Friday, April 5, 2024

Mobile Friday - ASTRA: Knights of Veda - Game Of The Year Contender, With An Extra 5.7GB Install!

For Mobile Friday this week is i tried out the newly released ASTRA: Knights of Veda, from developers Flint and publishers HYBE IM. I Played this on my iPhone 14 Pro, but it's also out on Android and Steam.

ASTRA: Knights of Veda came out this week and shot straight to the top spot in the Action Genre charts and got some impressive ratings. I hadn't heard of this game prior to seeing it top the charts so i was eager to try the game and see what the fuss was all about.

But let's talk about the single biggest issue about this release. The game is already a 3.58GB download and after you create an account to play the game you're forced to download a further 5.7GB of data. When games have an additional download they often give us a video to watch or pictures to look at or even tips and minor story stuff to read. With ASTRA: Knights of Veda there's the same picture and looping music. it took about 13 minutes to download and install all that data. I firmly believe that any mobile game should download all it's data at the initial install and there should be no further downloads. Game updates should be used to add additional data to a game. By having such a massive additional download, the game is essentially unplayable without Wi-fi. i dinged Honkai Star Rail,, for this last year. i didn't think that game was Game of the Year material so it only got a mention. But ASTRA: Knights of Veda has the potential to be 2024's Mobile Free to Play Game of The Year and with how my rankings currently work, the 5.7 GB additional download makes it illegible. 

The additional data download is probably the only bad thing worth mentioning as the rest of the game is fantastic. the music is very good and a soundtrack i'd be happy to own for sure. the graphical art style looks familiar to Vanillaware games whilst also feeling entirely unique. I was very impressed how ASTRA: Knights of Veda incorporates the game mechanics into the story itself, something that's rare to see and one of the reason's last years Free to Play Mobile Game of the Year winner was Fortress Saga: AFK RPG,

I was hooked right from the beginning and there are long periods where i'm so focused on the story and gameplay that i forgot to commentate. The story is very well told with amazing cutscenes and in-game cutscenes. when we played in game, the controls were smooth, responsive, and well taught to us via tutorials. Game Pad controls need some tweaking as the icons get a bit too small on my phone screen and my TV and there were a couple of occasions where i couldn't find the correct button to press but this wasn't a big issue as i could touch the screen to switch it to touch controls and manually do what i needed.

ASTRA: Knights of Veda call's itself a "Beautiful yet Brutal 2D RPG" and this first hour has the body count to back that up. there are large numbers of enemy soldiers to fight and large numbers of your own fighters strewn about the battlefield. It may look like medieval world but the story quickly turns into fantasy with a mad king, undead, a goddess, magic, and more. and yet, it never feels out of place nor over the top. everything is explained, history is told, and the game carries on as if this is how the world is with such confidence that there's no doubting it. 

I highly recommend ASTRA: Knights of Veda, it's a must download. BUT you must start the game on wi-fi. Other than that, it's faults are few and far apart. 

Version 1.0.0 Played.