- System: Oculus Rift (PC)
- Publisher: MyDearest Inc.
- Developer: MyDearest Inc.
- Release Date: December 3, 2020
ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos Trailer
Who it Caters to
Nonetheless, if you really enjoy anime like Neon Genesis Evangelion or Gurren Lagann without a doubt you should be giving ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos a try.
What to Expect
If your idea of immersive storytelling is mostly sitting down and enjoying a good show in 3D, then ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos is ideal for you, but if you want to be able to walk around, explore for yourself a 3D anime world, examine NPCs up close, interact with your environment and find out what doors a VR world opened to the future of Japanese visual novels…. well, you might be very disappointed.
ALTDEUS does have some interesting, unique, and visually pleasing characters, like the beautiful Noa or the eccentric professor Julie, and of course we can never get enough of the really cool design they went with for Anima… but the backgrounds really make them no justice and they always fall flat and empty, leaving a lot to desire. For a game meant to be played through several times to fully understand the story, you really feel enclosed in the 6 or 7 spaces all the story paths take place in. Some of the spaces indeed had the potential to be awe-worthy and memorable, but the pixelated textures, the low graphic quality, and the extremely minimalistic presence the backgrounds have in every scene really take you aback, especially if you have seen the real potential that VR world backgrounds can offer in other games.
Knowing that Noa is an idol, we were a little disappointed not hearing her sing too much throughout the game, we’d only hear her during our missions aboard our fighting robot, the Alto Makhia, but even Noa promises her usual songs, the reason she is so popular with the people, are much better than what you hear during combat… but I guess we will never find out as Chloe doesn't seem to appreciate idol music, and much rather listen to the soft tunes her best friend Coco hummed.
Without the freedom of movement and the lack of flowing animation in the characters, the sound should have played a very important role in ALTDEUS, but it didn't. There was an attempt to make this Japanese visual novel more enjoyable for overseas players by making the story completely dubbed in English, but even the voice acting fell short, as most of the timelines will not match the emotions of the characters on-screen. The English voice acting of the main character Chloe was more or less suitable with her doll-like persona, but for a very important character, Coco Coconoe, they really did her dirty and she really does not sound like the warm ray of sunshine they meant for her to be, and that really messed up with the immersion of the story. Other characters that were often on screen sounded like your typical anime-dub, not great, not bad, just nothing special… except for the mad scientist Julie, which was on top of her great performance from beginning to end.
Something that could have been very exciting to do in the gameplay was being able to pilot a mecha robot in VR, but even this is done to the bare minimum, only being able to control the hand movements while piloting. Unless you plan to play ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos several times for the story, there are very few times you’ll be piloting your Alto Makhia. In general, the game performs poorly when it comes to movement and quick actions, often spending a lot of time on black screens just listening to the action instead of actually displaying it on screen.
The game’s most appealing point in regards to gameplay is the Libra system, a device that aids you by displaying your thoughts and desires into choices to better interact with the people around you. The Libra is what you really want to pay attention to during your adventure in this game, as selecting different choices using your Libra can potentially change the direction of the game’s story and how others perceive Chloe.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
Initially, the game is not straight forward about having more to the story than what you’re playing, and it's up to you to discover the extremely convenient use of Ariadne, a universe-like menu that lets you select and go back to a specific time in the story at any point, avoiding the need to re-play the entire game just to select a different story path. ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos gameplay can be as short as 3 hours, but taking advantage of the Ariadne can offer many more hours and several different experiences throughout the game.
- Experience being in a Mecha anime “in real life”.
- An interesting new approach for visual novels.
- Subtitles available in several languages.
- Dub available in English.
- Multiple endings.
- Poor graphic quality.
- Lots of static animations.
- Inability to move around freely.
- 2D video clips.
- Expressionless voice acting.