With the horror style going by a sudden however welcome revival, a bang-average title is not actually going to chop it anymore as The Callisto Protocol and Useless House loom on the horizon. Sadly, The Chant is precisely that. It is an okay recreation, however it’ll be forgotten about simply as rapidly because it comes.
A 3rd-person title about combating psychedelic threats moderately 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 in opposition to one other dimension after a ritual goes mistaken. What follows is not practically as attention-grabbing.
With a considerably cinematic edge, the sport funnels you thru fairly linear areas, combating monsters and fixing puzzles as you go. The fight system feels clunky a whole lot of the time, with heavy-handed animations locking you into assaults and the dearth of a lock-on making it tougher to evaluate distance. A number of the powers you get are fairly cool, however you possibly can solely use them a lot; their use is ruled by a meter you by no means really feel is kind 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 practical and nothing extra. Generally we loved the 5 to six-hour title — notably when the Jared Leto knock-off of a cult chief was ever on display screen — whereas different instances 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 get pleasure from when the solar’s up. A rock-solid 60 frames-per-second ensures every part 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 notably nicely nor insultingly dangerous. The Chant is simply very okay, which might be essentially the most boring route it may take.