Scarlet Nexus transports gamers right into a “brainpunk” anime world the place psionic powers and weird otherworldly creatures threaten humanity. What does brainpunk imply? On this considerably trendy period, large advances in thoughts expertise have led to using unimaginable psychic skills. After all, not all the pieces is because it appears, and a thriller unravels over the course of the journey. Scarlet Nexus excels at promoting its fashionable and distinctive world, crafting fight that’s a pleasure to play and watch, pitting gamers in opposition to bizarre, fantastic bosses. Nevertheless, some components – like character dialogue, relationship constructing, and stage design – crush an in any other case wonderful expertise.
Scarlet Nexus appears tailored for anime lovers with sharp visuals, zany plotlines, and implausible motion sequences. Even in case you don’t love anime, the fight and animations are eye-catching. Initially, you’re simply whacking away monsters and gaining expertise – duties acquainted to anybody who has ever performed an RPG. Quickly, you get the prospect to control the setting through psychokinesis. This may be so simple as throwing round barrels and bins, however it’s far more enjoyable lifting busses, chandeliers, ice sculptures, and extra. I had a blast ripping the world aside to shred enemies and pulling up the surroundings then driving it across the setting. The kinetic components create an extremely clean movement from combat to combat. Over the course of the sport, fight turns into far more advanced and fascinating as you acquire the flexibility to faucet into your pals’ particular skills and weave them into your assaults. For instance, does an opponent goes invulnerable everytime you get shut? Go invisible or teleport to them! Having bother coping with speedy opponents? Cease time altogether. Later within the sport, you may even use a number of skills concurrently to essentially make the display explode with large combo chains. I liked experimenting and mixing abilities to utterly tear foes aside.
As I developed relationships with the character roster, I gained the chance to name them in on to take part in large combo assaults. Skirmishes typically cap off with an epic anime animation as you slaughter the villainous creatures with fashionable ending assaults. As if this wasn’t sufficient, you acquire new brain-related abilities as you progress, reminiscent of an activatable mind discipline that should be charged up in battle that conveys great psionic powers for a short time. So as to add a little bit of a risk-reward component, you need to manually flip the mind discipline off earlier than the timer runs out – otherwise you’ll die. Fight is the very best a part of Scarlet Nexus, and it grew extra pleasurable and fascinating as I superior within the story.
The world of Scarlet Nexus is superior. The monsters you battle, often known as Others, are aberrant amalgamations of natural materials and random, acquainted objects. These creepy creations are as fascinating as they’re uncommon. Frenetic boss battles the place you have interaction in lightning-fast mind warfare with different psionic adepts play out like badass anime sequences, and made me really feel like I used to be really taking part in an anime.
The motion is extremely partaking. The story and characters, not a lot. Sadly, the story introduces a ridiculous variety of characters early on they usually don’t develop a lot all through the marketing campaign. The plot is an absurd out-of-this world story that solely is sensible in a universe this unusual, however the little vignettes you unlock by enhancing your relationship with every particular person character really feel sterile and stagnant.
Scarlett Nexus additionally turns into repetitive with reused areas and monsters to an excessive diploma, particularly within the later areas. There are sufficient weird issues to carry your consideration at the same time as you start to get slowed down with the formulaic stage design that alternates between checkpoints and arenas. The extent layouts in Scarlet Nexus really feel overly purposeful to a ridiculous diploma, with little distance from checkpoint to checkpoint – only a straight line of checkpoints and arenas with none dressing. Fortunately, sufficient lush, animated trappings are round to take you out of that chilly design as you cruise from stage to stage.
No matter brainpunk’s tackle over-the-top psychic actuality is, I’m into it now. Bandai Namco has crafted one thing really unusual and fairly satisfying with Scarlet Nexus, and I hope we get a barely extra refined sequel.