The Chaos Code series has been out in the arcades for several years in Japan. With each update of the game, a home version follows (…eventually). Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastrophe is the latest version from the arcade, adding two new characters to the roster, as well as several game play balance changes.
There is a lot of single player content in this game, ranging from Arcade, Training, Survival, Score Attack, Mission Mode, and even Color Customization. Mission Mode is new to the series and allows players to focus on one aspect of the game (e.g. using only Normal Moves to defeat your enemy). As you play through the various modes, you will earn in game currency, “Chaos Coin C,” to purchase artwork, extra color palettes for characters, and online message plaques. The more you play, the more content will be unlocked for you to purchase.
Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastrophe’s gameplay is based around a 4-button layout, with two punches and two kicks (both sets Light and Heavy). In addition, you are able to choose the way you move your character on the ground (the game calls it “Bounce”), via dashing or running, as well as choosing between two extra special moves or two super moves, or a combination of one each. The game mechanics will be familiar to fighting game veterans and fans alike, as the Chaos Code series is inspired by many other games in the genre, such as Darkstalkers, Guilty Gear(Magic Chain Series combos, or when normal attacks combo into one another), The King of Fighters ( ground rolls and dodging), Street Fighter Alpha 3(air recovery), and Street Fighter IV(EX moves). While I could go in greater detail on the game mechanics, you may want to read up on Chaos Code player guide created by Steam user [YYFFM] UNICORNBOIZ, as the guide does an excellent job of breaking down the game mechanics.
For those who played the last previous version of Chaos Code, the game added two new characters: Ray, a large brawler who hits hard, and Lupinus, who is a mid- to long-range character with unique combo abilities. With 16 characters to choose from (including Hikaru’s alter ego, MG Hikaru), you should be able to find a character which fits your play style.
While I thoroughly enjoy the game play and the character roster, I was looking forward to playing online against other players. Unfortunately, over the past couple of weeks, I have unable to find anyone online. This is rather unfortunate, as Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastrophe is very fun and addictive.
Despite not being able to test out Network Mode, if you are looking for a new fighting game on the PlayStation 4 or for the PC (Steam), or you’re looking to get back into playing a more old school 2D fighter, Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastrophe will certainly do the trick!
[Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastrophe was purchased by the reviewer and reviewed on the PC (Steam) version. The reviewer spent over 20 hours reviewing this game.]
[ FK Digital/Arc System Works | Arc System Works | PC (Steam)/PlayStation 4 | $19.99 ]
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