Chained Echoes

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a game by Matthias Linda
Platform: PC (2022)
Editor Rating: 10/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 6.0/10 - 1 vote
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Chained Echoes
Chained Echoes
Chained Echoes
Chained Echoes

It's evident from the outlook of Chained Echoes that the developer is an old-school JRPG enthusiast. Even without playing, you can see from the visual theme, design, and overall aesthetic that the game includes the famous formula that jetted the genre to prosperity in the early 90s. We've got a modern title translated to fit today's hardware standards yet keep the nostalgia flame burning.

Chained Echoes is a JRPG with colorful, pixelated art, turn-based combat, a rich narrative, and meticulous attention to detail. What more could a genre fan ask for? Could we be seeing a new modern classic emerge? Considering the game is the work of a solo developer, questions would be raised as to whether it could accomplish that feat. But then again, nothing is impossible these days.

Echoes of the Three Kingdoms

Let's appreciate for a moment how well-endowed Chained Echoes is for the work of a single developer. The game world is gorgeous; there's a compelling story and plenty to explore and do within the vast continent of Valandis. What's left is to look at the gameplay and whether it can entice players to remain and complete everything this ambitious JRPG offers.

There's only one answer, and that's yes, Chained Echoes is brilliant. Players will form a group of heroes, each with extraordinary abilities, who travel the world to seek an end to the three kingdoms' war which rages across the continent. Without giving anything away, moments of love, humor, tragedy, and revelation combine to create one of the most compelling tales in indie games today.

On that note, it's hard to gear any criticisms toward this game. The precise knowledge that the developer is an old-school JRPG fan has the mechanics, visuals, and narrative combined seamlessly. It creates one of the most enjoyable genre experiences I've ever played. The diversity in combat, thought-provoking puzzles, and captivating story argue a case for a masterpiece.

It's hard to believe that this roughly 40-hour game is the work of a solo developer. But anything is possible when you understand design principles. Chained Echoes is a testament to that idea, where finding anything wrong with the game is challenging. All we can do is stand up and applaud the marvel that is this indie JRPG.

A New Classic Unchained

There's not much more to say about Chained Echoes than you must play the game. Rarely have I completed a title and thought that I couldn't find a single thing wrong with it, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Arguably, it has more presence than the similar Octopath Traveller, another genre game that argues a case for supremacy.

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So there's no need to weigh up in your head whether Chained Echoes is a decent investment for your console. The game is affordable, accessible, and will exclusively entertain, no matter what kind of player you are, casual or hardcore. Get ready because this title will be a classic, and we're sure we haven't seen the last of this world!

Round-Up - Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • One of the most immersive JRPGs ever played
  • The beautiful game world and compelling narrative
  • Every gameplay element integrates seamlessly

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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