With the horror style going via a sudden however welcome revival, a bang-average title is not actually going to chop it anymore as The Callisto Protocol and Lifeless Area loom on the horizon. Sadly, The Chant is precisely that. It is an okay sport, however it may be forgotten about simply as rapidly because it comes.
A 3rd-person title about combating psychedelic threats somewhat than hiding from them, protagonist Jess has determined to take a non secular retreat that manages to go pear-shaped inside perhaps quarter-hour. The sport leaves completely no room for suspense to construct, instantly thrusting you right into a battle towards one other dimension after a ritual goes mistaken. 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 shortage of a lock-on making it harder to evaluate distance. Among the powers you get are fairly cool, however you may 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 truly be spectacular. The Chant feels prefer it was made to be purposeful and nothing extra. Generally we loved the 5 to six-hour title — significantly when the Jared Leto knock-off of a cult chief was ever on display screen — whereas different occasions we did not.
It is essential to recognise this is not a AAA sport, although, so a few of its visuals come off fairly grand. With views throughout the island and the encompassing ocean, there are some picturesque pictures to get pleasure from when the solar’s up. A rock-solid 60 frames-per-second ensures all the things runs easily too, irrespective of how intense the motion will get.
If solely the remainder of the sport may attain these requirements; it is a frustratingly common title that does nothing significantly properly nor insultingly dangerous. The Chant is simply very okay, which might be essentially the most boring route it may take.