The Chant – Test on PS5, Xbox and PC

The Chant was released this 3 November 2022 on PS5, Xbox and PC. Does this interactive adventure with disturbing ambitions manage to convince and thrill gamers eager for thrills?


The Chant – Limited Edition (PlayStation 5)

The Chant – Limited Edition (PlayStation 5)

  • Investigate the strange history of the island and fight for your survival against an array of followers and creatures…
  • Collect items, craft them and manage your resources to improve your chances in close combat, or succumb…
  • Inspired by the psychedelic horror of the 1970s, discover colorful landscapes and an electronic soundtrack…

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Pitch- Disenchanted ?

The Song is edited by PrimeMatterunder the supervision of Plaionformerly called Koch Media. Even if the title was not highlighted at the Paris Games Weekit has the merit of intriguing by its theme around the cults and horror. The title is developed by Brass Token, a young Canadian studio whose leitmotif is to create games with interactive gameplay on the one hand and immersive storytelling worthy of the name on the other. With The Chant, they thus realize their first game of the genre and whatever one may say, it is indeed a mixture between tomb Raider and Until Dawn what it is, so they hadn’t lied to us! Note that the title costs you the trifle of €39.99so we won’t shout at thieves.

In this scripted and interactive adventure, you will play the young Jess. The title opens with an uncomfortable chase between the frightened girl and evil creatures. She then wakes up in her real life, that of the present apparently, to quickly find herself following her friend Kim. Kim takes her away in a place mysterious which she promises Jess will allow her to forget her problems. To tell the truth, her problem lies in the fact that she feels guilty again and again about the death of Feu, her sister!

Of course, this place that looks like sect brings together a panoply of individuals more barred than each other. Moreover, during the first nocturnal meeting, Jess realizes that the village is also inhabited by evil creatures, seeming to respond to the spells of a Scientology dictated by the laws of a mysterious prism! Passing through theculture standards new-agewith magic crystalsobsessed with 100% organic, without forgetting 100% recyclable weapons, the universe of The Chant surfs on a topicality rarely discussed in video gamesvalidate the effort.

jess and kim the song ps5

Your friend Kim is selling you dreams, beware!

Gameplay – it makes the birds laugh!

A balanced title…

The Gameplay of The Chant is based on a search for balance between the narrative story and the adventure game. Coupled with the paranormal context and the notions of a sect led by a purifying guru, the general idea of ​​the gameplay finds its balance. On the one hand, you will have to observeyou strollinterrogate and to harvest clues. On the other hand, you will have to fight battles and solve puzzles. And although it is very confusing at first, the simplicity of game mechanics helps achieve this effective balance.

Instead of the classic life bars, Jess is defined by three distinct attributes. Thus, at the bottom left of your screen, you will have to monitor her mental health, physical health and spiritual energy. Managing Jess’s emotions becomes very important from then on, because the worse she feels, the less efficient she is in her movements. From then on, it becomes more fragile to enemy attacks. Given the theme of the game, this management of emotions, manages to offer a gameplay different from the classics, and keeps the player in a claustrophobic atmosphere.

the chant scene of fear

Your friend Kim seems to be a lot worse there already… it smells like balls in the soup!

…between action and analysis

To defend herself, Jess will have to make a sage stick with herbs and a string. A trigger is enough to trigger the strikes. You can also select either salt, or later oil, to stun enemies. The fight scenes do exist, even if they involve very little technique and skill. It is here that the notion of balance between the action game and the contemplative game risks dividingr. For my part, I took a real pleasure in managing these fights, which are not the essence of the game, like in a nervous and relentless hack’n slash.

Note that to regenerate your three gauges, you can consume different plants like lavender, or store them in your inventory. The search for clues and objects made in the same range. Your micro missions are to interrogate cult members or find items. When you have gathered several of them, you can sometimes combine them to create a new item whose function is very scripted. This is how three bits of metal become a useful symbol for opening a door in the middle of Chapter 2. Note thateach time you dodge an attack, hit an enemy or perform an act of bravery, your skills evolve.

You would have understood it, The Chant offers survival horror mechanics in a very superficial way, without pushing them to the extreme. This makes it possible not to repeat the exercise of the action game, the success of which depends on the reflexes and the apprehension of the commands. The atmosphere, the management of resources and the observation are the key elements of success. This approach, as I said, is likely to divide. However, all those who are looking for a title with a tense and slightly creepy atmosphere, without wanting to invest in too ambitious orders, could totally find their account.

the chant combat with sage

Sage is like a sword, only more powerful!

Technique of The Chant – I want to sing for those!

For a first, the Brass Token studio did quite well. The game fails to match the AAA standards of the PS5 and Series X consoles, but for its AA budget it holds up overall. The environment is believable. The few characters are an illusion. The enemies have what it takes to be creepy. The chara-design of the antagonist bestiary is also particularly neat. You will fight spooky creatures, animated in visually very successful paranormal atmospheres. Even if it’s not the goriest and bloodiest game of this fall, the overall aesthetic hits its target.

Unfortunately, this set still includes two black dots. The animation of the main characters is very frozen. Their bodies move like robots and their gestures are terribly lacking in fluidity.. And the worst is the facial animations. In this regard, the game shows its limits, and above all, the limits of its development budget. The soundtrack, on the other hand, is totally in tune with the theme and accompanies the production brilliantly..

The other aspect that can make people cringe is the lifespan of the title. The story unfolds around 6 chapters, and each of them is quite short. By taking your time, you will complete the adventure in 6 hours. Certainly, your choices in interactive conversations and certain behaviors will trigger a different ending. However, the concept of a half-passive, half-active game means that we don’t really want to go back to it at the end of the story. For information, all three endings will revolve around 3 game philosophiesnamely either Mentalthat is Bodythat is Spirituality. For example, to trigger the end Mentalyou will have to collect the documents, often regenerate the spirit, choose the mental dialogue options and avoid killing enemies as much as possible.

the chant fights against two enemies

Two against one? I don’t care, I have sage, guys!

Reviews on The Chant – The ride of happy people?

The Chant is a good first game for the Brass Token studio. Although the title is far from perfect, it will delight fans of a genre, and a theme, little sought after by contemporary developers. If you’re looking for action and big thrills like Resident Evil, go your way. If you are looking for a 100% contemplative title, go your way. However, if you are looking for a calm, interactive adventure on all floors, without falling into the action game too demanding, The Chant could be the game of an afternoon to do with friendsfor the pleasure of being slightly shivered.


The Chant – Limited Edition (PlayStation 5)

The Chant – Limited Edition (PlayStation 5)

  • Investigate the strange history of the island and fight for your survival against an array of followers and creatures…
  • Collect items, craft them and manage your resources to improve your chances in close combat, or succumb…
  • Inspired by the psychedelic horror of the 1970s, discover colorful landscapes and an electronic soundtrack…

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Graphics – 7


Scenario – 7.5


Playability – 7.5


Tester’s Pleasure – 8

7.5

A promising first title, which will be able to freak out a group of friends for an afternoon, between two sessions of spiritualism!

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