“Chronos: Before the Ashes is an atmospheric RPG that chronicles one young hero’s lifelong quest to save their homeland from a great evil. Central to this quest is an ancient labyrinth, which holds the secrets necessary to restore life and peace to their home. However, the architects of this labyrinth designed it to open only once a year. The labyrinth is a test, and each time the hero fails they are cast out and must wait one year to return.”
Just to note, Chronos: Before the Ashes is an overhaul of the 2016 game Chronos which was initially released for Oculus Rift.
The gameplay is very much in style of Dark Souls genre that has been booming in the past few years in gaming. This style of gameplay has a very enthusiastic fanbase to say the least.
I had a blast with Chronos. The gameplay is very addicting and the character management mechanics are simple to pick up. As your character ages certain skills get stronger and others get weaker.
To answer a question I assume you might be wondering, the maximum you can age your character is 80, after that, your character no longer ages and you just keep playing at the age of 80.
It provides a consistent and mostly evolving experience as the game continues on.
My only drawback from this game is the modern era portions of the game. I know its to tie into the Remnant series but it really took me out of the experience, especially at the beginning of the game when you are in a factory with a sword and shield.
The sound effects and music are understated and I feel work for the genre and setting of the game. It would have been nice to give the game some more life and really punch up the noises and grunts the monsters make and maybe add some more voices for the main character in the game.
I played this on Xbox One, Xbox One X, and Xbox Series X. I noticed a general increase in graphical fidelity on each system. Right now the visuals are locked to 30 frames per second since this game was released on Xbox One consoles, I would like to see an optimized patch released on Series X to bump it up to 60 fps. The Auto HDR really makes the color pop when comparing the versions. The graphics themselves with the art style and monsters are well done. Lighting is great and the monster design is certainly creative.
I give this a solid recommendation. Do you like “Souls-like” games? Do you like single player RPGs with no microtransactions? Do you like brand new games that retail for only 29.99? Then this is the game you’re looking for.