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Astonishia Story

 

 

SCORE: 67

 

Astonishia Story 

 

Astonishia Story has the old Shining Force style of game play, and the RPG Master has quite a weak spot for that kind of a video game. Sadly Astonishia Story ends the similarities with the game play style. The game has the player take the role of a knight guarding a magical wand. This wand was descended from the gods, and grants the wielder a lot of power. The convey gets ambushed partially thanks to the bishop who is portrayed as an ignorant meddler. What makes Astonishia Story interesting is it came out of Korea.

The Playstation Portable (PSP) has some very nice graphics that it can support. Astonishia Story has all kinds of vibrant flowers, birds, characters, and houses that make it feel like a 32-bit game. There is a lot of violence, blood, and dead bodies throughout this game. Thankfully most dead bodies vanish after a second. There is also sexual content that the ESRB failed to mention. One example is the adult only bath scene that is a well known side quest within the game. Some of the characters use alcohol, and women are not always dressed properly.

The music in Astonishia Story is fantastic. If the battery on the RPG Master’s PSP would last longer sitting and listening to the musical score would be a viable option. Unfortunately there is also a lot of death cries as different characters dies. Since there is so much leveling up, there are a lot of death cries. There is also a lot of profanity in this game. Ubisoft needs to know that we do not need to be drowned in so much foul language. It becomes very repulsive pretty quickly.

It is simply astounding how many secret paths, items, etc. are hidden in this rather short role playing game. Some of the later dungeons becoming annoyingly long, and only one player can play this game at a time. The RPG Master found this game for just under ten dollars brand new, but feels your money would be better spent on a game without so much bad content in it.

Astonishia Story feels extremely old school in the leveling up department. There is no balance in this game, and quite a few places where the player is pretty much trapped to run away from every fight or die over and over again. The menu screens are laid out in a weird manner, and not being able to bypass certain conversations is annoying (editor: when fighting a boss again because death occurred the last time). The level design also has an old school feel to it as well.

There is a lot of talk in Astonishia Story about gods, and goddesses. Humans are trying to follow the mistakes of the Tower of Babel in this game. The sexual content, violence level, blood, alcohol, and language issues equates to a ‘M’ rating to the RPG Master not an ‘E10+’, but then the ESRB keeps getting it wrong. A travesty to the wonderful legacy left by the Shining Force series.
- RPG Master

 

Graphics: 66%
Sound: 69%
Replay/Extras: 71%
Gameplay: 70%
Family Friendly Factor: 59%
System: Playstation Portable
Publisher: Ubisoft
ESRB Rating: 'E10+' for Everyone 10+
{Animated Blood, Language, Mild Fantasy Violence, Use of Alcohol}

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