An excellent combat system buffers a classically unhinged anime story in an action RPG whose ambition outpaces execution.
What is it? An action RPG featuring psionic powers and a whole lot of dating sim trappings.
Expect to pay: $60/£40
Developer: Bandai Namco
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Reviewed on: Windows 10, GeForce GTX 1070, Intel Core i7-9700 CPU, 16GB RAM
Link: Official site
Scarlet Nexus is a little too big for its britches. Bandai Namco’s latest original game aims high—this is an action RPG hybrid festooned with Devil May Cry-like swordplay and Monster Hunter weak spot targeting, bottled up in an epic narrative that seems to explore a new high-concept sci-fi theme with every chapter. (There’s time travel, neural implants, totalitarian governments, the basic question of consciousness.) In the margins you’ll find a Persona-ish relationship system, an interlocking network of psionic powers, and a boatload of frilly, cosmetic customization options. It’s a wonder how close it comes to pulling all of that off at once.