Chained Echoes, the highly anticipated story-driven JRPG has finally arrived and it’s everything fans have been hoping for and more. And it’s perfect on Steam Deck!
Set in the vast continent of Valandis, players take on the role of a group of heroes as they journey across a wide array of diverse landscapes, from wind-tanned plateaus and exotic archipelagos to sunken cities and forgotten dungeons.
In Chained Echoes, you can choose from a variety of different classes, each with their own unique abilities and playstyles. Whether you prefer to take up the sword and fight in close combat, channel powerful magic spells, or board your Mech.
One of the classic features of Chained Echoes is its fast-paced turn-based battles. Enemies can be seen running around on the map, allowing players to choose whether to engage them or avoid combat altogether. This adds a level of strategy to the game, as players must carefully consider their approach in order to emerge victorious.
In addition to its engaging combat system, Chained Echoes also offers a deep and complex skill and equipment system. In this game you can loot, steal, or craft a wide variety of items, allowing them to customize their characters to their heart’s content. And for those who love to explore, Chained Echoes also lets players customize their own airship, allowing them to travel and fight by foot or in their Mech.
But perhaps the most impressive aspect of Chained Echoes is its stunning 16-bit SNES-style graphics. The game’s vibrant color palette and character designs are a throwback to the classic RPGs of yesteryear, while the music, inspired by PSX RPGs, adds an extra layer of nostalgia. It’s a real love letter for fans of the genre.
Chained Echoes on Steam Deck
The game runs brilliantly – there are no graphics settings, but it holds 60FPS with more then 4 hours of battery life. Sometimes the game can freeze for a second, but this occurs very occasionally and does not disturb the gameplay much.
Chained Echoes has full gamepad support and a very readable UI and fonts.
All in all, Chained Echoes is a must-play for fans of the JRPG genre. With 30 hours of playtime, fast turn-based battles, no random encounters, and tons of items to collect, there’s plenty to keep players engaged for hours on end. So why not take up your sword and join the fight for peace in Valandis? The fate of the continent is in your hands.