Astonishia Story

Gorgeous art and simplified strategy - it's the classic RPG you've never played

Who doesn't love graphics and gameplay that hearken back to the Super Nintendo days? Lots of people, probably. But there's a healthy audience out there for RPGs done in that classic style, and UbiSoft is angling for their dollars with a North American release of the Korean PSP title Astonishia Story.

The game certainly has the look down cold. Every moment is full of ultra-detailed (if fairly small) 2D characters, with animated effects to liven up the fantasy world around them. Grass flows, butterflies dart and clouds pass overhead. On the world map, where players move around in classic Final Fantasy style, the animations help stave off the feeling of exploring just another make-believe world in trouble.

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