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Astonishia Story - PlayStation Portable

by Ubisoft
Platform : Sony PSP
3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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  • For the Sony PSP
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Sony PSP
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • ASIN: B000E0L41K
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Release Date: March 18 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,064 in Computer and Video Games (See Top 100 in Computer and Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

Astonishia Story [Sony PSP] For the Sony PSP

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* Graphics are actually pretty good.
* Combat is basic SRPG and is good.
* Dungeon design is good.
* Thankful the game is short.

* The story is so weak that I just lost all interest in it.
* The characters are also boring and lack personality.
* The goals and quests are not always clear, often I found myself wondering where I should be going next.
* Game world needs a map, it was just to easy to wander around wondering where was the location of that place I needed to go to.
* Not enough variety of monsters to battle.

The story and characters are so weak that I just lost all interest in them. It wasn't so much the overall storyline but the game just doesn't do a good job of sucking you in. After a few hours I just didn't care why, who, what and where the story was talking about. The characters are just as watered down, they lacked depth and were just not interesting.

Game play is exactly like most SRPG's, this isn't a bad thing but with the story and characters being so bad this game desperately needed something to keep the players interest.

Final thoughts:
Don't waste your time on this game, it lacks heart. The game designers did a good job on the graphics and main game play mechanics. But they either ran out of money and rushed the story and character design, or just did a really bad job of it. Either way don't buy, rent or even look at this game if you come across it.

Game Play: 7
Graphics: 8
Story & Characters: 2
Value: 5

Score: 5.5/10
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9d652ff0) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1e8af8) out of 5 stars Reminds me of "Shining Force" games July 19 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on
This little game has an unimpressive beginning but gets better as it progresses. The graphics are so 32 bit, and yet quite engaging at times. Even though this is not a strategy game, the battles are fought shining-force style on a grid system. There are barriers and land-effects. The menu style is also very shining-force like, as are some of the graphics. The magic system is very sraightforward. If you liked shining force and classic RPG's, you'll like this. One minor flaw: The translation into English is rather imperfect.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1e8f00) out of 5 stars Great old-school style RPG June 27 2006
By C. M. - Published on
Although the story line is a fairly simple, it's very engaging and the characters are cute and very likeable! The graphics are typical of PSP RPGs, but the colors are fantastic. Some of the boss battles are pretty challenging, but regular battles usually just require learning how to work the system. I love this game, it reminds me of my childhood.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1e8f78) out of 5 stars A great game for its genre July 23 2007
By Lisa Shea - Published on
Astonishia Story is a very basic RPG game for the PSP. It offers top-down 2-dimensional style graphics with grid style battles. Whether you like this game or not will really depend on if you enjoy these styles of games.

For those of us who grew up playing Zelda and other similar games which had little blocky people running around a blocky world attacking enemies, the attraction here is very real. You don't need stunning graphics to have fun. You are a knight on a quest, working your way through betrayals and seeking to prove yourself. Random monsters jump you frequently, and you have to fight them off by moving around on a grid until you get next to them. You can only fight ahead or sideways - your attacking skills don't work on a diagonal :)

People who weaned their RPG skills on high end graphics and lush cinematics will find this game hopelessly pong-like. The dialogue is rather simple. The plot is rather simple. The graphics are ... less than simple.

On the other hand, people who can enjoy the elements of an RPG without needing the graphics around them will appreciate what this offers. Gameplay is straightforward. You don't need to memorize 80 buttons to attack - in fact, you can do everything pretty much with one finger. There aren't panic attacks as you try to hit buttons in time. The game patiently waits for you to make your choice. There's no swearing or mature situations. It's nice to find a game that is enjoyable and that everyone can play.

The graphics, once you accept that they're working in a flat two dimensional environment, are really are quite nice. The castles and landscapes have nice amounts of details to them.

Even so, I wish they did a little more playtesting before they released the game. There are subtle things that they could have improved that really would have made the game run more smoothly. There are maps where it looks like you can go from X to Y, but an invisible barrier blocks you and you have to go around another way. Why not put a ledge or mountain or something there? It is also hard sometimes to tell the difference between enemies and friends. Something like a colored block beneath enemies could really help out here.

Still, the game is what it is, and plays nicely for people interested in that genre. If you're not a fan of two dimensional RPGs like the old Zelda games, you'll probably want to give this game a pass.
HASH(0x9d1eb324) out of 5 stars Most basic Trpg Oct. 4 2015
By Brian(InDemandWoot) - Published on
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:fully turn based like most Trpgs
:its without a doubt the most basic Trpg because it plays like a NES game in fact very much like Robo Warrior on NES did
:the difficulty is slightly challenging
:its possible to save anytime and not epic at all
HASH(0x9d1eb180) out of 5 stars decent game April 25 2015
By Linda Gallagher - Published on
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A decent game, not amazing but not generic ether. Just a good game.

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