AER: Memories of Old Review

This product was reviewed on a PS4, it is also available on PC and Xbox One. A code was provided by Daedalic Entertainment for review purposes.

Overview

AER: Memories of Old is a game in which you play as one of the last shapeshifters with the ability to transform in to a bird. You will fly to explore and experience all of the floating islands, where exploration will be the key to unlocking the secrets needed to progress the storyline leading you to the end of the world.

The Gods of old are all long and forgotten, lost in the events that shattered the world leaving only fragments of islands in the sky. You will get to explore endless skies, colorful islands, and ancient ruins along your journey to save the world from falling in to the pits of darkness. You will be sent on a pilgrimage to the Land of the Gods to uncover the secrets that will save reality itself.

Story

You play as Auk, one of the last remaining shapeshifters left after the events that shattered the world. You will need to explore the vast open world through flight and travel to the several islands scattered among the skies. You are the only hope to saving reality and the world around you from tumbling in to darkness forever. You will need to investigate the world around you in order to uncover the secrets left behind and to help you along your journey. This will be the only way you can save the world as you know it. You will find yourself in caves and having to complete the many puzzles in order to progress. The writers definitely had a touching story to tell and it comes across very well in this Adventure/Puzzle game.

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Gameplay

This is a game that doesn’t hold your hand by telling you exactly where to go and what to do. This is one of the best gameplay elements in the game as it encourages you to explore and experience the world created freely and stumble upon whatever it is you will. It is an adventure game after all so this is an important feature for the genre. You will also come across puzzles to complete to progress the story and while these puzzles aren’t difficult, they also won’t be ones that tell you what you need next. You get a glimpse of something upcoming or next in the line of the puzzle but it is entirely up to you to find the next item and make it work. I know there are a lot of people out there that don’t like this style of gameplay, but I assure you that it is one that is definitely needed and celebrated in this title.

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Graphics

This to me is one of the best parts of the game. It appears to be a hand drawn type of graphical display. You will see bright colors and they appear as if they were painted directly on your screen. This is a perfect art style for the story at hand. Each island and cave will be done in its own unique way and definitely stand out as you are flying past. You get to see the story come to life in the artwork presented. It felt as if you were playing a moving painting rather than a video game. It was definitely inviting on the eyes and this type of art style will have the ability to draw in any gamer of any age.

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Sounds

The game has a very soothing soundtrack. It is very uplifting and upbeat. It definitely made you feel as if you were doing something meaningful while playing the game and that it would have a lasting effect on the world around you. It fit very well with the type of story that was being told.

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Summary

The fact that this game is very easy to pick up and get lost in is definitely one reason that you should give it a go. I found that I loved this game so much that I purchased and played this game across 3 separate regions on the PlayStation Network. It just was more and more beautiful each and every time I played it. This will be one that I will go back for more at a later time. The world and its accompanying music are just what you need to experience at least once in your life. It is that moving.

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AER: Memories of Old

14.99
9.2

Gameplay

9.5/10

Graphics

9.1/10

Sound

9.3/10

Story

9.0/10

Pros

  • Loved the painted look artwork
  • Sounds were amazing
  • A game you must experience

Cons

  • Not really much to say here

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