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Astral Chain -- August 30th 2019

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5 minutes ago, Tim B said:

Zelda should be next, Luigi’s Mansion 3 might also make it and Pokémon Sword (the two versions will be counted separated for chart purposes) must have a chance as well. And Mario & Sonic, depending on exactly when it’s out.

It shouldn't be that hard to achieve this. There aren't many big releases left from other publishers this year and Nintendo have managed to place their games a week or two apart from the ones that are left ( Borderlands 3, FIFA 20 and Call of Duty ). Link's Awakening is between Borderlands 3 and FIFA. If it does manage to secure the top spot it's going to be very short lived.

 

43 minutes ago, Dcubed said:

Good news, though it did sell less than Bayonetta 2’s launch weekend in the UK (I’m sure it passed it if you include digital though).

It goes to show you just how rough the retail market is for games in the UK. For a couple of years now it has been on a decline and now you can pretty much reach the top by selling very few copies. That's not to take anything away from AC hitting the top spot though.

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1 hour ago, MindFreak said:

Thank you! I mentioned this in my review and I have not seen anyone else address these issues so thought I was alone on this regard.

I've not read any reviews for this at all, but it's quite surprising if that's not being commonly addressed. :blank: Sure it's not a huge deal, but definitely worth mentioning as it can crop up regularly across various locations. I'd be amazed if anyone could play this from start to finish without encountering it at least once, put it that way.

Anyway, good job on mentioning it in your review. :cool:

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It's good to see all 4 of the new releases last week up their in the tip 4 spots of the UK charts. Makes a change from GTA V being there for the umpteenth time. I think that while Astral Chain itself may be a niche game, Platinum Games definitely carry with it some level if prestige now, more so than say Remedy, and that probably helps a bit over the competition in terms of game sales.

Even with Wreckfest and Man of Medan, reviews were out for the former days before release and many of those were high in praise and the latter was advertised heavily as being from the team behind Until Dawn which sold very well for itself. Control, and Remedy in general, I'd argue is probably the more niche title of the lot and very much in keeping with their brand of weird and it's something people either get or don't. Performance issues probably also hindered it somewhat sales wise.

But yeah, well done to Platinum Games. I can't decide on it myself. While I liked the original Bayonetta, I grew a bit weary of it towards the end and I'm not a massive fan of that style of action game. So I can't tell if this would fall into that category for me or not. It does look ridiculously good in bits I've seen so I don't know. Perhaps once I've finished up with Link's Awakening I'll look into it provided it comes back into stock (something that hasn't happened with Fire Emblem: Three Houses I see, which is a bit annoying as I was wanting to check that out when I pick up my Lite in a few weeks).

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Whoo, I won myself a poster and pin (which you UK people got from pre-ordering on the Nintendo UK site I believe?).

And I won with this spectacular entry:

 

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40 minutes ago, Sméagol said:

and pin (which you UK people got from pre-ordering on the Nintendo UK site I believe?).

Yep. That’s the pin I got. 

Haven’t Started the game just yet (been busy with BotW DLC that I never finished) but I should be able to start this soon. Looking forward to it from what I’ve been reading from you guys. 

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I just completed the chapter that had me unlock my second Legion. If this one was normal length then the chapters are so.....long! There was just more and more and more even when I was expecting it to end. It took me three hours :eek:

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Yeah, some of the chapters are too long - and the Astral Plane sections are just not fun enough to warrant their length.

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Think I’m on the final chapter now, there have been some crazy twists and turns and a super hype moment which I actually thought could’ve been the end! (Not quite the finale of Wonderful 101 hype levels, but not far off. :D) Platinum Games are simply untouchable when it comes to this style of gameplay, absolute masters. :bowdown:

The combat has also really clicked for me over the last few hours, and I’ve been frequently getting S+ ranks at the end of cases as a result. :cool: This is easily my favourite playing game from Platinum, even more enjoyable than Bayonetta and Transformers Devastation, both of which I love. It’s an especially amazing feat considering this game runs at 30 fps, but yeah, it just plays so fantastically well. :) 

I actually can’t wait to finish the game, not because I want it to end, but so I can start a second playthrough! :bouncy:

 

 

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I'm happy for them this has become a hit. Apart from a few niggles, I'm loving the game.

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Up on the front page. :D

It's a fantastic piece of artwork which reflects a really wonderful game, which I really need to make the time to play more of. :peace:

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26 minutes ago, S.C.G said:

It's a fantastic piece of artwork which reflects a really wonderful game

Absolutely. :)

The credits rolled for me the other day (after 26 hours playtime) and I'm now going through all the chapters again to improve my rank, plus find the remaining cats and toilets. :grin:  Speaking of the credits...

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They're actually really cool as the music gets replicated via HD rumble and the images that appear are pulled from your album of in-game photos. I didn't notice this at first, but then I started seeing loads of familiar cat pics and I was like "hey, I took these photos!" :hehe: So yeah, everyone will get a different sideshow at the end of their game, which is cool. And if the images that are frequently being shared (and retweeted by Hideki Kamiya) on twitter are anything to go by, 99.9% of them will be nothing but ass shots! :heh: 

As for other post-game goodies...

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I've unlocked the Lappy costume, and several new voice types for the IRIS. The Lappy costume has to be one of the best special costumes in video game history, it just looks so incredibly stupid. :D It's especially hilarious in the cut-scenes too, and the motorbike section at the beginning of the game had me in stitches! :laughing:

Anyway, it's great to see that this game has done so well. It's easily one of my favourite Switch titles and with Platinum Games clearly firing on all cylinders I'm even more excited to see what they have in store for Bayonetta 3. :cool:

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Astral Chain Story Trailer

 

Maybe don't watch if you don't want any spoilers. I watched it, I'm only a few hours in and it makes me want to get right back into playing it. :D

It's just a shame that Astral Chain and Monster Hunter World: Iceborne had to release with weeks of each other, not to mention the other games coming soon...

On the other hand, plenty to play from now until the end of the year and beyond but I must make time for Astral Chain as it's a really well made title with a lot of love put into it.

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Started on the game and done a few chapters. Was finding the combat a bit iffy at first but am starting to get to grips with things. I still end up button mashing the attacks at the moment. I am liking it though. 

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