Cosmic Star Heroine

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Cosmic Star Heroine
Developer(s) Zeboyd Games
Publisher(s) Zeboyd Games
Composer(s) HyperDuck SoundWorks
Engine Unity
Platform(s) Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One
Release PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
  • WW: April 11, 2017
PlayStation Vita
  • EU: April 24, 2018
  • NA: May 2018
Genre(s) Role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player

Cosmic Star Heroine is a science fiction role-playing video game by Zeboyd Games. It was released in April 2017 for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows platforms, with ports to other platforms still planned.

Gameplay[edit]

The game features 11 playable characters. There are no random battles; combat takes place on the field like in Chrono Trigger.[citation needed] Visible encounters do not respawn, a system for additional battle is present that is similar to the one featured in Cthulhu Saves the World.[citation needed] A unique[how?] charge system for abilities replaces traditional MP. There is also a base upgrading system similar to the one from the Suikoden series, where dozens of NPCs can be recruited to offer bonuses and support the player's party in battle.[citation needed]

Plot[edit]

The adventure follows Alyssa L’Salle, one of the galactic government's top agents, who after discovering a dark conspiracy is outed as a spy must deal with all manner of fans and villains while trying to save the day.[1] The game takes place in the fictional Zevanii Star System, across three very different planets:

  • Araenu, the most developed planet in the system. It is ruled by a group of corporations and is eternally night due to over-pollution.
  • Rhomu, covered with wild ruins in an abandoned surface due to nuclear war and failed doomsday devices. The surface hides a cavernous underground metropolis that the residents prefer even with the radiation outside long gone.
  • Nuluup, a mostly unknown jungle planet inhabitede by a strange alience race called the Ghast.

Development and release[edit]

Formerly code-named CSH, Zeboyd Games officially announced their new upcoming title as Cosmic Star Heroine in June 2013. The game was part funded through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, raising $132,689 towards its development in October 2013.[1] Zeboyd credited the crowdfunding success to the timing of the campaign and the careful selection of the backer rewards.[2] The game was inspired by titles such as Final Fantasy VII, Chrono Trigger and Mass Effect among others.[3]

On October 27, 2015 it was announced the game would receive a physical edition for the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita, courtesy of Limited Run Games.[4] To promote the game it was featured at PlayStation Experience 2015, where the PlayStation Vita version was also playable for the first time.[5] The game was released for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4 on April 11, 2017. A Nintendo Switch port will release on August 14, 2018. [6]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings77.17%[9]
MetacriticPS4: 76/100 (8 reviews)[7]
PC: 77/100 (8 reviews)[8]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid7.5/10[10]
GameSpot6/10 (PS4)[11]
RPGFan83/100 (PS4)[12]
RPGSite8.5/10 (PC)[13]

Cosmic Star Heroine received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic,[8][7] while on Gamerankings it has 77.17%.[9] Critics praised the combat system, retro graphics, and the soundtrack, but found the story rushed, the characters underdeveloped, and the technical issues present frustrating.[citation needed]

The game was nominated for "Game, Original Role Playing" at the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Zeboyd Games (2013-10-01). "Cosmic Star Heroine (Sci-Fi/Spy RPG) for PC/Mac/PS4/Vita". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  2. ^ Ben Kuchera (2013-10-08). "The perfect Kickstarter: Zeboyd describes the crowdfunding science behind effective campaigns". The Penny Arcade Report. Archived from the original on 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  3. ^ Joel Couture (2017-05-09). "7 classic RPGs that inspired Cosmic Star Heroine". Gamasutra. UBM plc. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  4. ^ Chris Priestman (2015-10-27). "Cosmic Star Heroine To Get A Physical Release on PS4, PS Vita"". Siliconera. Retrieved 2017-08-02. 
  5. ^ Robert Boyd (2015-11-30). "Cosmic Star Heroine on PS4, PS Vita Playable at PS Experience". PlayStation Blog. Sony Interactive Entertainment. Retrieved 2017-08-03. 
  6. ^ Robert Boyd (2018-06-16). "Cosmic Star Heroine for Switch is only $13.49 if you pre-order it before its launch on August 14! :) https://t.co/XWNWIlGdR0". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-06-17.  External link in |title= (help)
  7. ^ a b "Cosmic Star Heroine for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2017-08-02. 
  8. ^ a b "Cosmic Star Heroine for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2017-08-02. 
  9. ^ a b "Gamerankingsreview". Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  10. ^ Kevin McClusky (2017-04-24). "Review: Cosmic Star Heroine (PC)". Destructoid. Retrieved 2017-08-02. 
  11. ^ Janine Hawkins (2017-04-25). "Cosmic Star Heroine Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2017-08-02. 
  12. ^ Rob Rogan (2017-05-23). "Cosmic Star Heroine". RPGFan. Retrieved 2017-08-02. 
  13. ^ Kyle Campbell (2017-06-05). "Cosmis Star Heroine Review". RPGSite. Retrieved 2017-08-02. 
  14. ^ "Nominee List for 2017". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. 2018-02-09. Retrieved 2018-02-18. 
  15. ^ "Horizon wins 7; Mario GOTY". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. 2018-03-13. Retrieved 2018-03-15.