enjoy Metal Gear Rising, but much of their output hasn't really appealed to me. I'm not crazy about these kind of insane 3D beat-em-up things. But...
Well, if a game LOOKS like Blade Runner or Akira, I'm probably gonna be interested in it. At least on some level. So yeah, I grabbed it.
I've put a couple of hours in, and it's kind of interesting. Kind of? I mean, it looks phenomenal. It has this crazy kind of painted look to it. And pretty incredible pixel-dust effects when things die. And the color pallet is gorgeous. The music is strong. It's just very visually and audibly appealing to me.
The gameplay is fun, but kind of shallow TO ME. And I say "to me" because I'm not super into these kinds of games. I've known people who are, and they totally get the deepness of the combat systems, and they care a lot about replaying levels to up their score. For me, it's not about that - I just want to play the story through.
So far, it's kind of a neat little futuristic tale of cyber-cops fighting alien threats. And I can't deny that the battles are impressive with a constant flow of varying bosses thrown at you. You have this kind of pet alien-robot thing on a chain and you control it and yourself at the same time. Definitely it's unique. I'm just not quite sure if it's for me... yet.
The biggest thing is that after a couple hours I'm starting to wonder if I like the IDEA of this game more than the game itself. I like the look, the music, the aesthetics, the setting... but do I like THE GAME? Do I enjoy playing it? I'm not actually sure. I guess we'll see if it beckons me back or not.