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Video GameAsterigos: Curse of the Stars Review
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Posted: 3 weeks ago, last updated 12 days ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Asterigos: Curse of the Stars is a fighting adventure game where you explore and fight the monsters on a quest to find your father. Like Elden Ring, precise parries, dodges, and rolls are important but with more forgiving difficulty settings. This, along with a branching world to explore, skill system and the ability to hold (and quickly switch) two different weapons, make it a compelling adventure for younger audiences.

You play as Hilda, a brave northern warrior on a quest to extract her father from the lost, ruined city of Asterigos. Soon, you discover a mysterious curse lies on the city; the cause of its decay that resulted in its people transforming into monsters and foul beasts. As you explore, you face off against these enemies in tough fights, using all your strength and magical powers to overcome even the greatest foes as you face to free your father and liberate the city.

Play focus on fighting enemies in one-on-one, or sometimes one-against-many, combat. Six different weapons can be used, each with unique abilities, strengths, and drawbacks, and you can equip two at a time, quickly switching between them during fights. You experiment with different weapon permutations, discovering what works best for you in different scenarios.

Fights are very fast-paced, with enemies dealing powerful blows you need to parry or dodge, before coming in for a counterattack. If you die, you get sent back to the last checkpoint, but you can find shortcuts as you go, to get back to areas more quickly. In this way it's like Jedi Fallen Order, where there is a main path but several shortcuts and hidden routes.

The result is a unique blend of challenging fights and exploration that encourages experimenting with new weapons and performing ambitious moves and attack combinations as you seamlessly switch between equipped weapons. Discovering a new way to overcome a familiar challenge is hugely rewarding and means you can play through multiple times as you uncover the hidden nuances in combat.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/10/2022

Price: 20% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Play and Traversal

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Acme Gamestudio (@AcmeGamestudio)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 14 hours and 20 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Violence. This game features moderate violence, with the player using weapons and magical abilities to fight human-like, animal-like and fantasy characters. Physical reactions to violence are unrealistic and damage is indicated using numbers. There is no sight of blood or injuries and enemies disappear once their life bars are depleted. Dialogue includes use of the term 'damn'.

Skill Rating

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to quickly dodge enemy attacks and perform parries at just the right time, all while using your weapons and abilities to fight back.

CostsCosts

Asterigos: Curse of the Stars usually costs £28.99 to £36.99. 

Asterigos: Curse Of The Stars Deluxe Edition

PlayStation Store PS5 £36.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £36.99

Asterigos: Curse of the Stars

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
There are three versions of the game available to buy: The Standard, Deluxe, and Ultimate Editions, with the Ultimate edition only available on PC. The Deluxe Edition includes access to extra content planned to be released after release, which you can buy separately if you get the Standard Edition. The Ultimate Edition also includes a digital artbook and soundtrack.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Asterigos: Curse of the Stars Accessibility Report documents 25 accessibility features:
There are different difficulty settings you can play on, which change the amount of damage, and also the hostility, of the enemies you face. On all difficulties, you need to have fast reactions, rapidly press buttons, hold buttons down, and press multiple buttons simultaneously to activate certain actions. You can get the game to automatically lock on to the next target for you.

The checkpoints, where you save, and respawn if you die, can sometimes be quite far away from one another, meaning you can on occasion lose a significant amount of progress upon death.

While text throughout the game tends to be high contrast, and subtitles can be increased in size, it's not 1/20th the height of the screen.

While you can reduce the strong lighting effects, there are still occasional flashes.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We have documented the following aspects of the game in terms of inclusion and representation. Let us know if we missed something.

Gender and Sexuality:

Gender Representation: The gender representation of the pre-defined characters you can play in the game.

  • Play as Stereotype-Free Woman: The game's protagonist is a woman who doesn't conform to common gender stereotypes. Leading the narrative and not conforming to common objectification.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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