Scarlet Nexus Demo Preview
“Link your minds, unlock the future.” Is the tagline or at least one of the tag lines for Scarlet Nexus. This new action RPG coming from Bandai Namco Studios has released a demo for Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S gamers. As we talk about Scarlet Nexus today we will be going through both paths with Kasane Randall and Yutoi Sumeragi. These are your Scarlet Guardians during the demo and we are going to see what they are capable of.
What is Scarlet Nexus?
On my personal take, I am getting ghost in the shell vibes. It seems that way from the start since they communicate through their minds, but that’s about it. Scarlet Nexus has a unique fighting mechanic that is interesting but checks out this quick synopsis.
In a far distant future, a psionic hormone was discovered in the human brain, granting people extra-sensory powers Burger 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 defense.
Well, that just messes up the mood. Humanity becomes superhuman but it seems only to feed an alien threat when you think about it. Enhanced brainpower is a good meal or these “Others” as they call them. The two characters that you get to use both have the same abilities but different means of melee attacks. Kasane uses Psychokinesis to use her throwing knives in battle. Yutoi uses Psychokinesis with his sword, which has limited range, but effective in being quick.
You will be able to lock on to enemies, but the best part is using your environment around you to fight enemies. With your kinesis abilities, you can chain attacks and then send an object flying. This will give you a greater attack causing big damage numbers and at times you will have a finisher. Hitting the LT button at the right time you can execute a final blow. Other objects in the area will use LT as well for a bigger attack that will have other actions. The first attack will be normal and then there is an additional attack with a different command.
Teamwork makes the Kinetic Work!
Kinetic psychic combat or as I am going to call KPC is the new fun feature in Scarlet Nexus. You will have a team of NPC’s that will help you through each fight and enemy. There is a face wheel when combined with RB since I am playing on Xbox. You can hit either A, B, X, or Y. Each granting you to borrow another player’s Kinetic powers. with Kasane, she has stealth, speed, duplication, and electricity. Yutoi has teleportation, Armor, Flame, and second site. Each person is with you on your crusade and lends their special finishers as well when you combine Y+B for a heavy attack at times.
The enemies all give off a different challenge which is why you will switch up between the abilities. Some enemies will be invisible so you will use a second site to see where they are. Some will be oiled up so flames will be needed. There will be heavy arms enemies so armoring up so you can take no damage will be key. There is a nice strategy here for you to utilize. Also, keep in mind that each will have a cooldown so you will have to wait before you can activate them again. However, you can shut down the ability by hitting RB and pressing R3.
Scarlet Nexus is something fun to get into. I am curious about where the story is going and the story I can get behind. The controls are easy to get used too and there is a nice skill tree to build your characters the way you want. Also, you can swap out characters to have different abilities. There is nice ease of use switching between abilities and finding secret areas was good too. Also, you do use health items that you can find and that’s pretty much it.
Scarlet Nexus is planned to release on June 25th, 2021 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. Pre-orders are going on right now which you can check out the different editions by clicking here. Thanks for checking out the preview and if you did play the demo share your thoughts in the comments below. – Beast Out –