CrossCode is a fast-paced action-RPG for those who love old-school style adventures. It’s set in the distant future where MMO’s are played with physical avatars that get to run around in a sort of high tech theme park, complete with large dungeons to explore and NPCs giving out quests to every hero willing to help.
The story does tread familiar ground -- the mute protagonist, Lea, has lost her memory and you’ll need to progress through the fictional MMO storyline whilst also trying to regain your real-life memories. While it’s a little slow to begin, both the MMO and real-life storylines are pretty compelling. There are also plenty of well written and incredibly likeable characters to get to know.
Lea is a Spheromancer class, which means that she not only has strong melee attacks but can also fire out projectiles at will. This comes in handy not just during combat but also in solving many of the fiendishly tricky puzzles that block your path. Dungeons are crammed full of them and they require you to use both speed and precision to succeed.
There’s a surprising amount of content in CrossCode, with everything from an expansive skill tree to master, as well as a trading system in place to get the best equipment. There’s also a gorgeously detailed overworld to explore, with many hidden treasures to find, as well as plenty of sidequests to keep you busy. These uncover more of the world’s lore as well as just being really fun to complete. On its default setting, the game is pretty challenging so you’ll need to try to complete as many of these quests as you can to gain their rewards.
There’s a lot to love about CrossCode, from it’s fast and frantic combat, through to it’s tough but satisfying puzzles. The MMO setting is incredibly well done and manages to mimic the online experience whilst also taking time out to make fun of itself. This is an absolutely charming RPG where it feels like there's always something new to experience.
I really liked this on PC, it scratches a certain itch and the gameplay was quite satisfying despite it hurting my hands on KB&M.
I am really excited about CrossCode. Two weeks ago I had not even heard of it, but I watched some video and read some about it, and it seems like my kind of game.
Thanks for the review!
Looks like it could be my cup of tea, I’ll pick it up soon.
(Music any good?)
@kyleforrester87 It’s alright, not particularly memorable but does its job OK. The soundtrack’s on Spotify if you want a listen before you buy!
@nessisonett I DIDN'T ASK YOU SH*T HEAD.
(Thanks I’ll check it out now)
Thanks for the mini reviews!
I'll wait for it to hit PS+, I think (or Game Pass, if I ever nab an Xbox again). It sounds decent, but that artstyle isn't really doing it for me.
Tried it on PC Game Pass. Not for me.
PC Game Pass has been pretty useful letting me check out little games like these (Downloaded "Deliver Us the Moon" to check it out also)
Looks fun, but will only get on a deep sale, to much to play and too little time
Seems interesting. I'd probably pick it up if the new Sword Art Online game wasn't out Friday.
And, better on PS4 than PC.
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