As you know, RPG fans are divided into two categories — some prefer a single adventure, other souls do not chayut online. Well, publishers sit on the pipes and wait for money from them. How to reconcile? The answer is simple — both should play CrossCode.
CrossCode is actually a game in the game, a kind of virtual role-playing MMO simulator, but made in the format of a single two-dimensional RPG, stylized as a 16-bit classic. Sounds complicated? Let me explain.
The fact is that the main character is a blue — haired girl Lea, who in the story in the distant future plays CrossWorlds, an online MMO with full immersion. Or rather, she, Lea is a virtual avatar live girl. The action takes place on a huge island in the real world — hundreds of people pay money and are loaded here in the form of their artificial incarnations to become real heroes, the saviors of the world, the killers of dragons and so on and so forth.
In General, if in some cyberpunk movie or game you’ve seen people lying with their eyes wide open on the floor, go from real life to virtual, imagine that among them there is our Lea. She herself sits somewhere on the 20th floor of a neon-wrapped skyscraper, and her virtual body at this moment cuts into pieces of monsters and gets new levels.
From gamers to gamers
As futuristic as it sounds, in virtual CrossWorlds we see many signs of typical modern MMORPG — and the authors of their constantly ironic beat. Rather, do not beat, and make us look at it all from the inside. Barely appearing in the first available city, we meet a red-haired girl with a French accent, who asks Lea at what stage of the “tutorial” she is.
After finishing it, Lea becomes the object of hatred of another character, a guy (also with a non-banal hairstyle, of course), who accuses her of cheating — they say, well, she could not immediately reach the fourth level, because I’m only on the third. Then it will cause a character in a PvP duel and it will be a story, framed as a battle with “boss”.
Beginners arrange tours of the city, show a place where you can lose all the skills, and where — to get the main story quest. On the streets constantly meet characters who are engaged in typical gaming cases — one to discuss among themselves the content of the next patch, the other busily running around from dealer to dealer, and others going to the party, the fourth asking us to help them, as their level of “skill” not the same as ours.
Outside the city, where Lea goes with the same red-haired “Frenchwoman”, also a full sense of presence in some MMO: boys and girls in more or less cool armor constantly scurrying back and forth, and a variety of animals, as expected, waiting for you to attack him-the first animals do not attack. Some local bears even sit on the ground and waiting for listening to music in headphones…
However, CrossCode is not just a pure geek joke from gamers and for gamers. This is really a full RPG, where only the prologue takes two hours. And then you are waiting for a lot of adventures and different worlds, from the typical fantasy to cyberpunk, where Lea no longer jumps on the bumps to get to the next chest, and on the roofs of houses and cars.
There is everything you need, and even more: tons of quests, more or less monosyllabic (in addition to the typical “collect/kill/bring” there are much more interesting options), a lot of different companions, enemies, locations and dungeons, work on different guilds and factions, mandatory in such cases, “grind”, fitting new bronze Pantalon and exciting pumping (Lea available more than 100 combat techniques and passive skills).
And there is a very unusual puzzle, built on the use of four elemental elements, as well as the ability of the heroine to throw Bouncing off the walls and objects of the sphere — they in various variations need something to turn on/off, calculating the exact trajectory.
But what is then different from the typical CrossCode MMORPG and why it is necessary to play, if you can do the same online, where instead of computer dummies will be real people? The fact that CrossCode-it’s not about online and not even about jokes about it, but above all about the story of blue-haired dumb girl Lea, who once played CrossWorlds, but completely lost memory and even the ability to speak. And now back in this virtual world to restore lost memories. In this story, a lot of drama, intrigue and sad notes that take the soul.
That is, this is a story game — with a lot of characters and dialogues worked out. And everything else, including the “grind” (which is not so heavy here), is perceived as a means of narration. Here you “farmish” and perform quests not to pump for a new RAID, and to lay down another story puzzle. Although no one forbids to postpone it for later and just explore the huge virtual world.
The result is a simulator MMO for those who does not like MMO, but have always wanted to try — the only way to here was a fascinating story, interesting puzzles, and no one is distracted chatting their ads “Sell sword” or “Who wants to party on the emerald raccoons?”. While lying: in fact, CrossCode-it is for all fans of the genre, regardless of whether you prefer to play in splendid isolation or in the company of living people. This is a large, diverse and very ambitious RPG. Developed it for three years, the money collected all over the world (including 90 thousand euros taken through Indiegogo) — and here it came out and is now dragging into their digital network with such force that I already estimate how to have time to pass it before the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, so they do not intersect in my personal schedule.