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  • Summary: Explore a vast world on the brink of chaos in a mature, emotional JRPG. Experience an epic story with rewarding turn-based combat and expansive customization rendered in glorious 4K hand drawn visuals.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Sep 27, 2021
    90
    If you are a turn-based RPG fan looking for a new experience that brings fresh twists on classic elements of the genre, I cannot recommend Astria Ascending enough, just so long as you don’t need an overly engaging plot to pull you along.
  2. Sep 27, 2021
    85
    While parts of it felt long and grindy, the English cast is abysmal, and the dungeons design themselves left more to be desired, Astria Ascending is still a solid entry in the JRPG genre. It does what it sets out to do and at its price point it does it pretty well. While it may not quite rise to the heights of some of the forebears it tries to evoke from Square Enix’s past, its friendlier price point makes it a great entry that can steal away 25-30 hours of time. Just don’t expect it to sway you over if you don’t already like the genre. As its tendency to get grindy, and its overwrought characters may not change your mind.
  3. Sep 27, 2021
    80
    Astria Ascending is a game that reminds the golden era of JRPGs, with a modern twist tied to a brilliant combat system and a renewed job system. It is a must have for turn-based combat lovers.
  4. Sep 27, 2021
    70
    Astria Ascending had me invested in the 25 hours it took me to get to the final dungeon. However, that comes with a padded runtime of level grinding, lengthy battles, dungeon navigation confusion, and many menu interactions. So if you begin, prepare not to understand what is going on until 10 hours into the game, but if you don’t have that time, don’t bother. However, those who do get far enough are in for a genuinely fun JPRG experience that only requires a few quality-of-life improvements.
  5. Oct 18, 2021
    70
    The beautiful graphics, unique characters and fun combat doesn’t take away from the fact that this is an old-school RPG at heart with new school wrappings. AA boasts a fun take on the traditional job systems found in JRPGs, I just wish it was given a story to match all of the great things it has going for it. Fights can drag on at times much like the JRPG’s of old, what helps is the amazing art and effects from the various attacks. But while fans of the older Final Fantasy’s and even Dragon Quest games may enjoy this trip of nostalgia; those folks raised on Persona 5’s and the last few Final Fantasy’s might be in for a bit of a shock. Astria Ascending isn’t a bad game, just a flawed one; but if you enjoy Vanillaware games and don’t mind a grind a lot of fun can be had here.
  6. Sep 27, 2021
    63
    Astria Ascending tries to convey the "feel-good" atmosphere of the classic JRPGs with an aesthetically pleasing art direction and promises of pure turn-based combat extravaganza. Unfortunately, its ambition falls flat due to forgettable writing and an unbalanced combat system.
  7. Sep 27, 2021
    40
    With so many other incredible JRPGs released in 2021, it’s hard to recommend Astria Ascending. It does have a very pretty artstyle, which is what will draw most players initially. The battle system and customization options can be enjoyable to tinker around with, but the lackluster story and unpleasant cast of characters really bog down the whole experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Nov 30, 2021
    10
    If You grew up with the old-school Final Fantasy games, this one is for You. The artstyle which brings to mind such games as Dragon's Crown,If You grew up with the old-school Final Fantasy games, this one is for You. The artstyle which brings to mind such games as Dragon's Crown, also is a plus. Expand
  2. Dec 3, 2021
    9
    Absolutely beautiful art style. Hand drawn, intricate characters and backgrounds. Great music by highly-regarded Japanese game musicAbsolutely beautiful art style. Hand drawn, intricate characters and backgrounds. Great music by highly-regarded Japanese game music composers. To get it's look, it has an unusual 2D visual style, but this gives it a different look from many other similar games. The main characters are adults, so this is not a game aimed at little kids, though the game is fine for the whole family to play. As I write this, the game is free on Xbox Games Pass. Expand
  3. Dec 19, 2021
    2
    Mais qu'est ce qu'il est lent et soporifique ce jeu.
    Aucune possibilité d'accélérer les combats , alors qu'en vous tombez sur 6 - 7 bestioles
    Mais qu'est ce qu'il est lent et soporifique ce jeu.
    Aucune possibilité d'accélérer les combats , alors qu'en vous tombez sur 6 - 7 bestioles mettant 15 ans a frapper et plus souvent que vous , c'est d'un ennui mortel.
    Préparez le café par intraveineuse.
    Sinon le style graphique est jolie mais c'est tout.
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