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PS4] Airheart: Tales of Broken Wings Review

[PS4] Airheart: Tales of Broken Wings Review
  • On September 10, 2018

Diesel-punk action game Airheart: Tales of Broken Wings is now available on PlayStation 4, and it’s a game you should definitely check out. Find out why in our Airheart: Tales of Broken Wings review!


Airheart: Tales of Broken Wings is a game that follows Amelia, a young sky fisherwoman, who has dreams of reaching the stratosphere to catch the legendary Sky Whale. The game is a twin-stick shooter in which with not just a dash but a lot of roguelike thrown into the mix since if you die, all of your progress will be lost. This colorful game is both relaxing and a bit stressful at times, but it’s definitely worth your time.

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The game is very pretty, sending us into a world full of floating rocks covered in colorful vegetation and multicolored fish floating around the skies. The developers clearly loved their game and poured their heart and soul into the development. This 3D twin-stick shooter has some fun gameplay mechanics with different weapons used in fishing in the skies, as well as to defend yourself from opponents. Rocket launchers and harpoons? Yes, please! If you’re looking for a twin-stick shooter that does things a bit differently, then you’re in the right place.

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When you first boot up, you will be introduced to a screen that has three options for you: Hanger, Workbench, and Shop. This means you will be able to craft better stuff and upgrade your airship as you take on the gameplay loop of the game that revolves around catching fishes in the sky and bringing them back to base safely so that you can sell them to generate a steady flow of income. Said income will be used for crafting and upgrades for your airship.

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You will aim to move up the sky layers to reach the stratosphere to catch the legendary Sky Whale so that Amelia can become rich and famous, but the permadeath part of things will get in your way every now and then, making you grind as you go to recover from every death. Losing your stuff when you die will certainly rub some people the wrong way, which is why this great looking game is not going to be for everyone.

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Catching fish is really simple since you can use your harpoon by keeping your finger on the R2 button to release it as needed. Each layer of the sky has a bar with the number of available fish in the area, and the further you move up, the higher the risk but, the greater the reward. Why? Because the further you travel up the layers, the more layers you’ll need to traverse on your way back. Sure, you could move up three layers and catch a ton of fish that will earn you big money when you get back to base, but you will run a big risk since sky pirates will attack you. If your health reaches zero, you will be done for, losing your money, your fish… everything. The sky pirates are tough and relentless, so be ready!

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As for the crafting system, you will get to experiment with the items that you have and hope for the best, as there is no recipe manual or journal for you to keep notes on what works and what doesn’t. If you find a new combination that is helpful for your adventure, you better make a note of it so that you can use it again after you die so that you can make the most of the things you craft so that you can stay alive for longer.

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Airheart: Tales of Broken Wings is a great looking and fun PlayStation 4 game with an interesting premise and setting that will certainly grab your attention. The roguelike with permadeath elements are certainly not for everyone, but if you give this game a chance, I’m sure you’ll find a game with a solid gameplay loop that can become very addictive. The game does not have a full trophy list with a Platinum, but it does have one trophy in particular that asks that you craft every weapon in the game, so I’m sure you’ll be very busy working on that one for a while!

This Airheart: Tales of Broken Wings review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Blindflug Studios.


Review Overview

Great looking and challenging roguelike twin-stick shooter with a twist