Platform: Xbox x series
Also on: Xbox One, PC, PS4, PS5
Editor: Bandai Namco
Developer: Bandai Namco
Way: Digital / Disk
I have no interest in the anime. Even though I have played an absurd number of visual novels and other original Japanese games for this site, it didn’t translate into the fact that I have never searched for or watched Japanese cartoons.
I mention this up front because it is relevant to Scarlet Nexus in several ways. First of all, it’s a very lively game. Yes, there is action – and I’ll get to that in a moment – but for every monster fight you do in this game, you’ll be spending just as much time watching long cutscenes. Considering my lack of interest in the aforementioned anime, you might think that meant that I hated the game – or, at the very least, that it was impossible to get into it.
Now, I’m not going to lie: I lost interest in these cutscenes very, very quickly. As soon as I realized this was your standard “teens join weird version of the military, must save the world” trope, it all went in one ear and the other, and I don’t. held back for a single moment.
But here’s the thing (and that would be the second key point about how I don’t care about anime): I’ve always loved Scarlet Nexus. Even though I couldn’t tell you the name of a single character, it was still incredibly easy to soak up this game thanks to the fantastic fights. These militarized teens also have “extra-sensory powers,” which is a fancy way of saying that they can move objects with their minds – and, in combat, use those powers to pick up objects from your surroundings and throw them. on your enemies.
Let me tell you, there is something incredibly satisfying about picking up a truck and slapping a monster with it. For example, if battles were just your standard hack and slash fights, the game would be fine, but the addition of psychokinesis – not to mention the ability to merge with your teammates and send them on the attack – uplifts Scarlet Nexus on a whole new level.
Obviously, your enjoyment of Scarlet Nexus will probably be greater if you actually like anime (or maybe not – or whatever I know, the story of this game can be horribly bad!). But if you’re gender-neutral, that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a really fun action game.
Bandai Namco has provided us with a Scarlet Nexus Xbox Series X code for review.
To note: A-