A weak story and boring characters pretty much wrecked what might of been a good game.
Digital Tiger, amazon.ca
5 November 2012
Summary: Pros: * Graphics are actually pretty good. * Combat is basic SRPG and is good. * Dungeon design is good. * Thankful the game is short. Cons: * 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.
Excerpt: "Astonishia Story’s claim to a footnote in history is that it was among the first South Korean developed RPG’s when released for the PC back in 1994. However, the first much of the wider world would have seen of it was in 2006 when it was ported in slightly enhanced form to the PSP. Emerging in the twilight of an era of great 2D RPG releases that saw Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger appear around the same time, Astonishia Story seems even older ...
Pros: Lovely retro graphics, smart battle - system, solid old - school soundtrack
Cons: Dated, lamentable story and character development, extremely short, few side - quests
Astonishia Story (PSP): Can't Make A Korea Out Of This
11 July 2010
Summary: Astonishia Story's claim to a footnote in history is that it was among the first South Korean developed RPG's when released for the PC back in 1994. However, the first much of the wider world would have seen of it was in 2006 when it was ported in slightly enhanced form to the PSP. Emerging in the twilight of an era of great 2D RPG releases that saw Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger appear around the same time, Astonishia Story seems even older than its years when...
Summary: I picked this game up on the cheap just after xmas. I am a huge fan of rpg's and was expecting something along the lines of the old mega drive games shining force. This was not the case! You play as a young knight called lloyd who is the hero of the story and you aim is to recover a royal treasure that has been stolen. The storyline is extremly dull dont expext to be kept plain for that reason.
Pros: Can pick up for around £10 new
Cons: Leaves you felling like you have wasted a couple of hours and not got any where
Conclusion: let me start by sayin that i love videogames and rpg's are my favourite genre of which i own over 300 so i think i know quality when i play it. this game is most definately NOT quality or even good for that matter! for starters- the graphics are quite nasty, but lets give it a chance becauase theres plenty of ugly duckling games that play great. this isn't one of them!
Conclusion: I bought this ages a go from gamestaion for 12.99 and I had no idea just how good it would be. Its a japanese style RPG with just text yet it has an amazing and engaging story I couldnt stop playing it.
Summary: Quite honestly, don't bother with this! It is ok in it's own way but soon gets annoying, the fights don't give you enough gelders (currency units) to buy things you need to survive and the fights themselves are repetitive and irritating. The story line is confused and often there are points where you don't know what to do because the translation is so bad.
Summary: I don't know why this game has such a bad rep, I bought it not knowing anything about it and must say I've found it rather enjoyable thus far. If anyone remembers the amazing Shining Force games, this plays very much like them. In the battle sequences anyway. It does get a bit annoying at times, especially when you forget to save and then die, but then that's true of most games.