Astral Chain
Exclusively made for the Nintendo Switch console, Astral Chain is developed by the creators of Bayonetta, NieR: Automata.
It is Platinum Games first bodacious attempt to make a dual attacking characters action game for a single player to take control of.

Takahisa Taura is the brain child behind the game, responsible for the concept and planning of ASTRAL CHAIN.
Hideki Kamiya, creator of the Bayonetta series, is in charge of supervision.
The character design is by manga artist Masakazu Katsura, creator of ZETMAN and Video Girl Ai.

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Price: US$60
Release: 30 August 2019
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Publisher: Platinum Games
Developer: Platinum Games
Genre: Action Adventure
Mode: Single Player, Co-op local*

Story
In the near future of 2078, humanity faces the brink of extinction and has retreated to an artificial floating city called The Ark(multi-cultural city).

Disaster strikes when an asteroid smashes onto Earth and inter-dimensional gates starts to appear, bringing out dangerous creatures known as Chimera from these gates.
The chimeras attacks the people and pollutes the land, and normal police forces are unable to stop them.
To stand up against these threats, a brand new special task force police unit known as Neuron is formed in an artificial island.
For the neuron team to fight against these unknowns, the neuron team are equipped with a living weapon known as Legion.

About
In dystopian world, cast in a surreal Hong Kong landscape, 2 neuron officers with their dad and friends are to follow orders from their superiors to save the humanity from a new threat.
In a tightly packed action game, you have to battle alongside with your sidekick(legion) and co-ordinate well to defeat deadly Chimeras from another dimension.
The Legion will fight side by side with you that acts like a sidekick.

Announcement Trailer
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Game Play
6 unique heroes will be helping you to take on inter-dimensional chimera that plaques the Ark city.
Choose between 2 playable characters - a male, or female - on your adventure.
The character you don't chose will appear as your younger sibling.
As part of a police special task force known as Neuron.

Using a device known as your Legatus, you use it to summon your Legion which is a armored Chimera that you take control of and mentally synced via tethering.

The legatus forms an astral chain between you and the legion, which is used to enslave and brainwash a Chimera into fighting for you
Working together with the Legion and use all sorts of combat styles to fight your enemies.
Outside of battle, the legion will play as a instrumental role in your investigations and in traversing.
A total of 5 different legions, each with their own unique abilities, attributes and appearance will be available as you progress in game.
You can attack the same enemy simultaneously, target different opponents, or send your Legion on the offensive while you support it with items.
Use this synergetic action system to battle and explore together.

Use your IRIS vision to track down keywords and clues.
And those clues help you answer a quiz at the end, choosing keywords as answers in order to accurately piece the case together.

Side missions are more grinding and involves fighting enemies or closing one of the game's many inter-dimensional rifts.
There are dungeons with some intricate puzzles and hidden routes.

The boss fights are the best parts of the game and you will find experimenting with various weapons more effective in taking them down.
With over 22 bosses, it's battles of epic proportion in one of the biggest action adventure game on the Switch console.
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Latest boss fight + bomb diffusing
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Co-op Mode
The game is meant to be played in single player, however to enable co-op local, you can to access it from another menu.
First you have to complete File 01 and first gain access to Legions.
You can then access to co-op play in the game.
You must open the Main Menu in the game and then scroll over with R to the right until you come across the heading titled Co-op.
At this point, you can select the "Begin Co-op Play" option, which will then bring up another screen asking you if you're sure you want to start co-op play.
Select yes and then you both you and your friend each take a Joy-Con.

Mini Games
The game contains various fun mini games such as gift a balloon, running errands like delivery of packages.
Stack ice-creams and deliver them, rescue casualties, guess the older brother from random, mcqs, parking lot and more!

Secret shop
A hidden shop for you to buy very powerful inventories, do try to check them out!

Multi-ending
With a varying degree of endings based on which character you play and what mode you play on.

Conclusion
In a high octane cinematic story telling, the game attempts to push the potentials on the Nintendo Switch console with a unique comic style rendering and fighting style.
It's unique take on offering you to combine attacks with a legion makes it a refreshing take in the hack and slash series.
The story makes the bashing of big bosses more engaging and worth re-playing it to solve some mini parts of the puzzle games with detective work!

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Date: 11-Mar-19