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Guide and Walkthrough by CyricZ

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 02/09/2020
FAQ of the Month Winner: February 2020 | Highest Rated Guide

File 01: [Startup]

01 - Walkthrough

If you have this guide open, you're likely already well past this part, but mama always said "do the whole job", so the minute you start up the game, you'll see the opening cutscene and be thrust into character creation. I will say that you can always return to this File later on if you want to adjust your character or switch to the other twin to see what it's like playing as a different gender. Whichever of the Howard twins you pick as the player, the other twin will be "Akira Howard" (Akira is an androgynous name in Japan) and more of an actual character in the game, whereas your player character is merely a silent protagonist.

Commander Yoseph Calvert completes his latest (dangerous) experiment and is ready to assign his two new candidates to the team. Unfortunately, they're out in the field right now, responding to a chimera attack in the city. We cut directly to your player character, on their super futuristic super cycle as they speed towards the scene.

Chapter 1 - Rush

Red Case: Hot Pursuit

And yes, you have control here. Platinum don't skimp on the opening. The controls are simple: tilt the Left Stick left and right to steer, hold down ZR to fire from the front of your bike, and press B to evade. Evading will evade anything, be it enemy fire or cars in the road. Don't think too much about it.

Enemies will float in front of you and take shots. Fire back at them to clean them out. Soon, you'll come across wrecked cars on the road. Drive around them or press B to evade through them. After dealing with several enemies, you'll hear a vehicle revving from behind you. A van will appear and drive in front of you, and enemies on them will start throwing incendiary devices. Hammer on the van with concentrated fire until it explodes and flips. Make sure you dodge it.

Lastly on this, a large truck will pull up on the lane to your left. Your character will pull out their blaster. Use Left and Right to move alongside the truck and tap ZR to fire a series of burst shots. Sweep the top of the truck to clean out all the monsters that hop onto it.

After some flashy bike work, you'll land close to where Akira has engaged the enemy. Practice moving around on foot as you like and head up the highway a little bit.

Chapter 2 - Forecast

Blue Case: Highway Rescue

The nearby medic will call you over. Walk over to the marked civilian and press A to pick them up. You'll move slowly, but make your way forward following the medic. Place the civilian on the stretcher with the spotlight shining on it.

Continue up the road. As you pass by some vehicles...

Red Case: Aberration Assault

These are Aberrations, ultimately simple and weak enemies, but in your current state where all you can do is attack and dodge, you should take them seriously. Beat down the two in this area, the move further up and you'll be ambushed by another Aberration popping out of the back of a van. Alongside two other officers you'll have to deal with this crowd of about five Aberrations. With all of them down, three Filthwing (flying) Aberrations will appear. Press Up on the Control Pad to switch to your blaster, then gun each of them down. As you auto-target, it should be too hard hitting them.

With the enemies gone, you're free to continue along the highway (use your map if you get turned around). As you come across some more injured officers, you'll also spot some crates. Open them for supplies. All three crates in this area contain Medicine !. The exclamation point means these items are field supply that get turned in after the end of the File. You also have a limited availability for permanent stock, which you got from completing the previous cases. Walk into the last area. You'll face off against an invisible... something. You can't cause damage to it, so hang back until after the cutscene that comes.

Jin, Alicia, and your father Max have showed up, using their own odd creatures to take out the invisible enemies. Commander Calvert comes through on the comms and clears you and your sibling for carrying a Legatus, a device that allows you to summon a Legion.

Red Case: Fighting Back

Not only can you see your enemies now, but you can also fight them. Your first enemy is the chimera type I call Claw. Fast and vicious, but not especially durable. In addition to your regular attacks, use ZL to send your Legion at them. The Legion will attack on its own, so worry about yourself. Dodge if attacks come your way. Don't try anything too fancy at this point; you've still unlocked very little of the moveset. Once the Claw is down, some Aberrations will show up, so defeat them. Also a new chimera which I call "Infantry" shows up. Another weak kind with a sword and shield. Once the Abs and Infantry are cleaned out, more Claws will show up. Continue to defeat them and eventually your first named Legion will appear.

Laius is a head taller than the Infantry and more skilled at the sword and shield. Still, there's only so much you can do against it in your current state. Watch the red flashes to know when attacks are coming so you can dodge, otherwise keep up the attacks.

When you've cause enough damage Laius will leap behind the wreckage and the highway section you're on will give way. You'll be stuck on the slanted section and will have to use the Left Stick to dodge left and right to avoid the oncoming cars. Once you're facing a flaming truck, your Legion will take over and you'll get a mini-taste of what it's like to work together.

Well the File is complete, and now it's time for the anime opening of Astral Chain! Kono bangumi wa goran no suponsaa no teikyou de okurishimasu!

Anyway, you'll go to the File Result screen, where you get notes on your Cases, your Duty Points, and the pay you got from the File. You'll notice that you didn't get a letter grade of any kind for this File. Just a stamp of a dog. That's because the game defaults to "Casual" difficulty, where you're not ranked. If you're craving the true Platinum experience, take the opportunity the game presents you and switch to "Pt Standard". From here on out, you'll be given letter grades on every Red Case and on the File Result.

Continue to the next File.

CyricZ started writing to get all the thoughts in his head about video games onto paper and it got out of hand.

If you're looking for other guides by him, you can search the Yakuza series or the LEGO series on GameFAQs.