We talked about Astria Ascending a little bit here and now its time for our full review of the game! Is Astria Ascending a good addition to the Nintendo Switch’s massive jrpg library?
Astria Ascending has a really complicated plotline that invovles demi-gods and mysterious enemies called Noises. Basically, Astria Ascending is a game about saving the world. Its split into chapters and different missions. There are way too many main characters and the story is just too complex. The gameplay, however, is pretty good!
Instead of a 3D open world jrpg, Astria Ascending is a 2D side scrolling jrpg. Out of battle, players will think they are playing a Metroidvania. There are puzzles, platforming, and different abilities to use in Astria’s world.
In battle, Astria Ascending is a full on turn-based jrpg. Fans of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest will feel right at home. Astria doesn’t do anything in battle that rpg fans haven’t seen before but does have a very solid battle system.
The job system in this game is really good too. The skill trees for each job will make jrpg fans happy. Newbies might find the skill trees a bit overwhelming though. In fact, Astria Ascending really isn’t new jrpg fan friendly. There are a lot of tutorial menus to read in the game but still, Astria Ascending shouldn’t be anyones first jrpg.
Then there’s the game’s graphics! Astria Ascending is a great looking game. The artwork for the backgrounds and all the characters are really nice. All of the menus are well laid out too.
There is full voice acting for all of the main characters in Astria Ascending and its not bad. The same can be said for the game’s music and sound effects.
Overall, Astria Ascending is a pretty great jrpg. Its not new player friendly, but long time jrpg fans will enjoy it a lot.
Astria Ascending gets a 8.0 out of 10.
Thanks to Future Friends Games for providing a review code for this game. Astria Ascending is now available on the Nintendo Switch eshop!