Parents' Guide to

Astral Chain

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Robot battler gives fresh, fun, and fantastic sci-fi action.

Game Nintendo Switch 2019
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+
This is a really good game! I do think its a bit over priced at 60 bucks, but the content is mostly clean. The closest you get to anything sexual is a girl who has short shorts. There are a few occurences where a curse word is said, but not much of it. It's a difficult game, so if you're looking for something that'll be a breeze, this isn't a game for you. The only violence is animated fights where guns, blades, and more can be used.
age 12+

A police action-adventure game, but contains some emotional material

This game is actually pretty good! I haven't seen any other action games where you take control of a police officer and stop crimes and other materials. Apparently you mostly fight these aliens called the Chimeras and sometimes criminals. Here's a tip for the stealth sections, you can control your Legion to bind enemies so you don't have to walk up to them from behind. Here's one intense part; the most intense part for some parents is when one of the main characters (Max Howard, the dad of the main character) dies early on in the game and where all of the weapons nicknamed the Legion turn on them. In fact, you don't get Max's Legion until File 08. There's a reference to drugs of mass destruction and some profanity, but someone who's like me, I can handle drugs and profanity because it isn't gross-inducing to me, but not realistic gore. Bayonetta and most M-rated action games have blood/gore but at least its unrealistic looking. There are puzzles which require a lot of brainpower, other puzzles have a "look before you leap" type situation, and then there are situations which are easy to mess up on, especially the parts where you need the Beast Legion to cross falling platforms.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This action adventure game is one of the best -- and most surprisingly fun -- Nintendo Switch titles of the year. Astral Chain offers rewarding real-time action, with a compelling art style and simplified controls. While the combat might grow a tad repetitive after a while, the ability to swap out Legions changes things up nicely. There's also new environments to fight in, puzzles to solve, and a surprisingly interesting story tied to the alternate dimension called the Astral Plane, where the deadly Chimeras originate from. It's the simultaneous action against the enemies -- man and machine -- that will keep you glued to the screen. And there's a surprising amount of depth to the melee battles between you, your twin, and the Legions. You'll earn up to five Legions over the course of the game (each with its own skill tree), and learn to master the timing of their attacks -- from locking down the Chimeras to unleashing various blows to their body, exchanging tandem strikes, and then finishing with a deadly move that results in a dramatic takedown. On a related note, the combos vary, too, which you'll start to get a grip on, including the temporary option to unleash two Legions at once on the relentless (and often huge) Chimeras.

Many of the side-missions (listed in your police notes) aren't worth writing home about, but it does break up the combat and fits the story, so it's not like these slower-paced and more exploratory parts feel like they're an afterthought. It really does all work well together. There are a couple of extra modes as well including a much tougher version of the game and a strange co-op option, where both players use their own Joy-Con controller. In that mode, one person controls the character and the other character is in charge of the Legion. Astral Chain is a surprising treat for Switch players -- especially those who like action and magna/anime. It's well worth the price of admission.

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