I hope you’ll indulge me the cheeky title. Must be what’s in the air this time of year.
Anyway, I’ve started playing CrossCode after doing a Steam deep dive yesterday, and I am absolutely floored by this game. I know it first made a major splash in 2015, and it’s been in development/Early Access for over two years now, but I didn’t see any threads or posts about the game here. Seeing that the geniuses over at Radical Fish Games are planning an early 2018 “official release” for CrossCode, I thought a new thread for this incredible project would be warranted.
CrossCode is a retro-inspired, 2D action-RPG made with pixel art. WAIT! WAIT! DON’T LEAVE! You, stop yawning over there. I kid, I kid, but I appreciate that such a description may feel extremely old hat for many people. I WAS ONCE LIKE YOU. But after a fair bit of research and a romp through their free demo, I was quickly and irreversibly converted. OK, so, imagine Chrono Trigger played like Hyper Light Drifter, but instead of a classic JRPG or oblique fantasy story, it was more Ready Player One with a side of Memento. The characters feel real and fleshed-out, even as some of them play off classic archetypes. After playing the demo, not only was I fiending to sink my teeth into the mechanics, I was absolutely dying to continue the story. Oh, yeah, and it’s also challenging in a very satisfying way. No, it’s not Souls-esque, but there is a difficulty that seasoned gamers will surely appreciate.
If 2018 is anything like 2017, it will be chock full of amazing games that we’ll all come to furiously love. (I’m desperately hoping that this drop-dead gorgeous unnamed project materializes sooner than later.) But I do truly wonder if one of next year’s best might already be sitting right in front of us. Anyone feel the same way? Or maybe this didn’t light your fire quite like it did for me? Very curious to hear about other experiences with CrossCode.