Game Reviews

Astral Chain: Review So Far

I have not finished Astral Chain. Just want to get that out of the way upfront.

This is a long overdue review, but there are reasons for that. One of them being that I’ve been busy doing a lot of different stuff, and the other is that both of my Joy-Con controllers have serious drift issues. I’ve since gotten a new controller, and I’m waiting to send in the Joy-Cons as we speak. The other reason it’s taking so long isn’t a great one. It’s that I just don’t want to play the game.

If I was getting paid, then this wouldn’t be a problem. It’s a job. Play and review the game. Easy, but since I have do so many other things, plus go to work, that means that I only have time to play this game when I “want” too, and that’s a problem. I don’t know if I’m going to finish this game.

I got the game back when it came out in August, and I’m just now at the Wolf legion. I have no idea how close that is to the end of the game, but I don’t feel like I’m very close at all.

I don’t know what it is about this game, but I just have a hard time wanting to play it. When I do play it, I have fun, but not enough to play it for hours on end. It’s just not hooking me like it should. Part of this could be that I’m not a “character action” guy, but that’s mainly due to me not having played many of them and not me not liking them, and the other part might be depression. Again, I don’t know. This doesn’t mean that I think it is a bad game. No. In fact, I think it is fantastic. It’s beautiful, plays great, the story is fun, so much customization, etc. There’s so much to do in this game, and most of it is great. The problem is that I just don’t care.

The game isn’t boring, but I have a sense of boredom while playing it. It’s a weird feeling that I can’t quite describe. You know what, it might be straight up depression. Regardless, I’m having a tough time getting into it. I like almost everything about it, and if I beat it, I feel I would give it a fairly high score, but I just can’t bring myself to play it. It’s not like I’m not playing other games. Currently, I’m playing Stardew Valley, Yakuza 2, Doom 3, Okami, and I even just started up the original Half-Life. It’s not like I’ve just started hating video games all of the sudden, but I just can’t keep playing Astral Chain.

It sounds as though I don’t like this game, or even think it is a bad game, but that’s not true. I do like the game, but it’s just so hard to go back to it. Hopefully, I do eventually find a way to complete it, but I just don’t know.

All of this being said, I do recommend it. Bizarre, I know, but I do really think people should play this, especially if you can find it on sale. There’s just so much to do, and everything in the game is so well done, apart from the story, which seems pretty cookie cutter anime.

All in all, the game is good. There’s nothing wrong with the game, but there does seem to be something wrong with me.