Dragon Star Varnir

Rating Summary

Based on 20 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

50%

Critics Recommend

Based on 20 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Jun 18, 2019

Developer: IDEA Factory

Genres: Action, RPG

Taking place in a world where witches are cursed to give birth to dragons, one man tasked with hunting them soon finds his own fate intertwined with his former enemies. Fight against dragons in turn-based midair combat using tiers, transformations, and more to weaken them and devour their abilities! The fate of three witches is in your hands – will you choose to save them or sacrifice them to gain items and skills? Your decisions will change the course of the game! - Fight enemies midair in a unique, vertically-oriented battle system. Strategically position your party at different tiers to attack and disable the enemy's skills, one level at a time! - Perform enough attacks to unleash the dragon within, transforming each character to unlock devastating skills and newfound strength during battle! - Weaken an enemy dragon to devour its element! When the element is pierced into a character, they can absorb that dragon's skill tree. But at what cost...? - Three witches depend on you to bring them dragon's blood as food. Starve them, and they go mad. Overfeed them, and they become a dragon! - Will you keep the witches alive, or sacrifice them to obtain ultra rare items and skills? Your choices will change the game's endings!

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Dragon Star Varnir's dark world of witches and warfare is unlike anything else Compile Heart and Idea Factory have put out. Unfortunately, the experience is brought down by less than stellar visuals and doesn't make the most of its main gameplay innovations.. There's an interesting story to unfold here, but actually playing the game to get to it might be a challenge best left unmet.

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IGN Spain

Brian Santana
6.5 / 10.0
IGN Spain

Dragon Star Varnir knows its limitations and only tries to hide them in the first hours. The combat system is the only positive thing to defend in this video game. The rest, however, seems a little bit disappointing beyond the design of main characters.

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Compile Heart has become increasingly proficient at producing titles with dark premises and Dragon Star Varnir is proof of that. And fortunately, unlike other Galapagos RPG titles, the focus on narrative doesn't leave the actual gameplay hanging by the wayside.

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If you love these small, niche JRPGs and can snag a copy of Dragon Star Varnir at a discount, I'd say pick it up. The $60 price point for recycled assets and a game that has more reading than voice over just seems a little too steep for me. But hey, that's just one girl's opinion.

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