Nov 6, 2018 at 9:40 PM
After finishing CrossCode, I have to say, this has been a great year for indie games. Iconoclasts, Wandersong, and now CrossCode. It was a huge single-player, 80 hour game avoiding the pitfalls of generic mapping or quests. And despite being 1.0, there is a promise of more to come and DLC(?). So if 80 hours wasn't enough lol, MORE is coming. I wish it was already here.This retro-inspired 2D Action RPG might outright surprise you. 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.
CrossCode is all about how it plays! That's why there is a free Steam demo! Go give it a try! Take the best out of two popular genres, find a good balance between them and make a great game. That’s what CrossCode does. You get the puzzles of Zelda-esque dungeons and are rewarded with the great variety of equipment you know and love from RPGs. During the fast-paced battles you will use the tools you find on your journey to reveal and exploit the enemies' weaknesses and at the same time will be able to choose equipment and skills for a more in-depth approach in fighting your enemies.
What's included in the full version:
- Dive into a massive adventure with a playtime of around 30-80 hours
- Explore a large world with 7 unique areas and hidden secrets all over the place
- Fight over 120 enemy types including 30+ boss fights
- Enter 7 expansive dungeons, all with with unique themes and puzzle mechanics
- Master over 90 combat arts and even more passive skills
- Solve over 100 quests with a great variety of tasks and unique challenges
- 60+ music tracks made by a rice ball (yes)
The game is full of simulated life, and even without voiced dialogue, I was just enraptured in the character's delivery of text. I went from CrossCode to another great looking game, Timespinner, and realized just how well CrossCode's characters were portrayed in comparison. Of course you might be more interested in knowing that the fighting (and the existence of puzzles) is even better than the dialogue. (Mostly due to the vast amount of gameplay vs dialogue). Take something like Secret of Mana/Seiken Densetsu 3 and modernize it with fast paced overhead perspective combat. Maybe somewhat similar to Hyper Light Drifter. I found it both challenging and rewarding.
There's a demo btw. And I might mention the price is $20 USD or less if on sale. Not bad for 80 hours of Amazing...
Have you played it? Did you like it?