In a far distant future, a psionic hormone was discovered in the human brain, granting people extra-sensory powers and changing the world as we know it.
Just as humanity was entering this new era, deranged mutants known as Others began to descend from the sky with a thirst for human brains. Highly resistant to conventional attack methods, extreme measures needed to be taken to battle the overwhelming threat and preserve humanity. Those with acute extra-sensory abilities, known as psionics, were our chance to fight the onslaught from above. To this day, psionics have been scouted for their talents and recruited to the Other Suppression Force (OSF), humanity’s last line of defence.
Take on the role of Yuito Sumeragi, a new recruit to the OSF aiming to become an elite psionic like the one who saved him as a child. Armed with a talent in psycho-kinesis, explore the futuristic city of New Himuka and uncover the mysteries of a Brain Punk future caught between technology and psychic abilities in Scarlet Nexus.
Kinetic Psychic Combat: Using psycho-kinetic abilities, the world around you becomes your greatest weapon. Lift, break and throw pieces of your environment to build your attack combos and lay waste to your enemies.
Exterminate the Others: Deranged mutants that descended from the sky, highly resistant to conventional attack methods and defences. Tormented by the constant pain of their mutation, they seek brains of living organisms to calm their madness.
Discover a Brain Punk Future: Explore and protect a futuristic Japanese landscape that combines inspirations from classic anime and western science fiction.
Deep Story Driven Experience: Dive into a complex story of bonds, courage and heroism crafted by minds behind the iconic Tales of Vesperia.
Psionics, Aliens and Katanas: Scarlet Nexus Review
Joel Gunner | Jun 21, '21
The city of New Himuka has been invaded by a formidable extra-terrestrial opponent ominously referred to as the ‘Others’, a species with a voracious appetite for Human brain. They sporadically rain down from the skies with one intent: to feed. A task force of elite warriors known as the OSF, the Other Suppression Force, has been assembled in order to strike blows to the unwelcome visitors; we are introduced to two such members, a new recruit named Yuito Sumeragi and a veteran soldier named Kasane Randall. I wouldn’t want to mess with either.
Scarlet Nexusis a third-person Japanese RPG, developed by the revered Bandai Namco Studio, the creators of classic games likeTekkenandDark Souls,situated in the 1990’s Japan of an alternate universe wherein the technological proliferation has completely engulfed the way people live; the charismatic city of New Himuka is very much a cyberpunk setting. The game entangles the player in the character stories of Yuito and Kasane whilst also providing an engrossing plotline revolving around the fight against the repulsive Others. A fundamental tenet ofScarlet Nexus,a name translating toRed Connectionbuilding on the central red theme Bandai Namco likes to utilise, such as theRed MistfromCode Vein, are the collection of strings that connect the minds ofScarlet Nexus’playable characters; a concept reminiscent of Michio Kaku’s eminent explanation to the fabric of the universe: String Theory. Even by name,Scarlet Nexusadapts the traditional Japanese belief in Kizuna, a bond between people, into a futuristic means of warfare.
Alongside such encompassing cosmic comparisons,Scarlet Nexusfocuses on the two primary protagonists, the knife-wielding Kasane and the katana-swinging Yuito, whilst also allowing the player to interact with a plethora of other OSF soldiers each with their own abilities ranging from pyrokinesis and cryokinesis to teleportation. The psionic powers of the mind is an essential part of combat gameplay inScarlet Nexus, a commonality between all characters being the Psychokinetic abilities. It is this emphasis on psionic powers that led the creators ofScarlet Nexusto label the game a Brainpunk title. How many other JRPGs allow you to contend with monstrous aliens by throwing cars, spouting fire and engulfing them with iceallthrough the psionic mind?
Combat (in its many forms) is a leading focus within theScarlet Nexusgameplay which, when surrounded with the Cyberpunk atmosphere of New Himuka, is an extraordinarily transfixing experience. The ability to play as several characters within a game is nothing new, but it truly feelsdifferentinScarlet Nexus.Bandai Namco has done a fantastic job of ensuring that every character has their respective quirks that go beyond the superficial and into the gaming experience beyond; the difference between Kasane and Yuito is not just appearance or weapon preference, it ishowthey move and fight. Speaking of weapons, where blades may prove insufficient users can choose to trigger the Brain Field, activating a state allowing the character to accelerate the refilling of their Psionic Bar thus potentially leading to a string of unforgiving and relentless assaults on the Others. It is true that perfecting the combat loops and achieving offensive upgrades through the Brain Map both take time inScarlet Nexusyet for many this provides an honest challenge; we begin as the small fish in a big pond, fending off hideously deformed creatures skulking around every corner whilst each day becoming more efficient at doing so. I found thatScarlet Nexusmaintained my focus with variations in the area of effect in each characters combat style and so many components of gameplay to master instilling a challenge throughout. I felt truly responsible for each combo-attack made and each HP hit taken;Scarlet Nexussupplies the player a raw experience wherein the game doesn’t take over, it is driven by us and only us – a facet many of us will find extremely rewarding. The stimulating experience ofScarlet Nexusdoesn’t just stop there; the game forces us to bravely confront enemies in order to charge our gauges to saturation; it seems there is no hiding in the shadows for Kasane or Yuito today. Beyond the average ability bars,Scarlet Nexusincorporates the Drive System which awards the user for periods of ceaseless attack combinations with improved concentration, attack damage and Psionic abilities. Where Others are involved, slow and steady doesn’t always win the race.
To add yet another card to the deck ofScarlet Nexus’combat dynamic, Kasane, Yuito and the remaining members of the OSF can temporarily borrow one another’s abilities and brain force using a hive-mind concept known in-game as the SAS: the Struggle Arms System. Though currently unclear, it seems that through side-quests called Bond Episodes (with equally as enjoyable comic-style cutscenes to the main plotline) the player can reinforce the relationship between characters thus strengthening the power of the SAS. InScarlet Nexus,it seems that the better acquainted you are with your team the better able you are to fight the alien plants wearing stilettos. Neat, right?
Scarlet Nexus,the title looking to merge some of the most enticing elements of fan favourites likeCode VeinandAstral Chain, is set to be released on the 25thJune 2021 on Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Luckily you can pre-orderhere for Xbox One and Series X,herefor PlayStation 4 andherefor PlayStation 5!