CrossCode is an action RPG that arrives on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PS4. The game is inspired by 16 bit era RPGs and it represents the genre very well.
The game is set in the future where gamers play as their avatars in a MMO game called CrossWorld. You play as Lea, an avatar that lost her memory (and her voice). Working with a programmer, you enter CrossWorld in hopes to unravel the mystery of your background. I'm not going to go too much into the story, because the game's story is so important to the overall experience, I don't want to spoil anything for anyone.
The combat in the game is fairly straight. You have a blade that you can do melee attacks. You also have a sphere that you can throw at your opponents. As you progress through the game, you will find better weapons and armor that will increase your stats. You also progress in this game by leveling your character. And leveling character not only increases your base stats, but you also can spend CP on your skill tree, called circuits in the game. Spending the points open new abilities that you can use in the game. The combat can be challenging at times. For those of you that are looking for less of a challenge, you have the ability to set the damage taken from the enemies.
Combat is only a portion of the game, a good chunk of the game is also puzzle based. And some of the puzzles can be pretty challenging. But it feels so rewarding when you complete the puzzles.
The game setting is so well done, creating a setting of an MMO that feels real and full of life. You'll run into other avatars controlled by gamers, some that join your party and others that are running around the world, making it feel like a true MMO. The writing is phenomenal, with a good mix of humor and mystery, the game does a fantastic job of pulling you in and keeping you wanting more.
Final Grade: A+
It's hard to find any faults in CrossCode. The story is compelling, the writing is great, the game mechanics are impressive, and the fact that you can adjust the settings to make the game more or less challenging, the game allows players at all skill levels to experience it. If you are a fan of RPGs, this is should be part of your library. And for those of you that are looking for a physical copy of the game, you can pre-order it here: https://crosscode.inin.games/
Review code provided by PR Hound