Chaos Code ReviewJason Leyanna
A fight for the Chaos Code has begun!
Chaos Code is the 2D anime-inspired fighter that is now available on the PlayStation Network for $11.99 USD. The game was developed by FK Digital and published by Arc System Works. The game originally debuted for Arcades in 2011 and later released on the PlayStation 3 in Japan on April 3, 2013. Now Chaos Code is available in North America, which was released on September 3, 2013 on the PlayStation Network.
The story revolves around the Chaos Code. Power hungry people think that once they get the Chaos Code they will be able to dominate the Chaotics, which is an inexhaustible energy source. Other believe they will get wishes if they obtain it. Well... whatever the reason people are trying to obtain the Chaos Code, a fight for it has begun. There are 14 playable characters (15 if you consider Cait & Sith separately). There is an Italian chef, secret agent, sorceress, orphan, treasure hunter, among others. The characters are quite varied in type and hobby, but all are seeking the Chaos Code for their own reasons.
There is a story mode, training mode, versus mode and gallery mode. There are basic moves, combos and special moves (called Ultimate Chaos attacks) for each character like most fighting games. It is easy to button mash your way through the game if you are unfamiliar, but if you take the time to learn the more specialized moves it adds more depth to the fighter. The characters seems to be fairly balanced. Overall, the modes are what you would expect, but they could have given us more options.
There is currently no online gameplay, but hopefully that will get added at a later date. The developer said that they hope to patch this in the future. This is one drawback, but you are still able to play versus an opponent in your same household.
The style of the game is reminiscent of the Guilty Gear fighting series of games. The animations are quite good for a 2D based anime fighter. The colors are vivid and varied. The characters retain their Japanese voices with English subtitles. Iâ€™m perfectly fine with it this way over having English dubbing. The background music suits the game. The graphics and the audio fit well with the style of the game and add to its value.
It is nice to see more Japanese games get ported for play in the U.S. Chaos Code has a fair story, 14 playable characters, solid gameplay and mechanics, great anime-inspired visuals and a small price tag. $11.99 is a modest price to pay for a fighter on the PSN. The small roster is made up for by the variety and detail of the characters. It is a lesser-known fighter (in the U.S.) than other series, but still fun and authentic for a bargain bin price. Check Chaos Code out if you are an anime-style fighting game fan or like a game in line with the style of Guilty Gear! Chaos Code is worth a purchase with its value price.
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