Astonishia Story PSP

  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Jun 6, 2006
Metascore
48

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 35
  2. Negative: 16 out of 35
  1. 55
    Astonishia Story abandons depth and interesting characters for the barest bones of plot and combat, which will easily leave RPG fans wanting more.
  2. The rudimentary design of Astonishia Story isn't surprising, given that it's a no-frills remake of a 1994 PC game. However, that doesn't excuse the very apparent lack of story, character, and depth in Astonishia Story.
  3. If you’re looking for a generic role-playing game that isn’t half-bad despite its dated gameplay then Astonishia Story might just be the PSP game you’ll want to buy.
  4. 50
    It's competent, and weird, and will be infamous in a couple years. That's gotta count for something, right? Even Young Lady With Full of Troubles could appreciate that.
  5. Broken down to choosing an RPG for PSP, Astonishia Story is the best available next to the import-only "Tales of Eternia," which you should get instead if you have access to it.
  6. Sweet sprites and backdrops really aren't enough to hide a pretty bog standard RPG. [Aug 2006, p.72]
  7. The game's controls and user-interface are clean and intuitive: the analog stick and four face buttons are all that's needed to play, and the unobtrusive onscreen icons give you necessary information when you need it.
  8. The only thing astonishing about this game is how bland and generic it manages to be.
  9. 68
    The battles are over-long and while the game is pretty short, you'd be hard-pushed to see it through to the end. [Issue 142, p.88]
  10. The English translation is awful, the skill system is poorly designed, and the load times are nearly unbearable. [Sep 2006, p.87]
  11. It’s fun to play through, and easy to pick up and put down again pretty quickly, both a must for a handheld port and a rarity in the SRPG subgenre.
  12. Predictable, weary, soulless, money-for-old-rope fodder. [Sept 2006, p.85]
  13. 50
    From the moment you turn on the system, you won't be able to ignore the fact that this game sucks you into a sub-SNES warp: and not in a good way.
  14. If you're looking for a PSone/early PS2-quality turn-based RPG on PSP... keep on looking.
  15. The graphics are poor, the game play is old fashioned, the music is just plain annoying, but it has character. This attribute alone elevates it above the rest of the samey RPGs out there, but it still manages to be just that – samey.
  16. Lackluster story, flat characters, and a mere fifteen or so hours of gameplay really make this hard to recommend even to the most hardcore RPG players.
  17. It looks charming in an early-90s 2D sort of way and is well put together, but the benchmark this generic title has set will easily be smashed by the likes of "Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII."
User Score
4.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. EricK.
    Aug 2, 2006
    0
    I am deeply troubled by the fact that I paid 40 bucks for this game. The only thing good I can say about it is that purchasing Astonishia, I am deeply troubled by the fact that I paid 40 bucks for this game. The only thing good I can say about it is that purchasing Astonishia, and being completely disgusted with its quality, has caused me to research my future PSP game purchases a bit more. Full Review »
  2. ZacheryG.
    Jul 8, 2006
    0
    I wish i could go in to the negative on this one. Horrible game. No quest book. Character not at all customizable. Most of the time you look I wish i could go in to the negative on this one. Horrible game. No quest book. Character not at all customizable. Most of the time you look like a chicken with your head cut off because you have no idea what you are supposed to be doing. I would pay them to take this game back. Full Review »
  3. Jan 11, 2012
    10
    Well,For the game of "Astonishia Story" for the Playstaion Portable,It truly proves that with hard work,graphic don't matter.As long as theWell,For the game of "Astonishia Story" for the Playstaion Portable,It truly proves that with hard work,graphic don't matter.As long as the storyline is good. Full Review »