13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Switch Review
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim remains compelling on Switch, with a seamless transition to the platform, making it worthwhile for new players.
The release of 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim was something of a surprise to many gamers, as the game didn’t receive a ton of hype in the lead up to its launch. Opinion on 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rimdeveloped by Vanillaware and published by Atlus, reported that those who missed it were doing themselves a disservice, as many positive accolades were received for the sleeper shot.
Now, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is coming to Nintendo Switch, where that platform’s wider appeal and accessibility gives it a second chance to be discovered by those who might enjoy it. The game follows 13 different characters as they explore a wide range of sci-fi timelines and experiences, piloting mechs with the goal of saving multiple worlds – all while being teenagers (sometimes). These interactions are portrayed through the eyes of each character as the player inhabits their perspective through various intertwining stories, and the result is a complex narrative that, while stumbling in places, ultimately shines as an excellent and unexpected.
These stories are told in the Remembrance section of 13 Sentinels, which allows players to inhabit each role and progress the narrative through small glimpses of its puzzle pieces. These moments are beautifully captured by an anime-inspired retro aesthetic that creates beautiful scenes between its 2.5D protagonists. While this section of the game functions much like a visual novel, its multiple reveals, branching story choices, and character depth mean that even those not typically predisposed to love this genre will find plenty of reasons to stick around.
This is before diving in 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rimamazing combat system. A mecha tactical strategy title can sometimes rely heavily on cool graphics and other effects to support its systems, but 13 Sentinels strips everything down into a stripped-down, monitor-like representation of a battlefield grid. It’s more like a commander viewing a battle through an electronic rendition of its skirmish sites, and it emphasizes what the game does so well: planning and positioning.
Players must maneuver characters in 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim on a battlefield that always moves between decisions, and the strategy begins before they even step onto the pitch with team rosters, customization, and ability unlocks that create multiple ways to approach each battle. As 13 Sentinels: Aegis RimThe combat of has already been praised, it is very important that the Nintendo Switch version preserves its ease of use and its convincing strategic maneuvers, both of which remain excellent.
As a Nintendo Switch port, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim works quite well. Beyond the battles remaining fluid, the visuals and transitions between sections were also seamlessly integrated into the platform, with no stuttering or frame rate drops, even during particularly chaotic combat or more crowded scenes. Naturally, as with all Nintendo Switch ports, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim also benefits from its newfound portability, as the game’s brief chunks of story and smaller-scale combat work well as distractions during transit or other brief respites.
Ultimately, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim remains largely unchanged on Nintendo Switch minus the platform strengths and weaknesses that exist independently of the title. That’s good, because 13 Sentinels remains one of the most intriguing releases of recent years, and a game that a lot of people have slept on, put off by its anime or mecha-inspired origins. Beneath this cloak lies a resonant history spanning generations and dealing with interesting and innovative topics – and 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is highly recommended to anyone as a result.
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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim will launch for Nintendo Switch on April 12, 2022 and is available now on PlayStation 4. Screen Rant has been issued a digital download code for the purposes of this review.
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