A retro-inspired 2D Action RPG set in the distant future. CrossCode combines 16-bit SNES-style graphics with butter-smooth physics, a fast-paced combat system, and engaging puzzle mechanics, served with a gripping sci-fi story.

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I am a backer from the original crowdfunding back in 2015 ! I loved the demo, but when the game finally came out I never played past the first area somehow ... Finally decided to fully try this a few years later and wow
So yeah, visually it's gorgeous, musically too. Gameplay is very interesting (I played with Mouse+keybord), reminds me a bit of NieR. There's a lot of plateforming/parkour despite the top-down angle, and the areas are very fun to explore (although they tend to be a bit TOO large actually). Big dungeons with great puzzles and mechanics that can get quite hard. Great stuff really !
The story ends up being really good too, despite the SAO vibe haha. I think the game has interesting stuff to say about AI and virtual worlds. And I just love the characters, I don't even really know why but they just feel very human, in their interactions with each others.
It's a very inspiring game for me. They were multipe times where I had to actually stop playing because I couldn't focus because I just kept thinking about how inspiring it was ...

really captures the mid tier phantasy star adjacent mmo aesthetic with its character designs in a way that is almost too faithful to the point I do not really enjoy looking at anybody
incredibly generous and completely deranged. I got past the first two major dungeons but doing some of the puzzles in the third one with stock joycons made me want to frisbee my switch out the window and into the path of a moving train

I like it a lot, its really hidden and i hope more people discover it soon.

it's a great game and one of the better RPGs i've played. for me, it was a wonderful experience. my main complaint is that it's... hard. really hard. this is not a problem for me, but i sense that its difficulty makes it inaccessible to a lot of people.

Powered through most of this in the like 2 weeks before it got removed from gamepass. There were some big plot developments and then right back to a new normal area to do some collecting. I got burned out and stopped there. Will probably finish some time.