- The games world is pretty big and it offers you a decent amount of things to do. The exploring element has been done quite well.
- I was a big fan of the presentation side of the game. Visually the game looks very nice, and the music is beautiful and adds a certain charm to the game.
- There is a nice variety of characters to choose from. I have played with each different character and they have done a good job of making each character different.
- Unfortunately the game is sorely lacking when it comes to the fun factor. Almost immediately certain things feel like a chore, which is a shame.
- The price is way to expensive for what you get. There is almost no replay value at all so the price should be considerably lower.
- The combat in the game is awful. It lacks any real challenge, and the combat never really seems to click.
- The gameplay is far too repetetive and requires a lot of backtracking, which brings on frustration and boredom very quickly.
- The controls are simply awful and never seem to be fully responsive. I found this especially with the ranged characters.
All in all to say I was majorly disappointed with AereA would be an understatement. This game had some good ideas going for it, but the way they have approached certain aspects means that the game gets nowhere near its full potential. The main thing that’s wrong with AereA is that it’s not fun in the slightest. The gameplay is repetetive and you spend most of your time backtracking without a real goal in sight. It just feels like a chore far too often and this will undoubtedly put a lot of people off. The world in which the game takes place in is actually pretty good and it encourages you to explore, but the exploring never fills you with enough excitement. Thankfully the characters you can play are pretty good and have a decent variety to them. Each character feels different, but the combat never feels as good as the characters. The combat never seems to connect with you and the unresponsive controls harm anything decent almost immediately. I found the controls to be awkward and I had my most problems with the ranged characters. The best thing about this game is without a doubt the presentation. Visually the game is pretty good, but the music is where the game really shines. Some of the music is really beautiful and inviting and I just wish the whole game was like this. At the end of the day AereA is way too expensive for what you get. The game lacks any replay value and it has too many problems for you to pay full price for. It does show glimpses of goodness now and again, but there isn’t enough for me to recommend the game to you.
I rate AereA 5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Triangle Studios/Soedesco
Genre: Action RPG
Release Date (Xbox One): June 30, 2017