With the horror style going by way of a sudden however welcome revival, a bang-average title is not actually going to chop it anymore as The Callisto Protocol and Lifeless House loom on the horizon. Sadly, The Chant is strictly that. It is an okay recreation, however it is going to be forgotten about simply as shortly because it comes.
A 3rd-person title about combating psychedelic threats relatively than hiding from them, protagonist Jess has determined to take a non secular retreat that manages to go pear-shaped inside possibly quarter-hour. The sport leaves completely no room for suspense to construct, instantly thrusting you right into a combat towards one other dimension after a ritual goes incorrect. What follows is not almost as attention-grabbing.
With a considerably cinematic edge, the sport funnels you thru fairly linear places, combating monsters and fixing puzzles as you go. The fight system feels clunky a number of the time, with heavy-handed animations locking you into assaults and the dearth of a lock-on making it harder to evaluate distance. A number of the powers you get are fairly cool, however you’ll be able to solely use them a lot; their use is ruled by a meter you by no means really feel is sort of full sufficient.
There are one or two neat puzzles in-between encounters, however once more, they by no means go far sufficient to really be spectacular. The Chant feels prefer it was made to be useful and nothing extra. Typically we loved the 5 to six-hour title — significantly when the Jared Leto knock-off of a cult chief was ever on display — whereas different occasions we did not.
It is vital to recognise this is not a AAA recreation, although, so a few of its visuals come off moderately grand. With views throughout the island and the encompassing ocean, there are some picturesque photographs to take pleasure in when the solar’s up. A rock-solid 60 frames-per-second ensures the whole lot runs easily too, irrespective of how intense the motion will get.
If solely the remainder of the sport might attain these requirements; it is a frustratingly common title that does nothing significantly effectively nor insultingly dangerous. The Chant is simply very okay, which might be probably the most boring route it might take.