The 1602 issue of Famitsu will be released on Japanese newsstands only tomorrow but thanks to the usual leaks the votes of the reviews leak out, among which we find two absolute first fruits such as Astral Chain and Oninaki, to be released respectively on 30 and 22 August.
Astral Chain, in particular, was awarded high-sounding votes by the four editors of Famitsu, who awarded the Platinum Games game a vote of 37/40 (9/10/9/9), very close to the Perfect Score (40/40), with three nine and a full ten.
Reviews Famitsu 1602
- Astral Chain (Switch) – 9/10/9/9 [37/40]
- Azur Lane: Crosswave (PS4) – 8/8/8/7 [31/40]
- Find the Balance (Switch) – 7/8/7/7 [29/40]
- Forager (PS4, Switch) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]
- Immortal Unchained (PS4) – 8/7/7/6 [28/40]
- Koral (Switch) – 7/7/6/8 [28/40]
- Obakeidoro! (Switch) – 7/8/7/8 [30/40]
- Oninaki (PS4, Switch) – 8/8/7/8 [31/40]
- Vambrace Cold Soul (PS4, Switch) – 7/7/8/7 [29/40]
Positive reviews also for Oninaki, Forager and Azur Lane Crosswave while they are less convincing Find the Balance, Immortal Unchained (released last year in the West), Koral and Vambrace Cold Soul.
With Astral Chain, Nintendo and Platinum Games may have found a new IP capable of bringing together public and critics, exactly as happened in the case of Bayonetta. The first Western reviews of Astral Chain will arrive next week, close to the launch, soon to discover if the Platinum game will have succeeded in breaking even in the heart of the European and American press.