Chained Echos Review (PlayStation 4)

For our Chained Echos Review, We travel to Valandis who has been at war for several generations, manipulated by foolish tyrants. Can we put history back into the hands of man? Our choices will impact the fate of Valandis and its citizens. We will try and find everything an RPG lover’s heart needs. Complex equipment and skill system, stats, loot, sidequests, big towns, dangerous dungeons, and since this is a classic JRPG-styled game a whole lot of minigames.

Chained Echos Review Pros:

  • Beautiful 16-bit graphics.
  • 1.09GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • 15 save slots.
  • Works on Playstation 5.
  • Accessibility settings – overdrive area size (normal/extra tight/wide), enemy stats (low/normal/high), text speed (1 – 3), screen shake, white flash, and aggressiveness (low/normal/high).
  • Game options – autosave, battle cursor memory, vesta display, new skills display, vibration, language, and traversal display.
  • Retro look, modern feel.
  • RPG gameplay.
  • Tutorial hints as you play.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • Multiple choice encounters.
  • Turn-based combat.
  • Save/load when you want from the menu.
  • The overdrive bar in combat fills as you play and when you hit overdrive, your party takes less damage and deals more damage.
  • Combat is fast and fluid.
  • A beautiful world to explore.
  • Grimoire shards can be earned and used by any party member. Shards work like a level-up.
  • Three skill menus to upgrade – action, passive, and stats boost.
  • Passive and skills need to be equipped but action and stats are automatically added.
  • SP is skill points and is used to level up action and passive skills.
  • Excellent presentation.
  • A massive map that fills in as you explore.
  • Loot chests everywhere.
  • The handy red dot on characters that have something new to say.
  • Fast loading times.
  • After combat, you get straight back into the game.
  • During combat, you can get interruptions that can change how the battle carries on or add new characters.
  • Vendors/shops to buy and sell items/gear.
  • Complete party management with options like formation.
  • You play a lot of different characters at the start with each playing a different role.
  • Mini-games galore with a lot of unique rewards.
  • Warnings will pop up if you go to an area where you can’t go back.
  • Ultra moves are amazing spectacles of animation and damage.
  • Big boss encounters.
  • Traveling around the world is varied with fast travel, platforming, etc.
  • Slight puzzle elements mixed in.
  • In your party, you can link a reserved character to another making a tag team that allows you to quickly swap and both are on one slot.
  • As you progress the true depth and variety of the combat show itself.
  • A lot of fun to play.

Chained Echos Review Cons:

  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • A lot to take in
  • The view can hinder traversal.
  • The enemy’s health only shows when it’s your turn in combat.
  • The menus are not as straightforward as you would like.
  • The combat initially is very bland.
  • A lot of loot chests but unsatisfied loot.
  • Hard cuts between character cutscenes.
  • No way to auto-advance the text.

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Chained Echos:

Official website.

Developer: Matthias Linda

Publisher: Deck 13

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  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!