Astonishia Story – Consumer Guide

According to the ESRB, this game contains: Animated Blood, Language, Mild Fantasy Violence, Use of Alcohol

Parents, despite all the warnings on the back of the box, don't be too concerned. The game's graphics are like cutesy little cartoons, not at all story or explicit. Evidently, "Fantasy Violence" consists of thwacking cute green monsters with non-scary swords and magic spells. I didn't see any instances of salty language, but I'll take the ESRB's word for it. On the whole, this game is pretty harmless. It might be boring for younger children, but I'd give it to my son without a second thought.

RPG fans, don't get too excited. Although it looks like the PSP is becoming the place for RPG gaming on the go, this is just one more lackluster title that is better avoided and purchased. Combat is very straightforward and simplistic, the graphics look straight out SNES era, and the story is nothing you haven't already seen a hundred times before. It qualifies as a role-playing game, but only by satisfying the minimums.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers will have no problems. There are no auditory cues that impact gameplay, and dialogue is subtitled. No barriers here.