Scarlet Nexus Review – Cerebral Overload

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Scarlet Nexus review on PC

Scarlet Nexus is probably one of the craziest games I’ve played in recent memory when it comes to storytelling, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. But I know any action JRPG fan will love the fight. For better or worse, the storytelling and gameplay is frantic, fast-paced, and full of over-the-top sci-fi elements.

The game immerses you in a futuristic world of “Brain Punk” where every major technological advance is linked to the minds of people and the powers they have hidden in their psyche. For example, a network called Psynet allows citizens to telepathically send brain messages to whomever they choose to connect, creating instant communication through thoughts.

The history and technology are fascinating, and you’ll be introduced to it through the eyes of Yuito Sumeragi or Kasane Randall – it’s your choice. Each character goes through their own story and the two parallel halves come together to form a whole if you decide to play them both.

Yuito comes from a family of well-known politicians, but instead of following in their footsteps, he joins the superhuman branch of the Other Force of Suppression (OSF). The OSF is basically a military group that protects society from monstrous creatures called Others. He became a volunteer cadet in the OSF because one of its members saved his life when he was younger.

Kasane, on the other hand, lost her parents at a young age and was adopted by the army-oriented Randall family. Unlike Yuito, she was recruited to join the OSF after graduating at the top of her class thanks to her high-level skills.

Scarlet Nexus Yuito Kasane

However, Yuito and Kasane aren’t the only characters we follow in Scarlet Nexus. A multitude of platoon members are presented. Each protagonist is a part of a different OSF platoon, so depending on which protagonist you choose, you’ll get to know your team members through interactions exclusive to each storyline.

Fortunately, the two platoons are home to colorful characters, both literally and figuratively. They all have distinct personalities with interesting stories and unique powers that set them apart. Each member of the team also has literally different colored hair, along with custom OSF gear that stands out just enough to let their personality shine through.

Arashi from Kasane Platoon and Tsugumi from Yuito Platoon are some of the notables. Arashi’s Hypervelocity power grants her super speed, but of course, she’s easily the laziest member of the OSF. Tsugumi’s clairvoyance is essentially x-ray vision, which is useful for screening, but she has to consciously make an effort not to look at people, or just keep their secrets to herself when she accidentally does.

These little touches really help you connect with the characters. Making the powers have meaning outside of the game is just one way for Scarlet Nexus to create some serious and engaging conversations as well as some fun and light interactions with the team during the downtime found between the two. main missions of history.

Tsugumi Scarlet Nexus

The story is mostly told using small character boxes in addition to shifting background images, much like the sketches in the Tales games. There are also fully animated cutscenes for the major moments, but all other dialogue is done like this. The character box dialogue doesn’t detract too much from the experience, however, as it actually fits into the style of the game.

However, what detracts from the experience is the rate at which the story is told. Things start off pretty well, as you complete routine missions to exterminate the Others in various locations. But after a certain point the narrative will become more and more confusing as you progress. There are so many times when you’re about to get vital information and get attacked, or the characters say something like “there’s no time to explain”.

It can get frustrating, but as the truths come to light, the plot goes into wild and unexpected places. Honestly, I appreciate the sheer craziness of it all, although it’s a lot to absorb at the rate it unfolds. You will end up getting hit with twists after twists at breakneck speed. Thank goodness for the story summary section of the game menu.

At the very least, no matter what you think of the plot, I’m pretty sure you won’t be able to predict the majority of the insane and absurd story beats. In fact, so many amazing revelations are happening that at one point the characters themselves create a Brain Message group chat within your squad just to clarify the facts with each other and confirm what they’ve been up to. witnesses a few moments ago.

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Looking beyond the success story, it’s easy to see that the gameplay is where Scarlet Nexus really shines. It’s also a prime example of how the aforementioned brain technology works. Platoon members form psychic bonds with each other to share their mental powers through the Combat Weapons System (SAS) for short bursts.

The combat is extremely fun, fast and smooth, as you mix and match several different powers borrowed from your teammates to perform combos. At first, only one power can be borrowed from a teammate at a time, but the decently sized skill tree offers creative options as you level up. Certain skills allow Yuito and Kasane to use more than one power at a time, and this is where the chaos begins when it comes to combat possibilities.

The skill tree is initially divided into three sections: Improve, Develop and Support. Upgrading improves your stats in a simple way, for example by increasing ATK by 5%. The expansion unlocks brand new abilities such as Air Dashes or Salvage Rolls. Support adds new possibilities for existing moves, such as allowing you to activate two or more SAS support powers at the same time.

These SAS support powers are all based on individual timers that you can turn on or off at any time. Stronger powers like Arashi’s hypervelocity wear out quickly, while Shiden’s electrokinesis gives you electric attacks for quite a while. Balancing these abilities with the use of Yuito or Kasane’s regular telekinetic attacks is the trick of most fights. Things get even more difficult when some enemies are weak against some powers but can counter others.

Once you can use all four SAS powers of your teammates at once, you will feel unstoppable. Activating Gemma’s Sclerokinesis to negate damage while Hanabi’s Pyrokinesis adds an element of fire to your attacks covers both offense and defense. Adding two more, like Tsugumi’s Clairvoyance and Luka’s Teleport, will allow you to move around the battlefield while easily dodging enemy attacks, all at the same time.

But of course you have to specify this area of ​​the skill tree. Do you want more SAS teammate abilities at your disposal, or do you prefer to upgrade your individual stats to do more solo combo damage? The choice is yours, and it feels good to know that those choices made in the skill tree actually show a noticeable difference in gameplay.

scarlet team nexus yuito

Scarlet Nexus is a game that might well divide gameplay enthusiasts and story lovers in the middle. Your mileage can vary with this one, depending on which of those two things you enjoy the most – and whether or not you’re ready to let the tale take you on a wild ride.

Many plot twists and reveals are almost outside the realm of credibility, even in this sci-fi world. But I really enjoyed being constantly surprised, because I could never really tell where the plot would go from moment to moment.

The fight is undoubtedly the star of the show, however. Even when it gets tough to take the narrative seriously at times, these smooth, mellow combat mechanics will eclipse issues to bring you back immediately, no matter which peloton you choose to ride with.

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Scarlet Nexus live review

Reviser: Ethan Anderson | Award: editors Choice | Copy provided by the publisher.

Advantages

  • The combat is extremely fun, fast and smooth.
  • The two platoons have colorful and distinct characters.
  • The plot is crazy.

The inconvenients

  • “There is no time to explain.” cliches.
  • The plot is crazy, and not always in a good way.

  • Scarlet Nexus gets Kasane Randall action figure by Kotobukiya
  • Scarlet Nexus gets new DLC pack and free update
  • New Scarlet Nexus Trailers Showcase DLC, Free Update, and Xbox Game Pass Release
  • Scarlet Nexus & AI: Somnium files are now available on Game Pass
  • New Scarlet Nexus trailer features update 1.03 and its improvements

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