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Asterigos: Curse of the Stars Review

Forge your own journey

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS5 on 🌟

Asterigos: Curse of the Stars is also available for PS4, Xbox Series X, and Xbox One

Asterigos: Curse of the Stars is rated Teen by the ESRB

If you're looking for a new action RPG with unique qualities then Asterigos: Curse of the Stars is rather promising so let's check it out.

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Hilda runs into a pesky woodland nogoodnik

Explore Aphes

Asterigos: Curse of the Stars has you play as Hilda where you explore the massive city of Aphes. This is actually its coolest element because the city and its surrounding areas are full of lovely sights, hidden treats, and shortcuts that are always rewarding to unlock. As you explore and speak with NPCs, you'll slowly piece the story together but to be frank, I didn't particularly get all that involved in the story because it tends to be a bit drab and uninteresting. So, if you want to play just for the gameplay then you can thankfully skip the dialogue. There are many more interesting game stories out there so don't feel like you'll be missing much. 😅 v1d30chumz 44-210-77-106

Fight monsters

Combat in Asterigos: Curse of the Stars is handled intuitively as you have 2 different weapons equipped and can easily unleash attacks from either as they're mapped to 2 separate buttons and their special techniques are even mapped to 2 unique shoulder buttons. On top of that, you can deploy skills by using magic power as well as change your weapons' element. Doing so will not only help in combat but you can also utilize different elements to break certain barriers when you're exploring. I found dodging enemies' attacks to be rather unchallenging as many of them are easy to telegraph and move quite slowly. However, most battles are still tricky because monsters have the tendency to fight in groups and dodging long-range attacks can be difficult so there is some strategy required. ⚔️

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Hey, how the heck am I supposed to reach that bag?

Battle bosses

Asterigos: Curse of the Stars features perhaps the best boss fights that I've ever experienced in an indie action RPG and each one poses exceptionally distinct challenges. This is thanks to their wide range of attacks as well as phases that'll leave you vulnerable while the boss summons underlings or circles the arena while remaining untouchable; sometimes both simultaneously. Certain bosses may require multiple attempts as you gradually discover how to effectively topple them yet finally claiming victory is always a rewarding moment. 🏅

Expand your abilities

There isn't as much involved with optimizing your capabilities in Asterigos: Curse of the Stars as there is in many similar games but I found it to be just enough to offer a satisfying sense of progression. For starters, levelling up by simply defeating enemies for experience points will grant you attribute points that you can use to boost your core stats as well as talent points that you can spend on a large branching node-based map in order to unlock further boosts, new abilities, and unique modifiers that may actually have downsides. Meanwhile, you can enhance your weapons with found materials at a blacksmith, forge trinkets, and choose which quick items to have on-hand. 🧉

Get lost

Unfortunately, Asterigos: Curse of the Stars has its downsides with the most substantial being the fact that you'll regularly stumble around lost without knowing what to do or where to go next. You'll eventually unlock fast-travel but even then, retreading the same paths over and over again will make you feel like you're going insane before you find the obtuse path that you're supposed to take. To make matters worse, there are plenty of dark areas that make it exceptionally difficult to see your surroundings. I wish you had a little light like you do in Dark Souls. Finally, I found the combat to be a bit floaty and less visceral than in similar games which is a bit disappointing. 🙁

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It may be a lovely view but you better run before that giant bird kills you

Asterigos: Curse of the Stars offers an enjoyable formula with exploration and combat that'll keep you hooked as you forge your way ahead. With that in mind, it could certainly use a clearer sense of direction even if it was implemented via an accessibility option.

  • + Solid action RPG campaign with rewarding exploration and combat
  • + Great collection of boss fights
  • + Satisfying character progression
  • - Very little sense of direction means you'll be stumbling around a lot
  • - Dark areas are hard to see
  • - Combat feels a bit floaty
7.6 out of 10
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